Birmingham studio where Duran Duran and UB40 recorded launches crowdfunding campaign to avoid closure

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Rain Studios in Birmingham, which has seen the likes of Duran Duran, UB40 and many other notable acts record there over the years is trying to crowdfund the sum of £250,000 to continue operating.

Said the studio's owner Chris Poole on the GoFundMe page: "With the money raised we want to give something back to the community, offering Free rehearsal space, free recordings with a professional engineer, It’ll be open to colleges, schools etc, to experience recording in a professional environment, or just to rehearse for upcoming shows. We’ll also be offering free ‘air bnb’ for touring bands.