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 firstname.lastname@example.org.