The Phoenix Cultural Centre

A member of the Surrey and Woking communities

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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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!

A summer of music

This summer we've continued with StreetLive, a joint initiative we are running in partnership with Woking Borough Council, Market Walk and Woking Shopping.

We had a great day of music in the town centre on 23 July - the sun was out, the French market was on, and the music was lovely!

We also had some great buskers playing at Party in the Park on 9 July.

StreetLive will be back again on 20 August and 17 September, so keep an eye and an ear out for musicians and entertainers.

We really appreciate all your support and encouragement!

Huge thank you to everyone who helped make Phoenix Rising a success!

We had a brilliant day on Sunday 17th July at Phoenix Rising in Woking Park and we have to thank all the people who helped to get it going and make it a success, not least all the members of the public who came and were amazing and delightful!

Huge thanks to all our volunteers who work so hard to make things happen; and to all the performers on the day, including Dark Zero, Dave Salsbury, Phoenix Chroi, Will B, Coco LaFunk, Lisa Von H, Dan Shears & The Velveteen Orkestra, Andy Twyman and The Sheratones. All gave their time free and very much appreciated it was by everyone too. For more thank yous, see our Facebook Post of Gratitude!

The lovely Sarah Longes (Mirador Design) took beautiful photographs of the day (including those on this post) and you can take a look at those on Sarah's Facebook page. She has offered to make higher-res versions available for people in exchange for donations to the Phoenix project, so do let us know if you want to take advantage of that kind offer.

Sunday 17th July was a great day for live music and community and it is thanks to the community that we continue.

Phoenix Rising - free summer party on 17 July

Woking will be celebrating its fifth year of having a FREE community live music event from 12-7pm on 17 July in Woking Park!

A group of local people and organisations led by The Phoenix Cultural Centre CIC are hosting 'Phoenix Rising', a day showcasing the feature acts from the Phoenix Centre's well-known nights providing a variety of excellent, original, emerging live music. Find out more (and invite your friends) using the Facebook event page.

The day also includes a songwriting workshop, try-an-instrument sessions with tips and encouragement from local and national gigging musicians, gong and singing bowl demonstrations, as well as spoken word and poetry.

Check out this YouTube video made by our community partners at We Love Woking for a taste of last year's event. This year, it promises to be even bigger and better!

There will also be food at reasonable prices, sold by a variety of local producers (including Thai, Italian, Caribbean, Indian food and cupcakes), a bar from Soda & Rye, stalls from local voluntary organisations and vintage and retro sales. A unique feature is the sale of merchandise from the bands that have played at Phoenix Centre events, since it was started in 2010 doing pop up original live music events around the town.

The event will be streamed live on Radio Woking as well so can be heard well past the Borough!

The event is put on by musicians and community workers who are residents of the town and is free so that the whole community in Woking can feel welcome. It is a place to come with friends and family and relax and enjoy the excellent live music that Woking has to offer.

To keep it free, the event is funded through donations. If you can support us, please visit the crowdfunding website.

StreetLive returns to Woking

On Saturday 11 June, we kicked off another summer of the fantastic StreetLive initiative that we are running in partnership with Woking Borough Council, Market Walk and Woking Shopping.

We had live music in the town centre from the New Hawleans Jug Band, Lisa Von H and classical singer Chelsea Hart plus a stall with local musicians' CDs.

The next StreetLive event is on 23 July but before that we have buskers at Party In The Park on 9 July and of course Phoenix Rising on 17 July.

So do come and enjoy the great live original music that Woking has to offer this Summer!