Group of 5 people out at a gig, two of them are learning disabled. They are all embracing
Gig Buddies at Glastonbury Festival
Learning disabled man with his 'gig buddy' standing at the back of a big crowd at Glastonbury
Heavy Load in Trafalgar Square, London
A group standing in Trafalgar square holding a banner which reads stay up late
Wild Things Juke Box
Wild things jukebox is a music player with a rhino head sticking out of it. A wheelchair user is depicted listening to it through headphones
Stay Up Late was started as a grass roots campaign by the inclusive punk band ‘Heavy Load’. The band became tired of their fans leaving their gigs early due to their support workers working inflexible shifts, typically finishing at 10pm.
The band were the subjects of an award winning feature documentary (‘Heavy Load’ Metfilm) which appeared on UK and US TV and in cinemas. This enabled the Stay Up Late campaign to reach a huge audience and the campaign turned in to a charity in 2011 to enable the work to continue. Heavy Load retired in 2012 after 15 years of anarchy and mayhem.
The charity’s work focuses on:
Description: The Wild Things juke boxes are three installations funded through the Arts Council. Each contains a iPad featuring over 100 original compositions by musicians with learning disabilities from around the world.
They also feature a sculpture of a rhino head created by visual artists with and without learning disabilities which act as headphone stands and also bring to life the logo we use for the project. Each sculpture is crafted from a different material; gaffer tape, felt and smashed up vinyl records.
People on road: n/a
Freight details: The juke boxes are self-contained in flight cases (about 3 ft high and 2 ft across)
Workshops and training sessions for support workers, people with learning disabilities and anyone with an interest in this area of work.
These can take many shapes and are tailored for each audience, e.g. punk song writing workshops for school children, workshops discussions for professionals, discussion groups and creative sessions for people with learning disabilities.