The music studio thrives in 400-year-old catacombs beneath the streets of Bath

Hidden in the 400-year-old catacombs beneath Pulteney Bridge is a thriving music studio.

The aptly named, Cave Music Studio’s, offers a truly unique recording setting for making music in the ancient catacombs.

Joe Stas, 30, and Uvonji Uzele, known as Vonj, manage the space, which first opened in 2016 and they plan to expand it further.

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Mr Stas said: “It used to be a storage area for Bath Rugby Club before Vonj turned it into a studio. I came after he had already set it up.

“The catacombs were designed to protect the homes above from flooding when the River Avon regularly overflowed hundreds of years ago.

The Caveman Studios

“It’s an incredible space that has a unique acoustic quality. Vonj is the musician in our partnership, he’s a Jazz musician who wanted to create a unique space.

“The space was understandably a bit messy and we are still under construction. We are community based and work a lot with the busking community, we provide space for them to come and practice, record and store their instruments.

“The kind of people who come here focus on their passion, not their career.”

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Mr Stas admitted that sometimes being in the catacombs can feel “strange” due to their rich history in Bath.

There have been many rumors of what went on beneath the streets of the city back when there was a firm separation between the rich and the poor of the river and the city.

Mr Stas said: “I was told old rumors once about what happened here at the time and let’s just say some of them were unsavory.

“It may seem strange when I first walk down the hall, but to be honest, the friendly energy we brought to the place outweighs that.

“We make sure our prices are really affordable for musicians, we’ve had opera stars, bands as well as singer-songwriters and we’re pretty comprehensive.

Uvonji Uzele
Uvonji Uzele

“That’s why we’re looking to expand into other catacombs. There are four more here that aren’t in use at the moment, you should be crawling through them currently and they’ll need to be reused and tanked, but it’s a exciting possibility.

“We would like to provide more space for people to get off and maybe even put on a Speak Easy one day.”

The Cave Man studio can be accessed via the Pultney Bridge and sits on Spring Garden’s Road via a “hobbit-hole gate” to add to the atmosphere.

To find out more, visit their website here.