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First Timers: Jam On Your Hands

12/01/2020 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Time to start working on your New Year’s Resolution of learning a new instrument and/or starting that band you always wanted to start!

Whether you want to play 🥁drums,🎸guitar,🔽🎸bass,🎹keyboards,👄vocals, or if you’re not really sure yet and just want to have a go, you can come to our first event 🍓JAM ON YOUR HANDS🍇!

This a new kind of ‘jam night’ where all the musicians are absolute beginners (that’s you!) and its ok to make mistakes while getting to grips with your instrument.

The afternoon will be split into 3 parts:

PART ONE: Get a quick tutorial on all the main contemporary instruments; drums, guitar, bass, keyboards and vocals.

PART TWO: Decide which instrument you’d like to focus on for the day and get some more in-depth tips from our STAR CAST* of tutors while learning our SONG OF THE DAY.

PART THREE: Everyone comes back together having learnt some basic chords, drum beats, lyrics and basslines to play the song with everybody else!

NO prior experience necessary! We’re organising this specifically FOR the newbies so you’ll all be learning and trying new things together!

We’ll have a drum kit, guitars, bass guitar, vocal mics, percussion and a keyboard, but if you already have your own guitar, bass or synthesizer feel free to bring your own as well!

The incredible tutors on the day helping you realise your musical dreams will be:

Drums: Phoebe from Happy Accidents and Cheerbleederz
Guitar: Pav First Timers 2017 band Halaca
Bass: Ripley, also from First Timers 2019 band Breakup Haircut
Keyboards: Nastasia from First Timers 2017
Vocals: Ishani, First Timers band 2019 Breakup Haircut

💖 About First Timers Fest 💖

FTF is a season of workshops followed by a two-day festival where every band plays its first show. FTF is about getting new faces and voices in bands, and doing something about the lack of diversity in the make-up of the DIY music community.

As a direct way of addressing the lack of diversity in the make-up of the DIY music community, our workshops centre people who are disabled (visible or non-visible), LGBTQIA+ folk, people of colour, and women. As well, we are here to support people who have never played in a band before // never played the instrument they’ve always wanted to learn before because of their class, race, gender, mental health, etc.

Our 2020 festival will be taking place on the first weekend of May.

For other First Timers Fest 2019 info:
FTF 2020 Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/201740340257062/
FB page: First Timers Fest
Website: www.firsttimers.org
Twitter: @FirstTimersFest
Instagram: @firsttimersfest
Email: firsttimers@diyspaceforlondon.org

First Timers Fest (FTF) is a two-day festival (2-3/5/20) where every band plays its first ever show! It’s also a season of workshops, skill shares and a celebration of DIY / marginal music making of every genre. FTF is about getting new faces and voices in bands, and doing something about the lack of diversity in the make-up of the DIY music community. The eligibility criteria below aren’t intended to exclude anyone, but are a direct way of addressing this.

📝 Eligibility: You must be able to collectively say YES to at least TWO of these statements about your band.

💖 One or more of us identify as one (or more!) of the following: disabled (visible or non-visible), trans*, queer, non binary, LGBTQIA+, a person of colour, a woman.

💖 One or more of us has never played in a band before.

💖 One or more of us is playing or doing something in this band that they have never played or done before.

🔔SIGN UPS ARE OPEN🔔for First Timers Fest London 2019:—-
Sign up by 14th February to reserve a spot on Saturday 2nd or Sunday 3rd May 2020⚡

💖 About the venue, DIY Space for London 💖

DIY Space for London is on a single floor level, with access ramps, widened doors, an accessible toilet and plenty of space for manoeuvring and getting away from crowds. There is plenty of seating available and the toilets are gender neutral and accessible.

On entering the venue there is a small ramp, which is quite steep and might require assistance going up and down. If you are a wheelchair user and not travelling with anyone, let us know in advance you are coming so someone at the venue can be there to assist.

If you would like to discuss access, please get in touch or visit our website: www.diyspaceforlondon.org/access

Email – access@diyspaceforlondon.org

Phone – 020 7635 9470 (Leave a message and we will respond)

Postal – 96-108 Ormside St, London SE15 1TF

Response time – Someone will be able to respond within 5 days

Our volunteers are happy to meet event attendees at the nearest bus stop, please contact to arrange.

DIY Space has an Access Group that is always working to improve accessibility. Most recently it worked towards making DIY Space For London the UK’s first volunteer-run venue to achieve Bronze status on the Charter of Best Practice from Attitude Is Everything – a charity that improves Deaf and disabled people’s access to live music.


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DIY Space for London
96-102 Ormside St
London, SE15 1TF United Kingdom
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