The Rock House Festival comes to Brighton

A few years ago, a band night with a difference was formed. It was born out of a desire by learning disabled musicians to regularly play and perform in front of an audience in their hometown.

Fast forward to 2017 and the Rock House has become a monthly fixture at the Westhill Hall in Brighton and now The Green Door Store, with bands such as Joy Rides, Witching Waves and Curst Sons playing alongside Catherine O’Rourke, Beat Express and Dancing Rock Queens.

To celebrate its success, the first Rock House Festival takes place on Saturday 29 July at The Green Door Store, just next to Brighton Station.

The Rock House Festival will be a unique event, breaking down barriers for musicians with and without learning disabilities to play together in front of an integrated audience. Its forward-thinking nature makes it the perfect event for Brighton.

The festival will be split into an evening and a daytime session. Highlights in the evening include Zombie Crash – the world’s premier learning disabled metal band, and The Daniel Wakeford Experience. Daniel (pictured, top) was one of the stars of Channel 4’s The Undateables and gave a magnificent performance at this year’s Great Escape Festival. Also on the nighttime line-up are London-based post-punk four-piece, Sauna Youth, fellow Londoners, Dog Chocolate and Brighton’s Prince Vaseline.

In the daytime, Seadog will offer a myriad sound of lullabies with anthemic electric and acoustic textures. Also performing are The Carbonators, multi-intrumentalists Sabien Gator, 2Decks and anti-folksters Patioland.

It’s sure to be a cracking day of live music. Here are the details…

DATE – Saturday 29th July.
TIME – 1pm – 5pm / 6pm – 10pm
VENUE – The Green Door Store (the venue has wheelchair access and wheelchair accessible toilets.)
ENTRY – £8 day ticket / £5 half day ticket + £1.10 booking fee
The event is promoted by Carousel – a learning disability-led arts charity that helps learning disabled artists develop and manage their creative lives, true to their voice and vision, challenging expectations of what great art is and who can create it.