We believe music should be accessible for disabled artists and fans. There is lots of work to do to make this happen. We are determined to make a change in the music industry to improve things for disabled artists and fans.
For smaller bands like us, playing gigs often means playing smaller venues that do not have good accessibility. When we are a support act, we are not involved in choosing the venue. We really struggle when we are offered support shows that our management tells us are important to play, if the venue accessibility isn't good.
This is a problem not only because of Jess's own disability and access needs, but also because of our disabled fans who cannot always attend our shows due to inaccessible venues.
The more we grow, the bigger an impact we can have. With our own headline shows, we have much more control over the event and we only play the most accessible venues possible. We are making noise about this issue behind closed doors and we are working with our management on what more we can do in terms of campaigning and what leverage we have as a support act.
We have included the section below to highlight accessibility information for each of the venues we are playing. This information has been taken directly from venue websites where possible. When a venue has not published their accessibility information, we get in touch with them directly which informs the information below.
We know the situation is far from perfect and we are open to suggestions on how we can do better on this issue.
If you have any questions about accessibility at our upcoming shows, please do not hesitate to contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.