Returning after a sell-out first year, The Rock House Festival is returning in July as Brighton’s first integrated music festival, championing music from people with learning disabilities, and established and up-and-coming acts at the Green Door Store on Saturday 28 July.
The festival will feature ten bands across two sessions, and has been produced by arts charity Carousel. The festival was born out of the charity’s popular Rock House gigs, which were held monthly, and were integrated events which aimed to ensure disabled musicians had an outlet for their music.
Gareth Evans, the senior music producer at Carousel, said of the festival: “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.”
Last year’s The Rock House Festival saw a performance from Daniel Wakeford, who is best known for his appearance on The Undatables, take centre stage to terrific acclaim.
The lineup for this year’s festival is varied, and there’s sure to be something for every taste. Beat Express are veterans of the disabled music scene, playing genre-spanning rock with influences from everywhere from punk to metal, with synths thrown in to keep it fun and danceable. Fuzzbomb Flash Band are a four-piece pop band, incorporating wind instruments to add a soft, ethereal edge to their dream-like music.
With them will be a number of other disabled and non-disabled artists, including hip-hop and house music from Electric Fire, psychedelic indie from Other States, and wall-of-sound noise rock from PROJECTOR.