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Happy New Year! Just wanted to post some pictures from The Rock House Xmas party at The Green Door Store. It turned out to be such an amazing night, too many highlights to mention (but The Sticks/Rock House Band collaboration was truly memorable!). Thanks to everyone that came down and packed the place out!

Last month we had the Rock House Halloween Special at The Green Door Store in Brighton. We got a killer line-up together with Zombie Crash, Sealings, 2Decks, The Rock House Band and Sabien Gator all coming down to play. It was such an amazing night, thanks to everyone that came down and thanks to Emily Mary-Barnett for sending us these photos…

The next Rock House is next week on Tuesday the 18th Nov at the Westhill Hall in Brighton and the one after that (the Xmas Party!) is on Tuesday the 16th Dec at the Green Door Store in Brighton. Check the Rock House blog for more details!

cf_074We submitted the evaluation for The Fish Police UK Tour to the Arts Council over the weekend and are very excited to now share it with everyone.

Again working in conjunction with the brilliant Olgeta Projects, this time around we were able to work together throughout the project to create the final evaluation. We could talk through expectations and predictions of what we thought would happen during the nascent stages of the project and then compare these with how it all turned out in the end, which has turned out to be a very enlightening experience! I will say again, Olgeta Projects have managed to help elevate the underlying ideas and concepts behind taking a band out on a DIY tour to something far beyond what I even imagined. The idea is that by sharing this information it might give people more tools themselves to make things like this happen. Read the evaluation and help make something happen, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch!

With massive thanks to Bryony and Olgeta Projects, Mat Dale and Owen Richards for their photos, everyone that sent in their feedback, quotes and experiences, Heart N Soul for their trust and support and of course The Fish Police for being amazing.

The Fish Police Tour Evaluation

Some of the feedback we received is below…

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Rock House GDS (20-05-2014) WEBWe’re very happy to tell you about the beginning of a regular night we’re going to be doing at the Green Door Store in Brighton. The Rock House is now going to be splitting its time between The Westhill Hall where we’ve been now for over 4 years and the Green Door Store where we held our Xmas special last year, which was an incredible success!

So from now on we’ll be swapping between the two venues, you can find more information about dates on the Rock House website.

The Green Door Store gigs we’re changing things up a little bit though… as well as having the regular musicians and bands from The Rock House nights performing we will be inviting guest bands from the local DIY music scene to come and perform and get involved with the improvised set of the Rock House Band!

It’ll be a brilliant way for people who might not normally come down to our nights to find out about them and, also to get to play with some of the great bands and musicians in and around Brighton.

The first of these is happening next Tuesday! On the 20th May, we’ve got a great line-up sorted for it including The Revs from Worthing AND Teardrop Factory, a Brighton band on the brilliant Brighton-based label Faux Discx. It’s going to be a great way to kick off the shows we’re going to hold there.

Line-up on the night -

Daniel Wakeford
Catherine O’Rourke
Teardrop Factory
The Revs
Rock House Band
Dancing Rock Queens

Doors at 7pm
Music from 7:30pm – 9:30pm
£3 entry (carers free/donation)
Facebook Event

See you there!

April 29th, 2014

Tour is over!

FPTOUR_FISH_POLICE_POSTERSSo it’s been over two weeks since the tour finished… it was such an amazing adventure, getting to travel all over the country watching The Fish Police make people dance wherever they played. Getting to see them play with a massively diverse range of bands to massively diverse audiences really underlined how good they are, fitting in with each bill but also standing out and showing people how it’s done! A huge, huge thanks to everyone involved in making it happen, especially Dean, Matt, Charles & Drew from The Fish Police and Ben, Hannah & Felipe the ‘road crew’ who made it so much fun.

There is a tour diary of sorts that I kept up on the tour’s Facebook page. You can see some of the terrible photos I took of the gigs and our breakfasts each day!

Lilly and Cherry from Heart N Soul came to the London & Brighton gigs and made a radio documentary about their experiences there. With interviews with the bands, the audiences and even myself. I think it turned out great & is definitely worth a listen, which you can do right here.

Also, Felipe who was filming on tour with us put together a short trailer for a film he’s started making about the band, check that out here -

If you have any photos or stories or feedback about any of the gigs then please do get in touch as we’d love to see and hear them.

One last thing is that The Positive Press, who printed up the amazing A2 screen-printed tour posters we had on sale with us, have got the last few remaining prints and are selling them in their shop. You can grab one for only £10!

guardianpiece (02.04.14)In today’s Guardian there is a piece written by Patrick Strudwick about Constant Flux, The Rock House, The PKN & Zombie Crash tour & the upcoming Fish Police tour… It’s kind of incredible to get so much going out in mainstream media about all of this, massive thanks to Patrick & The Guardian for covering it! You can read the article online here.

Here’s a great quote from the piece from Ryan of Zombie Crash…

“We are finally blending with learning disabled and non-learning disabled bands alike in environments that befit us,” says Ryan O’Donovan, the band’s lead guitarist. “The tour was our greatest moment to date.”

Which is also a reminder to tell you that The Fish Police tour page is now completely up-to-date, don’t forget it’s starting this Friday!

CF L&Q ArticleThere’s been a couple more pieces come out about The Fish Police tour & Constant Flux… Left Lion magazine in Nottingham interviewed the band and myself about the tour, which you can read here. The Crack Magazine have done a feature on it, which you can read here and Loud and Quiet magazine have put a feature and mini-interview with myself in their latest issue, which is free from any good record shop/venue in the UK. There is a picture below which might be good enough to read it from… (or might not!)

Only 3 days to go before it all kicks off…

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Screen shot 2014-03-27 at 09.28.27Hey, some good people have been taking an interest in The Fish Police tour and helping us spread the word! Harriet over at The Guardian got me to write a blog explaining why The Fish Police are one of the UK’s best kept secrets… you can read that over on The Guardian Music.

Also, Katy Wheeler at the Sunderland Echo wrote a piece on the upcoming show there on the 7th April at Pop Recs Ltd. Which should be a blinder of a gig. You can read that article on the Sunderland Echo website, or see the clipping below.

Thanks to Harriet & Katy!

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March 11th, 2014

25th March in Brighton

March 25th Flyer 2(Web)We’re very excited to let you know about an integrated show we’re putting on with Carousel & Tatty Seaside Town at The Green Door Store in Brighton on the 25th March. Zombie Crash and Beat Express will be playing with two of the best bands in Brighton’s thriving DIY music scene for an amazing night of punk, rock & metal!!

Click below for all the details…


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March 4th, 2014

Interview in Huck Magazine

pkn_010The wonderful Shelley Jones from Huck Magazine interviewed me about Constant Flux recently for their “Why I do what I do” features section.

“Constant Flux promotes great punk music and helps break a million stereotypes along the way.
Its founder Rich Phoenix – formerly of cult punk bands Captain Everything! and The Steal and current drummer of Sauna Youth – was inspired by the plethora of music he was hearing in his day job working within disability arts and music and frustrated by the lack of support these artists received.
With a mission statement to help start a movement in learning disability music away from learning disabled events for learning disabled audiences, towards integrated shows for everyone in accessible venues, Rich is revitalising the DIY scene and helping to demarginalise an often overlooked community at the same time.”

Read the interview. Thanks to Shelley & Huck Magazine!