Able2UK’s disabled access music gig


Last night, Able2UK’s The Accessible Concert 2016 took place at the O2 Academy in Glasgow. The gig was specifically designed for disabled music fans. 

The gig included step free and enhanced access to the academy and toilets, an on-stage British Sign Language signing interpreter, a drinks service so that people didn’t have to queue, blue badge parking and a hearing induction loop.

It was presented by Gail Porter and headliners included Hozier, Kodaline and Prides.

Hozier. Image courtesy of DisabledGo

Geoff Ellis, who organises T in the Park, helped to organise The Accessible Concert, along with Able2UK’s founder, Howard Thorpe.

Geoff said: “I wouldn’t say we treated them [disabled people] as an afterthought before but it’s certainly enhanced our understanding of what the needs are for disabled customers.”

It was a huge success with the main acts, as well as the audience, enjoying a night that was accessible for all.

Hozier wrote on Twitter how he was proud to perform at “a great event raising awareness on an important issue.”

It is hoped that the gig will become an annual event.

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