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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Upcoming events

MONDAY, OCTOBER 14
8:00pm
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19
MONDAY, OCTOBER 21
8:00pm
MONDAY, OCTOBER 28
8:00pm
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1

Latest posts

Aurora - Live music night for Woking's under 18s

Max is our newest volunteer and he has already started up a fantastic new creative outlet for young people to become involved in live music, both to watch and enjoy and be part of organising. He has only just turned 16 and has set up this music night for young people aged 11+ to manage, play, sound engineer, light engineer and do all aspects of putting safe, accessible live music gigs together. They can enjoy great, creative, nights out and learn valuable creative industry skills that transfer to so many areas of work or just have fun! We are really proud of him and his friends - he has done all of this himself, we are just providing the venue and equipment and encouragement, which is what we set up for - to be a place where people can explore doing what they want to see happen no matter what age or background.

The first Aurora live music night is happening on 1st November and you can find out more on the Aurora Woking website.
When
01 Nov 2019 at 7:00pm
until 01 Nov 2019 at 10:00pm
Where
Fiery Bird Live Music Venue
Church Street East
Woking
GU21 6HJ

The Big Surrey Americana Festival

The Big Surrey Americana festival brought in some amazing acts with Bluesman David Skinner coming over from Ireland just because he loves the venue and Katie Bradley, cited as one of the iconic Women of the Blues on BBC Radio 2. With the confirmed extension of our lease we look forward to it getting even bigger and better next year! Volunteer Claire took some fantastic photos of the musicians playing, which you can find on her Flickr page.

Spriggan Mist - Ghostly Tales

Spriggan Mist's 2013 album is brought to life in a live performance featuring Spriggan Mist, Jadoo's Jingles storytellers and much much more!

Doors 7.30pm, £10.
When
19 Oct 2019 at 7:30pm
until 19 Oct 2019 at 11:30pm
Where
Fiery Bird Live Music Venue
Church Street East
Woking
GU21 6HJ

All Mod Cons Anniversary Tour + special guests Proper

All Mod Cons, the acclaimed tribute act to the Jam since 1989, are playing their 10th and last UK tour with support from UK power-pop band Proper.

Last chance to catch All Mod Cons's supercharged set in this country!

Doors 8pm. Tickets (£10 + £1 booking fee) available from WeGotTickets.
When
17 Oct 2019 at 8:00pm
until 17 Oct 2019 at 11:00pm
Where
Fiery Bird Live Music Venue
Church Street East
Woking
GU21 6HJ

Surrey Americana Festival comes to Woking

Woking hosts a whole new genre when the Surrey Americana Festival lands at Fiery Bird Live Music venue on 21st and 22nd September.

Featuring some of the best emerging acts on the scene, covering blues, country and roots music, it is the first time this event has been held in Woking.

‘We wanted to reflect what we were finding coming through at our open mic and feature events and we know other local promoters in Surrey and Hants were finding the same - some excellent new work of these genres with contemporary themes and lyrics but all with a very high level of skill in common. The size of our venue means that we can open out a much larger space to acts and other promoters wanting to be involved’, a spokesperson said. ‘We are so proud to bring this event to Woking because it really reflects what Fiery Bird is all about - a place to give a platform to new artists but also bring great touring artists in to Woking for all to enjoy. As well as Woking music lovers the venue is so easy to access from London, Surrey, Hants & Berks that it makes for an easy way to hear some brilliant music and have a great weekend with all the variety of restaurants and activities that Woking has to offer too.’

Artists such as Blues favourite Katie Bradley, Americana legends The Dustbowl Sinners, and Roots Rattle and Roll merchants The Mantic Muddlers, will be playing along with some excellent work from local talent and worldwide impact acts like Beth Keeping, who has been recording in Nashville as well as founding her critically acclaimed project Write Like A Girl which resumes touring later this year.

The emergence of Fiery Bird, a grassroots venue in Woking, even in the short time it has been opened, is seeing its impact as a broad range of new writing comes to the fore - musicians now having the space to explore, create and share new work in a supportive environment taking it from open mic to festival level, whilst the ethos of an artist-led community benefit venue attracts excellent, respected and well-established touring musicians to the area. Woking can now claim again a place on the map in UK music that it can be proud of.

Tickets are available from https://www.ticketweb.uk/event/the-americana-festival-the-fiery-bird-tickets/9090275

Fiery Bird Live Music Venue is an accessible venue and welcomes enquiries to ensure that we can accommodate everyone to have an enjoyable and comfortable time. Enquiries and requests for assistance to info@fierybirdvenue.org.uk

Fiery Bird Live Music Venue is operated by Phoenix Cultural Centre CIC a collective of musicians, writers and community members from Woking, working to bring a permanent non-profit cultural and live music space to the town.

Celebrating our volunteer Ian!

If you’ve ever come to an event and been greeted by our lovely Ian offering tea and cake and a welcoming smile you will know what a great bloke he is. Not only does he support all the volunteers and customers in this way, nothing is too much trouble. When we were approached by colleges seeking work-based placements for adults with special needs, Ian knew that this was something we really wanted to support and offered to do specialist training to be able to do that. He has volunteered on whatever days were needed, changing them so we could support more people and then still coming out at night to serve teas at the open mics, do the social posts and take part! When the jobs were done he would offer guitar lessons to the adults and as they enjoyed themselves so much he offered to support so they could become volunteers and add a place for Surrey Choices to place adults too. The internships were instrumental in making so many improvements to the venue, not least in helping us to increase our accessibility. None of this would have happened without Ian. We nominated him for a Volunteer of the Year award and here he is having fun at the ceremony at the WWF Living Planet Centre. Thank you to Ian and all our fantastic volunteers!

Book launch

Last year, we were asked to contribute to a book on opening a grassroots venue by the Music Venues Trust. They produced two books, one on opening venues and one on running them. We were so honoured to be asked to contribute to this national project, supported by the Mayor of London and Ticketmaster. Fiery Bird founders, Joe & Elaine, were invited to City Hall in London this month to take part in the launch. London's Night Czar, Amy Lamé, chatted to us about the importance of local grassroots venues, the contribution they make to newly developing areas and the opportunities that new developments can bring for them and the community.

We've got a couple of print copies, but here is the link to the downloadable pdf of the books.

Summer of Love Groove

Saturday night is alright for dancing and celebrating, where everyone can just be free to have a good time!

Join us for the Summer of Love Groove, DJs and more tbc. Save the date!

£10 in advance, £15 on the door. Buy tickets via Ticketweb website.
When
10 Aug 2019 at 10:00pm
until 11 Aug 2019 at 2:00am
Where
Fiery Bird Live Music Venue
Church Street East
Woking
GU21 6HJ

Congratulations Chris and James!

Chris and James came to us from Guildford College young SEN adults for work experience and have worked wonders in our community venue alongside their coach Abbie. We are so proud of Chris and James who graduated from the Guildford College Activate Learning Supported Internship this month, and of our fantastic volunteer Ian who undertook specialist training to make sure we could support them properly. They were amazing and we are so fortunate and proud to say that Chris has now signed on as a permanent volunteer. We wish James luck as he takes on new roles nearer home. These guys worked so hard to make some incredible improvements in the venue for everyone to benefit.

Party in the Park

Party In The Park time is almost upon us (6 July). As in previous years, we'll have three busking areas throughout the park from 12-5pm. If you would like to perform, do get in touch by emailing phoenixculturalcentre@rocketmail.com stating 'PARTY IN THE PARK BUSKING' with some links. Or if you’d rather, just pop down to an open mic night, do a couple of songs and register your interest - the next one is Monday 24 June at Fiery Bird 8-11pm.

We'll also be hosting two hours of excellent music from 6-8pm on the Fiery Bird Stage, with Rebecca Jayne, Ajay Srivastav and The Mantic Muddlers.
When
06 Jul 2019 at 12:00pm
until 06 Jul 2019 at 8:00pm
Where
Woking Park