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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Statement from our founders on the closure of the Fiery Bird venue and COVID-19

Dear all,

Given the Government's current advice on preventing the spread of coronavirus, we are writing to let you know that the Fiery Bird is currently closed. Bookings and gigs are cancelled at least until the end of April.

This decision is important for the safety of our customers and volunteers, particularly those, including our co-founder Joe, who have underlying health conditions.

You may be aware that we also have contracts for events run by other people. These are a way of finding musicians paid work and they are also an important source of income for us, supporting our community work. These contracts have all been cancelled for this year. This leaves us in a very vulnerable position.

Obviously, this is a difficult and sad situation all round. There are several factors we need to consider which cause us issues and where we can demonstrate the strengths and benefits a social project like ours can bring to the community in such vulnerable times.

Even if our venue is closed, we have so much work to do behind the scenes for the future of the project, and this work can continue. We can use this time to really see this stage through, to help embed a community venue and grassroots arts in our community. Our team’s efforts to get us where we are mustn’t be lost and it’s important to keep the team involved and working together. We want to welcome new members virtually as much as we can, not just to keep the project going but also to be there for each other and our community through this difficult time.

We ask if people have time or resources available, to consider if they can support us. However, we are very aware that people have worries and we want to know how we can support you too.

As well as a live music venue, Phoenix Centre/Fiery Bird has always been a place where people who otherwise would not go out can be welcome. There may be people who are very isolated now and need connection. Suggestions welcome on how we can encourage people to use all arts and creativity to find solace and connection. We have members and volunteers with expertise in so many areas, who might be able to help people and shape what we can do to support our community and each other through this. Many of our musician friends are live-streaming performances, so we don’t necessarily see a gap that we need to fill there, but there may be other ways we can get people together, perhaps through sharing music, chatting or other things in a virtual group.

Community-led businesses are at the heart of the places they serve and can respond quickly and compassionately to the needs of people where they are based. When this blows over, we will be able to be part of building our community back up in resilience and hope. We welcome people to help us do this, based on our core principles and values of being a community driven, equality and ethics based, welcoming project.

Over the next few days and weeks, as more information becomes available, we will be working towards this bright future and hope that you will be aware that your time, compassion, skills and intelligence is much valued to make that happen. Joe is still working full time because he has vulnerable clients as well as working on this and I am working to try to get our future secured and some major funding in place so we welcome ideas with our purpose embedded in them that people are prepared to drive forward.

This project has seen adversity many times in its ten-year history. It was built on adversity and always comes out stronger. We know that we can survive this, with even more resolve to be a place where everyone can express themselves. Bear with us, we are working as hard as we can in the background, but whatever happens, keep your spirits high and reach out if you need help.

Take care of yourselves, you are very, very valued

Best wishes,

Elaine & Joe

The Great NHS Heist

An information event on 20th February. This new documentary from Dr Bob Gill is a shocking exposé of the privatisation of our health service. With testimony from health experts, ex-cabinet members, economists, and clinicians, this film tells a story of betrayal. This event is a wake-up call, is unmissable, and is a call to action!

£3 on the door.
When
20 Feb 2020 at 7:30pm
until 20 Feb 2020 at 10:00pm
Where
Fiery Bird Live Music Venue
Church Street East
Woking
GU21 6HJ

Social leadership

Our CEO Elaine has been selected to be part of the Clore Social Leadership Experienced Leaders Programme 2020.

Only 34 social leaders are selected from across the UK to take part in an in-depth programme to increase their skills to make lasting social change. Go Elaine!

Undercover 8 – the final ever Undercover Festival

Undercover 8 (2020) is going to be the 8th and final Undercover Festival; and the organisers say they intend for it to go out with a bang!

Two packed days of alternative music including punk, post punk and some Ska n dub thrown in for good measure.

Full details on the festival website and tickets are available on the Eventbrite website.
When
06 Mar 2020 at 4:00pm
until 08 Mar 2020 at 1:00am
Where
Fiery Bird Live Music Venue
Church Street East
Woking
GU21 6HJ

CANCELLED - The Collective AKA plus special guests SubCulture

The Collective AKA are a seven-piece Ska and Mod band, based in Surrey, determined to have everyone dancing to the classic floor-fillers.

Described by The Dublin Castle as a "Magnificent mod/2 Tone/punk and new wave covers act who switch effortlessly between the likes of The Specials, The Jam, Madness, The Beat, The Who, The Clash, Small Faces and more modernist marvels, all done with musical chops to die for and a whole lotta soulful attention to detail. Bring yer dancing loafers/hush puppies/monkey boots/DMs!”

They appeal to Mods, scooterists, rude boys, punks, reggae party people and are rapidly building a reputation as a must-see band.

They'll be joined by special guests SubCulture.

A guaranteed good, bouncy night out!

£8 in advance, £10 on the door.
When
04 Apr 2020 at 7:00pm
until 04 Apr 2020 at 11:30pm
Where
Fiery Bird Live Music Venue
Church Street East
Woking
GU21 6HJ

The Watermelon Complex

The Watermelon Complex says of this gig at The Fiery Bird, "A new era in The Watermelon Complex's journey is about to begin. To begin this exciting new shift, we go back to our roots, to our home town where it all started. With old friends Brie playing alongside us, this will not be a night to forget. This is a love letter to those who followed us from the beginning."

Tickets are £5 on the door.
When
11 Jan 2020 at 7:30pm
until 11 Jan 2020 at 11:00pm
Where
Fiery Bird Live Music Venue
Church Street East
Woking
GU21 6HJ

Lovely Music Night

We have another of our trademark acoustic nights on Tuesday 28th January featuring Bi & The Amanas, Isobel Thatcher, Sophie Henderson Leavy and Mooshwa Pooshwa.

Doors open at 7.30pm and entry is £5.
When
28 Jan 2020 at 7:30pm
until 28 Jan 2020 at 10:30pm
Where
Fiery Bird Live Music Venue
Church Street East
Woking
GU21 6HJ

Sour Kix and special guests

Sour Kix are a young band from Woking. Formed six years ago, they are made up of siblings Amelie (vocals), Ollie (drums) and Louis (guitar and vocals) alongside best friends Ed (bass guitar) and Andries (guitar and bass).

After a busy year of gigging up and down the country, the band are putting on an end-of-year show in their hometown, raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

With support from local artists Armstrong, Juno, Life Like Charlie and George Gervasio, the Fiery Bird in Woking is the place to be on 20th December!

Tickets are £8 in advance, available through the See Tickets website, or £10 on the door.
When
20 Dec 2019 at 7:00pm
until 20 Dec 2019 at 11:00pm
Where
Fiery Bird Live Music Venue
Church Street East
Woking
GU21 6HJ

track not found, Refuse All, Aqualine + more

Guernsey band 'track not found' are playing on 2nd November. Support comes from London band Refuse/All and up-and-coming band Aqualine from Guildford, with more bands to be added.

This is a 14+ event

Tickets £7 on the door

track not found, from Guernsey, pull on influences from classic jazz to grime, smooth-ass funk to metal from their emo days and this has resulted in riff-led grungy songs with the occasional rap and/or kazoo. Their current UK tour, supporting their latest single release 'Everyone Hates Track Not Found', sees them doing nine gigs all across the UK.

Catch them in Woking! These girls have a reputation for explosive live performances and a unique, bold stage look.

London-based Refuse All rose from the ashes of Riot/Clone in May 2005, and have been gigging ever since.

Aqualine hail from Guildford, and they say, "our music is new, upcoming and fresh - mixing alternative rock with indie and pop. Our music says a lot about ourselves and where we are going. We have released a demo EP and have more to come."
When
02 Nov 2019 at 7:30pm
until 02 Nov 2019 at 11:30pm
Where
Fiery Bird Live Music Venue
Church Street East
Woking
GU21 6HJ

An evening with Alan McGee

Fiery Bird is absolutely delighted to host an evening with Alan McGee, Co-Founder of Creation Records and the man responsible for discovering Oasis. He will be talking about his work in music and taking questions on the night. Get tickets now for this not-to-be-missed event!

Hosted by music producer Peps Pepper and music by special guests Penny Eyes.

Tickets (£15 plus fee) available through TicketWeb.
When
30 Nov 2019 at 7:30pm
until 30 Nov 2019 at 10:30pm
Where
Fiery Bird Live Music Venue
Church Street East
Woking
GU21 6HJ