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Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät & Zombie Crash UK Tour 2013

PKZCN_A5_PRINT_SIDE01_webConstant Flux created the opportunity with funding from Arts Council England for a band at the forefront of the UK’s learning disability music scene, Zombie Crash, to undertake an integrated UK tour with one of the best examples of learning disability music in the world, Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät (PKN) from Finland.

The tour ran from October 1st – October 5th 2013, visiting London, Leeds, Sheffield & Brighton. The successes, failures and (overwhelmingly positive) feedback can be read in the full Tour Evaluation.

The tour itself…

October 1st – London at The Macbeth / facebook event
Address: 70 Hoxton St, N1 6LP
Promoters: Modern Hate Vibe & Constant Flux
Bands: Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät, Zombie Crash, ShoppingFamily Outing
Times: 7:30pm – 11pm
Price: £3 carers free/donation
Access: Flat access, accessible toilets

October 2nd – Leeds at Wharf Chambers / facebook event
Promoters: British Wildlife
Address: 23 Wharf St, LS2 7EQ
Bands: Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät, Zombie Crash, Perspex Flesh
Times: 7:30pm – 11pm
Price: £3 carers free/donation
Access: Flat access, accessible toilets

October 3rd – Sheffield at Heeley Sport and Social Club / facebook event
Promoters: The Audacious Art Experiment & Tye Die Tapes & Common Thread
Address: Heeley Bank Road, S2 3GL
Bands: Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät, Zombie Crash, Amorous Dialogues, Pawshaker
Times: 7:30pm – 11pm
Price: £3 carers free/donation
Access: Flat access, accessible toilets

October 4th – Brighton at The Green Door Storefacebook event
Promoters: Tatty Seaside Town & Calm Time
Address: Trafalgar Arches, BN1 4FQ
Bands: Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät, Zombie Crash, Good ThrobThe Soft Walls 
Times: 7:30pm – 11pm
Price: £3 carers free/donation
Access: Flat access, accessible toilets

October 5th – London at The Lexington (early gig!) / facebook event
Promoters: JT Classics & Fat Bob
Address: 96-98 Pentonville Rd, N1 9JB
Bands: Hard Skin, Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät, Hagar The Womb
Times: 2pm – 5pm
Price: £5 tickets
Access: No flat access, No accessible toilets

 

Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät is a punk-group formed by four Finnish guys with learning disabilities. Born out of the same boredom and hatred as any other punk-band, they use music as an outlet to their frustration with everyday things, such as living in a group home, not being served coffee because of their disability and their hated of pedicurists.

Zombie Crash , from Brighton, UK, are a loud, noisy, chaotic heavy metal band of 6 friends writing songs about whatever they please, including vampires, zombies, girls and rocking out in a band.

PKN formed in 2009 during workshops by Lyhty, a non-profit organisation for people with learning disabilities in Helsinki, Finland. Since then they have released 4 EPs and one album, all which have sold out. They have toured and played gigs worldwide. The band, Pertti Kurikka, Kari Aalto, Sami Helle and Toni Välitalo, who’s average age is 40, is the subject of the multi award-winning documentary, “The Punk Syndrome”, which is an amazingly honest, funny and moving insight into their lives. They are an incredible model for learning disability music with a fan base that spans many communities, cultures and languages.

Ryan O’Donovan, Luc Eisenbarth, Darrel Farley, James Barnett, Alex Pentalow, David Briggs, all in their 20’s, formed Zombie Crash in 2009 from a music course for people with learning disabilities run by the charity, Carousel. They released their debut album, “No Mercy” in 2011 and have built up a formidable live reputation that earns them more fans every time they play.

Constant Flux is creating the opportunity, with funding from Arts Council England, for two of the best examples of learning disability music in the world to tour together. Something of this nature has never been achieved on this scale before. This will be an incredible opportunity for both bands to set a precedent for artists with learning disabilities to play integrated gigs and tour in the UK. And for audiences across both the mainstream and learning disabled communities to see confident, empowered musicians with learning disabilities on stage. It will highlight that there is a music scene based around the learning disabled community and also raise awareness of access issues concerning this scene’s musicians and audience through the use of accessible venues for the gigs

Arts Council England Lottery Funded. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.