Attitude is Everything and ATC Live partner on 100% accessible tour for Mbongwana Star
- Eleven-date UK tour starts on June 9th, including performances at Field Day, Glastonbury Festival and Liverpool’s Africa Oye, aims to be fully accessible for both disabled audiences and artists
- The tour sees more yet venues sign up to Attitude is Everything’s Access Starts Online campaign
Attitude is Everything, the music charity campaigning for improved access to live music for millions of Deaf and disabled fans, are proud to announce their involvement in the upcoming UK tour by hugely acclaimed Kinshasa band Mbongwana Star, watch video here www.youtube.com/watch.
Working in close partnership with the band’s booking agent ATC Live, the resulting 11-date headline tour, which starts on 9 June at Cardiff’s Festival of Voices, will be 100% accessible for both band members and audiences.
All of the venues and festivals involved either qualify for Attitude is Everything’s Charter of Best Practice or have pledged to support the charity’s Access Starts Online campaign, a recently-launched initiative that aims to improve the quality of access information available on venue and festival websites.
This simple and affordable step is vital for Deaf and disabled fans, who may not buy a ticket if they are unsure about the access facilities provided.
The tour has also helped further enhance relationships between Attitude is Everything and the live music sector. For instance, Brighton’s Komedia, having refreshed it’s website to meet the requirements of Access Starts Online, will soon be making the step-up to Charter status.
Suzanne Bull MBE, Attitude is Everything CEO, said:
“Helping to develop this all-accessible tour for Mbongwana Star has been a real highpoint for Attitude is Everything, and encapsulates what our charity is about – working with a truly forward-thinking partner like ATC Live to help bring one of the world’s most exciting live bands to fans from all backgrounds. This is truly ‘music without barriers’. I hope it leads to more venues and festivals coming onboard and supporting our Access Starts Online campaign.”
Cecile Communal at ATC Live, Mbongwana Star’s booking agent, said:
“We’ve worked closely with Attitude is Everything to book this tour for Mbongwana Star. It was surprisingly rather difficult to find venues across the UK that were accessible for the band backstage, as well as for the audience – but we’re proud to have successfully made this tour 100% accessible and hope it will encourage agents, bands, managers and venues alike to think more deeply about accessibility and to support initiatives like Access Starts Online.”
Lex Hollingworth, Production Manager, Komedia Brighton, added:
“At Komedia we have always aimed to continuously improve accessibility to our venue and working to join Attitude is Everything’s Access Starts Online campaign was a great process for us to go through. It helped us to make improvements that we wanted to make but were not sure how, and it was also very quick and easy. It’s great to know that this has helped us to let people know about the work that we have done to assist both customers and performers with disabilities accessing our building and performance areas. The work we have done to create an accessible venue enables us to host great bands such as Mbongwana Star (13 June 2016).”
The dates will be Mbongwana Star’s first full headline UK tour, and comes 12 months after the release of their debut record ‘From Kinshasa’ on World Circuit.
The album has been described as ‘astonishing’ by The Independent and ‘… a gripping mix of excitement, apprehension and sensory overload‘ by The Guardian. It appeared in several end of year charts including Uncut, Q, Mojo, The Quietus, New York Times and The Observer. Following a few exclusive sold out shows in London last year, the band were invited to perform on ‘Later… with Jools Holland’.
Watch their performance of Suzanna here.
The full list of tour dates is as follows:
09/06/2016 Festival of Voices, Cardiff
11/06/2016 The Sage, Gateshead
12/06/2016 Field Day, London
13/06/2016 Komedia, Brighton
14/06/2016 Arts Centre, Norwich
16/06/2016 CCA, Glasgow
19/06/2016 Africa Oye, Liverpool
21/06/2016 The Lantern, Colston Hall, Bristol
22/06/2016 Howard Assembly Room, Leeds
23/06/2016 Band on the Wall, Manchester
25/06/2016 Glastonbury Festival
Tickets available from www.mbongwanastar.com.