Attitude is Everything announces the In-Sight Weekend: Access and Disability in DIY

Posted on 01.03.2017

Attitude is Everything announces the In-Sight Weekend: Access and Disability in DIY

Featured artist Revenge of Calculon performing.

We’re excited to announce the In-Sight Weekend, a series of talks, workshops and a showcase gig at DIY Space for London over Friday 31 March – Saturday 1 April. The weekend will feature a range of innovative artists and performers, and will inform a forthcoming guide for grassroots and DIY artists and promoters, funded by PRS for Music Foundation with additional support from Arts Council England.

The In-Sight Weekend consists of two days of events, designed to highlight the voices of disabled artists and audience members interacting with the DIY music scene, and invite participants to contribute ideas to a new guide to be launched later in 2017 to empower artists, bands and promoters to make their own gigs and tours as accessible as possible.

These events have been developed in close partnership with Constant Flux, a Community Interest Company that draws inspiration from DIY and punk to encourage more learning disabled musicians to play, make music and tour, and DIY Space for London, which recently became the UK’s first volunteer-run venue to achieve Bronze status on our Charter of Best Practice.

"This project has the potential to enable more up and coming disabled musicians to take the crucial first steps in their career by helping to make DIY music scenes around the UK more accessible and inclusive" - Rob Maddison, Revenge of Calculon

The weekend begins on the Friday with a series of talks, featuring 8 speakers including musicians, artists and gig-goers exploring their perspectives on barriers to inclusion, the creative process, and their vision for the future. These will include Lizzie Emeh, Jess Thom (Touretteshero), Robyn Steward, Ben Connors and Luc Eisenbarth of Zombie Crash, with Dean Rodney, vocalist in the band The Fish Police DJing. 

This will be followed by a workshop afternoon on Saturday 1st April from 2pm – 6pm, bringing 30 artists and audience members together to explore disability awareness; the barriers that might exist for audience members and artists; the practical measures that can be achieved in the context of a DIY venue, gig or tour; and what should be included in a guide for grassroots bands and promoters.

The day will culminate in a showcase gig, demonstrating a wide array of DIY access solutions including captioning and featuring performances by a diverse and innovative range of artists: Revenge of Calculon, Paul Hawkins and the Awkward Silences, Woolf and The Fish Police.

The learning and stories captured over the In-Sight Weekend will be condensed into a new guide to making DIY and grassroots gigs more accessible, which will be published alongside a UK-wide campaign to sign-up artists to implement its recommendations. The guide will empower artists to affect meaningful change in partnership with grassroots venues, increase diversity on stage at their gigs, and reach new audiences.

BSL interpretation is available upon request for the talks and workshops events providing a ticket has been booked in the name of the person requesting the service. To book this, please contact Jacob on 020 7383 7979 or email jacob@attitudeiseverything.org.uk no later than Tuesday 14th March. DIY captioning of lyrics and PA tickets are provided for the gig - no BSL interpretation will be available.

Announcing the event, Suzanne Bull MBE, CEO of Attitude is Everything said: 

"Attitude is Everything is proud to be working with Constant Flux and DIY Space For London to deliver a weekend of exciting events to showcase amazing artists and the ways in which DIY and grassroots gigs can be made as accessible as possible for Deaf and disabled people. Funding from PRS Foundation for Music has allowed us to turn our attention to un-tapping the vast potential of grassroots artists to help us in our mission to break down barriers to accessing live music. Our new guide will be shared across the UK and support bands and artists to make their gigs as inclusive as possible and reach new audiences."

Richard Phoenix of Constant Flux, said:

"It's really amazing to be involved in curating such a forward thinking weekend of events. Having been embedded within DIY Space For London as a resident and working directly with the Access Group there to achieve Bronze accreditation from Attitude Is Everything, it's been really inspirational to see what can be achieved by volunteers alone. Constant Flux has always looked to bring worlds together that often don't get to meet. I think this weekend is going to be very important in helping do this and highlight that the less barriers that exist for people to be involved the better for everyone!"

Rob Maddison, Revenge of Calculon, added:

"This project will make a huge difference to me, given my direct experience of facing barriers to accessing grassroots venues as a performing artist and audience member. There is an urgent need for people in the DIY music scene to be equipped with guidance on how to put on accessible gigs in partnership with venues and promoters in order to include diverse artists and reach the widest possible audiences. I believe that this project has the potential to enable more up and coming disabled musicians to take the crucial first steps in their career by helping to make DIY music scenes around the UK more accessible and inclusive."

In-Sight Weekend is funded by the PRS for Music Foundation and Arts Council England.