A project to combat sexual harassment in gig venues by training staff in how to keep their venues safe is aiming to take its campaign nationwide.
The Good Night Out initiative, which launched in London last March, works with venues, clubs and pubs through training and a poster campaign with a pledge that: “If something or someone makes you feel uncomfortable, no matter how minor it seems, you can speak to any member of staff who will work with you to make sure it doesn’t have to ruin your night.”
It is now seeking funds via a Kickstarter campaign to raise £5,000 to take its work to venues across the UK and Ireland through regional campaign organisers.
“Good Night Out is about getting venues thinking harder about what they can do to make sure everyone’s night is safe and fun, and how they can take responsibility for making sure that sleazy bum grabs have consequences,” a statement form the organisation reads. “The posters send a clear message that this is not OK. Everyone should be able to let loose, go wild and enjoy the music, and not need to be on the lookout for sexual harassment.”
Tyvian Vigrass, Operations Manager at the Village Underground in Shoreditch, east London, which has taken part in the pilot project, says: “Having been in the industry for over 20 years it’s refreshing to still be able to learn valuable skills and techniques when dealing with sensitive issues such as those brought to our attention by Good Night Out. This valuable insight to such an important but sometimes overlooked issue was unanimously applauded by the staff team, and we are proud to be a supporter of Good Night Out and their campaign to raise awareness among staff and punters in late-night establishments.”
Donations can be made via their website.
The campaign comes in the wake of a host of female musicians, including Iggy Azalea, Perfect Pussy’s Meredith Graves and Angel Haze, speaking about their experience of groping at gigs. Azalea recently revealed that she no longer felt safe to crowd surf because people kept molesting her. Watch Angel Haze speaking about the issue in the video below.