Huge music stars sign up to perform at disability-friendly concerts
World-renowned artists including Ed Sheeran, Coldplay and Mark Ronson have signed up to take part in the Why Not People series of concerts, designed specifically for disabled music fans.
Why Not People was created by BBC Radio 1 DJ Jameela Jamil, with the specific aim of offering disabled music fans the opportunity to watch some of their favourite artists live. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the issues faced by disabled music fans in trying to attend live concerts, as well as introducing new technologies to make live concerts a more accessible and inclusive experience.
Jameela said, "I one day decided I simply can't continue living in a world that excludes such a large part of society. Some of my best friends are those people. Their disabilities should not prohibit them from having the same social experience as those of us who do not face the same challenges. In this day and age, and with so many technological advances, I simply refuse to believe we can't make more effort to create a more balanced society, one that accommodates those of us who already face so many daily struggles already. I am so grateful that I am finally in a position where I can help to do something about it."
Other artists who have signed up to take part include Tinie Tempah, James Blake and some more of the world's biggest musical acts are still to be announced. High-profile disabled Ambassadors such as Paralympic champion Hannah Cockroft, TV personality Alex Brooker and Ade Adepitan have also joined the cause.
CAFE regularly receives stories and testimonials about how attending live football matches can change the lives of disabled people, and we are sure that live music can have a similar impact. We congratulate Jameela and everyone involved with Why Not People on this fantastic initiative, and wish them every success.
To find out more about Why Not People, visit http://www.whynotpeople.com/