rockaoke nights news
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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kaiser Ricky’s Rockaoke
Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson has been doing karaoke, DJing and even dancing on tables in Ibiza as he kicks back after T in the Park.
The outrageous singer known for his onstage high jinks kicked up a storm when he appeared on stage at a bash in flip-flops and shorts yesterday morning.
Clubbers at Manumission’s Bar M in Ibiza couldn’t believe their eyes when a sunburnt and tipsy Ricky launched into “I Predict A Riot” with ROCKAOKE…
OH MY GOD, IBIZA’S NEW KARAOKE STAR IS – RICKY WILSON!
HE may have gone to Ibiza hoping for a spot of rest and relaxation – but it seems Ricky Wilson’s trip abroad is rapidly turning into a busman’s holiday.
The Kaiser Chiefs frontman was spotted living it up in typically flamboyant fashion at the trendy Bar M nightspot near San Antonio on Wednesday evening.
He stole the show at the venue’s weekly karaoke bash by getting up on stage and treating revellers to a surprise rendition of his band’s hit I Predict A Riot.
And that wasn’t all – Ricky later clambered onto a table with pals from New York rockers We Are Scientists to belt out a raucous version of the Oasis classic Wonderwall.
One onlooker told the YEP: “No one had noticed him in the bar – it was a bit of a shock to suddenly see him up there on stage!
“At first he had his back turned to us, so when he span round and we realised it was him doing one of his most famous songs the place went absolutely mad.” Ricky, who comes from Ilkley, also performed a rapturously-received DJ set at the launch of this summer’s Ibiza Rocks event at Bar M on Monday evening.
Ibiza Rocks is the brainchild of former University of Leeds student Andy McKay and his brother Mike, the men behind the party island’s legendary Manumission club night.
Billed as a bid to bring top live bands to a destination that’s traditionally been dominated by dance music, its line-up over the next four weeks includes Dirty Pretty Things, The Streets and Kasabian.
They will be following in the footsteps of Leeds lads the Kaisers, who played at the first Ibiza Rocks extravaganza last summer.