Year of the Young Person 2018

We asked the members of ENABLE Scotland’s ACE Youth Groups how they wanted to celebrate the ‘Year of the Young Person 2018’. ACE Youth members told us about their experiences of accessing gigs and performances and in response we’ve listened to their concerns and we want to help them campaign for more accessible gigs. To kick off the campaign we’re launching ‘You Can’t Stop the Beat’, a free, accessible gig for young people in Scotland – our first step in demonstrating how easy it is to make an event accessible for all.

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We’re excited to welcome eX-factor finalist Emily Middlemas to headline our live music stage. Emily will be joined by a host of musical acts including Darren MacKenzie and Keir Ritchie, The Clutha Kids, Mandulu & Hephzibah and Nicole Vasey. We’ll also have a silent disco and break out rooms.

Click here to register for your free tickets. Tickets will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis so get in quick!

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCMENT: Due to unprecedented demand we are delighted to announce that Sunday’s You Can’t Stop the Beat will now be at the fantastic SWG3 venue in Glasgow’s West End.

Read ACE Youth Group Member Rachel’s story…

“I love music and have been to a few gigs – but it’s not the same experience as everyone else gets to enjoy. The first hurdle is getting the tickets. You can be stuck on the phone for ages to try and get the few accessible tickets that are available. I’ve been disappointed so many times and it’s not like I can rock up at the venue on the night in the hope of getting one.

I use a wheelchair which means that I almost always have to sit in a specific area, away from my friends. Disabled tickets usually come with a ‘companion seat’ so it’s a choice of picking one friend out of the group to sit with me or having my support worker next to me the whole time. It’s not really the gig experience others get.

If I go to a gig or theatre show with my family, my mum usually sits with me and my dad and younger sister have to sit somewhere else, which isn’t fair.

“Through Can’t Stop the Beat we hope to change that. We want to give people like me the chance to enjoy a gig without having to go through a military operation in advance. It shouldn’t be this hard for young people with learning disabilities to enjoy a night out, to be a little spontaneous – it’s not right that we’re being left behind and discriminated against. After the event we’ll share everything we’ve learned with major gig organisers in the hope that they’ll look at their practices and what they’re doing to help disabled people to enjoy their gigs.”

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