There are 11.8 million people living with a disability in the UK – and that’s up to 11.8 million people who are potential members of “Why Not People?”, the UK’s first (and, to date, only) members’ club solely for disabled people.
Launched at the start of the year, Why Not People? has received support from global musicians and TV personalities such as Coldplay, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Mark Ronson, Tinie Tempah, paralympic athletes Ade Adepitan, Jordanne Whiley, Hannah Cockroft, Hannah Russell and TV personality Alex Brooker.
Why Not People? is keen to stage fully inclusive and totally accessibly events for its members, hoping these events will also encourage other clubs and venues to improve access and facilities. The first gig will be on 1st July at The Troxy. Jameela Jamil will host the event, Tinie Tempah will be there, and it will feature appearances from F2Freestylers and other Why Not People? ambassadors.
The event will feature the “SubPac” – a high-fidelity immersive audio device which delivers low frequencies directly into the body and provides the physical experience to music, movies, games and more. It helps all users literally feel the sound. With a frequency range (5hz-130hz), the listening experience is a more physical and visceral experience, allowing everyone to enjoy music in the most immersive way possible.
Founder Jameela Jamil says: “It’s an amazing thing to have some of the finest talent on the planet supporting our cause. Our members and their mates can expect a night and experience unparalleled to any other. No one will be separated from their mates, everyone will be right in the action. This is just the first of many…”
•Tickets for the launch gig are already on sale. Only members can buy tickets. Go to www.whynotpeople.com to become a member.
One in two young disabled people thought physical access was the biggest factor that stopped them going to a live music event – MCD Trailblazers
Ninety-four percent of young disabled people said that last minute ticketing websites, such as Seatwave.com, did not cater for disabled people – MCD Trailblazers
Around four in five disabled people aren’t born with their impairments, but fall seriously ill, or have an accident, and become disabled as a result – NHS