Musicians call to save Maida Vale after BBC announces plans to close studio

The BBC recently announced it was leaving the iconic studio for a new East London base

Musicians have responded to the news that the BBC plans to shut down Maida Vale, calling for the iconic studio to be saved.

The BBC will move from the studio in north-west London to a new base in the east of the capital.

Several high profile musicians have now tweeted using the #BBCSaveMaidaVale hashtag. Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich wrote: “This is absolutely insane…!! wrong… misguided… Call it what you will – the wrong move… don’t destroy this incredibly important part of our cultural heritage – every bit as important as Abbey Road studios…. stop!!!!”


Foals’ Yannis Philippakis added: “So many memories at Maida Vale, so many amazing sessions over the years. DOn’t confine it to history. The BBC should reconsider.” His bandmate Jimmy Smith said: “For god’s sake BBC, not this one, don’t knock it down. We’ve had so many good times in there, nowhere like it on earth and you are gonna obliterate it!! Every band should get to smell the history in that place.”

Portishead and Beak>’s Geoff Barrow has been asking more musicians, DJs and fans to “tell the BBC they are wrong” using the hashtag. He also asked: “Why are the BBC hell bent on destroying the buildings that are so important to our cultural heritage?” See some of those tweets below.


Maida Vale has been used by the BBC for 84 years, hosting live sessions from the likes of The Beatles, Morrissey, Nirvana, and more. It was the home of John Peel’s BBC Radio 1 Peel Sessions, while The Fall have released full albums of material recorded there.

The BBC’s music HQ will move to a building in the Stratford Waterfront development in the Olympic Park. The move is hoped to be completed by 2022. Director General Tony Hall said in a message to staff: “I understand how much our musical heritage at Maida Vale means to us, to artists and to audiences. We haven’t taken this decision lightly. But we’re determined to ensure that live music remains at the heart of the BBC and moving to this new development gives us the opportunity to do just that.”

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