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Wanted! Code of Conduct for Concerts in Accessible Areas

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MissSookie
MissSookie Community member Posts: 1 Listener
edited December 2022 in Start here and say hello!
Hi all,
I'm a Type 1 Diabetic of 22 years whom on the outside appears relatively fit & well. This is one of those invisible diseases that can occasionally cause issues from time to time. As a keen concert goer I have recently been made aware that I am eligible for ambulant accessible tickets. Which to me has taken some time to realise & act upon. My first accessibility ticket experience was a recent one at the Koko club in Camden. While they were initially respectful, I felt I was being constantly judged by security whom made it known they were watching you. I became highly self conscious for standing for the majority of the show because of this. Perhaps it was a small venue problem so my question is what's the general vibe at arena & stadium events in the disabled/ambulant areas? As I have two big concerts next summer to look forward to I cannot help but feel I may draw attention & possibly be questioned for wanting to stand & dance for some, if not all most of the concert. I do not wish to offend or upset those around me whom are less able to stand or feel the pressure to remain seated either. A small conundrum in the grand scheme of life but would appreciate some shared experiences.

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  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Posts: 12,504 Disability Gamechanger
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    Welcome to the community @MissSookie :) 

    This isn't something I've experienced myself, but I hope that another member who has experienced this will be able to share their experiences with you soon! 

    Generally, I'd say that you should be free to do what feels comfortable to you. I realise that's easier said than done, especially when others are perhaps being judgemental. This often comes from a place of ignorance, or holding misconceptions. Especially with less visible conditions. 

    The staff certainly shouldn't have made you feel as though you were being 'watched' or judged. If you face poor attitudes from venue staff, you could look at raising that with the venue.

    Will someone be attending the future concerns with you? Having someone we know and trust there who can offer moral support can be really helpful.

    I realise not everyone likes them, or finds them helpful, but you could also look into the Sunflower Lanyard scheme.
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