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Jason Allen 25/01/23


Organoke | Big Voice Belters & Sing-A-Long Bangers With A Twist

Everyone loves a big organ.

And the one in Battersea Arts Centre is huge.

All the better then to bang out some tunes for a night of Organoke this February. And yes, Organoke is exactly what it sounds like – a portmanteau of ‘organ karaoke’, in which a classically trained organist quite literally pulls out the stops to provide live accompaniment for a raucous evening of sing-a-long bangers, all backed up by a full band, while people sing, dance, drink, and generally soak up the euphoria.


The old venue

The concept has been running strong since its inception in 2016 at the original venue in St. Giles church in Camberwell. This is their first tentative venture further afield, and it’s into a far bigger venue. In fact, the Battersea Arts Centre’s Grand Hall is, as the name sort of suggests, one of the largest stages outside of the West End. Originally built back in 1893 it’s a Grade-II listed beauty whose entire back wall is effectively a house for its organ, which was fully refurbished back in 2019.


The NEW venue

On the evening itself (February 25th) you can expect everything to be hosted by the inimitable Ida Barr, an old school Energizer Bunny of an M.C. who shakes off their age and gets the room roaring in unison like you wouldn’t believe. The all-important organ will be jockeyed by classically trained maestro Ashley Valentine, and the proceedings will be split into two halves: first, there’ll be a mass sing-a-long to classic tunes, then a short break, and finally the second half will involve requests (randomly drawn from a hat) in which people will be invited to come up and sing on stage with the band.

There’ll be plenty of alcohol to fuel this entire endeavour thanks to the Arts Centre’s own bar. And yes…

…they have organic drinks.


NOTE: Organoke is set to hit to the Battersea Arts Centre on February 25th 2023. Tickets oust £25pp, and are available right here.

Organoke | Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN

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Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, Battersea, SW11 5TN
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