A woman has filed a lawsuit against the promoters behind a Little Mix live show.
Find out why below…
A lady named Sally Reynolds purchased tickets for the band’s sold-out show in Sussex last year for her friend who is also deaf and their daughters who aren’t hard of hearing.
Sally asked the night’s promoters ,LHG Live, to provide an interpreter and was hurt when they told her that they wouldn’t be able to do so. She was told that she could bring her own.
We asked two or three times, please can you provide the interpreter for us, and the explanation we got back was just a ‘no’.
It didn’t have any reason behind it and eventually we became so frustrated.
I wanted to share the same experience my daughter had – essentially I just wanted access to the songs.
The BBC adds…
Under the Equality Act 2010, any organisation supplying a service to the public is under a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that a disabled person’s experience is as close as possible to that of someone without a disability.
With just days to go before the concert, and no interpreter in place, Sally took an unprecedented legal step.
She decided to instruct lawyers to apply for a court injunction to force LHG Live to provide a British Sign Language interpreter.
It worked. Hours before the hearing was due to take place, LHG Live agreed.
The girls and their mums got to go to the concert and when Little Mix took to the stage their lyrics were interpreted for Sally and her friends by a specialist interpreter from the company Performance Interpreting.
A spokesman for the group had this to say about the drama…
Little Mix strongly believe their concerts should be completely inclusive for all.
The band welcome all fans to their shows, including those with hearing impairment, and encourage the promoters they work with to make provisions to ensure their fans can enjoy the concert experience.