Belfast Telegraph

Stars back music for disabled plan

Coldplay, Tinie Tempah and Mark Ronson are among stars who will play shows to support a scheme launched by presenter Jameela Jamil to enable people with disabilities to enjoy music events.

The former Radio 1 host is creating a members club, called Why Not People? (WNP), which will stage gigs for people with disabilities and their friends, as well as enabling them to access specific areas at other shows.

The ex-Top 40 countdown presenter is launching her initiative because she said more needs to be done to ensure everyone has access to live events.

It will work with accessible venues to stage the performances, with Mercury Prize-winner James Blake also among the acts who have agreed to play a show.

WNP will also be an online community for people with disabilities and enable them to get tickets to other special events.

Jameela, 28, said: "I one day decided I simply can't continue living in a world that excludes such a large part of society. Some of my best friends are those people.

"Their disabilities should not prohibit them from having the same social experience as those of us who do not face the same challenges.

"In this day and age, and with so many technological advances, I simply refuse to believe we can't make more effort to create a more balanced society, one that accommodates those of us who already face so many daily struggles already. I am so grateful that I am finally in a position where I can help to do something about it."

Jameela - who in her teens was told she may not walk again after a car accident, but made a recovery after treatment and rehabilitation - has also recruited ambassadors for her cause, including TV presenters Ade Adepitan, Sophie Morgan and Alex Brooker.

A launch gig is to take place at the IndigO2 in London, and there are plans to expand UK-wide. There are further details at www.facebook.com/Whynotppl.

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