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Attitude Is Everything launches DIY guide for accessible gigs

By | Published on Friday 10 November 2017

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Live music accessibility charity Attitude Is Everything has published a new ‘DIY Access Guide’ for bands, artists and promoters showing how to make gigs and tours more accessible for deaf and disabled audiences.

The zine-style publication is being made available for the first time today at the Off The Record conference and festival in Manchester. It offers advice on cheap ways to make shows more accessible, including how to set up an accessible seating area, making DIY captions for lyrics, what information to include on online event pages, and what can be done at shows in an inaccessible venue – for example if the stage is down some stairs.

“Attitude Is Everything has ambitions to make all live music events as inclusive as possible – and particularly those promoted at small grassroots venues”, says AIE CEO Suzanne Bull. “Even what appear relatively minor changes can make a big difference in practice. That’s the reason we’ve put together this easy-to-use guide”.

She goes on: “Nobody should be cut off from their local music scene – whether that’s the millions of disabled people who want to attend gigs and shows, or deaf and disabled artists who are looking to perform. By following our simple advice, promoters and artists can help make live music so much more accessible, and attract a whole new audience into the bargain”.

The charity will also host a panel at Off The Record on accessibility issues at live shows. Titled ‘Break Down Barriers, We Will Come’, it will take place today at 3.15pm in Mancehester’s Central Methodist Hall. More info here.