About Us

Swipe have many ongoing projects all for the benefit of people in Slough. We go out into the community creating performance opportunities around Slough for people of all ages and styles. We are giving young musicians vocalists and bands of all styles the opportunity to record and rehearse for free. We are giving free lessons to young people in Guitar, Drums,Steel Pan ,Fiddle playing. We are giving free vocal coaching to young people.

We are teaching members of the community the art of playing Steel Pans and through this have developed Panachea the Slough Community Steel Band. We loan instruments to young people on our projects to enable them to rehearse not only just while they are at swipe but at home as well. We loan P.A and Instruments to people on our projects to enable them to go out into the community and perform at events they might not otherwise have opportunity to.

We have refurbished old instruments and given them a new lease of life by giving them to young people to use.

We have had donations of old pcs and converted them into workstations that can be used to record and produce music.

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SWIPE has a studio fitted with a multipurpose isolation room fit for recording bands,solo artists or for rehearsals which is available for young people at no cost (Free)

We also teach young people how to use the studio equipment and record as well as how to run sound etc at live events

If you are interested in booking the studio or getting some hands on with the equipment please contact us.

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SWIPE was formed in 1997 to help further the education and training of children and young people at risk of being excluded from school. It also offered single parent families and over forty’s assistance in the creation of employment opportunities.

At present Swipe is using music as a medium to work with young people between the ages of 8 – 19 years of age and in some cases up to 25.

Swipe has a young peoples management team of 10 young people who actively take part in the running of Swipe and organizing Swipe’s activities.

We provide young people in Slough with many music activities including tuition in steel pan, guitar, drums , violin, and vocal coaching. We also provide rehearsal space and free recordings to young bands and solo artist as well as teaching young people how to record and mix their own music.

We organise lots of events and are often seen supporting other local organisations events providing live entertainment, we also teach young people how to run their own events.

We enable and encourage young people in Slough to broaden their musical experiences and helps them develop confidence, better communication skills and group awareness.

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Remember the Times project

SWIPE is running a project called Remember the Times, this project will involve young people and volunteers to gain skills to gather information about their Caribbean Heritage, to research, identify and interpret the memories and culture of early migrants from the Caribbean, to work with Slough Museum and others to record, archive, and create displays from this information, showcase and share the project with the communities of Slough. Ensuring that the names and memories of those interviewed and their Islands of origin are archived for future generations.

For this project to succeed we need the older generation to take part and talk about their lives in Slough during those early years. If you came to Slough in the 1950’s or early 1960’s and would like to participate in the project, please contact us by giving us a call on 01753 512156 and ask to speak to Clo or Christine Brooks or by e-mail: office@swipemusic.com

We expect the project to start during August 2013, with interviews taking place with permission at participant’s homes and at the Orchard Community Centre in Slough.

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Parked-Up and Mic’d Up – Music by the lake – Open Air Open Mike

Herschel Park, Slough – Sunday 9th June, from 2pm

A live open mic acoustic music session for all ages! Come along and spend a chilled out Sunday afternoon relaxing in the beautiful surroundings of a Victorian park where you could perform yourself or enjoy others.

Always a popular event in great surroundings, come down and enjoy!

Click here for a taste of the event last year…

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Lauren Aquilina to play Platform 3 The Acoustic Platform at Cippenham Library :)


Lauren Aquilina recently featured artist on BBC Radio 1 will be headlining this the 3rd and final Platform event of the season its going to be an acoustic and intimate gig not to be missed. Entry is FREE with a ticket.
Tickets are limited to 2 per person, you can get tickets by calling Cippenham Library on 01628 661745 or SWIPE on 01753512156



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Platform 2 Live @ SWIPE

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Platform 2 – Saturday 2nd March, 7.30pm @ the Orchard

Platform 2 is the 2nd of 3 Live Music Platforms for local bands celebrating successful bands from the area.

SWIPE are especially delighted to host this event at their base at the Orchard as 3 of the bands have band members who have also been SWIPE members!

TINY DRAGONS www.facebook.com/TinyDragons
MERCIA www.facebook.com/wearemercia
WILSON www.facebook.com/wilsontheband
INFERENCE www.facebook.com/InferenceUK


Brighton Based Band TINY DRAGONS are coming to Slough giving Vocalist Lizzie Massey her first hometown gig since she left Slough.

Formed in Brighton in 2010, Tiny Dragons are taking audiences by storm with their heart stopping live performance and mammoth sound, that many would say is anything but tiny!

Having toured the UK and played shows in Europe, their distinctive sound is generating quite a buzz.

Fronted by Lizzie, who is captivating audiences with her stunning soulful voice that juxtaposes perfectly against her driving bass and the cinematic guitar tones.

We cant wait to have Lizzie play at the Orchard again. TINY DRAGONS – Don’t Miss Them!!


Mercia, consists of Simone on vocals and guitar and Dan on drums and percussion surrounding themselves with various other talented musicians their sound is emotive and complex. Whilst their core sound is acoustic it cannot be classified as of the acoustic genre – it is unique in its unpredictability – veering from pain filled ballads to punchy, raw rock numbers. It is of the moment. They are true musicians who are dedicated to producing accessible and melodic music where lyrics are essential to audience engagement. They tell the story of their generation through their own experiences.

With Dan and Simone both being very active members of SWIPE over the years we are especially looking forward to them returning from London to play in their home town.


WILSON seem to have an effortless talent for creating addictive songs, with riffs, melodies and instrumental solos that circulate through your mind for days after just a single exposure, there’s also an edge to lyrics that have been torn from their lives. They take their influences from many sources, with bands such as the Foo Fighters, Muse, Nirvana and Porcupine Tree often cited.

All 3 Band Members are from Slough Brothers Ross and Owen Wilson and long time friend Graham Henderson formed the band in 2008.

Ross will tell you the band name is an amalgamation of the band members using the Wil from Wilson as the first half and the son from henderson to make the one word WILSON!


INFERENCE are a new local band which was formed in it’s early stages by Thea Swan. Joe Alexander was the first member to join due to his guitar playing credentials. Bassist Tyler J. Spicer, James Carragher and Tom Minter were next to join after having gained gigging experience with fellow local band Black Rabbit and Honour The Goats.

Their influences are Paramore, You Me at Six, Foo Fighters, KISS, The Wombats, The Pigeon Detectives, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Deaf Havana, Tonight Alive, Young Guns.

We look forward to hearing them at THE PLATFORM!

PLATFORM Events bought to you by SWIPE and The Arts Council

Free Entry – Donations to SWIPE the Charity running the show are encoraged if you can manage it. We suggest a minimum donation of £2.50


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Slough Band Gigs at the Natural History Museum This Friday!!

We are extremely proud to announce that Slough based band, Simpson Bros (formerly known as Nate Musiq), who are all SWIPE regulars have been asked to play for Mastercard Lates at The Natural History Museum in the Main Hall this coming Friday, 30th November.

It would be great if you could support a Slough band at this amazing venue. It should be a great night out with live music all night and a bar and restaurant in the central hall!

There’s even Dinosaurs and we don’t just mean Jamie!!

Please come down and enjoy a great FREE night out. Live Music from 6:45pm, Simpson Bros on stage at 10pm.

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Quiet Rule Broken – Slough Library Hosts Anti-Knife Crime Concert

On Saturday 31st March Slough Library will host a live music event held by
Aik Saath and SWIPE Music to raise awareness of the dangers of knife crime.
The third anti-knife crime music event organised by the two Slough charities, will kick off at 7pm on Saturday 31st March on the second floor of Slough Library. The acts performing span from Rock to R’n’B and back again. Despite the Library’s rule of silence, it is thought to be one of the best music venues in the area because of the quality of the acoustics that the shelves of books provide.
The aim of the concert is to keep young people aware about the dangers of getting involved in knife crime and to remind them that there are alternatives. Statistics show that you are more likely to be stabbed by your own knife than by somebody else’s. The line-up, organised by SWIPE music, demonstrates Slough’s diversity with folk, rap, rock and many other forms of music. The bill includes: Mercia, Busker Rhymes,Wilson, Already Blonde, Nate Musiq, Dan Murphy, Young Kay and others. The gig will provide information about knife crime, and gives young people and musicians an opportunity to get behind a cause which is worth promoting again and again.
As well as the serious message, the concert is a safe space for people to meet each other and enjoy themselves in the centre of Slough. Following the successes of the previous events this is set to be an enjoyable event for all!
The event is financed by the Home Office through the Communities Against Gangs, Guns and Knives Fund.

“Knife crime is an issue we’ve all heard about, but we need to keep hearing about it! What better way to do that than music?” – Peter Smart (18)
“I’ve heard stories about knife crime and I’m concerned about it – I hope the concert can spread the word” – Hassaan-Ul Huda (12)
“The importance of this issue cannot be overstated, and with this concert we know it won’t be overlooked” Nathan Young (18)
“Aik Saath and SWIPE are enjoying a successful partnership with Slough Borough Council. Our shared commitment to making sure young people are given the opportunity to lead positive change in our community is really paying off. They are organising useful, successful events and they are a credit to Slough.”
Rob Deeks, Project Manager, Aik Saath – Together As One

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Slough Volunteer Police Cadets

Slough Volunteer Police Cadets, (SVPC), is a new initiative run by the Charity S.W.I.P.E in conjunction with Slough Police.

This is the first Volunteer Police Cadet Unit in The Thames Valley and is aimed at young people aged from 13 to 19 years of age.

Slough VPC is a youth diversion scheme and although young people interested in the Police as a career can join, it is anything but a recruitment tool for Police.

You do NOT have to want to join the Police to join Slough VPC.

Slough VPC will meet every Thursday between 7pm and 9pm at Swipe Music Centre, The Orchard Centre, 73a Stoke Poges Lane, Slough, Berkshire SL1 3NY.

In the 2 hour session they will have input on various subjects including Police issues Cadets will undertake training and input to take on the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme at Bronze and Silver levels, there will also be regular sports sessions.

Cadets will also assist Slough Police at carefully selected low level events and help other groups and organisations at various events.

In addition Cadets will take part in competitions arranged against other units and groups.

Recruitment drives are currently being organised at selected schools and it is hoped the scheme will “go live” prior to the main school summer holidays.

Some of the aims of the scheme are shown below, however the main aim of the scheme is to ensure that within a safe and structured programme that the cadets have……….FUN.

Some of the Aims and Objectives

  • Creating a warm, supportive and enthusiastic youth community with a welcoming approach
  • Providing effective peer, leader and role model guidance using proven techniques
  • Promote and encourage a practical interest in policing among young people
  • Encourage the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship
  • Developing ‘Social Citizens’ using the latest ideas in Pro Social Modelling
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Sunday Funday certainly was!

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Funday Sunday Comming Up 27th March

Swipe will be providing entertainment at this years Funday Sunday Run in Upton Court Park 11am – 4pm

Come down and enjoy the show, there are plenty of other activities going on to take part in and its all raising money for 6 different Slough Charities. See more here

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The Slough Song!!!!

The Slough Song was conceived and written on a SWIPE songwriting workshop with the young people who wrote the song going on to record it at SWIPE. Who then made the video! Enjoy!

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Epic Chairmaker Attacked By Hedgehogs!!

Jamie Abbot From The Epic Chairmakers has another nightmare!

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Busking 4 Cancer in Slough Museum

Raising money for cancer research uk

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Jamie and Marcus attend Web Training for new website!

Marcus Panda Connolly

swipe logo Volunteers Jamie and Marcus are attending free training via our friends from SCVS to learn how to build and maintain this website!

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The New Swipe Website!! woo hoo!

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