Wednesday, 24 February 2021

What have you been listening to?

MC Top Richie, 2 Decks, Mr Amazing & Labake brings to us an eclectic taste which goes from the happy Brazilian beaches of Barry Manilow's Copacabana, current affairs of Michael Jackson Black or White to the fabulous track Do what you Say by the neurodiverse band The Carbonators and the claustrophobic electronic atmosphere of Don't Agree by Mr Amazing and MC Top Richie. Enjoy the journey!!

The Carbonators

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

2 Decks is back!!! bringing Hip Hop stories

 Hey Guys,

In this episode, our former presenter and Hip Hop artist Darren aka 2 Decks is back to our show, along with The Nigerians' band drummer Eddie Gaga, Duane aka Mr Amazing, Labake Anisere and Richie aka MC Top Richie sharing their stories with Hip Hop music bringing interesting surprises. Enjoy!!

Left to Right: Matt, Francis Gravity, 2 Decks and Leon  (Rock House at the Green Door, Brighton, 24th July 2017).

The Government has responded to the petition you signed.

Government responded:

We are working hard to ensure everyone who has been clinically prioritised to receive a vaccine will have access to a vaccine as soon as possible.

The NHS has been working alongside its health and social care partners to ensure the vaccine can be administered safely and effectively as part of the largest vaccination programme undertaken in its history.

An enormous amount of work has taken place to ensure we have the logistical expertise, transport and workforce to roll out a vaccine according to clinical priority, at the speed at which it can be manufactured. Over 8.9 million people across the UK have now received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and nearly half a million have received their second dose. There are now over 2700 sites across the UK already offering vaccines to those at risk by age and clinical priority. The network will continue to expand and evolve as we progress the deployment in the months ahead. We will expand the programme so all adults can be vaccinated by the autumn.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is the independent medical and scientific expert body which advises the UK Government on prioritisation for all vaccines. The committee’s membership is made up of practising clinicians and individuals from academia who have considered and continue to consider the impact of Covid-19 and population prioritisation as new data emerges.

For phase one of the vaccine roll-out, the underlying principles at the forefront of the advice by the JCVI are; to reduce mortality, to protect the health and social care systems, and to save lives. Given the current epidemiological situation in the UK, all evidence indicates that the best option for preventing mortality in the initial phase of the programme is to directly protect persons most at risk. Having identified age as being the biggest determining factor to increased mortality, vaccinations have been prioritised to care home residents and staff and those over 80, followed by health and social care workers, then to the rest of the population in order of age and clinical risk factors.

In line with JCVI recommendations, individuals with chronic neurological diseases, including those with severe and profound learning disabilities and Down’s Syndrome will be prioritised for a vaccine, as there is good evidence that these underlying health conditions increase the risk of morbidity and mortality from COVID-19. Adults with Down’s Syndrome are considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable and therefore will be eligible also be eligible for a vaccine in priority group four (alongside those 70 years of age and over). Adults with severe and profound learning disabilities are included in priority group six, alongside those with certain underlying health conditions increase the risk of morbidity and mortality from COVID-19, as set out by the JCVI.

By 15 February we aim to have offered a first vaccine dose to everyone in the top four priority groups identified by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI):

• all residents in a care home for older adults and their carers

• all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers

• all those 75 years of age and over

• all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals

Individuals eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination will receive an invitation to come forward when it is their turn. For most people this will be in the form of a letter either from their GP or the national booking system; this will include all the information they need, including their NHS number.

Public Health England (PHE) has developed a range of COVID-19 resources for the public. These resources incorporate learning and evidence from behavioural science, attitudinal surveys and previous flu programmes. This includes resources for those with a learning disability (including invitation letters, posters, information leaflets and videos). These have been developed in collaboration with NHS England and Improvement and those with lived experience. PHE has published the first of three Easy Read guides: COVID-19 vaccination - a guide for people with a learning disability and their carers leaflet. This is available here:

The NHS has a tried and tested track record for delivering vaccination programmes and will work with existing partners across the healthcare system to ensure a Covid-19 vaccine can be deployed safely and effectively. The government is working hard to ensure everyone who has been clinically prioritised to receive a vaccine will have access to a vaccine as soon as possible.

Department of Health and Social Care.

Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Gate Kicks Special Episode Resonance FM Fundraising Week + Prioritise vaccinations for people with a learning disability

 Hi Guys,

Today we are in the middle of Resonance FM Fundraising Week (please see the previous post) but also signing a petition to Prioritise vaccinations for people with a learning disability. 

We think those causes are important in different ways but they coincide with the way of making us more sensitive to Life, Inclusiveness, Beauty, Love and Compassion. 

People with Learning Disabilities are THIRTY TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE FROM COVID-19, so it is urgent to campaign for this to ensure that people with learning disabilities are high on the priority list for vaccination. Please support this campaign signing the UK Government petition here:

Resonance FM mission"to encourage creativity through radio" is now more important than ever to be connected in different ways and different forms because all of us are unique and everybody contributes to this world in their own way. 

Thursday, 4 February 2021

Resonance FM Fundraising Week Campaign 5th to 14th February 2021

Gate Kicks is possible thanks to the support of the music and art community radio station Resonance FM.

Between 5th and 14th February 2021, Resonance FM organises its Fundraising Week. This year will be quite different, the live events are replaced by CONNECT to their amazing programme-makers with special and unique shows. To take part in these events check this link which will be updated regularly with new information So if you really think that this radio is contributing to enrich our music and art community, please donate, any amount will help us to continue doing that. Many thanks!

Ehima and Richard Phoenix set an Electric Fire Manifesto!!!

 Hey guys,

In the last episode of Gate Kicks we have some explosive guests the Electric Fire's drummer Ehima who has toured the world with their music and the music producer, artist, musician and writer Richard Phoenix who just published D.I.Y. as Privilege: A Manifesto for Rough Trade editions - No.36, to talk about their musical careers and this unique publication. So seat comfortable for the next half an hour and set electric fire on your brain.  (D.I.Y. as Privilege: A Manifesto available here )

Left to Right: Lindsay, Javier, Richie, Richard Phoenix, Mr Amazing, Labake and Ehima.