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We provide facilities and opportunities for local artists to learn, produce and perform. With gig nights, special events and recording and production equipment we are a one stop shop to develop and showcase your creative side, whether it’s a hobby or a full time profession.

We are working to build a community through music - to do this we need the community's support so if you can donate even £1 it will help this dream come true!

COUCH COLUMN

The Couch Column is written by our founder, Jody Rule, and appears in the weekly Wokingham Paper. The column features reviews and interviews with local Berkshire artists.

You can’t beat listening to live music

THINGS are really cooking now at The Acoustic Couch – we’ve had a brilliant week including a private party where Gun Hill Riffs...
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Songs that go bump in the night

AS September brings the close of the festival season most brands start thinking of having a few weeks break.  For Bracknell based Folk Rockers...
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It’s all about the community…

WITH September upon us and festival season drawing to a close, I can’t lie as I reflect on busy times I’m a little sad. It’s been...
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Fancy getting the guitar out and have a jam? Join us every Wednesday night from 7pm down at the acoustic couch! Want to host a jam on the couch night? Get in contact with us ... See MoreSee Less

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Students! Bracknell has a night for you every two weeks on Thursdays! Subscribe to our events to find out more ... See MoreSee Less

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Old Man Mick Presents Imperial Leisure supported by Millie Manders and the shutup & The Upfront Reggae Band & DJ duo FreaQs & DJ Reg! for tickets and more info click on the link bellow. ... See MoreSee Less

Old man mick presents Imperial Leisure

April 15, 2017, 7:00pm - April 15, 2017, 5:59pm

Keep your eyes peeled for this event. It will certainly be a banger of a night! TICKETS; £5 online £7 on the door LINE UP; Imperial Leisure - www.facebook.com/imperialleisure Millie Manders - www.facebook.com/milliemandersmusic The Upfront Reggae Band - www.facebook.com/The-Upfront-Reggae-Band-151194565249517 DJ duo FreQs & DJ Reg

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Thursday 2nd of March John Otway will be down at the couch for an amazing night, to find out more click the link bellow and get your tickets! ... See MoreSee Less

GSMC presents; John Otway plus support

March 2, 2017, 7:30pm - March 2, 2017, 5:59pm

GSMC are delighted to announce that John Otway will be performing at the Acoustic Couch, Market Street, Bracknell on Thursday 2nd March at 8pm, John is an English singer-songwriter who has built a sizeable cult audience through extensive touring, a surreal sense of humour and a self-deprecating underdog persona. To book www.wegottickets.com/event/386292 www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/events Doors will open 7.00pm #familyfriendlyvenue #communitythrumusic BIO: John Otway is an English singer-songwriter who has built a sizeable cult audience through extensive touring, a surreal sense of humour and a self-deprecating underdog persona. From the age of 9, John Otway knew he wanted to be a pop star. But even at that young age, having listened to his sister's Beatles and Stones records, he knew he would never be able to do what they do. However, when his sister got the latest Bob Dylan album, he knew there was a place for him and he set about learning how to play guitar. Otway had to wait until 1977 and the rise of punk before his dream of fame and fortune would finally become a reality. Having caught the eye of the producers of the BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test, Otway's performance on that show would grab the attention of the watching audience. Otway, ever the showman, decided to jump on to the amplifier of his colleague during a performance of Bob Lind's Cheryl's Going Home. (Un)fortunately for Otway, he misjudged his leap and sent Wild Willy Barrett’s amplifier tumbling as he crashed down straddling the box under the amp. The full force of the impact was absorbed by the most tender part of his body, but in doing this one simple act of recklessness and his wanton disregard for his own safety, Otway was the talk of everyone who watched that evening's programme. Not only did he see a surge in his audiences, sales of Otway's sixth single, the half-spoken love song Really Free increased dramatically and reached number 27 in the UK Singles Chart. An appearance on the BBC's flagship music programme Top of the Pops, where Otway & Barrett were introduced by Elton John later, Otway was finally a star. It would however, be his greatest success for some time. Despite numerous attempts to get back into the charts, Otway would have to wait 25 years for his next taste of chart success. In the intervening years, Otway would become an actor; write an autobiography (Cor Baby That’s Really Me: Rock and Roll’s Greatest Failure); perform sold out shows at London’s Astoria and Royal Albert Hall; make regular appearances at both Glastonbury and Edinburgh Festivals; and write the nation’s seventh favourite lyric of all-time (beating Bob Dylan and Paul Simon in the process). In 2002, Otway achieved what he desired the most – a second hit. A concerted publicity campaign saw Otway reach number 9 with the disco pastiche Bunsen Burner and a second appearance on the Top of the Pops. Despite this success, a planned world tour collapsed, but Otway continued to gig extensively around the UK either with his band, as a duo with Wild Willy Barrett or solo. A follow-up autobiography was penned in 2010 and titled: I Did It Otway: Regrets I’ve Had a Few. In 2012, to celebrate his 60th birthday, Otway produced his debut movie titled Otway the Movie: The Story of Rock n Roll’s Greatest Failure. A screening for producers was held at London’s Leicester Square with the final scenes from the movie filmed on the red carpet and edited into the film. The film was then taken to Cannes Film Festival and a 50-date tour of cinemas in both the UK and North America. It was subsequently voted the 2nd best film of the year in a poll of its readers conducted by The Guardian newspaper. In 2016, Otway announced that he was planning to record a new album. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, he will take his band to the Caribbean island of Montserrat to become the first international recording artist to record there since the Rolling Stones in 1989.

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