T In The Park Organiser Helping With Accessible Glasgow Gig
Geoff Ellis, the man behind T in the Park, is helping to organise a gig for disabled music fans in Glasgow.
ABLE2UK – The Accessible Concert 2016 – announced that Hozier, Kodaline and Prides would perform back in September.
But now Geoff Ellis has said he’ll help put the concert together, which is taking place at the O2 Academy Glasgow next Thursday.
The venue’s capacity has been increased for the event and there will be special facilities for disabled music fans.
Features at the gig will include an on-stage BSL signing interpreter, step free and enhanced access to the arena and toilets, a drinks service to the viewing platform so people don’t have to queue, blue badge parking and a hearing induction loop.
Gail Porter is hosting the event.
Founder and editor of ABLE2UK, Howard Thorpe, said: “The reasoning behind this event is to make venues and promoters aware that in some instances accessibility needs to be improved.
“The message behind Able2uk is just because you’re disabled you are still ‘able2’ do anything.
“In an ideal world we wouldn’t need to stage events such as these but unfortunately we do.
“I’ve been to some venues where there are no disabled spaces at all.
“Through this gig we want to spread awareness in the hope one day there’ll be no need to stage ‘special’ events.
“This gig isn’t just for disabled people though.
“It’s a standard Hozier gig with Kodaline, Prides and some amazing films throughout the night from A-list celebrities (including Mark Wahlberg) which just so happens to have improved access for those who require it.”
Tickets cost £27.50 with options including downstairs seating and standing, an accessible platform plus the balcony.
Hozier starts a UK tour at the end of January with three gigs at London’s Brixton Academy.
Kodaline play four concerts at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire in March.