Access Starts Online campaign helping independent venues

Posted on 26.01.2016

Access Starts Online campaign helping independent venues

Access Starts Online, which first launched in November 2015 in partnership with the Association of Independent Festivals, is now being rolled out to 100+ clubs and halls taking part in Independent Venue Week, the nationwide celebration of small grassroots venues.

The initiative highlights how a lack of “online access” is an increasing problem for disabled audiences, and frequently an insurmountable barrier to their enjoyment of live music. We believe that rectifying this situation by providing a designated access information page on their website is an affordable and effective measure that all venues can take. Full details of how venues can improve their online access can be found here

The campaign is being promoted via a 3 date England tour by Winter of ’82, aka Kris Halpin, which kicks off tonight at The Boileroom in Guildford. As a disabled artist, Kris has worked via charity Drake Music with Grammy-nominated artist Imogen Heap on the development of her Mi.Mu Gloves project - exploring the music-making potential of this groundbreaking wearable technology. The Gloves Are On tour will mark the first time he has taken these potentially game-changing handpieces on the road.  

Imogen Heap will guest exclusively with Kris during his January 31st performance at Putney’s Half Moon.  

In all, Winter of ’82 will play the following dates as part of Independent Venue Week:   

  • 27th January - The Boileroom, Guildford - tickets
  • 28th January - The Tin, Coventry - tickets
  • 31st January - Half Moon, Putney - tickets

Suzanne Bull MBE, CEO of Attitude is Everything, said: 

“Like any other music fans, disabled audiences love going to watch bands and artists play in small grassroots venues. They want to be included as part of their local music community. And that’s why Attitude is Everything’s partnership with Independent Venue Week is so important.

“Through Kris’ tour we hope to raise greater awareness of this demand from the 100+ participating venues, and also to stress the importance of them providing detailed access information on their websites. Many small venues might be unaware of how vital this information is for disabled fans - but it represents a simple and cost-effective measure that we believe all of them can afford to take.”

The Gloves Are On tour has been supported with funding from Arts Council England and the PRS for Music Foundation