Next Steps for New Bands talk with Steph from Big Joanie

DIY Space for London, London

Sunday, 15 Jul 2018

13:00 – 14:20

If you’ve just started a band but don’t know where to go next join Steph from Big Joanie as she talks through the next steps of band life. We’ll discuss making demos, organising tours, getting band money together, negotiating gig fees, and building an audience.

Big Joanie started life as a First Timers band in 2013 and have since become a well-recognised lo-fi DIY black feminist punk band who've played shows around the UK and been written about and reviewed by music blogs and magazines. Listen to them and buy their music here:

£3 (booking fee included)

No one turned away for lack of funds.
Email in advance for a free place.

30 spots available.

Your ticket money goes to paying the workshop facilitator and enabling others to attend the workshop for free. Any extra money raised will go towards renovating DSFL's accessible toilets.

💖 About First Timers Fest 💖

FTF is a season of workshops followed by a two-day festival where every band plays its first show. FTF is about getting new faces and voices in bands, and doing something about the lack of diversity in the make-up of the DIY music community.

As a direct way of addressing the lack of diversity in the make-up of the DIY music community, our workshops centre people who are disabled (visible or non-visible), LGBTQIA+ folk, people of colour, and women. As well, we are here to support people who have never played in a band before // never played the instrument they've always wanted to learn before because of their class, race, gender, mental health, age, etc.

Our 2018 festival has already happened, but stay updated on social media for details about future workshops and next year's festival!

For other First Timers Fest 2018 info:
FTF 2018 Facebook group:
FB page: First Timers Fest
Twitter: @FirstTimersFest
Instagram: @firsttimersfest

💖 About the venue, DIY Space for London 💖

DIY Space for London is on a single floor level, with access ramps, widened doors, an accessible toilet and plenty of space for manoeuvring and getting away from crowds. There is plenty of seating available and the toilets are gender neutral and accessible.

On entering the venue there is a small ramp, which is quite steep and might require assistance going up and down. If you are a wheelchair user and not travelling with anyone, let us know in advance you are coming so someone at the venue can be there to assist.

If you would like to discuss access, please get in touch or visit our website:

Email -

Phone – 020 7635 9470 (Leave a message and we will respond)

Postal – 96-108 Ormside St, London SE15 1TF

Response time – Someone will be able to respond within 5 days

Our volunteers are happy to meet event attendees at the nearest bus stop, please contact to arrange.

DIY Space has an Access Group that is always working to improve accessibility. Most recently it worked towards making DIY Space For London the UK’s first volunteer-run venue to achieve Bronze status on the Charter of Best Practice from Attitude Is Everything – a charity that improves Deaf and disabled people’s access to live music.


DIY Space for London , 96-108 Ormside Street , London