PREVIEW: Rock House Festival at Green Door Store, Brighton

The third Rock House Festival, presented by Brighton-based arts charity Carousel, takes place at Green Door Store in Brighton on Saturday, July 27 from 3pm.

EXPECT a rocking line-up and a statement on how learning disabled and non-learning disabled bands can come together to create a spectacle and a scene! With top bands programmed throughout the afternoon and evening, plus a range of stalls, drinks and food, it’s an accessible and ear-opening event.

This year’s line-up includes the only Brighton performance by the Daniel Wakeford Experience, fresh from a national tour of 02 venues; Guy Lloyd’s glam punk band, Sock; Meggie Brown, whose debut single was produced by Alex Krapanos of Franz Ferdinand; and metal band Zombie Crash, who are celebrating 10 years of noise and showmanship!

Ryan O’Donovan

Ryan O’Donovan

Ryan O’Donovan, Zombie Crash guitarist and vocalist, said: “In 2007, I started two years of music training with arts charity Carousel, composing, recording and playing in-house gigs. When the course ended five of us got together and formed a band. From our wild, boisterous stage demeanour there was no denying that metal music was right for us.

“We knew we didn’t want to write songs about the challenges that learning disabled people like us face, so we made ourselves into characters a bit like the video-game hero ‘Duke Nukem’ and took inspiration from film, gaming and historical settings. Gigs soon followed, along with a line-up change and by 2012 we became the six-piece Zombie Crash of today, 100% learning disabled with no need for facilitators to fill the gaps. The point is, we’ve made it a decade and we’re not done yet. We remain committed to our natural calling in life; as musicians and entertainers.”

Event: Carousel’s Rock House Festival

Where: Green Door Store, Trafalgar Arches, Brighton, BN1 4FQ

When: Saturday, July 27

Time: 3pm-10pm

Tickets: Early bird £7/5, full price £9/7, on door £10/£8

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Age: 16+

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