SURREY TOWN Woking is about to get a new 1,000-capacity venue, The Fiery Bird, after a near decade-long campaign to establish a community music venue.
Not-for-profit organisation The Phoenix Cultural Centre (TPCC) has been granted a two-year lease from Woking Borough Council to operate the venue, which was formerly the Quake nightclub.
TPCC CEO Elaine McGinty is talking to promoters and agents with the aim of hosting a diverse programme, along with offering support to local up-and-coming acts, in the three-floor venue.
“We are going to use this as a pilot to prove that there is a need for this type of venue in the town,” says McGinty. “We have two years to make this work and secure a permanent space.
“We have a grant from Surrey County Council and are investing in a great sound system.”
Woking has a population of 100,000.