Massachusetts indie four-piece Speedy Ortiz have announced an all-ages US tour for December in aid of a music charity.
The Girls Rock Camp Foundation is a non-profit which aims to “develop life skills, creative expression and collaboration through music”.
The band will travel from Providence, Rhode Island to Louisville, Kentucky via Atlanta, Georgia, passing through New York and Nashville on the way, in support of their April album, ‘Foil Deer’.
In a statement, the band said, “We toured non-stop in 2015 and wanted to cap it off playing a series of all ages shows (which is always our favorite kind of show).”
Explaining why they chose the Girls Rock Camp Foundation as their charity of choice, they said, “The Girls Rock Camp Foundation provides funding and support to the the various Girls Rock organizations around the world, which in turn provide affordable music education to kids. Girls Rock helps level the music business’ playing field by coaching girls to form bands, develop skills in music engineering and technical production, and build their self esteem along the way.”
In September this year, the band set up a “help hotline” for fans who feel threatened or unsafe at their gigs.
The band toured the UK in October after announcing their plans to establish a direct line between fans and themselves to help any audience members in need.
A post from the band on Facebook explained the purpose of the hotline, with fans informed that they could contact the group if they witnessed any behaviour from fellow concert-goers which made them uncomfortable. “This includes, but is not limited to: racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism & all other oppressive actions,” the statement read. “We want to play shows that are built on community support and mutual respect.”