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Monday 14 May 2018

Rock House Festival 2018 Brings Learning Disabled & Non-Learning Disabled Musicians To Brighton

The Rock House Festival 2018 brings together learning disabled bands and upcoming and established music-makers from Brighton and beyond for a day of live music at Green Door Store, Brighton.
Pic by Paul Mansfield

An open-minded and open to all event, the festival, produced by arts charity Carousel, features a diverse mix of performers - ten bands across two sessions - brought together by their love of live music.

Gareth Evans, senior music producer at Carousel, said: "When we take away the definitions and just listen to the noise everyone gets it. There are so many brilliant spin-offs from programming a festival in this way. 

"Performers get to share ideas and influences and audiences have a rare chance to experience a very special energy. 

"It's not like any other music festival. Integration is a bit of a buzzword but by putting everyone in the room together and focusing on the music the results can be amazing." 


The festival was born out of Carousel's popular monthly Rock House gigs, integrated events with the aim of ensuring ambitious learning disabled musicians have an outlet for their music.

The inaugural Rock House Festival last year was a sell-out event, and featured a performance from Daniel Wakeford, star of the UK's burgeoning learning disabled music scene.

Gareth added: "Daniel's career journey is a clear example of how, with the right support, learning disabled musicians can reach great heights. 

"He started out coming to the monthly Rock House gigs, did some workshops with Tom Cook (now his writing partner) and began developing his stage style into the magnificent showmanship you see today. Featuring on Channel 4's The Undateables brought the national profile he deserves. 

"Daniel has a tour of O2 venues this autumn and Carousel is really proud of what he has achieved." 

The line-up for Rock House Festival 2018, is equally strong and includes among others: neo future funk, hip hop and house from Electric Fire; Red Deer People, who mix krautrock with the energy and experimentation of post punk; rock band Beat Express, veterans of the learning disabled music scene; and psych-indie six-piece Other States.

The Rock House Festival 2018 at Green Door Store, Brighton, on Saturday 28 July. For more info CLICK HERE.

by: Mike Cobley




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