The Manchester rave for learning disabled music fans where carers go free


It can be extremely difficult for people with disabilities to integrate into society. Physical impairment could prevent them from getting to social spaces or taking part in activities. Learning difficulties could affect their social skills, turning the concept of socialising into a real challenge.

Constantly labelled ‘different’, they stand out from the crowd and can become isolated, which can lead to high rates of loneliness. According to MenCap, people with learning difficulties have so few chances to socialise that they often have a lot fewer friends. 

Nobody deserves to go through life without friends. 

Like most people, those with disabilities often fine solace in music. It can be a great way to connect with people.

With this in mind, promoter Alice Woods collaborated with Manchester People First, a self advocacy group run by and for adults with a learning disabilities, to present Under One Roof.

Photo: Claire Angel

Under One Roof is an organisation which hosts accessible raves for adults with learning disabilities, providing those adults with a space to socialise and have a bit of fun. Under One Roof started in 2018 and branched out to Liverpool the following year due to its success. 

2020 is set to be their biggest year yet. They have taken permanent residence in the basement venue of YES and have announced four new event dates this year – a huge step for Under One Roof. 

 “I’m over the moon that Under One Roof will continue into 2020,” says Alice.

“Seeing first hand the joy that they bring to everyone who attends, we know that these events are really important. We put our heart and soul into making sure these raves can happen.” 

Photo: Claire Angel

The first party of the year takes place on Thursday 13th February with a Valentine’s Day themed event. DJ Jake Smith will headline the show which encourages music lovers to celebrate the friendships they’ve made.

The event will run from 6.30pm, and guests can dance the night away until 9.30pm, giving everyone plenty of time to celebrate the love in the air and meet some new people.

The next event will take place on May 14th followed by a summer party on July 23rd. The last of the four events will be a Halloween themed rave on Thursday 29th October, where guests are encouraged to dress up in fancy dress and throw some shapes on the dancefloor.

Tickets for the event can be found on and cost just £3 per person (subject to booking fee). And best of all, carers go free. 



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