On 7 January Glasgow’s 02 Academy hosted a music event featuring Hozier and Kodaline to raise awareness foe disabled music fans. The event was organised by ABLE2UK, an organisation supporting disabled people to enjoy life to their full extent.
The concert at the O2 Academy Glasgow saw the venue increase capacity and facilities for disabled music fans, putting them at the forefront for the evening. Disabled customers were prioritised from the very start of the process with enhanced accessible ticketing support and an advice service plus the gig featured the following enhancements;
Step free and enhanced access wherever possible
ABLE2UK assistants and customer experience team
Increased accessible toilet provision
Additional accessible seating and viewing platform
Less congested floor space and seating areas in balcony
Hearing induction loop
On-stage BSL signing interpreter
Blue Badge Parking
Temporary taxi rank adjacent to venue
Pick up and Drop off location
Drinks service to platform.
The event was a huge success, with amazing performances. ABLE2UK aim for this to be an annual event and have much more planned to promote accessibility within concert venues and to creating a more disability friendly atmosphere within the music world. You can find out more about the success of the event at BBC News and learn more about ABLE2UK by visiting www.able2uk.com.