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NXT News
14 January 2018

ATTITUDE IS Everything, the organisation dedicated to improving deaf and disabled people’s access to live music, have released The DIY Access Guide.

Aimed at the burgeoning DIY sector, the downloadable document compiles tips and advice drawn from work with over 130 venues and festivals across the UK.

Grassroots project manager Natalie South says that the guide serves to highlight the surprisingly low cost and low hassle for venues to ensure that their spaces meet best practice standards.

“It’s designed to showcase what can be achieved with collaboration and creative thinking,” she says.

“The UK’s DIY music scene is spearheading the approach to making gigs accessible, and we point to case studies of what has already been achieved by, for example, event organiser Jaca Freer at their Freer Idea’s nights in Brighton.”

South notes that uptake of the new guide is already promising, and hopes that the effects will be far reaching as acts apply the advice further afield.

“Within 72 hours of launch on 10 November at Manchester’s Off The Record, the guide had been downloaded over 500 times and gained interest from the UK, Germany, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the US,” she says.

“Bands and promoters are already mobilising to take action using the guide, with several bands pledging to share it on 2018 tours.”

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