We touched on the issue of disabled access at live and outdoor events in our April issue, so Access was pleased to hear that further artists are backing the Attitude is Everything (AiE) campaign #MusicWithoutBarriers, including music legend Stevie Wonder.
“A little thought and a bit more compassion could transform the lives of many. This should be a commitment made by everybody,” Wonder said.
Scottish band CHVRCHES – dubbed BBC’s fifth ‘most promising new talent’ in 2013 – have also backed AiE, as well as 2014 NME Award winners Belle and Sebastian.
“I support the #MusicWithoutBarriers campaign because live music should be for everyone – and, sadly, at the moment, it often is not,” said Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches. “It is up to performers, venues, festivals and anyone else involved in the music industry to support organisations like [AIE], ensuring that we operate in an inclusive way to improve access and facilitate further discussion.”
The campaign is working to raise awareness on the importance of disabled access, encouraging UK venues and festivals to give deaf and disabled fans equal access to live music.
AiE is asking those passionate about the cause to sign up to their Charter of Best Practice. Over 90 UK festivals and venues have already signed up, including the Featured Artist Coalition, the Music Managers Forum and the Musicians’ Union.
Latitude Festival was recently awarded the Charter’s Silver level from the AiE – and figures released from this year’s event revealed the financial benefits of improved access, with a reported 36% increase of disabled ticket sales.
The online initiative has won further support from bands including Alt-J, The Cure, Franz Ferdinand, Villagers, Mystery Jets, Robert Wyatt, The Temper Trap and Anna Calvi.