Rosie Mayes went to see Brandon Flowers at the Manchester Academy and overall had a good experience of the gig.
"I found the venue to be fully accessible."
The website in particular scored highly which Rosie found easy to navigate with comprehensive information although she had to contact them further to reserve a place on the balcony for full disabled viewing and to get a ticket for her PA which was provided for free. The dedicated area on their website for disabled visitors included all the information Rosie needed with regard to accessibility, parking and toilets.
Although the access to the venue was good, Rosie found that the viewing gallery was very crowded with people who were not disabled but held VIP tickets. Rosie rated the toilet accessibility as excellent and that it was easy to find a member of staff for any queries and who ensured that she had a suitable space in the viewing gallery.
"[Manchester Academy] features adapted toilets on all four floors and staff were helpful."
Rosie found the disabled parking and access very good with lowered curbs between the parking spaces and venue entrance, although sign posting to the car park was only visible when approaching from one direction.
Overall Rosie’s experience of visiting the Manchester Academy was very good indeed and she often chooses to see gigs there rather than in Leeds where often the same artists are playing on the same tour, due to the much better disabled access despite it being a longer drive from her home town of Sheffield.