Rockaoke have been running regular nights in London for the last 10 years, giving people the platform to lose their inhibitions and unleash their inner rockstar!!
Our nights have seen us take on such venues as Punk, The Phoenix, Proud Galleries, AAA Bar, The London Cocktail Club and the iconic Madame Jojo’s.
Now with a new roster of regular monthly nights, including one in Sheffield, the birth place of Rockaoke, you can sing with Rockaoke on most Friday nights, with the addition of a monthly Thursday and Sunday.
Our Rockaoke Nights are as follows:
1st Friday of the month – Radicals and Victuallers – Islington.
1st Thursday of the month – The Dogstar, Brixton.
2nd Friday of the month – Tooting Tram and Social, Tooting.
Last Friday of the month – The Star of Kings, Kings Cross.
Last Friday of the month – The Mulberry, Sheffield.
For one of the most fun nights you can have without getting arrested…….then come to one of our nights!
The School of Life is a global humanist organisation devoted to developing emotional intelligence through the help of culture. Who did they choose to help spread that message on Mother’s Day? You’ve guessed it….David Baddiel and Rockaoke.
Sunday mornings are not a musician’s natural habitat but we managed to drag ourselves to the beautiful Conway Hall to sandwich David Baddiel’s brilliant secular sermon on Fame with two rock and roll hymns.
The subject of the talk provided the opening hymn, with us leading the congregation in an early morning dance to David Bowie’s Fame. We then sat back and laughed for 45 minutes as Baddiel, one of Rockaoke’s comedy heroes, shared his observations on fame; his own, other people’s and the myths surrounding this prized but also reviled status.
The following Q&A session provided us with the ideal end to a wonderful and slightly surreal morning, as a wannabe teenage rockstar asked a question about levels of fame based on his own upcoming XFactor audition. When we returned to the stage to play the final hymn, Creep by Radiohead, we asked asked him to come onto the stage and lead the song.
He rose to the challenge and delighted the audience as he rolled onto the stage, put on his sun glasses and delivered a slightly nervy, but wonderfully tender rendition of the Radiohead classic. It ended with the whole room singing an a cappella refrain of the chorus, before Conway Hall erupted into applause for the fame hungry youngster, who had given the perfect epilogue to David Baddiel’s poignant and extremely funny sermon.
Just a regular Sunday morning in the office. In the words of Mr Baddiel himself ‘I’ve never seen this before, It’s brilliant, you make karaoke NOT NAFF’.
According to new scientific research, Karaoke nights out are actually good for your health, writes The Telegraph Science Correspondent Richard Alleyne.
Researchers found that moderate drinking with a good friend helped improve cardiovascular health with singing also helping to reduce stress.
While heavy drinking is associated with a greater risk of a stroke, light to moderate drinking has been linked to a lesser risk of stroke and coronary heart disease.
Having the social support of a good friend seems increase the positive effect that moderate drinking has on your health.
“In short,” said Professor Takeshi Tanigawa, at Ehime University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan. “Moderate to light alcohol consumption with high social support is good for your health. Drinking with a good friend appropriately makes you feel happy and healthy.
“So drink with good friends for health.”
Prof Tanigawa also recommended karaoke bars as one way for business persons to cope with stress. “Singers use deep breathing, which is good for the nervous system,” he said.
“After singing, they usually receive applause. It is a good kind of social support, and helps in the face of adverse occasions or stressful events.”
The study on 19,356 men aged 40 to 69 found the health benefits of light to moderate drinking are more pronounced in men with greater social support.
The study, published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, also found that those with low social support had less healthy lifestyles such as physical inactivity, no job and fewer opportunities for medical checkups.
Heavy drinking was found to be risky irrespective of the level of social support.
Professor Hiroyasu Iso, the study’s co-author from Osaka University, said: “We found the reduced risks of total stroke, ischemic stroke, and total cardiovascular disease associated with light to moderate drinking were more pronounced in men with high social support, probably due to avoidance of unhealthy behaviours and enhancement of stress buffering.”
OH MY GOD, IBIZA’S NEW KARAOKE STAR IS – RICKY WILSON!
HE may have gone to Ibiza hoping for a spot of rest and relaxation – but it seems Ricky Wilson’s trip abroad is rapidly turning into a busman’s holiday.
The Kaiser Chiefs frontman was spotted living it up in typically flamboyant fashion at the trendy Bar M nightspot near San Antonio on Wednesday evening.
He stole the show at the venue’s weekly karaoke bash by getting up on stage and treating revellers to a surprise rendition of his band’s hit I Predict A Riot.
And that wasn’t all – Ricky later clambered onto a table with pals from New York rockers We Are Scientists to belt out a raucous version of the Oasis classic Wonderwall.
One onlooker told the YEP: “No one had noticed him in the bar – it was a bit of a shock to suddenly see him up there on stage!
“At first he had his back turned to us, so when he span round and we realised it was him doing one of his most famous songs the place went absolutely mad.” Ricky, who comes from Ilkley, also performed a rapturously-received DJ set at the launch of this summer’s Ibiza Rocks event at Bar M on Monday evening.
Ibiza Rocks is the brainchild of former University of Leeds student Andy McKay and his brother Mike, the men behind the party island’s legendary Manumission club night.
Billed as a bid to bring top live bands to a destination that’s traditionally been dominated by dance music, its line-up over the next four weeks includes Dirty Pretty Things, The Streets and Kasabian.
They will be following in the footsteps of Leeds lads the Kaisers, who played at the first Ibiza Rocks extravaganza last summer.