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This Thursday 8pm at the Phoenix Centre there’s a couple of slots already booked but still some available and don’t forget we always finish with an all in Jam
Great fun for everyone All levels welcome
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Thursday is Open Mic Night

February 8, 2018, 8:00pm - March 8, 2018, 5:00pm

The Phoenix Centres Open Mic Nights. There’s only 5 left!!! (Ends 8th March) Bring your own booze or buy our tea, coffee and soft drinks. £3 on the door to cover costs. More details via email phoenixculturalcentre@yahoo.co.uk

The next event at our Goldsworth Rd premises this Sunday 25th February all welcome! 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

A Day Of Music For Children And SEN needs

February 25, 2018, 1:00am - February 24, 2018, 11:00pm

A day of music designed for special needs and children Featuring: . Music and SEN sessions with Lisa Von H . Soundscapes with Dave Salsbury . POETRY from Sarah Williams . POETRY and music activities for young people to join in with Starts at 1pm till 5pm £3 on the door to cover costs, £5 for families

Pepper & Shepherd doing their most excellent thing at our last ever feature event at The Phoenix Cultural Centre CIC ... See MoreSee Less

Thanks to Anna Neale & @r.merhi for a fantastic set today x ... See MoreSee Less

#Onstage with @r.merhi for the last ever #feature #event! Complete with a cup of tea! 👍 #livemusic #singersongwriter #darbuka #widesky #woking #phoenixculturalcentre #annaneale #fierybird

Lovely Lisa VonH doing a great set today 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

Last Sunday Feature Acoustic
Anna Neale & Rami singing from her new album ...... released this March
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Phoenix Cultural Centre shared Danny Bailey's event. ... See MoreSee Less

A Day Of Music For Children And SEN needs

February 25, 2018, 1:00am - February 24, 2018, 11:00pm

A day of music designed for special needs and children Featuring: . Music and SEN sessions with Lisa Von H . Soundscapes with Dave Salsbury . POETRY from Sarah Williams . POETRY and music activities for young people to join in with Starts at 1pm till 5pm £3 on the door to cover costs, £5 for families

We are closing on 11 March and have booked storage to take our equipment instruments etc while we evaluate the next step
There are some items of furniture that are for sale - a lovely large Italian display cabinet, two wooden tables, sofas chairs, wooden movable stage in two pieces
If you’d like to come and see want more details let us know on
phoenixculturalcentre@yahoo.co.uk
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This is the last day of feature sets that will take place in Goldsworth Rd - since 2010 we have been putting on music featuring great emerging and established original musicians changing the location and times and formats so we can reach as many people as possible. For the last five years it has been in Goldsworth Rd, this is one of our last events as we get ready to close on 11 March after Louise Jordan’s performance. Do join us and support these great musicians. We don’t know where we will be next.... ... See MoreSee Less

Sunday Acoustic Feat Pepper & Shepherd, Lisa VonH, Anna Neale

February 18, 2018, 1:30pm - February 18, 2018, 11:00am

A fantastic trio of feature acts will be bringing one of our last music days to the Phoenix Cultural Centre in Goldsworth Rd All so popular both in our venue and at Phoenix Rising that we had to have them back. As always the best in emerging original live music being brought to Woking - Pepper & Shepherd - this London duo have delighted us here in Woking since we tracked them down in Camden and dragged them here and a fine time they have given us since, their new album As The Willow Stands Near the Water is sublime www.facebook.com/pepperandshepherd/ Joining them will be Woking favourites Lisa VonH playing her beautiful, heartfelt enigmatic songs and Anna Neale celebrating the release of her new single from her latest album Evolution featuring many collaborations with world artists. Both of these musicians are Woking residents and we are very proud of them having been involved with the live music project since it’s move to its Goldsworth Rd base in 2013, playing gigs there, in the streets for the community, at charity events to support other charities we help and many more things besides As always we don’t have headliners or support acts just equally compelling music from musicians with diverse styles You are promised a fantastic day of music in a welcoming, friendly intimate Iive music venue £6otd byob

This Thursday evening at 27 Goldsworth Road
We’ve got a couple of slots already booked so come early if you can. We also have a couple of comedians coming down to try out their material and an all in jam to finish the night.
This ones going to be busy busy busy...
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Thursday is Open Mic Night

February 8, 2018, 8:00pm - March 8, 2018, 5:00pm

The Phoenix Centres Open Mic Nights. There’s only 5 left!!! (Ends 8th March) Bring your own booze or buy our tea, coffee and soft drinks. £3 on the door to cover costs. More details via email phoenixculturalcentre@yahoo.co.uk

The Phoenix Centres Open Mic Nights. There’s only 5 left!!! (Ends 8th March) Bring your own booze or buy our tea, coffee and soft drinks. £3 on the door to cover costs. More details via email phoenixculturalcentre@yahoo.co.uk ... See MoreSee Less

Thursday is Open Mic Night

February 12, 2018, 8:00pm - May 7, 2018, 5:00pm

The Phoenix Centres Open Mic Nights. There’s only 5 left!!! (Ends 8th March) Bring your own booze or buy our tea, coffee and soft drinks. £3 on the door to cover costs. More details via email phoenixculturalcentre@yahoo.co.uk

The lovely group who took the Finding Your Voice vocal workshop today they were brilliant !! Next vocal workshop is for women on 10 March 2-4pm £5 book on phoenixculturalcentre@yahoo.co.uk ... See MoreSee Less

Thursday night is open mic night down at the Phoenix
Starts at 8pm and only 4 left in our little home for the past 5 years great fun for all and we always finish with an all in jam. Come on down
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Just 4 Thursdays left of the Phoenix Centre Open Mics. If you would like to book a slot, message our page or just turn up and take your chance ... See MoreSee Less

Some of us are So Excited!!
Rumour has it that there’s going to be a Sewing Workshop taking place at the Phoenix Centre in Goldsworth Road on 28th February starting at 8pm. Anyone want to book a space email Phoenixculturalcentre@yahoo.co.uk
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Music Venues Trust mention us in their national ‘state of the nation’ post ... See MoreSee Less

THE STATE OF THE NATION First the good news. Congratulations to our friends and partners at Independent Venue Week on another fantastic year shining a light on music venues. The support from BBC Radio 6 Music was amazing and it was great to hear so many personal stories from venues right across the UK featured on Steve Lamacq's show. And the huge and important breakthrough, after three years of fighting, on Agent of Change is a real testament to what can be achieved with great partners like UK Music and Musicians' Union. Progress is being made. But all this is happening against a backdrop where Grassroots Music Venues are continuing to close. This week alone has seen announcements of closure from Bristol Bierkeller and Proud Camden, and wrecking balls arriving to tear down Sound Control. The Montague Arms and The Forge, Camden demonstrate a worrying new trend in London, the sudden closure, while right across the country venues are contacting us through our Emergency Response service with threats from developers, licensing, business rates, and just plain old economics. King Tut's Wah Wah Hut has no less than three separate developments being built around it, none of which recognise the iconic value of the venue, while it would be quicker to name the venues in Bristol not threatened by development than to run through every case. All six of our key Bristol members of the Music Venues Alliance have current or future development challenges. The Rainbow Venues is closed - there's a lot to talk about why, and what this means about Licensing, but it's not the first and won't be the last venue dealing with the outcome of a licensing process which is contributing to venue closures, as fabriclondon can testify. Three venues have already closed because of ridiculous Business Rates hikes, with venues hit last year by an average 38% increase. The Fleece Bristol wins the record for highest increase, at over 400%, with The Lexington and The 100 Club not far behind. Six venues are being threatened by lawyers acting on behalf of PRS for Music to enforce bills they cannot pay for money that never existed, with over 30 other of our smallest venues under financial pressure directly resulting from the PRS minimum fee charge. The Greys needs Enterprise Inns Plc to see sense and let the community take over, Random Arms & Energy Room needs the landlord to see sense and let it continue, The Flapper needs Birmingham City Council to see sense and throw out the planning application, and don't get us started on Woking Council who can't seem to manage to let Fiery Bird get going at all. This is all, believe it or not, an average day in our office. If the message is getting through that our grassroots music venues are important, and it appears it is, then why is all this still happening? Stopping the closure of Grassroots Music Venues won't be done by one single piece of legislation. It won't be turned around just because we all finally accept that Grassroots Music Venues are economically, culturally and socially vital. It needs real, comprehensive action by key stakeholders that responds to the needs of venues. Many of those stakeholders are, frankly, sitting on their hands with a dismayed look on their faces. There is a Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport inquiry taking place into live music with a focus on Grassroots Music Venues. It needs to come back urgently with real positive steps. www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/digital-culture-media-and-spo... There is a Creative Industries Sector Deal being carved out by Creative Industries Federation and others. It needs to recognise what's happening to Grassroots Music Venues and actually do something. www.gov.uk/government/publications/independent-review-of-the-creative-industries There is a Tariff LP review by PRS for Music that has been going on for over 2 years. We've asked repeatedly that PRS sidestep this process and simply cancel minimum fee. We need a complete reset of the relationship between Grassroots Music Venues and PRS writers. www.prsformusic.com/licences/live-performances/popular-music-concert-tariff-consultation A Business Rates review specific to Grassroots Music venues is urgently needed. The government should not be in the business of contributing to venue closures because of a poor valuations process and Sajid Javid should call this in for review. The average rate of subsidy for Grassroots Music Venues across Europe is 35% of turnover. While repeatedly acknowledging the crisis in Grassroots Music Venues, in the NPO distribution 2018-22, Arts Council England funding for the sector equated to: i. 0.06% of the total distribution ii. 0.3% of the distribution to Music iii. 3.5% of the distribution to Contemporary Music The Royal Opera House receives more from ACE every two weeks than all the Grassroots Music Venues in the country receive in a year. Sage Gateshead receives 14 times the amount the entire network of Grassroots Music Venues receive. Funding for Opera and Classical music is 317 times (31700%) the funding Grassroots Music Venues receive. If we want to stop Grassroots Music Venues closing, we can do it. We can create a basket of measures that recognises their real value to people. We already know what those measures are and we know who can take them. Music Venue Trust has worked hard for three years to pull together all the information anybody needs to stop this happening. We just need everybody to stop talking about it and take action.

Don’t forget this Thursday evening our Open Mic night starts at 8pm
Try and get there early to guarantee a slot. All levels welcome
Don’t forget our end of evening jam. It’s great fun for everyone
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Thursday is Open Mic Night

February 8, 2018, 8:00pm - March 8, 2018, 5:00pm

The Phoenix Centres Open Mic Nights. There’s only 5 left!!! (Ends 8th March) Bring your own booze or buy our tea, coffee and soft drinks. £3 on the door to cover costs. More details via email phoenixculturalcentre@yahoo.co.uk

The Phoenix Centres Open Mic Nights. There’s only 5 left!!! (Ends 8th March) Bring your own booze or buy our tea, coffee and soft drinks. £3 on the door to cover costs. More details via email phoenixculturalcentre@yahoo.co.uk ... See MoreSee Less

Thursday is Open Mic Night

February 8, 2018, 8:00pm - March 8, 2018, 5:00pm

The Phoenix Centres Open Mic Nights. There’s only 5 left!!! (Ends 8th March) Bring your own booze or buy our tea, coffee and soft drinks. £3 on the door to cover costs. More details via email phoenixculturalcentre@yahoo.co.uk

We finally hand back our Goldsworth Rd premises by 17 March and our last event is on 11 March when we shut up shop to get ready to clear out. So, after our last public event we have decided to have a get together for volunteers and friends of the centre and say goodbye to our lovely little place that has made so many happy memories for so many of us over the last five years, and thank you to those amazing volunteers who have worked on it. It is not a sad thing, we had longer than we thought in the shop and the landlords have been great in giving us that space to do so much. All good things come to an end, we had hoped to be in the Quake venue long since and who knows what will happen next but this is a night to celebrate you all. All welcome, bring your own refreshment and we will have a great time. There’ll be some performances and jamming. We finish as we started - everyone is welcome it is everyone’s space. ... See MoreSee Less

Phoenix Says Goodbye - our leaving do!

March 11, 2018, 7:00pm - March 11, 2018, 5:00pm

We finally hand back our Goldsworth Rd premises by 17 March and our last event is on 11 March when we shut up shop to get ready to clear out. So, after our last public event we have decided to have a get together for volunteers and friends of the centre and say goodbye to our lovely little place that has made so many happy memories for so many of us over the last five years, and thank you to those amazing volunteers who have worked on it. It is not a sad thing, we had longer than we thought in the shop and the landlords have been great in giving us that space to do so much. All good things come to an end, we had hoped to be in the Quake venue long since and who knows what will happen next but this is a night to celebrate you all. All welcome, bring your own refreshment and we will have a great time. There’ll be some performances and jamming. We finish as we started - everyone is welcome it is everyone’s space.

Phoenix Cultural Centre shared their event. ... See MoreSee Less

Thursday is Open Mic Night

January 4, 2018, 8:00pm - March 29, 2018, 5:00pm

The Phoenix Centres Open Mic Nights. There’s only 5 left!!! (Ends 8th March) Bring your own booze or buy our tea, coffee and soft drinks. £3 on the door to cover costs. More details via email phoenixculturalcentre@yahoo.co.uk