Attitude is Everything announce The Gloves Are On tour as part of Independent Venue Week
Posted on 16.12.2015
- Winter of ’82, aka singer & technologist Kris Halpin, to play shows in Guildford, Coventry, Bristol and London
- Kris will perform with the pioneering Mi.Mu music gloves co-developed by Imogen Heap
- Small venues encouraged to join Attitude is Everything’s Access Starts Online campaign and improve online access information for disabled fans and artists
Headlined by Winter of ’82, the performing name of acclaimed singer and technologist Kris Halpin, the four-date tour kicks off at The Boileroom in Guildford on January 27th, before visiting Coventry, Bristol and London.
As a disabled artist Kris decided to seek technological solutions for his changing performance needs, and has worked extensively with Drake Music since 2013, becoming involved in their new partnership with award-winning artist Imogen Heap to collaborate on the development of her Mi.Mu Gloves project - exploring the music-making potential of this groundbreaking wearable technology.
With their work together attracting widespread media coverage, including the BBC, Wired and The Independent, The Gloves Are On tour will mark the first time Kris has taken these potentially game-changing handpieces on the road.
Speaking about the tour, Kris said:
“I’m incredibly excited to bring this amazing technology with me on my first UK tour. My condition has threatened to rob me of my musicianship and performing live has been increasingly difficult - however, I knew when Drake Music introduced me to Imogen Heap and the team at Mi.Mu that the gloves could give it me back.
“In reality, they bring so much more. They are an incredible instrument that allow complex arrangements to be performed in a natural, expressive way and for the first time ever, I will be performing a live show that will bring my vision from the studio to the stage.
“As someone who has access needs, I passionately believe in the work that Attitude Is Everything are doing to make live music more accessible to disabled people. Independent Venue Week is also something I see as hugely important - it supports the most interesting and unique venues this country has to offer.”
For Attitude is Everything, the tour also aims to increase awareness among small venues about how they can attract greater numbers of disabled fans and artists through their doors.
Despite more than 100 UK festivals and venues joining the charity's Charter of Best Practice, millions of disabled fans still encounter barriers when wanting to experience live music - from their experience booking tickets and sourcing information, through to a lack of facilities and staff training at the shows they attend.
The situation is especially pronounced at financially-pressured small venues. According to a 2015 report by the Music Venue Trust, out of 109 small UK venues surveyed, more than one third stated that they provide no access facilities.
To help address this issue, Attitude is Everything will roll out their Access Starts Online campaign to small venues signed up to Independent Venue Week. Launched initially with the Association of Independent Festivals, this online initiative encourages event organisers to add a designated access information page to their website.
For more information about the campaign and the importance of online access, please visit: http://bit.ly/1XZf0cL
Attitude is Everything CEO Suzanne Bull, said:
“Attitude is Everything is delighted to be partnering with Independent Venue Week and Winter of ’82 on this fantastic initiative. Everybody understands the importance of small venues to British music. They’ve been at the heart of every groundbreaking music scene and musical innovation produced in this country.
“For those reasons, it is hugely important that disabled fans and artists are not excluded from their local music scenes, and we want Kris’ tour to raise awareness of how access barriers can be removed. The simplest way for venues to start this process is to join our Access Starts Online campaign and ensure they are providing accurate access information on their website.”
Sybil Bell, founder of Independent Venue Week added:
“It’s great to be working with Attitude is Everything who have a vital role to play in supporting artists and gig goers with disabilities. Their work with venues to make that experience better is good for everyone involved.
“The Gloves Are On tour with Winter of ’82 is going to be one of the highlights of Independent Venue Week. Kris is such a great artist and his use of the Mi.Mu gloves to create music is incredible. We’re looking forward to people around the country being able to see his performance up close and personal.”
The Gloves Are On tour featuring Winter of ’82 will visit the following venues:
Wednesday 27th January - The Boileroom, Guildford
Thursday 28th January - The Tin, Coventry (headline show)
Saturday 30th January - The Louisiana, Bristol
Sunday 31st January - Half Moon, Putney (headline show)
For ticket details, please visit www.winterof82.com