A new report by the charity Muscular Dystrophy Campaign has found that venues and promoters are not doing enough to ensure disabled people can easily attend gigs and live music events.
The Trailblazers’ snapshot report states that problems are not just with attendance at shows but start much earlier, with disabled music fans being disadvantaged by having to purchase tickets via premium rate lines rather than online or having to provide ‘proof of disability’ to venues.
Those that do make it to gigs may find they have to sit or stand in a separate area and the study behind the report – which received responses from 100 young disabled music fans – found some were asked to leave before a performance finished so as not to “avoid disruption” for able-bodied gig goers.
- seventy-seven percent of young disabled people believe that booking tickets for a live music event puts them at a substantial disadvantage compared to non-disabled friends
- one in two young disabled people has either missed out on tickets or had a stressful experience booking them
- half of young disabled people say that facilities provided at venues, like toilets, bars and food stalls, are not suitable to their needs
- ninety-four percent of young disabled people say that last minute ticketing websites do not cater for disabled people.
The report isn’t wholly negative with many of the respondents saying they believed promoters and venues were doing a decent job of trying to ensure disabled music fans could have the same experience as their able-bodied peers.
The summary of the report states: “Going to concerts and festivals is a fundamental part of social life for many young people in the United Kingdom. It simply has to be an inclusive activity.”
You can read the full Access All Areas? Trailblazers’ report here (opens a PDF).
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