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Deaf Rave allows people who can’t hear to go out clubbing

Music lover Troi Lee founded Deaf Rave in 2003, a quarterly event in London designed specifically for deaf clubbers. Instead of listening to sound, deaf people can feel it – the beat, the vibrations, the bass.


Now in its 15th year, the event has allowed deaf people to enjoy a night out, meet other people, and experience music in a way that mainstream nightclubs don’t allow.

Able-bodied people as well as those hard of hearing can attend, which means a typical deaf rave involves up to 900 guests. ‘I’ve always said that just because people are deaf, doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy music,’ founder Troi told Metro.co.uk. ‘You can literally feel the beat, on your feet, in your chest. In the vibration of the floor or speakers. So we crank the bass up and people get down to it. ‘We also have sign-song artists, deaf dancers and deaf DJs who perform, but who also lead workshops to teach people in the deaf community how to enjoy music to max.

There aren’t that many social events for deaf people. ‘We used to meet monthly in a pub, but I remember when we used to try and go to clubs, we’d get turned away at the door, literally for no other reason but because we were deaf. ‘People looked at us signing to each other, and decided that we weren’t welcome. It was humiliating and infuriating.’ Having worked as a DJ at house parties, Troi decided it was time to create an event specifically for deaf people, where there’d be no judgment or prejudice. And so, Deaf Rave was born.

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