The Fiery Bird, Woking

Featuring: Brett Ascott from The Chords, The Moot, Mabbs and Compere Griff Griffith of 365 Radio<

It’s been nearly two years since the first Sound of Woking concert raised nearly one thousand pounds for the charity, Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis and I’m pleased to announce that we will be returning in 2024 for a second fund-raising concert!

This year’s venue is The Fiery Bird, the community based music venue and arts centre for Woking. The concert will take place on Saturday 20th July and will feature live performances from High Pop and Thee Moot, as well as a DJ set from local legend, Mabbs.

High Pop take their name from the two bands – Five O’Clock High and Vox Pop – that featured the late Mike Bailey on bass in the 80s/90s. Mike passed away in 2021, having suffered from the disease, pulmonary fibrosis, for several years beforehand.

Both bands were regular fixtures on the local scene and made some headway into London as well. Original members of both bands, John Rollinson and David Bailey, got together with legendary drummer Brett ‘Buddy’ Ascott, formerly of The Chords, who hit the charts with classic mod revival singles, Now It’s Gone, Maybe Tomorrow and Something’s Missing, and John’s son, Ben, bass player with the band Gutlocker, to recreate the power pop sound of their former bands – The Sound of Woking!

Joining High Pop will be Thee Moot, a great London band who released the fantastic Mood Swings and Roundabouts LP in 2022. Superb melodic garage influenced power pop with a paisley hue.

To complete the line-up, we will have a DJ set from the brilliant Mabbs, known to all on the London Mod and Soul circuit and presenter of The Offside Track on Totally Wired radio, an innovative show which combines his twin loves of football and great music.

This year, the proceeds of the gig will be shared between Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis and the Multiple Sclerosis Society, a condition which has also affected the lives of those close to the band. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased directly from here.


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