Breaking barriers to make live music accessible

A charity that works to improve access to gigs and tours has put together a list of tips to combat the problems deaf and disabled music fans face.


The charity, Attitude is Everything, also provides a list of inclusive venues and is carrying out a survey on the issues faced when booking concerts. Challenges and tips
Challenges highlighted by the charity include:
- lack of seating;
- toilet access;
- step-free access. It has produced a DIY Access Guide for bands, artists and promoters on how to make gigs and tours more accessible for deaf and disabled people. Tips include:
- providing free personal assistant tickets
- having a viewing area/accessible seating
- providing online information
- a no strobe policy. Most inclusive venues Attitude is Everything also signs up venues to its Charter of Best Practice, helping them to be as inclusive as possible. Last month London’s Southbank Centre was awarded Gold status for its commitment to making its venues accessible for deaf and disabled people, including unveiling the South Bank’s first Changing Places toilet. Southbank joins seven other venues in achieving gold status (those with silver and bronze status can be viewed here). These are:
• The Albany
• Band on the Wall
• Brighton Centre
• Motorpoint Arena Nottingham
• The O2
• Roundhouse
• The Sage Gateshead
• Southbank Centre Complete the survey
The charity also compiles a biennial State of Access Report and is encouraging people to complete its 10-minute survey on the issues faced when attempting to book access for gigs and concerts. The survey closes on Sunday (28 January) and the report hopes to achieve real and lasting change for deaf and disabled customers.  
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