If you’ve ever went to a show and couldn’t quite enjoy it because you felt uneasy, thanks to Speedy Ortiz, there will now be a call of action for threatened fans at their gigs. With the launch of a “help hotline,” the band has announced plans to establish a direct line between fans and themselves to help any audience members in a time of need. A post from the band on Facebook and a series of tweets explained the inspiration and purpose for the hotline, with fans now gaining a central outreach to contact if they witness any behavior from fellow concert goers that make 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."
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...
This help hotline is a new system we're trying out, but one we hope will make our shows a lot safer & more fun for all. We love you folks.— speedy ortiz haunted presence? (@sad13) September 7, 2015
sometimes as a showgoer i've felt unsafe & didn't know what to do. as a performer i've always have an easier time getting security's ear— speedy ortiz haunted presence? (@sad13) September 7, 2015
i'm hoping we can leverage our privilege as performers to help keep our friends in the crowd safer. we'll see how it goes but i'm optimistic— speedy ortiz haunted presence? (@sad13) September 7, 2015
and if this hotline help system does seem to work, we hope other bands will set them up too. hint hint ;)— speedy ortiz haunted presence? (@sad13) September 7, 2015
Speedy Ortiz released their latest album Foil Deer in April, and are set to tour Europe next month. Check out the dates below.
Speedy Ortiz Tour Dates:
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)