Not even Bono can stop the tide of gentrification.
It might be a site of great musical importance for some, but Windmill Lane – the Dublin studio where U2 recorded Boy, War and The Joshua Tree – has been cleared to make way for residential, office and retail units.
As well as the studio itself, the site was the location of walls where fans left graffiti tributes over the years, turning it into an iconic spot for fans of U2 and music alike.
However, the studio’s location in Dublin’s docklands area made it ripe for regeneration, and was bought by Irish property investment company Hibernia REIT in May last year. According to the Irish Independent, Hibernia REIT has said that it would “take into account” the site’s history, and the walls – which are still intact – are expected to be stored before being sold off or donated.
As well as U2, Windmill Lane played host to musicians including Van Morrison, The Rolling Stones and Sinead O’Connor over the course of its lifetime, while Kate Bush’s 1985 album Hounds Of Love was also partly recorded there.