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Leicester

Calling all Leicester artists. This is your space to record, produce, mix, match, rehearse and jam. Whatever your project, get it done here.

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Your space to create

Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, our specialist East Midlands studios are the perfect place to create, write, produce, practice and mix with no distractions.

In Leicester there are 15 spaces ready for your next project: 

  • Hone your mix on club-standard equipment in the DJ studios
  • Rehearsal studios to jam with your band or practice for the next gig
  • Recording studios to write and produce songs or capture vocals

Simply book and pay by the hour using our easy live calendar. It's time to let your creativity flow.

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What is Pirate?

A worldwide network of DJ, production, rehearsal, podcast and dance studios, giving you round the clock access to create. Because we’re open 24/7, we've made the experience entirely self-service using our unique entry code system — but if you ever need a hand, we're here. The fastest way to get support is via Live Chat.

On-site facilities

  • Free car-parking (registry required)
  • High-speed WiFi
  • Vending machines
  • Kitchen facilities
  • Air-conditioned rooms
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Ay up duck

Leicester's lineage as a hotspot for many of the world's preeminent blues, rock and pop musicians in the 60s lives on through its exemplary array of independent record stores. Mighty Leicester boasts Britain’s first mainland radio station – BBC Radio Leicester – which first broadcast in 1967. Nowadays, you are just likely to hear local grime don and Pirate mainstay Jafro on the airwaves as you are to catch a chisit waxing lyrical about that 2015-2016 title-winning season.

Here are a few of our favourite spots that are within walking distance from your Cumberland St. studios:

  • Out Of Joint Records: Leftfield dance music specialist with undoubtedly the cutest office mascot in the area
  • Beat Route: second-hand prog, psych, pop mecca with an immaculately well-kept selection
  • Jazz House Records: lose yourself for hours in this haven for classic and contemporary jazz 

Know somewhere worth shouting about in Leicester? Tell the world, drop us a line with your suggestion: community@pirate.com


Enjoy industry-standard equipment at affordable prices at our Leicester studios


From the Community

"It was a clean room, all the equipment sounded excellent. And it was very well highlighted for social distancing."

Amy Pratt — Leicester

Frequently asked questions

The Leicester edition of our FAQs has the top things you need to know about your session. Need more help? Hit up our support team via Live Chat.

Getting here and access

If you're driving, free parking is available — however, you must register your vehicle details via the link in the booking confirmation email. 

If you're coming by public transport, the Hay Market bus station is a ten-minute walk away.

What is verification and how does it work?

Being verified unlocks extra features at Pirate, like Refer-a-Friend credits. You also need to have your identity verified before you book one of our DJ or recording studios, so it’s a worthwhile investment! Don’t worry, the process only takes two minutes.

TIP: Use your mobile, it's easier to get a clear shot of your face/document.

I'm having trouble with a code or lock — help?

Slow and gentle!  Our locks can be a little sensitive so put your code in slowly and as detailed on your booking — such as * 1 2 3 4 5 6. Don't forget the star!

You might be sent a four-digit code as a replacement for the booking, such as 1 2 3 4.  As above, press slowly and in this case, with no star, *.

If you're having trouble with the lock or code, please contact us and we'll help get you in as soon as possible.

What if something breaks or I need a spare?

Spares in every location! We carry lots of spares in our sites, just in case you need any further equipment or something has a fault.  You'll also find lots of spare cables and mics in our rehearsal studios if needed.

Something missing from the room or you need an item from the Spares cupboard? Hit us up on Live Chat via the website. We will be more than happy to help.

Set up your Pirate.com account

It takes less than two minutes to become a member:

  • Visit the account creation page.
  • Enter your details in each field. If you have a referral code from another Pirate customer, please enter it at this point.
  • Select Join Pirate Studios and we’ll send you an SMS to confirm your mobile number. You’ll need to confirm this number before you can use your account.
  • Confirmed? You’re ready to book.

How do I book a session?

Our live booking calendar shows the latest availability of studios. You can book anywhere from a year in advance right up until a few minutes beforehand. Some studios are popular, so we recommend securing your slot in advance.

TIP: Book enough time to set-up and get comfortable with the gear, and set-up/pack-down anything you’ve brought along. 

Can I hire extra equipment?

In the UK you can hire various pieces of equipment for your booking. Some gear is chargeable — we've outlined how to hire and costs below. In the US, DE and IE, our studios come fully equipped.

How to hire extra equipment

  • Make a booking (or if part of a band or group, find out the booking details from the account holder)
  • Note the location, studio number, date and time of your booking
  • Fill out the form here
  • If your item is chargeable, we'll automatically charge the card used to make the booking
  • We'll text you/the account holder with confirmation of the hire and the codes to access the Spares cupboard
  • If the item is unavailable, we'll let you know via text and let you know when it's next available
  • Once you've finished your session, simply use the same codes to return the item to the Spares cupboard

Chargeable
Cymbals — £5 per booking (no time limit)

Free
Cymbal stands, keyboards and stands, mics and stands (not condenser mics), music stands, headphones (but we do suggest you bring your own).

All items are subject to availability. Fill out the form if you're ready to hire.

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On-site Facilities

  • Professional equipment
  • Expert sound isolation
  • Self-service, pay by the hour
  • Spares available
  • 24/7 pin code access
  • Free WiFi
  • W/C facilities
  • Kitchen area
  • Car-parking — please register

Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year


Find Us

Getting Here

Cumberland House, Cumberland St., Leicester, LE1 4QS

The studio address is Cumberland House, Cumberland St., Leicester, LE1 4QS.

If you're driving, free parking is available — however, you must register your vehicle details via the link in the booking confirmation email.

If you're coming by public transport, the Hay Market bus station is a ten-minute walk away.
 
Have a question or need support? Check out our FAQs, use the Live Chat, or call us.

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