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Phonic FM is Exeter’s sound alternative — a community radio station for the city and beyond, broadcasting on 106.8FM and online since 2008.

Phonic Takeover – celebrating ten years of Phonic FM at Exeter Phoenix

On Saturday 9 June Phonic FM will take over Exeter Phoenix with a giant FREE community event, including:

  • Live music in the auditorium from 12noon until 11pm
  • Live music in the upstairs Voodoo Lounge from 12noon until 11pm
  • DJs on the outdoor terrace from 12noon until midnight
  • Storytelling and theatre in the workshop space from12noon until 6pm
  • DJs in the workshop space from 8pm until midnight
  • Phonic FM broadcasting live from the café-bar in the afternoon
  • Films in the Studio 74 cinema in the evening
  • A photo exhibition in the Phoenix Walkway Gallery

The scale of this free event:

  • 19 live bands and musicians
  • 15 DJs
  • 2 theatre companies
  • 3 world class storytellers
  • 2 film screenings

And more!

We’re grateful for the support of Exeter City Council in programming this event. Read on for an overview of the day’s activities…

Live Music in the Phoenix Auditorium
From 12noon until 11pm a line up of live bands from Exeter and the surrounding area will tread the boards in the Exeter Phoenix auditorium. Ranging from young talent taking the big stage for the first time to stalwarts of the local scene, our line-up spans genres from rock to funk to steam punk to reggae and ska, including Metronomic Underground, Freakbywire, Falling Stacks, Cave Mouth, Five Finger Discount, The Gaslight Troubadours, Revelation Roots and Datura.

Provisional line-up (times may be subject to change):

  • 12.30 – 1.05 First Person, alternative DIY rock project from the Academy of Music and Sound
  • 1.50 – 2.25 Metronomic Underground, teenage indie female quartet
  • 3.10 – 3.45 Freakbywire, making an intergalactic dystopian racket since 1999
  • 4.30 – 5.05 Falling Stacks, original uptight rock
  • 5.50 – 6.25 Suzannah and The Noise, songs of urgency, songs of spirit, fractured views of human nature
  • 7.10 – 7.50 Five Finger Discount, a harmonious blend of lyrical Hip-Pop.combining hip-hop, ska, drum ‘n’ bass, folk and reggae
  • 8.10 – 8.50 Cave Mouth, dirty swamp funk
  • 9.10 – 9.55 Gaslight Troubadours, carnival-esque dark glitch-swing
  • 10.15 – 11.15 Datura Roots Collective, innovative blues-infused ska and reggae

Live Music in the Phoenix Voodoo Lounge
Likewise, upstairs in the Voodoo Lounge an equally diverse range of musicians will play all afternoon and evening. Acts performing range from up and coming talent like The Lures, Samantics and Rapha Ghetti to seasoned folk act Spin2 and the distinct African sound of Dakar Audio Club.

Provisional line-up (times may be subject to change):

  • 1.10 – 1.45 Spin2, contemporary folk & roots music
  • 2.30 – 3.05 The Lures, an original folk-rock blend
  • 3.40 – 4.25 Mudskippers, worldy, folky and thought-provoking
  • 5.10 – 5.55 Ensemble Baklava, middle eastern delights
  • 7.20 – 8.05 Samantics, vocals, loops and highly original songs
  • 8.10 – 9 Rapha Ghetti, punk poet extraordinaire
  • 9.30 – 10.30 Dakar Audio Club, Exeter’s afrobeat sensation

Storytelling and Drama afternoon in the Workshop Space

The Phonic Drama Show presents an afternoon of spoken word fun…

Featuring the unmissable international story star Clive Pig the Storyfella, the delicious Fire Springs from Bath presenting their haunting and exquisite ‘Tales from the Saxon Shores’, beautiful poetry show ‘The Weather House’ by well loved poets Susan Taylor & Simon Williams, the wonderful and acclaimed Substance & Shadow Theatre presenting Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Fisherman & His Soul’, and the enchanting hosts of The Plough Storytelling Circle Ros & John Wehner weaving their delicate and engaging magic. Plus of course Glastonbury Festival regulars Widsith & Deor themselves with their very own brand of rip-roaring theatrical storytelling! What could possibly be finer?

Provisional line-up (times may be subject to change):

  • 12pm –  12.30 – Widsith & Deor Storytelling Theatre
  • 12.30 – 1 – Clive Pig the Storyfella
  • 1 – 1.30 – Substance & Shadow Theatre – The Fisherman & His Soul
  • 1.30 – 2.30 – The Weather House – by Susan Taylor & Simon Williams
  • 2.30 – 3 – Clive Pig the Storyfella
  • 3 – 3.30 – Ros & John Wehner
  • 3.30 – 4.30 – Fire Springs – Tales of the Saxon Shores
  • 4.30 – 5 – Substance & Shadow Theatre – The Fisherman & His Soul
  • 5 – 5.30 – Ros & John Wehner
  • 5.30 – 6 pm- Widsith & Deor Storytelling Theatre

Clive Pig the Storyfella
An exceptional and charismatic performer, he tells tales like a one man blockbuster movie. In between his tours abroad, he graces our stage, don’t miss him!

‘Tales of the Saxon Shores’ by Fire Springs
Wandering, longing, love and doom from the Dark Ages, Celtic, Saxon and Norse, legend, myth and real history combine in this exquisite, compelling & haunting show.

‘The Weather House’ by popular poets Susan Taylor and Simon Williams
An utterly charming show about the weather. Imagine a little Bavarian Weather House, with two figures predicting rain & shine.

Substance & Shadow Theatre present Oscar Wilde’s tale ‘The Fisherman & His Soul’
Catch their original take on Oscar Wilde’s reply to Hans Christian Anderson’s Little Mermaid – stirring, tragic and beautiful.

Ros & John Wehner
Storytellers who weave magic and whimsy respectively with their words – together they have performed at Dumstock Festival, the Blackberry Picking Festival, and host the Plough Story Circle at the Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington.

Widsith & Deor Storytelling Theatre
A duo with an unrivalled on stage chemistry and together they have performed at countless festivals including being regulars at Glastonbury Festival and the Beautiful Days.

Music is Murder evening in the Workshop Space
A night of experimental, industrial, post-digital, non-linear and improvised noise, avant soundscape and detournement.

Provisional line-up (times may be subject to change):

  • 8pm – A Quiet Night In
  • 8.20 – Spectral Digit
  • 8.40 – The Bill DeBurgh Group
  • 9pm – Lucinda Guy
  • 9.40 – DJ AntiSocial Services
  • 10pm – R.E.E.L aka Farmer Glitch w/ Matt Saunders (Assembled Minds) & IX Tab
  • 10.40 – DJ Infected Senses
  • 11pm – A Waste of Damnation

Phonic FM DJs on The Terrace all day and night
From midday to midnight the outdoor Terrace will host a rota of Phonic FM DJs spinning set after set of diverse music, from soul to ska, from reggae to rock, and all bases in between…

Provisional line-up (times may be subject to change):

  • 12pm Premal Bhatt
  • 1pm Jono
  • 2pm Vik Mohan
  • 3pm Will & McLeod
  • 4pm DJ Deadly Marvin
  • 5pm Paul Barnes
  • 6pm Phoenix Love
  • 7pm Arash
  • 8pm Marc Ingram
  • 9pm Jim Semmens
  • 10pm Dave Elmer
  • 11pm Murzi Kapadia

Phonic FM Outside Broadcast in the Café-Bar
From midday until evening the Phoenix Café-Bar will be home to a Phonic FM outside broadcast as a range of station presenters host their shows in public rather than our usual basement studio. Watch live radio in action.

Radio-themed films in Studio 74
From late afternoon until about 11pm our event will feature two free screenings of upbeat films with a radio theme, but we can’t say which ones just yet!

Phonic photo exhibition in the Walkway Gallery
The Phoenix’s Walkway Gallery space will also feature an exhibition of portrait photographs of Phonic FM members and their stories.

Regional Community Radio event in Studio 74
And finally, our tenth anniversary celebration event will be accompanied by Phonic FM hosting a regional community radio conference from 10.30am until 4pm, in Studio 74.

Management Theory at Work in Radio
Meeting Room 12–6pm
Discussion around digital disruption and the transformation of FM. Starts with performers and presenters, policy on rights in approach to social media compared with previous promotion. At 2pm the Standup Philosoper talks education, a basis for further study. After 4pm some from the Regional Community Radio conference may comment on the issues.

ART ROOM (upstairs)
Children’s art activity by the Youth Arts & Health Trust 12noon-6pm, plus storytelling with Laura Lane from Exeter Library at 2pm.

DRAMA STUDIO (upstairs)
5pm – 7pm Acoustic music from original ‘bubblegrunge’ songwriters Oliver Rose & Billy Brooks from The Allergens, plus Ed Hambly from The Echo Hotel.

Exeter Steiner School Parents Choir will perform at 12.10pm


This event is supported by Exeter City Council.

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