Club Soda at the Southbank Centre

Club Soda’s brutalist music project, Royal Boil Alice, performed live at London’s iconic Southbank Centre last week. Here is a film of the performance. Thanks to Drake Music for the opportunity to make this project happen.

 

Club Soda at the Southbank Centre for Concrete Dream Weekend

Our brutalist band, Royal Boil Alice, will perform at London’s Southbank Centre as part of Concrete Dreams Weekend, which will reveal the stories of Southbank Centre’s 1960s buildings and their early artistic beginnings like never before.

In 2017, Royal Boil Alice, a band of musicians from Club Soda in Croydon, spent time exploring Southbank Centre’s 1960s history and the eclectic performance history of Queen Elizabeth Hall’s early years, which included everything from classical music, jazz, progressive rock and folk music.

The group worked together to develop the piece, ‘Echoes in Time’, which is inspired by the brutalist architecture of the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London’s South Bank and the early concerts that were staged there. It is simultaneously a look into the past and a glimpse of what’s to come.

This is a new commission from Drake Music and Southbank Centre. The commission was awarded to musicians from the pioneering arts organisation Club Soda, which creates opportunities for people with learning disabilities to be happy and social, creative and productive.

For more information, click here!

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Mumbly Wolfs album launch

We’re really excited about this one!

The Mumbly Wolfs album launch and live show featuring Alan Courtis. The new album (limited edition only 100 copies available) will be on sale for just £5.

These amazing guest musicians will be performing:

Gagarin
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Men Diamler
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Joy-Rides
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Just £5 on the door. Bar inside. Wheelchair accessible venue.

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#I AM AN ARTIST on November 10

Club Soda performers will be taking part in I AM AN ARTIST on November 10th at Croydon Clocktower. An event showcasing the talents of performers with disabilities. The Carbonators will perform as well as several DJs from the Soda Crew. Tickets are FREE but must be booked in advance from serina.forrest@croydon.gov.uk.

 

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The Beat Band ‘protest song’ chosen by Graeae for Reasons to be Cheerful tour

A song written by members of Club Soda’s The Beat Band, has been chosen by Graeae to feature on their online protest song hub. Footage of the song being performed live at Soda Beat earlier in the year, has been made into a lyric video to make it fully accessible for Deaf and hard of hearing audiences (see the video below). To see all the chosen songs from across the UK, go to: http://graeae.org/protest-song-hub/

 

Gig Buddies Croydon

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Club Soda has been successful in raising funds to launch a Croydon version of the highly successful Brighton based Gig Buddies scheme.
 
The scheme will benefit people with learning disabilities and/or autism, pairing someone who has a learning disability with a volunteer buddy, to become friends and go to events together. The Gig Buddies project makes volunteering easier, by enabling volunteers to go to gigs and other events that they might already be going to, but they would now go with someone with a learning disability. 
 
In 2016, Club Soda were chosen by the charity, Stay Up Late, who operate the original Gig Buddies scheme in Brighton, to become one of 10 national partners to launch their own local schemes across the UK. Club Soda will deliver Gig Buddies Croydon in partnership with Croydon Council’s Learning Disability Commissioning Team, who will help promote the use of person centred approaches by offering person centred training to all gig buddies.
 
Gig Buddies in Croydon is aimed at adults with learning disabilities 
  • aged 18 years or over and who live at home with family, carers, or
  • who live on their own and find it difficult to get out and about

Priority will go to people who get little or no funded support.

 
A launch event featuring Soda Crew DJs will take place at Boxpark in September. For details on this and for more general information about the scheme, go to: www.gigbuddiescroydon.co.uk.
Alternatively, contact us at:
 
Email: info@gigbuddiescroydon.co.uk
Phone: 07507728549

 

Royal Boil Alice present Echoes in Time

Earlier in the year, Club Soda was proudly commissioned by Drake Music as part of the Drake Music ‘Connect & Collaborate’ programme, to write and record an original piece of music inspired by the 1960’s architecture of London’s Southbank.

After several trips to the archives at the Southbank Centre, as well as numerous workshops and recording sessions, a ‘supergroup’ of musicians from various Club Soda bands (and especially named Royal Boil Alice for this project), wrote and recorded a site responsive piece of music called ‘Echoes in Time’. The following film captures the piece in all its glory.

 

Club Soda fundraiser gig on 3 June

This year our fundraiser is being supported by Hoodoos and will take place at Croydon Conference Centre. There’s over 9 hours of live music, interspersed with Soda Crew DJs and the crazy raffle!

Here’s the fantastic line-up:

Drowned Out
Garage Flowers
Everon Goen
Joe Betro
The Nine Lives
Junk Time Party
Little Pebbles
Taikonaut
The Carbonators
Early Black
Ivory Puppets
The Beat Band

Tickets are just £5 on the door. See all you lovely people there!

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