Rockfield: The Studio on the Farm

50 years ago, deep in the Welsh countryside, two brothers were milking cows and preparing to take over the family farm – but dreamed of making music. They had the audacious idea to build a studio in their farmhouse attic and record their own tunes. Animals were kicked out of barns and musicians were moved into Nan’s spare bedroom. Inadvertently, they’d launched the legendary Rockfield​ Studios.

Directed by Hannah Berryman (“Miss World 1970: Beauty Queens And Bedlam”), the film features interviews with Rockfield founders, brothers Kingsley and Charles Ward, as well as Chris Martin (Coldplay), Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill (Simple Minds), Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath), Liam Gallagher (Oasis) and many more.

BlackSabbath​, Oasis​, Coldplay​, Stone Roses, Robert Plant, Simple Minds, and more recall the mayhem and music they made at Rockfield over the decades. This is a story of rock and roll dreams intertwined with a family business’s fight for survival in the face of an ever-changing music landscape.

Black SabbathQueenThe Stone RosesOasisColdplaySimple MindsRobert PlantManic Street Preachers are some of the greatest bands and musicians of our time, but what is the one thing these titans of music have in common besides being from the U.K.? Recording at the first residential studio. 50 years ago, deep in the Welsh countryside, two brothers were milking cows and preparing to take over the family farm — but dreamed of making music. They had the audacious idea to build a studio in their farmhouse attic and record their own tunes. Animals were kicked out of barns and musicians were moved into Nan’s spare bedroom. Inadvertently, they’d launched the world’s first independent residential recording studio: Rockfield.

“In a way, the film was about group dynamics, the intensity and ‘make or break’ nature of residential recording, something that with technology is on the wane,” said Berryman. “That intensity almost broke some bands, but it also produced tracks that have stood the test of time, and maybe you can hear everything that went on this isolated farm in that music, the pleasure and the pain.”