Heavy Load (punk band)

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Heavy Load
OriginSussex, England
Years active~1996–2012
MembersSimon Barker
Jimmy Nichols
Paul Richards
Michael White
Mick Williams

Heavy Load was a British punk rock band, described by The Sunday Times in 2009 as "possibly the most genuinely punk band touring today".[1]

Its members met at Southdown Housing, a non-profit assisted-living community for people with mental health issues and learning disabilities, and were a mix of service users and staff.[2]

The band composed the theme for the BAFTA-nominated film Cast Offs and is itself documented in the film Heavy Load.

The band were also the founders of the charity Stay Up Late, a campaign seeking to improve the social lives of people with learning difficulties by calling for more flexible staff hours.[3] Stay Up Late is a national charity promoting full and active social lives for people with learning disabilities.

Heavy Load split in September 2012 with a final gig in London's Trafalgar Square as part of the Paralympic festivities.[4] Simon Barker died suddenly on 10 August 2017.[5]

Band members[edit]

  • Simon Barker, vocals
  • Jimmy Nichols, guitar and vocals
  • Paul Richards, bass
  • Mick Williams, guitar and vocals
  • Michael White, drums


Title Date of Release
Wham 2011
Shut It 2008
The Queen Mother's Dead 2006


  1. ^ Kate Spicer, 'Fashion lovers with learning disabilities', The Sunday Times Style Magazine, 1 November 2009 | http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/style/fashion/article188763.ece
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 August 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 August 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 March 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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