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Rock the Boat returns
Tuesday 11 August 2009
Mencap returns to Proud Camden to host a club night for people with or without a learning disability
Following the triumphant success of the inaugural event held in July, Proud Camden welcomes back Rock the Boat on 9 September, with another stellar line-up including performances from Seb Fontaine and 1st Chancers.
Universally well received and generating huge amounts of press interest, the first event attracted praise indeed from The Sunday Times Style magazine, who said it was the "most fun [they'd] had at an indie night in a long time". The pioneering event has given people with a learning disability the platform to get involved in the entertainment industry, something for which there is a huge appetite, with all profits on the night going to learning disability charity Mencap.
Rock The Boat gives people with a learning disability the opportunity to get involved in every aspect of running a club night, from the door check to the promotion of the event. Lloyd Page, a spokesperson for Mencap who has a learning disability himself, said "I had a really good night at Rock the Boat night at Proud Camden. I'm really looking forward to the next one, and hope that we will raise lots more money so Mencap can keep supporting people with a learning disability and their families and carers".
Often seen enlivening the decks across Ibiza, Seb Fontaine the world famous House DJ who has been producing and mixing records since the early Nineties - often under the moniker Itchy and Scratchy, will play at Proud Camden in support of a real night of revelry. He will be joined by Wild Bunch DJs. The will be joined by 1st Chancers a six piece dance based pop band, some of whom have a learning disability, all have a funky sensibility. They are part of the Stay Up Late campaign, as championed by fellow musicians Heavy Load and Mencap They will be joined by Loose Cannons who will play a genre-blurring mixture of ska, funk and jazz.
Alex Proud owner of Proud Camden commented "I'm thrilled and honoured to be able to host another Rock The Boat, the event is a breath of fresh air and after the fantastic success of the last event we're all really enthused about this". The last event saw Tim Westwood, Matt Willis and Heavy Load whip the crowd into frenzy late into the night.
Doors: 7.30pm Entry: £5 with all profits on the night going to Mencap