Access the Night
This ongoing multimedia series portrays disabled and neurodivergent people in and around London who go clubbing, or would like to but are held back by the lack of accessibility. In the videos below, Mollie, Giamma, Mandi, Ben, Laura, André and Candese give insights into their nightlife experiences and share their thoughts on what promoters, venues and other clubbers should do to become more inclusive.
Mollie works in a cinema and has a passion for photography, especially polaroids.
"I love dancing, it's like a whole body stim."
Giamma is a techno DJ and producer from Italy who lives in East London. He works under his artist name Pre Silent. "We need people to stand up for the rights of others."
Mandi is a video artist and live VJ living in East London. She loves dance music and knows the London scene well. "The attitude of the venue staff is essential."
Ben loves soca and dancehall and is interested in Caribbean culture. He lives in central London and gets support in his everyday life from carers like Louis. "We go out until six in the morning."
Laura and her husband live in West London with their sausage dog Frank. She works as a model and content creator. "There is this perception in this country that disabled people aren't allowed to have fun."
André is a musician from East London working on several projects, for example in his band Pink Mylk.
"I don't go out because there's no space in venues to take a breather."
Candese lives in Margate with her partner Matt and her cat Pickle. She loves knitting, walking on the beach – and raving. "After going out I end up in bed for three days, but it's worth it."