Stay Up Late grew out of the excellent mixed abilities punk band Heavy Load. Heavy Load were a punk band from Brighton with a fabulous mix of personalities. Their signature was to take songs such as Kylie’s Can’t Get You Out of My Head and do a thrash punk version of it, they also wrote some excellent originals such as the theme for the Bafta-nominated film Cast Off’s. They also had a documentary made about them that Mark Kermode called “A really, really fine music documentary”.
The band were concerned that those with learning disabilities would often have to leave early so started Stay Up Late. A campaign seeking to improve the social lives of people with learning difficulties by calling for more flexible staff hours.
I have worked with them on creating their sites in the image of their punk ethic and helped them with the strategy on their Gig Buddies project that has become international. The team are the most delightful people I have ever worked with.