Oasis Boss Will Turn Chapel Into Music Venue



The man who discovered the famous band Oasis hopes to turn a small Welsh wedding chapel into a new live music venue. Alan McGee and his wife Kate Holmes restored the house of God.

Former Creation Records boss and his spouse together purchased the Baptist chapel in Talgarth, Powys for $64,000 (£40,000). They hope to turn it into 100-capacity performance venue.

In an interview, Alan told the BBC, “It’s been brilliant, one of the best things I’ve been involved in. We saw the chapel and then Kate said it was for sale. I kind of went, ‘Well, just buy it’, not knowing what to do with it. But Kate had this idea to do it up and turn it into something good for the community. We both have this thing about regenerating rural areas.

His fashion designer and musician wife Holmes added, “We used to drive past the chapel and remark what a beautiful old building it was… We will be holding the first of many acoustic nights soon but we want it to be used by the villagers – it is for them not us.

McGee is asking some of his music pals to play at the chapel, but says it’s unlikely Noel or Liam Gallagher will show up.

The gigs will be acoustic in keeping with the religious setting.

McGee, his wife and their teenage daughter live in a huge mansion near the literary town of Hay-on-Wye, five miles from the Victorian chapel in Talgarth.

The couple say the former place of worship can to be used for pop-up restaurants, acoustic music, private parties, christenings and even wakes.

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