🎉FIRST TIMERS IS BACK FOR 2019!🎉
Time to start working on your New Year’s Resolution of learning a new instrument and 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, What’s Up by 4 Non Blondes.
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: Alice from decolonial queer punk band Screaming Toenail
Guitar: Rhianydd from FTF 2016 punk pop band Charmpit
Bass: Estella from black feminist punk band Big Joanie and also Witching Waves and Charmpit
Keyboards: Natasha from FTF 2017 all-POC funk-punk band Best Praxis
Vocals: Nadia from three-tone powerpop queens The Tuts
💖 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 2019 festival will be taking place on May 4th & 5th 2019. Applications from new bands to play are open: https://goo.gl/forms/E4nhg2pgOSi1H17M2
For other First Timers Fest 2019 info:
FTF 2019 Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/201740340257062/
FB page: First Timers Fest
💖 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 – firstname.lastname@example.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.
Suggested donation £3-£5 (No one turned away for lack of funds)