Putting DIY Access in Action for Independent Venue Week

Posted on 23.01.2018

Putting DIY Access in Action for Independent Venue Week

Next week we join forces with Big Jeff, Exchange Bristol and Independent Venue Week to put on an unmissable gig, showcasing how grassroots live music can be made more accessible for Deaf and disabled audiences. The gig is on Wednesday 31 January and you can get your tickets here.

“Historically, much of Attitude is Everything’s work has focussed on ‘big ticket’ events such as festivals and large-scale shows - however, it is equally important that Deaf and disabled people can access grassroots venues. It is possible to do this in affordable, innovative and unobtrusive ways, and we are massively grateful to Exchange Bristol, to Big Jeff and to Independent Venue Week for enabling us to demonstrate these tips from our DIY guide.” – Suzanne Bull MBE, Attitude is Everything CEO

Using tips from our recent DIY Access Guide, performances by Jesuits, Iceman Furniss Quartet and Emily Isherwood will feature DIY lyric captioning, made using nothing more than a laptop and a TV screen! The Exchange will promote access information about the event on their Facebook page, provide free-of-charge PA tickets and accessible seating locations. 

The venue is also directing disabled customers to an accessible toilet in the next door pub because they do not currently have one of their own – highlighting that innovative solutions can often be found for the most seemingly inaccessible situations. 

"Music venues to me provide a safe space with which I could exist and structured socialising which made me feel ok around people.  It's something we should share. I am really honoured to involved with both Attitude is Everything and Independent Venue Week." – Big Jeff

The show is part of Independent Venue Week 2018 (IVW), the UK’s annual 7-day celebration of small UK music venues, and is co-promoted by Bristol music legend Jeff ‘Big Jeff’ Johns. Jeff will also be DJing on the night. Attitude is Everything have been an IVW charity partner since 2016. 

Exchange Bristol have already signed up to our Access Starts Online campaign, promoting the benefits of clear and coherent access information on festival and venue websites. 

Attitude is Everything’s DIY Guide will also be promoted at a PRS for Music panel How To Get Started in the Music Business taking place at the Exchange on the afternoon of the 31st. 

"Attitude is Everything have achieved great things in helping open up live music to Deaf and disabled people.  Independent Venue Week is really chuffed to have them onboard as one of our charity partners, and it is fantastic to see their DIY Access Guide being put into practice by the Exchange. For some music fans, even the smallest and most inexpensive changes can make a world of difference." – Sybil Bell, founder of Independent Venue Week

Published in November last year, the DIY guide presents a series of cheap and easy-to-follow ‘hacks’ to make gigs and shows more inclusive, helping artists and promoters maximise their audiences. 

The guide can be downloaded for free here and includes details on: 

  • Setting up an accessible seated viewing area
  • Making DIY captions for lyrics
  • Information to include on online event pages
  • How to make an accessible flyer
  • Improvements for shows at inaccessible venues

Since launching, the guide has been downloaded over 900 times, and 300 copies have been sent out across the UK. It has gained interest from as far afield as Germany, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the US.