The Phoenix Cultural Centre

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About The Phoenix Cultural Centre

A community project bringing live music and other cultural events to Woking. The Phoenix Cultural Centre is a social enterprise, working towards creating a welcoming and inclusive space where people from all backgrounds can enjoy and participate in music events and which supports other community groups working in Woking.

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Phoenix Rising - Woking's very own live music festival returns!

Phoenix Rising, our free day of live music in Woking Park, is back! This year we'll be in the park on Sunday 28 May, 12-7pm. We have some great bands and local musicians lined up, all for free for everyone to enjoy!

As in previous years, there will also be stalls, with food and a bar, as well as workshops and space where you can try out instruments.

Come along! If you're on Twitter, the festival has its own Twitter handle @phoenixrisingwk.

If you'd like to volunteer on the day or if you can put up a poster or distribute flyers, please get in touch. Any stall holders who want a spot, please contact peter@phoenixculturalcentre.org.uk.

See you there!
When
28 May 2017 at 12:00pm
until 28 May 2017 at 7:00pm
Where
Woking Park
Kingfield Road
Woking
GU22 9BA

Great live music at our fundraising gig

A big thank you to everyone who made the fundraising gig on 21 April such a great night! Although we've not yet got the lease, we were able to use the new venue (Quake - soon to be Fiery Bird!) for a great night of music featuring Eddie & The Hot Rods, Department S, Ed Tenpole-Tudor and Phoenix Chroi. The bands all did great sets, and we can't thank them enough.

Huge thanks also to everyone involved behind the scenes, including Ed from Elegraphics for poster design, Knaphill Print for doing all the flyers & posters, HD Pro Audio for lending the sound equipment and engineering skills, Kim from Waterats studio for loan of stuff and expertise, Dan from Powerhouse (and The Fanzines!) for volunteering last minute, Sainsbury's for the band refreshments, Sarah from Mirador Design for the press pics (including the one on this page) and Ali & her staff at Big Apple. Plus all of our amazing volunteers, and everyone who came along to support the event. We just can't thank people enough for what they do to get this off the ground. Thanks also to Get Surrey for their support - you can read a write up of the gig on their website.

If you couldn't make it, you can get a peek inside the new venue in this Pyrford TV Arts interview with Elaine about the project. Recorded back in February, the footage gives an idea of the scale of the venue we are looking to take over. With thanks to them for their support.

Recent Phoenix news and another date for your diary

A massive thank you is in order to everyone who supported the crowdfund campaign by pledging and sharing the web link. It raised a fantastic £5693! Thanks to Get Surrey for their coverage. Huge thank you too, to the lovely people from University of Surrey who came to help us with some admin, publicity and getting the crowdfund gifts designed and ready.

In February, Woking band Phoenix Chroi celebrated the release of their second album 'Humanity Lands' with a launch gig, supported by Skaciety and Rudeboy Productions. and with all proceeds going towards the venue's fundraising target. It was a great night and raised over £300.

Also in February, we had a great time at the LGBT History Month evening hosted by Surrey Heritage and Outline. There was a fantastic buzz, talks, chat and great cakes!

Earlier this month, our founder Joe and volunteer Danny completed a sponsored 5k run in Woking. They’ve already raised more than £500, but there’s still time to add to their total. Huge thank you for your efforts guys!

Phoenix Rising

Coming up, the annual outdoor live music extravaganza Phoenix Rising is on Sunday 28 May in Woking Park. It will be a day of great live music, stalls, activities, all free for the local community to come and enjoy. There will also be food stalls and a bar, so put the date in your diaries and come and join us for a great chill out day, for everyone. If anyone fancies volunteering or has an idea they would like to contribute please contact phoenixculturalcentre@yahoo.co.uk. Any stallholders who want a spot, please contact peter@phoenixculturalcentre.org.uk for more details.

Top bands pull together for a fundraising gig for Woking's new live music venue

Three well-known UK bands have come together to support Woking's newest and indeed only live music venue!

Eddie and the Hot Rods, Department S & Ed Tenpole-Tudor, with support from local band Phoenix Chroi, are performing at the Fiery Bird (formerly Quake Nightclub) in Woking, on Friday 21st April 2017. Tickets available at £17.50 in advance from Ticket Web.

Eddie & The Hot Rods, well known for the 1977 anthem Do Anything You Wanna Do, are on tour, playing to enthusiastic audiences fired up by their energetic stage presence.

Department S are touring the UK & Europe after the release of their new album, with the new video for their single When All Is Said And All Is Done out now. The new material has been very well received at gigs alongside their back catalogue, including the famed Is Vic There?

Ed Tenpole-Tudor, frontman of The Sex Pistols after Johnny Rotten’s departure and lead singer of Tenpole Tudor, now tours as a solo artist. There will be local support from Woking band Phoenix Chroi who have just released their second CD Humanity Lands and are part of the team who have set up the venue project.

Eddie Roxy, frontman of Department S, is the mastermind behind this gig. He heard about the crowdfund launched by Phoenix Cultural Centre CIC and the work being done to create a new venue that welcomes and supports touring musicians, local bands and the community – and he offered to put a line up together to support it!

Event details and ticket links are also on Facebook – please share!

A spokesperson for Phoenix Cultural Centre CIC said ‘At last Woking is getting the venue it deserves, to serve not only the people who live here – but also, with our excellent transport links, those who live elsewhere and want to be able to easily access live music in a welcoming venue, knowing that they are also helping the local community and new musicians. Profits from any activity in the venue will be ploughed back in to supporting the community and making the venue more accessible.

‘We are so happy that these high-profile bands have come together to support the venue. We look forward to putting on many more excellent gigs and showcasing the talent we also have in our local scene.

Marquee AV is kindly donating the sound rig for this gig and the specialists to run it, with expertise from people who have fitted out some of the best UK venues.

‘We are very excited about the future of live music in Woking and reassured that not only do we believe in this venue but so too do the national live music and creative industries. They see a new venue as a positive and welcome move for live music in the UK, especially a venue that has at its heart the philosophy of growing the next generation of live music technicians, musicians and importantly audiences!’
When
21 Apr 2017 at 6:30pm
until 21 Apr 2017 at 11:00pm
Where
The Fiery Bird (Quake)
Church Street East
Woking
GU21 6HR

Album launch gig - all proceeds to the Phoenix project

Woking band Phoenix Chroi are celebrating the start of an important milestone year for them with the release of their second album 'Humanity Lands' at its launch on 25 February in Guildford. All proceeds from the night will go to The Phoenix Culture Centre CIC.

The post punk/new wave band have been busy over recent years not only with their own music but developing other musicians, writing projects and, of course, The Phoenix Cultural Centre project.

Humanity Lands is a collection of ten powerful songs covering stories from the lives of people living under regenerating landscapes (Pigeons) the wants vs needs Generation (Ashes) and the title track Humanity Lands, an exhortation to look to the examples of generations past to to be brave and rebuild a future for all.

The album launch will take place at the City Club, St Joseph's Road in Guildford on Saturday 25 February with support from festival favourites Morgellons, young ska punk ambassadors Skaciety and DJs Rudeboy Productions. MC on the night will be Undercover Festival founder Mick Moriarty, keeping them all in order. The band want the night to be a party to celebrate with supporters and friends.

Entry is £5 with all proceeds going to The Phoenix Cultural Centre CIC.

We're launching a crowdfunding campaign - choose your reward!

We're launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the next stage of the Phoenix project. You can choose rewards from button badges to your name on the wall! Every contribution should come with the warm glow of knowing that you're supporting a great community venture.

For a few years now, there's been lots going on in the small venue. We had acoustic nights of excellent original music, family days, employment training, confidence building, beginners' open mics, writers' workshops, launches and so much more with every age group and background. We've also organised music outdoors, including StreetLive and the annual Phoenix Rising event in Woking park.

Now we are going to be moving into a large venue that can do all this AND bring in great national artists, give full band support slots and be a place for everyone to build. Together we can do so much!

This project is owned by the town and its residents. There are 100,000 people living here - imagine what we can make happen for our children and grandchildren. We can build something that they can own and be proud of, where they can express themselves, relax and not be anything other than their wild, wonderful amazing selves!

The crowdfunding campaign aims to raise funds we can use to get the venue up and running - including improving accessibility and lighting for daytime use. Please contribute if you can and share it with everyone you know! Please help us to get off to a flying start. We have this building for three years and we want to start something amazing that can last for generations…

That link again: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-fiery-bird/

Woking's community music venue

As you've hopefully heard already, we're planning to turn the old Quake nightclub in Woking town centre into a community live music venue! At the moment, it's looking likely that we'll take over the building in January.

There's already lots to do and it's great to see the community coming together to get involved and support the project. Thank you so much to everyone who has been involved this year and to all of you who have offered help for next year! If you are interested in volunteering, please do get in touch. (We welcome any skills people can offer in accountancy, legal, marketing, fundraising, building etc. as well as more general help.) Special mention to the staff from the University of Surrey (pictured) who came along to do some painting – the first bit of makeover we've given the venue. Plenty more of that to come in the new year.

It has been a busy time and will get even busier! Thank you for the part you have played to make it all happen. We have all really appreciated every encouragement and bit of help we have received and really look forward to working with you again in 2017.

Mickey Rickshaw – European tour comes to Woking

What better way to kick off your year of live music than with some acoustic celtic punk?!

Irish American band Mickey Rickshaw have added a Woking date to their European tour and will be playing on Monday 9th January, with support from Comrade X.

We're planning to take over the new Fiery Bird building in January, so this is likely to be the last time we will be hosting a shindig in the old Phoenix shop. Do come and join us at The Phoenix Cultural Centre, 27 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6JT.

Admission is £4 and you can bring your own beer!
When
09 Jan 2017 at 7:30pm
until 09 Jan 2017 at 10:45pm
Where
The Phoenix Cultural Centre
27 Goldsworth Road
Woking
GU21 6JT

Drumroll please...a community-run live music venue is on its way!

We are delighted to announce our intention to take over and rename Quake, a 1,000-capacity nightclub in central Woking, to run as a live music venue and cultural centre.

Working in partnership with promoters, agents and national networks, the project aims to bring bands and musicians to Woking from around the country, as well as encouraging and promoting emerging local talent. In addition to live music, the centre will offer a wide range of cultural and literary events, DJ nights and space for community hire.

Elaine McGinty, Director of the Phoenix Cultural Centre CIC said: “The space needs work done on it and we are looking forward to getting in there and making it work. It’ll be an exciting new space for Woking that directly benefits the community and visitors, the transport links here are so good it will bring a real benefit to the town to bring touring bands in and invest in our own live music scene. We’re going to make this work so Woking has a live music venue again and a future for original live music that it can be proud of as well as its heritage”

The project is community led and will reinvest any profits back to benefit Woking’s residents – the most diverse borough in Surrey. It has the support of Woking Borough Council, and is applying for grants towards the extensive refurbishment required to turn the building into a welcoming community space where new training and employment opportunities for technical trades in creative industry can be offered as well as artistic support and mentoring to emerging artists and access for disabled performers as well as gig goers.

Renamed The Fiery Bird, the building will initially be leased for three years, with the intention that the project becomes part of the new Town Centre development. The Phoenix Cultural Centre CIC is working in partnership with Shaun Hopwood, previously of Bisley Pavilion and The Old Schoolhouse. The two monthly events currently held at Quake (Schism Rock Club and Mayhem Club Night) will continue.

“We plan to have larger music nights, emerging bands and local bands, as well as a vibrant vintage market and different workshops, but it’s up to the community to decide,” Elaine continued. “We want it to cover everything and every age group, every background, but to make it work we need everyone to get behind it, we need people to come forward with their ideas, expertise and skills so it really represents the community it serves”

The Phoenix Cultural Centre volunteer team has been running successful live music events in Woking for several years, including using an empty shop in Goldsworth Road for open mic and feature nights, and in 2016 organising the inaugural Phoenix Rising, an open-air festival of original music in Woking Park emerging from the National 'Our Big Gig' community live music festivals they organised since 2012. If you would like to get involved and support the project by volunteering or donating towards the refurbishment and running costs, please get in touch at phoenixculturalcentre@rocketmail.com.

Last of the summer music

We filled the last days of summer with music, music, and more music!

We had great fun and great performances from musicians and street entertainers over several days of Streetlive in the town centre, as well as great days of music at the Woking Food & Drink Festival, Sheerwater Festival and our very own Phoenix Rising in Woking Park.

Huge thank you to all the performers and all of you who stopped by and supported them.

We'll next be bringing music to the town centre on Saturday 1st October, with buskers at Woking Arts Fair, an all-day event organised by Woking Arts Hub. Hope to see you there!