Festival Studios

Festival Studios

Profile:
Recording and mastering studios in Sydney, Australia (also referred to as 'Festival Recording Studios'). For the US studios, please use Festival Recording Studios.

In the early 70s, the profits from the massively successful Sister Janet Mead - The Lord's Prayer contributed to the refurbishment of Studio A with a Neve mixing desk and a 24-track recorder, resulting in that studio's renaming to "Studio 24" (which commonly appears as "Festival's Studio 24" on mid-70s releases). According to the liner notes of The Whitlams - Torch The Moon, the rhythm tracks to "The Lights Are Back On", "Best Work" and "Royal in the Afternoon" on that album are the last things ever recorded at Festival Studio A.

Located on the corner of Miller St and Bulwara Rd, in Pyrmont/Sydney. Now closed and the building is being used for other purposes (including a supermarket).

People known to have worked here:
Richard Batchens - Producer
Paul Ibbotson - Mastering engineer (can be identified by P2A or Pi in the runouts)
Jo Hansch - Mastering engineer (1971-1976)
William Bowden - Mastering engineer (can be identified by WB2A in the runouts - WB looks like a butterfly)
Rick O'Neil - Mastering engineer (can be identified by ®2A though)
Warren Barnett - Mastering engineer (can be identified by W2A in the runouts - the W may appear as u though)
Glenn "Magoo" Aird - Mastering engineer
Gerry Stevens - Engineer
Martin Erdman - Engineer
Joe Raine - Engineer
Mark Thomas (6) - Engineer

About the runouts:
The MX stands for matrix part, a way of cataloging the many stamper and catalog tape collections outside the retail catalog number which changed all the time. At Festival, MX indicates a mono release and SMX a Stereo release. DMX and DTMX indicate they are transferred from a digital master. The odd number at the end would be side a and the even number at the end would be side b (e.g. Smx 56341 = Stereo release analog tape side a; Smx 56342 = Stereo release analog tape side B).
Note: All three Australian pressing plants sometimes pressed each others records so they all shared the matrix system on those releases.

Other abbreviations:
P2A, W2A, ®2A, WB2A, etc:
P is the guy that cut it (here Paul Ibbotson)
2 is stereo
a is how many times it was cut or recut. A is the first cut, B the second etc.
Parent Label:
Contact Info:
Festival Studios
63-79 Miller St,
Pyrmont, NSW,
Australia
[obsolete]
[l270524]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
1 3 Toed Sloth 3 Toed Sloth(LP) Slothful 1 Australia 1991 Sell This Version
008 Died Pretty Lost(LP, Album) Romilar-D Records 008 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
021 Cosmic Psychos Go The Hack(LP, Album) Romilar-D Records 021 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
7129 The Hard-Ons* Shark's Head(7", Single, Ltd) Munster Records 7129 Spain 1999 Sell This Version
0010072MIN Amiel Audio Out(CD, Album) Ministry Of Sound 0010072MIN Europe 2004 Sell This Version
014 840-2 Various The Rhythm Method 001(2xCD, Comp) Universal Music Australia 014 840-2 Australia 2001 Sell This Version
14943 DepecheMode* World In My Eyes / Happiest Girl / Sea Of Sin(12", W/Lbl) Liberation Records 14943 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
17536-2 Bellydance Babylon Mixed Business(CD, Album) Roadshow Music 17536-2 Australia & New Zealand 1995 Sell This Version
020422 Gerling Dust Me Selecta(CD, Maxi) Festival Mushroom Records 020422 Australia 2001 Sell This Version
020432 George (7) Special Ones(CD, Single) Festival Mushroom Records 020432 Australia 2001 Sell This Version
020632 Sonic Animation I'm A DJ(CD, Maxi) Sputnik Records 020632 Australia 2002 Sell This Version
020842 One Dollar Short Is This The Part?(CD, Single) Rapido 020842 Australia & New Zealand 2002 Sell This Version
021572 Amiel Tonight(CD, Single) Festival Mushroom Records 021572 Australia 2003 Sell This Version
021622 George (7) Still Real(CD, Single, Enh) Festival Mushroom Records 021622 Australia 2003 Sell This Version
31075 G. W. McLennan* Fireboy(CD, Album) Beggars Banquet 31075 France 1993 Sell This Version
38205 The Special AKA In The Studio With The Special AKA(LP, Album, TP, W/Lbl) Festival Records 38205 Australia 1984 Sell This Version
38762 Anthrax Among The Living(LP, Promo, W/Lbl) Festival Records 38762 Australia 1987 Sell This Version
006145-0 CLU South End If You Believe(12") Club Tools 006145-0 CLU Germany 1995 Sell This Version
67556 Ammonia (2) Mint 400(CD, Album, Club) Epic, Murmur 67556 Canada 1995 Sell This Version
91119 LIFT 012 Died Pretty Lost (Album) 91119 LIFT 012 Greece 1988 Sell This Version
92387-2 G. W. McLennan* Fireboy(CD, Album) Beggars Banquet, Atlantic 92387-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
9805-1-H Died Pretty Lost(LP, Album) Beggars Banquet 9805-1-H US 1989 Sell This Version
9805-2-H Died Pretty Lost(CD, Album) Beggars Banquet 9805-2-H US 1989 Sell This Version
9805-4-H Died Pretty Lost(Cass, Album) Beggars Banquet 9805-4-H US 1989 Sell This Version
100100 Swanee Samantha(7", Single) WEA 100100 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
100152 Swanee Ol' Rosie(7", Single) WEA 100152 Australia 1980 Sell This Version
100162 Swanee Matthew(7", Single) WEA 100162 Australia 1980 Sell This Version
194801 Silverchair Frogstomp(Cass, Album) Murmur 194801 Gulf Cooperation Council 1995 Sell This Version
207 690 Icehouse Measure For Measure(LP, Album) Chrysalis 207 690 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
250390-4 Cold Chisel Twentieth Century(Cass, Album) WEA 250390-4 Australia 1984 Sell This Version
250694-1 Pat Wilson (2) Strong Love(12", MiniAlbum) WEA 250694-1 Australia 1984 Sell This Version
250694-4 Pat Wilson (2) Strong Love(Cass, MiniAlbum) WEA 250694-4 Australia 1984 Sell This Version
252362-1 Cold Chisel Radio Songs - A Best Of(LP, Comp, Gat) WEA, WEA 252362-1 Australia 1985 Sell This Version
252362-4 Cold Chisel Radio Songs - A Best Of(Cass, Album, Comp) WEA 252362-4 Australia 1985 Sell This Version
258 673-7 Bob Dylan With The Heartbreakers* Bob Dylan With The Heartbreakers* - Band Of The Hand(7") MCA Records 258 673-7 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
291022 Playlunch Everybody Leaves(CD, Album) MPC (4) 291022 Australia 1999 Sell This Version
334102 Jimmy Little Resonate(CD, Album) Festival Mushroom Records 334102 Australia 2001 Sell This Version
334742 Sonic Animation Reality By Deception(CD, Album) Sputnik Records 334742 Australia 2002 Sell This Version
334862 George (7) Polyserena(CD, Album) Festival Mushroom Records 334862 Australia 2002 Sell This Version
336352 Amiel Audio Out(CD, Album) Festival Mushroom Records 336352 Australia 2003 Sell This Version
336355 Amiel Audio Out(CD, Album + DVD-V, PAL) Festival Mushroom Records 336355 Australia 2003 Sell This Version
338085 One Dollar Short Receiving Transmission(CD, Album + CD, Comp) Rapido 338085 Australia & New Zealand 2004 Sell This Version
390 541-7 The Bombers (8) Flash In Japan(7", Single) A&M Records 390 541-7 Australia 1990 Sell This Version
475967 2 The Poor Who Cares (Album) 475967 2 UK 1994 Sell This Version
480340 2 Silverchair Frogstomp(CD, Album) Murmur, Murmur 480340 2 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
488118 2 Various Spawn (The Album) (Album) 488118 2 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
490 315-2 Ruff Ryders Ryde Or Die Vol. I(CD, Comp) Ruff Ryders, Interscope Records 490 315-2 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
493309 2 Silverchair Neon Ballroom(CD, Album) Epic, Murmur 493309 2 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
493309 4 Silverchair Neon Ballroom(Cass, Album) Murmur 493309 4 1999 Sell This Version
493309 9 Silverchair Neon Ballroom(CD, Album + CD, Enh + Ltd) Epic, Murmur 493309 9 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
512 801-4 Paté Biscuit More Paté Please (Sick 'N' Wicked Stories & Songs)(Cass, Album) ABC Music, ABC Music, Phonogram, Phonogram 512 801-4 Australia 1992 Sell This Version
514 129-2 Kavisha Mazzella The Joys Of The Women(CD, Album) ABC Music, Phonogram 514 129-2 Australia 1993 Sell This Version
563 755-2 Tumbleweed Glow In The Dark(CD, Single) Grudge 563 755-2 Australia 1999 Sell This Version
600076 Swanee Into The Night(LP, Album) WEA 600076 Australia 1980 Sell This Version
600133 INXS Shabooh Shoobah(LP, Album, Ltd, Pos) WEA 600133 Australia 1982 Sell This Version
6.22882 AS Kevin Johnson (5) A Man Of The 20th Century(LP, Album) Nova (6), Nova (6) 6.22882 AS Germany 1976 Sell This Version
6.23617 Kevin Johnson (5) Journeys(LP, Album) Strand 6.23617 Germany 1978 Sell This Version
6.25310 AP Kevin Johnson (5) Night Rider(LP, Album) TELDEC, TELDEC 6.25310 AP Germany 1980 Sell This Version
663256 2 Ammonia (2) Drugs(CD, Single) Epic, Murmur 663256 2 UK 1995 Sell This Version
7-52811 Bob Dylan With The Heartbreakers* Bob Dylan With The Heartbreakers* - Band Of The Hand(7", Single) MCA Records 7-52811 Australia 1986 Sell This Version
7 72954-2 The Celibate Rifles Spaceman In A Satin Suit(CD, Album) Hot Records (2), Restless Records 7 72954-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
7 90185-2 INXS Underneath The Colours(CD, Album, RP) ATCO Records, ATCO Records 7 90185-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
830 006-1 Icehouse Measure For Measure(LP, Album) Chrysalis 830 006-1 Greece 1986 Sell This Version
838 926-1 INXS Underneath The Colours(LP, Album, RE) Mercury 838 926-1 Netherlands 1989 Sell This Version
862 223-2 Renee Geyer Crazy(CD, Single) ABC Music, Phonogram, ABC Soundtracks 862 223-2 Australia 1993 Sell This Version
879 768-7 The Wonder Stuff The Size Of A Cow (Single) 879 768-7 Australasia 1991 Sell This Version
880 266-1 Animotion Obsession (Dance Mix)(12", Ltd) Mercury 880 266-1 Australasia 1984 Sell This Version
880 266-7 Animotion Obsession(7", Single) Mercury 880 266-7 Australia 1984 Sell This Version
881 824-1 Killing Joke Kings And Queens(12", Ltd) Polygram 881 824-1 Australasia 1985 Sell This Version
882 026-1 Redskins Keep On Keepin On !(12", Maxi) London Records 882 026-1 Australia 1984 Sell This Version
884 953-7 Bon Jovi You Give Love A Bad Name(7", Single) Mercury 884 953-7 Australia 1986 Sell This Version
888 413-1 The Mission Severina(12") Mercury 888 413-1 Australasia 1987 Sell This Version
2447 008 The Bee Gees* Rare, Precious & Beautiful Volume 2(LP, Comp) Polydor Special 2447 008 Canada 1970 Sell This Version
2473 802 Mental As Anything Get Wet(LP, Album) Virgin 2473 802 France 1980 Sell This Version
2-493309 Silverchair Neon Ballroom(CD, Album, RP) Murmur, Epic 2-493309 Brazil 1999 Sell This Version
250390.1 Cold Chisel Twentieth Century (Album) 250390.1 New Zealand 1984 Sell This Version
465 782.1 Cosmic Psychos Go The Hack(LP, Album) Survival, Survival 465 782.1 Australia 1989 Sell This Version
4766468 Mental As Anything Best Of Mental As Anything(CD, Comp, RE) Universal Music Australia 4766468 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
4797182 Judy Bailey And Friends Sundial(CD, Album) EMI, ABC Music 4797182 Australia 1993 Sell This Version
4797722 P.R.I.C.S.* If You Do It Do It Safe(CD, Album) ABC Music 4797722 Australia 1994 Sell This Version
4933098 Silverchair Neon Ballroom(MD, Album) Epic 4933098 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
498278.2 Midnight Oil The Real Thing (Album) 498278.2 Australia 2000 Sell This Version
498278.4 Midnight Oil The Real Thing(Cass, Album) Columbia 498278.4 Indonesia 2000 Sell This Version
498278.9 Midnight Oil The Real Thing (Comp) 498278.9 France 2000 Sell This Version
514152.2 The Fargone Beauties It's Hard When You're Ugly(CD, Album) Phonogram 514152.2 Australia 1992 Sell This Version
518 0202 Various Stompem Ground(CD, Comp) ABC Music 518 0202 Australia 1993 Sell This Version
5281331 Godstar Coastal(2xLP, Album) Half A Cow Records, Mercury 5281331 Australia 1995 Sell This Version
5281332 Godstar Coastal + Side Four: Love And Death (Album) 5281332 Australia 1995 Sell This Version
578 4472 Smudge (4) Slight Return EP(CD, EP) Half A Cow Records, Mercury 578 4472 Australia 1996 Sell This Version
669404.2 Midnight Oil The Real Thing(CD, Maxi) Columbia 669404.2 Australia 2000 Sell This Version
7-259578 Pat Wilson (2) / Daddy O (2) Pat Wilson (2) / Daddy O (2) - Strong Love/ Tacky Too(7", Single) WEA 7-259578 Australia 1984 Sell This Version
7468962 Mondo Rock Mondo Rock Chemistry(CD, Album, RE) EMI 7468962 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
7 90185-1-Y INXS Underneath The Colours(LP, Album, All) ATCO Records, ATCO Records 7 90185-1-Y US 1984 Sell This Version
8145772 John Williamson Bound For Botany Bay(CD) EMI 8145772 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
8315902 Diesel (3) Solid State Rhyme (Album) 8315902 Australia 1994 Sell This Version
8567172 Swirl (5) The Last Unicorn EP(CD, EP) Half A Cow Records, Mercury 8567172 Australia 1995 Sell This Version
8620462 Radio Freedom Is This Love(CD, Single) Westside Record Company 8620462 Australia 1993 Sell This Version
8740602 Diesel (3) All Come Together(CD, Single) EMI 8740602 Australia 1994 Sell This Version
8740632 Diesel (3) 15ft Of Snow(CD, Single) EMI 8740632 Australia 1995 Sell This Version
9874179 Grinspoon Best In Show(CD, Comp) Universal Music Australia 9874179 Australia 2005 Sell This Version