We’re very happy to bring you the very first trailer for Rockfield: The Studio on The Farm, the new documentary following the journey of two farmers created one of the most iconic studios in Britain.
Directed by Hannah Berryman, the documentary tells the story of Kinglsey and Charlie Ward—the two brothers at the heart of Rockfield Studios which rose to prominence out of the sticks in Monmouthshire in the 1960s.
It was one of the world’s first residential studios, offering its artists a place to stay as well as work, full immersing themselves in the album’s experience. It has led to some incredibly popular recordings.
As well as Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and Coldplay’s ‘Yellow’, the studio also saw Oasis record What’s The Story (Morning Glory). In the trailer below Liam Gallagher is just one musical icon speaking about the studio. “You lived there and you didn’t leave the studio until you had your album finished. It’s like the Big Brother house, innit, but with tunes,” Liam says in the clip.
Ozzy Osbourne also appears in the video as he shares his thoughts on the studio where he and Black Sabbath recorded some of their earliest recordings, “Just to go from Birmingham to Monmouth was an adventure. You don’t understand, we’d never been in a studio, we’d never been on a farm!,” Ozzy quips.
An official synopsis suggests: “This is the unlikely tale of how two Welsh farming brothers turned their dairy farm into one of the most successful recording studios of all time, producing four decades of legendary rock music”
“Fifty years ago, deep in the Welsh countryside, brothers Kingsley and Charles Ward were starting out in the family dairy farming business. But they yearned to do something different – they wanted to make music. So they built a studio in the attic of their farmhouse and started recording with their friends.
“Kingsley’s new wife, Ann, left her job in the local bank to do the books, and they continued farming all the while. 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.”
The film premieres on March 16th, 2020, at SXSW. But for now, watch the first full trailer below: