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What: A supersonic extravaganza featuring Rockaoke, the UK’s greatest live karaoke rock band, celebrity judges (including BBC Radio 6 Music’s Shaun Keaveny), DJ’s, drinks promotions and exclusive rock star raffle, all in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society, the UK’s leading support and research charity for people living with dementia, their families and carers.
When: Friday 6th May 2016, 7pm-late
Where: 229 The Venue, 229 Great Portland Street, W1W 5PN (Going Underground – 30 seconds from Great Portland Street, 2 mins from Regent’s Park and 5 mins from Warren Street)
Tickets: £13 in advance, £17 on the door (www.229thevenue.com)
Here we are now, entertain us: Described by The Times as “The most fun you can have without getting arrested” and featuring a setlist of hundreds of the greatest anthems of all time, Rockaoke promises to be an unforgettable evening with something for everyone, whether you are looking for your five glorious minutes of fame or just want to lend your support to those brave enough to take to the stage. Satisfaction guaranteed 🙂
The Rockaoke train shows no sign of stopping as nights at The London Cocktail Club, Shoreditch are becoming increasingly popular. Come and join us on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month to see what all the fuss is about! Entry’s free, and you can wet your whistle with a special Jack Daniel’s Rocktail before jumping onstage.
If you’re curious, Rockaoke nights at the LCC look a little something like this:
On the 27th October, Rockaoke were called upon by Ad2SF to help find the most talented event organisers/rock stars at their 2015 Agency Olympics! The competition was held at the O2’s Brooklyn Bowl down in London and saw events professionals from across the board all singing their hearts out for the top spot. Agencies taking part included Bluehat Group, TBA, George P Johnson, CWT, RPM, Chillisauce, Grass Roots, BrandFuel, TRO and Chew.
Adding a bit of class to proceedings was ’80s TV presenter Pat Sharp, our host and commentator for an evening of challenges that also included a bowling tournament and chicken wing eating contest – whew! The venue wasn’t bad either as Brooklyn Bowl were kind enough to lay on an open bar and buffet spread with fried chicken, pulled pork sliders and chilli chips.
It was a tough final call, but the folks at TRO managed to take home the gold and be crowned this year’s Agency Champions/Rockaoke Superstars. Click here to view the full C&IT article.
Back in 2005, Sheffield bassist Jon Short had a band without a singer. This wasn’t an ideal position for a family man to find himself in, what with a mortgage to pay and mouths to feed, so he decided to try flipping this disadvantage into the band’s USP (unique selling point). No one else was doing rock band karaoke, and for good reason – there was no demand for it. For a year the phone remained silent.
Then one Saturday morning in May 2006, the phone rang.
It was Ibiza based entrepreneur Andy McKay who introduced himself as co-owner of the World’s biggest nightclub Manumission. He invited the band to do a season at Ibiza Rocks. Jon suggested Ibiza Rockaoke! Andy bought the domain. And when Kaiser Chief Ricky Wilson jumped on stage with them to belt out a drunken “I Predict A Riot”, all eyes and ears were suddenly on hot Sheffield band Rockaoke and their exciting new concept.
The Rockaoke band/brand/concept very quickly became a favourite London club night attraction. Iconic venues like Punk, Proud, Raffles, Cuckoo Club, AAA, Roadhouse, Koko and others all offered Rockaoke Nights. Festival appearances followed, beginning on the V2007 VIP stage with a star-studded line-up of celeb singers and an appearance in OK Magazine. Before long, the band were performing all around the UK and Europe, touring with the Chris Moyles Show, house band at Hard Rock Cafe, darlings of aftershow parties like Kerrang Awards, the Brits and Top Gear Live, getting booked for private parties by the likes of Alan Shearer, Richard Hammond and Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, opening the show at Chris Evans’ Carfest and… well, the list goes on.
10 years and an estimated 2,500 shows and 50,000 lead singers later, the Rockaoke tour bus shows no sign of slowing down. However, with the exception of one charity event, they have never done a club night in their home town. That is – until now….
The Steel City’s music scene is famous for spawning the likes of Pulp and Arctic Monkeys, and much of this history can be retraced within the walls of the Leadmill – Sheffield’s longest running live music venue. Many of the World’s iconic acts have graced the Leadmill stage over the years, including Coldplay, Oasis, Kings Of Leon and The Killers, and on the 22nd October 2015 Rockaoke will join them!
So basically, this is a shout out to all you Sheffielders, inviting you to come along and to make your voice heard (literally) at The Leadmill.
In case you’re not familiar with the Rockaoke concept, here’s how it works.
You fill out a song sheet telling us what you want to sing. When your name’s called you get on stage and become a ROCK STAR backed by a three piece band and with lyrics provided. Once you’re up there, mic in hand, the most important thing to remember is – this isn’t the X-Factor. We don’t care whether or not you can actually carry a tune. All we look for is passion and enthusiasm, and all we ask is that you have a blast!
Entry is £5, doors open at 7:00 and the band will be rocking out til 11:00! Head to leadmill.co.uk to buy tickets.
And to make sure you get to sing, sign-up online at www.rockaokenights.com.
How prestigious can you get? Rockaoke have had the esteemed honour of headlining The Daily Mirror Labour Conference After Party, and what a party it was…
On September 29th 2015 the Revolution Bar in Brighton was abuzz with labour officials all eager to take a break from hardcore politics and release their inner rock gods; an opportunity that our live-karaoke band was very glad to provide! The likes of Andy Burnham and Sharon Hodgson got up to sing with the guys before man-of-the-hour Jeremy Corbyn arrived to deliver his speech and then have a little dance to F**k You by Cee Lo Green. All in all, top night!
Click the here to view the full Telegraph article.
There was also a mention in the Sunday People:
THE WORLD’S BIGGEST NAMES IN KARAOKE…
all under one roof…
for one night only…
Friday 29th November 2013
@ SCALA, KINGS CROSS
7pm – 3am
Super Early Bird: £5
Early Bird: £7.50
More on the door
VIP, Group & Corporate Packages available
“Most fun ever? We reckon so!” – Time Out London
London’s famous Scala play host to THREE of the UK’s greatest festival and nightlife phenomena & best live Karaoke events – ROCKAOKE, Hip-Hop Karaoke and SoulBrew Karaoke – who are joining forces for what can only be described as ULTIMATE KARAOKE!
All three events are a huge smash in their own right and between them have performed at all major festivals, worked with hundreds of brands, hosted huge events and have been featured as part of many TV and Radio programs and within the pages of many national publications.
In an unprecedented event Rockaoke, Hip-Hop Karaoke and SoulBrew Karaoke will combine on stage for the first time, ready for members of the crowd to perform anything from Bon Jovi to Kanye West to Diana Ross – all to a packed out Scala.
To get your tickets follow the below link! Be quick for those early bird tickets.
Friday 29th November 2013 @ SCALA, KINGS CROSS
SCALA, 275 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross, London N1 9NL
7pm – 3am
Super Early Bird: £5
Early Bird: £7.50
More on the door
WHO DARES SINGS…
… GRAB YOUR MATES, A RED NOSE, AND PREPARE TO LIVE THE DREAM WITH THE WORLD FAMOUS ROCKAOKE BAND!
ROCKAOKE are fundraising for Red Nose Day again, this time by hosting a special event where DARES are the order of the day. Why don’t you pay for your friends to sing a song of your choice? If they bail they have to pay double to get out of it! Either that or leave it in the hands of the Rockaoke Gods by picking your song out of a hat (well it’ll be one of Basil’s bandanas actually).
ALL PROCEEDS DONATED TO COMIC RELIEF…!
“…the most fun you can have without getting arrested” – The Times
8-10 Brewer Street
Date: Wednesday 27th February 2013.
Time: Doors 6.30pm, show at 7pm til 11pm.
Tickets: £5.00 (all proceeds to Comic Relief)
Guestlist and Table Reservations: please email email@example.com