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Cultura Brazil – show 174

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Cultura Brazil is Phoenix FM’s show for the Brazilian community in Essex, London and beyond, presented by Ezequiel Cassol.

In this week’s show, the Brazilian Consulate talk about creating an Entrepreneurship Guide for Brazilians in the United Kingdom.

You can hear the show every Sunday evening at 2200 UK time.

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Playlist for 16 Dec 2017 – The Beatniks and The Velvet Tree in session

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On tonight’s show we gave a first play to our interviews and complete sessions with two local bands – The Beatniks and The Velvet Tree – who both recorded for us last Saturday as part of our ongoing Creative Sessions project.

We also played some of the best tracks of the year which didn’t appear on our “best albums” show last week!

Here’s the playlist:

Darling Buds – Evergreen
Dream Wife – Somebody
Juliana Hatfield – You’re Breaking My Heart
Senseless Things – Lost Honey
Beatniks – Send Me A Postcard (Phoenix FM Creative Session – 09 Dec 2017)
Beatniks – Prendedor de Varal (Phoenix FM Creative Session – 09 Dec 2017)
Beatniks – The Girl Is Mine (Phoenix FM Creative Session – 09 Dec 2017)
Pony – Small Things
Coldplay – Aliens
Salad Undressed – Being Human
Turin Brakes – Would You Be Mine
Honeyblood – Swell Love
Tall Poppies – Now
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile – Over Everything
King Krule – Dum Surfer
Waxahatchee – Never Been Wrong
Velvet Tree – A Little Like You (Phoenix FM Creative Session – 09 Dec 2017)
Velvet Tree – Grace And Magic (Phoenix FM Creative Session – 09 Dec 2017)
Velvet Tree – I’ll Keep You Breathing (Phoenix FM Creative Session – 09 Dec 2017)
Franz Ferdinand – Always Ascending
Faerground Accidents – Gaslighter
Songhoy Blues – Bamako
Dawnings – Winter’s Done
Wombats – Lemon To A Knife Fight
Blondfire – Here And Now
Radiohead – Lift

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Brentwood Chamber of Commerce announces first Brentwood Business Awards

The Brentwood Chamber of Commerce has formally announced the first Brentwood Business Awards.

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The Chamber’s Chairman, Colin Barber, spoke to Phoenix FM’s Scott Ross about how businesses can enter themselves or sponsor the categories. You can hear Colin talking here:

The awards are eligible to all businesses within Brentwood borough and businesses don’t need to be a member of the Chamber.

The awards will take place at a black tie event at the Mount Avenue Banqueting Suite in November 2018.

Phoenix FM is the official media partner of the awards and will be updating listeners throughout the year with the latest news from the awards and the Chamber itself.

You can find out more on the official website at

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Standon Calling 2018: Bryan Ferry announced as first headliner

Continuing its reputation as the universally-acclaimed weekend of the festival calendar, Standon Calling once again opens its doors in 2018 for an unparalleled and down-to-earth celebration of community and entertainment – with Bryan Ferry announced today as the first headline act for next year’s festival.

Bryan Ferry

An indisputable icon and svengali of fashion and style, Bryan Ferry is one of the true pioneers in British music history. From his time as frontman of the legendary Roxy Music, through a dazzling catalogue of solo work, his hip-shaking, sharply-dressed attention to detail has stunned audiences around the globe, making him an unmissable spectacle each time he steps on the stage. From eruptive classics like ‘Let’s Stick Together’, ‘Slave To Love’ and ‘Don’t Stop The Dance’ to Roxy favourites ‘Love Is The Drug’, ‘Dance Away’ and ‘Angel Eyes’ – Bryan Ferry stands as one of the most influential artists of all-time. A sizzling party atmosphere is guaranteed, as he headlines Standon Calling 2018 for what’s sure to be a dynamite evening in the company of a master.

Now in its thirteenth year, Standon Calling offers a welcoming embrace to a weekend of music, arts, fun and pure festival joy. With an ever-growing and loyal audience from around the country, it’s a calling to an unparalleled and down-to-earth celebration that once a year pulls a community together. Nestled in the stunning Hertfordshire countryside, it’s an easy-to-reach voyage into something truly special. At Standon Calling they dare to be different, with a purposefully eclectic, inclusive and creative programme, carefully curated to reflect the diverse interests of the crowds that gather year after year in its fields.

By day, expect music to touch your heart, make you think, make you mosh and make you dance. Indulge with award-winning food & drink, settle in to enjoy acclaimed comedy, or entertain the whole family with activities and performances for all ages. Dip into the swimming pool or take in the dog show. The options are endless. By night, this is one bold, show-stopping beast, as world-class performers arrive in full force. Don’t miss late-night frivolities from some of the most celebrated electronic acts and DJs on the planet, leading the party right up to 4am. The perfect home for summer memories, Standon Calling is a defining beacon of the British festival experience.

Looking ahead to 2018 and the news of Bryan Ferry’s headline slot, Founder and Festival Director Alex Trenchard said:

“Bryan Ferry is an icon who created, defined and influenced an entire musical generation. As a solo artist and as part of Roxy Music, he has steered popular music toward the way of cool for the last forty years. His lyrical brilliance and powerful performances are legendary and Standon Calling is going to be purring in appreciation of his silky stylings as he closes the festival in 2018.”

After its most successful year to date in 2017, Tier 3 tickets are now on sale for Standon Calling 2018 – with previous tiers selling out in record time. For further details, head to

The Phoenix FM team were at Standon Calling 2017 and chatted to lots of performers, including Gary Numan, KT Tunstall, Lucy Spraggan and many more. To hear the interviews again visit

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Cultura Brazil – show 173

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Cultura Brazil is Phoenix FM’s show for the Brazilian community in Essex, London and beyond, presented by Ezequiel Cassol.

In this week’s show Ezequiel looks at the art exhibition at the Brazilian Embassy highlighting the Amazonian forest.

You can hear the show every Sunday evening at 2200 UK time.

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Playlist for 09 Dec 2017 – BOA’s albums of the year

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No oldies tonight – the show featured tracks from each of my favourite albums of the year – although I haven’t quite worked out the order yet, so we played the songs in a sort-of-chronological order. I’ll post my top 20 once I’ve given it a bit more thought!

Tonight’s playlist:

Rose Elinor Dougall – Stellular
Cherry Glazerr – Nurse Ratched
Sleaford Mods – B.H.S.
Strand Of Oaks – Radio Kids
Circa Waves – Fire That Burns
S*M*A*S*H – Hedy Lamarr
Bait – Push The Elephant
British Sea Power – Keep On Trying
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – Gurzle
Thousand Yard Stare – Action Stations
Jane Weaver – The Architect
Popguns – Sugar Kisses
Ride – Charm Assault
Oblong – S’Dim Ots Da Fi
Moonlandingz – Black Hanz
Idles – Mother
Japanese Breakfast – Road Head
Public Service Broadcasting – Progress
Charley Bliss – Percolator
Big Moon – Silent Movie Susie
Sparks – Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me)
Brix and the Extricated – Something To Lose
Wolf Alice – Beautifully Unconventional
Pale Honey – Someone’s Devotion
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Holy Mountain
Casper Skulls – Chicane, Oh
Shed Seven – Room In My House
Divine Comedy – I Like (live)
Salad – Amsterdam

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Phoenix FM to host The Big Yellow Quiz

Phoenix FM is proud to be hosting The Big Yellow Quiz at the Brentwood Centre on Friday 23 March 2018.

The Big Yellow Quiz is Brentwood’s biggest quiz night – held in aid of Saint Francis Hospice.

Last year over 650 people took part and we’re hoping for even more this year.

TV’s Barry Simmons and six of his fellow Eggheads have confirmed, along with some celebrity names.

There will be a wide variety of rounds including pot luck, current affairs and general knowledge, plus the fan favourite “mystery round” so there’s definitely a question for everyone.


This is the perfect evening for all Essex quiz lovers, whether you are pub quiz regulars or enjoy a bit of Trivial Pursuit over Christmas. Put your knowledge to the test and help raise funds for end of life care services for people within your community who desperately need it.

For more information or to book a place, you can go to and sign up, email or call them on 01708 771427.

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Studio 6 Music sessions: Katy Forkings

Our latest Studio 6 Music session featured Chelmsford singer/songwriter Katy Forkings.

Katy Forkings at Studio 6 Music

Katy came in to us during our 10th birthday celebrations earlier this year, so we had a chat about what she’s been up to in the meantime. You can hear the interview again here:

Katy also played four songs for us, which you can see and hear again below:

You can hear Katy’s work on iTunes and Spotify, and also find out more about her music on her YouTube channel.

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Studio 6 Music sessions: When Rivers Meet

Our latest Studio 6 Music session featured Essex Americana duo When Rivers Meet.

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When Rivers Meet are Grace Bond (vocals, fiddle, mandolin) and Aaron Bond (vocals, guitar) – a husband and wife musical duo who write masterful vocals and rich harmonies with authenticity and sincerity. We had a chat about their loves of music and their debut album, which you can hear again here:

Grace and Aaron also played four songs for us, which you can see and hear again below:

You can find out more about the band by following them on Facebook or Twitter.

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Hospice choir Stands Together for Christmas No.1!

Members of Saint Francis Hospice’s choir are hoping their latest exciting project will propel them to No.1 in the charts this Christmas.

Members of Saint Francis Hospice Choir involved in Choir for Purposes project: Front L-R Roy Janes, Rita Gersh and Fran Rose (second row) Lyn Fasulo and Tracy Parkin and Paul Gersh and (back) Jane Keane, Barbara Dennis and Kathy Baldwin

They teamed up with over 45 hospices across the UK this year to form the UK Hospice Choir and record a remake of Celine Dion’s power ballad My Heart Will Go On, which will feature on the album Stand Together by Choirs with Purpose.

Choirs with Purpose is made up of 12 choirs across the country including Parrs Wood High School Harmony Group, Britain’s Got Talent 2017 finalists the Missing Persons Choir, and Greenwich and Lewisham NHS Choir – all of whom have produced a track on the album.

And excitement is mounting as the first single – the choir’s version of the former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney’s classic We All Stand Together – was released on Friday, November 24th.

It features the voices of the 1,400 talented singers involved and is led by 2003 Pop Idol winner Michelle McManus.

“We were delighted to have been given the opportunity to be part of this year’s exciting and incredibly worthwhile project,” said Rita Gersh, founder of the Saint Francis Hospice Choir.

“It has been wonderful to collaborate with all the choirs involved and to be able to once again raise awareness of the invaluable work that hospices do in the community.”

Saint Francis Hospice’s choir was among 16 London hospice choirs, together with Paul Carrack, which stormed the charts in December last year with their stunning version of the Mike and the Mechanics poignant song The Living Years.

It spent three weeks at number 1 in the physical sales at Christmas but more importantly, it raised awareness of hospice care of their valuable services.

All profits made from the album will be shared equally by all the charities involved.

The album will be released on December 15th. Please pre-order your CD or download today by visiting Amazon or

If you can’t buy the album, please buy the single which costs only £0.99 by clicking on the link

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