Speedy Ortiz establish hotline for fans threatened at gigs, and urge more bands to do the same

US band will tour the UK in October

Speedy Ortiz have set up a “help hotline” for fans who feel threatened or unsafe at their gigs.

The band tour the UK in October and yesterday (September 7) announced 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 can contact the group if they witness any behaviour from fellow concert goers which makes them uncomfortable. “This includes, but is not limited to: racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism & all other oppressive actions,” the statement reads. “We want to play shows that are built on community support and mutual respect.”

Lead singer Sadie Dupuis went on to clarify the band’s stance and urged other acts to follow suit.

We’re back on the road today, but we’re bringing something new with us: (574) 404-SAFE, our help hotline you can text if…

Posted by Speedy Ortiz onĀ Monday, September 7, 2015

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Speedy Ortiz released their latest album, ‘Foil Deer’, in April. They tour Europe in October and stop off in Britain for a gig at The Haunt in Brighton on October 15. They will then visit Manchester, Leeds, London and Glasgow, with a trip to Ireland’s Dublin inbetween, before continuing through Europe with gigs in Belgium and Holland.

‘Foil Deer’ is the follow-up to Speedy Ortiz’s 2013 album ‘Major Arcana’.

Speedy Ortiz will play:

Berlin Comet (October 5)
Hamburg Volt (6)
Cologne Blue Shell (7)
Turin Spazio 211 (9)
Bologna Covo Club (10)
Zurich Hafenkneipe (12)
Dudingen Bad Bonn (13)
Brighton The Haunt (15)
Manchester Sound Control (16)
Dublin Whelan’s (17)
Leeds Brudenell Social Club (18)
London Tufnell Park Dome (21)
Glasgow Stereo (22)
Brussels Botanique (26)
Amsterdam Bitterzoet (27)
Nijmegen Merelyn (28)