Established by Sandy Duff in 1999, Method Lounge began as a mixtape series that by the early 00s, had spawned a ground-breaking club night bringing the broken beats, UKG and early dubstep vibes to the North East fused with hip hop, drum and bass and jazz breaks.
By 2005 the Method became a philosophy that led to the formation of the GMC arts collective, based on the simple principle that we work better together, the collective grew and to date has active members in various cities across the globe.
The renowned Arches project at Sage Gateshead was established in 2009 and run by the core GMC team. The Arches provided the perfect base to develop our community programme; utilising the collective arts skills and links we reinvented the education programmes to better support clients through music and art.
The Method Lounge returned in 2015 as the studio HQ for new projects and partnerships being developed and helped to establish new festivals The Bridge UK Hip Hop and Lindisfarne Festival as well as expanding and investing in new community links.
In 2021 The Method Lounge was formalised as a business in response to changes in the landscape due to the Covid Pandemic. The various elements of the work (Community Radio, Visual Arts, Music and Education) were reunited under the Method banner and are presented here, all in one place for the first time.
Sandy and the Method team are available for projects, commissions, workshops, tutoring, mentoring, events and consultancy across the arts and education sectors with speciality experience within youth justice, alternative education and NEET provision.