Access to live music, carnival arts and festival food

Spaced can’t pretend to be able to find solutions to every situation but when we can’t, we usually know someone who can. Attitude Is Everything (AiE) is a fabulous organisation.

In their own words:

“Deaf and disabled customers are often overlooked despite representing an annual spending power estimated at £80billion per year in the UK. Few people travel to gigs on their own and if you turn away Deaf and disabled people, you are missing out on the business of their friends and family too.”

All contacts for them are below but please take time to know that AiE improves Deaf and disabled people’s access to live music by working in partnership with audiences, artists and the music industry to implement a Charter of Best Practice across the UK. Having begun as a pilot project in 2000, they are now a fully independent charity and part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio of Organisations. They support venue and festival organisers to understand their legal obligations according to the Equality Act 2010 and implement best practice solutions to deliver reasonable adjustments.

Please say Hello from Spaced if you call and ask for Paul Hawkins, Festival Project Manager.

Their email is and the phone line is: 020 7383 7979

See their Home page 5 tips everyone can try –

‘Access changes often enrich the experience of all customers, whether disabled or not, inevitably generating new business, diversifying audiences and increasing revenue.’ Attitude Is Everything.

Viewing platforms are becoming the norm at music festivals, like Proms in Hyde Park

Hyde Park with raised platforms at sunset
juggling on stilts