The Phoenix FM Creative Sessions 2015

This year’s Creative Sessions are now over! They took place in the Foyer of the Brentwood Centre on 1st and 2nd August.


Petty Phase playing in the Brentwood Centre foyer on the Saturday of this year’s weekend

We took a LOT of photos. You can see them all on our Facebook gallery HERE.

The sessions are an annual event which we’ve been staging with the Creative Recording Studios in East Horndon since 2005. In that time we’ve recorded 181 sets of studio-quality recordings for 173 different bands, many of whom had no other access to recording or radio airtime.

Every artist gets an hour on stage to set up, play three songs (or re-play them if they weren’t happy!) and break down again. We take pictures and video, Creative then mix and master the songs, and we then play them on the radio and release them on YouTube too.

We’re now mixing and mastering the recordings and they will be on air and on this website in the next few weeks.

This year’s line up:

Saturday 1st August
0900 Matt Tubey
1000 Klair Quest
1100 Paul Woodley
1200 Winter
1300 The Hundred
1400 Different People
1500 Under The Stars
1600 Pola
1700 Petty Phase
1800 False Heads
1900 The Jiti Queen
2000 Eva Tobin

Sunday 2nd August
0900 Only Braves
1000 Fever Dream
1100 Finding Miranda
1200 Juke
1300 Gulag Vakation
1400 Paul Williams
1500 Dem Bones
1600 KLOQ
1700 Kurtze
1800 The Victories
1900 Tokyo Taboo
2000 The Shermans

Matt Tubey

A young folk/acoustic singer/songwriter originally from Romford.

Klair Quest

Another young singer/songwriter from Grays who regularly performs in the Brentwood area.

Paul Woodley

A young Essex blues singer and guitarist.


Jillian Winter is an acoustic singer/songwriter and tattoo artist from Southend-on-Sea who we caught playing live at the recent Village Green event in Chalkwell Park.

The Hundred

A rock/indie/punk band from Brentwood who will be featuring at September’s Flag Factory Festival in Coxtie Green.

Different People

An alternative grunge band from Grays who recently came in to Phoenix FM’s Curveballs show for an acoustic session.

Under The Stars

A synthpop quartet from Nantes, France who feature regularly on Rob Harvey’s Synth City show – they’re coming just to record a session for us!


A Polish singer now living in London, who is also a model as well as being an animal rights and vegan activist who has appeared in newspapers all over the world.

Petty Phase

A recently-formed young punk/riot grrl quartet from Southend-on-Sea.

False Heads

An East London punk/funk band who’ve also featured on our Curveballs show in the past.

The Jiti Queen

The Afropop musical project of Ruth Tiriboyi, originally from Murhewa in Zimbabwe and now living in London.

Eva Tobin

A young singer/songwriter from Southend-on-Sea who has already performed both live on air with us and at our regular Phoenix Fridays shows.

Only Braves

A four-piece rock band from Essex.

Fever Dream

A shoegaze/indie trio now based in London featuring an ex-Brentwood County High pupil in drummer Cat Loye.

Finding Miranda

A Grays indie rock quartet featuring Phoenix FM presenter Chay Appleyard and the drummer-with-a-thousand-bands-and-Phoenix-FM-sessions Tony Buckley.


An indie/rock quartet from Southend-on-Sea who’ve also recently played at our Phoenix Fridays shows.

Gulag Vakation

An Essex band who’ve played an acoustic set on Phoenix FM, inspired by the music and stories of Soviet Russia.

Paul Williams

An acoustic singer/songwriter from Grays who plays blues-tinged rock.

Dem Bones

A London trio playing rootsy, rock and ska-influenced original tunes.


A Chelmsford punktronica quartet with a host of influences including the Prodigy, Muse and the Chemical Brothers.


An atmospheric Chelmsford indie/rock outfit.


A Brentwood heavy rock band who have appeared in our Phoenix In The Foyer events and will be headling this year’s Flag Factory Festival.

Tokyo Taboo

A quartet from London who play provocative and infectious pop/rock/punk.

The Shermans

An indie/rock quartet from Brentwood who have featured on Phoenix FM several times and played many local events including the Phoenix FM stage at Lighting Up Shenfield.

A big thank you to all of the companies and organisations which help to support Phoenix FM all year round

Business Club Members: The Beeches | Blue Serif | Brandler Galleries | Foretell Digital | Hallmark Care Homes | Kinetic Podiatry | Newboulds Solicitors | RCH Brentwood Care Centre | Saint Francis Hospice | Utilize

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