Come and “Cut a Rug” at the Portico Gallery – everyone invited!

It’s all going on at The Portico Gallery in West Norwood on Friday May 13th, when Certitude hosts its next acoustic Cut a Rug night.

This lively event is designed to be inclusive to all parts of the local community, and the line up of talented acts – including south London four-piece After Alice, popular skiffle band JD and the Longfellows and a lyrical genius by the name of Jess Hiley – is guaranteed to get the place jumping.

Certitude is an organisation which provides support to people with learning disabilities and mental health support needs in south London. However, event organiser Sam Mason is keen to emphasise that this is not a ‘disability night’.

“Cut a Rug is about providing a platform for a variety of performers and audience members to come together and enjoy live music. Sometimes people we support play, but that happens organically. Our emphasis is on creating an event which is a better reflection of our communities as a whole. We’re aiming to host an evening that has moved beyond the idea of disability nights, because a lot of people we support neither want or need that; they just want to go to a gig and feel like they belong there.”

Cut a Rug nights have been hosted in other parts of London and have proved extremely popular with local communities and performance artists. More events are scheduled in the coming months and can be found at

Sue Mclaughlin from the Portico Gallery commented:

“We are passionate at the Gallery about community integration and making art and performance accessible to all. A wonderful, regular musical event with a vibrant yet relaxed atmosphere – Cut A Rug nights – do this. It’s providing quality music with an edge for everyone to enjoy, whoever you are and wherever you come from.”

Tickets for the Portico Gallery on May 13 are £5 in advance from or £6 on the door. Doors open at 8pm and the event goes on until late. The Portico Gallery is at 23A Knights Hill, London, SE27 0HS,

You can also follow @cutarugmusic on Twitter for the latest updates and photos!