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Blue Camel inclusive club night

Pic by Paul Mansfield

If you know a young adult with learning disabilities within range of Brighton and they don’t know about Blue Camel Club then do them a favour and introduce them to these great nights with bands, DJs, films and more.

The concept is simple – a good non-patronising night out where people with learning disabilities and their friends can enjoy themselves in a safe, friendly environment.

Blue Camel is run by arts charity Carousel. I was invited along just before Christmas and was amazed at how big it was. The event had just moved from the Corn Exchange in central Brighton – while the Dome undergoes refurbishment – to The Old Market in Hove. I’ve been to TOM many times but never for a non-seated event so was surprised to see how cavernous it is opened up.

One of several DJ sets

Blue Camel is very hands on, young people don’t just turn up and enjoy the night but many get involved in creating it, from being part of the house band (great saxophone playing) to DJing (there were seven different DJ sets on the night I went), to creating moving graphics for the stage backdrop. There is room to mill about in the bar outside where, when I went pop videos were playing on one wall, and a back room where merchandising was being sold and people being introduced to a computer game-based disability awareness campaign Curing Perfect.

Band at a Corn Exchange Blue Camel Cub night

On the dance floor people were meeting up with friends and and making new ones. In fact Lisa Wolfe who handles Carousel’s marketing tells me there have been a least a couple of weddings result for the Blue Camel nights.

And on the subject of romance, guest star for the night was singer-songwriter Daniel Wakeford who you may have seen recently on Channel Four’s The Undateables. The good news is he has a girlfriend now who he made shout outs to at several points in his set – and it’s not suprisingy either because someone with his line in cheeky banter – “right lovely fans, now go and buy my CD…” was surely not going to stay single for long.

The Daniel Wakeford Experience

The next Blue Camel Club is on Monday 6 March 7.00pm – 10.00pm. As the nights are very popular it’s best to book ahead through Carousel on 01273 234734 or at The Old Market’s box office on 01273 201801 or, or in person at The Old Market, Upper Market Street, Hove (Mon-Fri, 1.00pm – 5.00pm). 

it’s £5 per person (£1 for carers). Ages 14+ are welcome but under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.




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