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Speedy Ortiz set up “help hotline” for fans who feel unsafe at shows

Due to hit the road in support of latest release ‘Foil Deer’ this autumn, Speedy Ortiz have set up a “help hotline” for fans who don’t feel safe at their shows.

Sharing a flyer on Facebook, the band instructed fans to text (574) 404-SAFE if they are being harassed or need help.


Frontwoman Sadie Dupuis explained the hotline on Twitter. ‘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,’ she tweeted.

‘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.’

‘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 and if this hotline help system does seem to work, we hope other bands will set them up too. hint hint,’ she continued in a series of three other tweets.

You can catch the band live at the following dates.

08 Columbus, OH – Double Happiness
09 Kalamazoo, MI – Bell’s Back Room *
10 Champaign, IL – Institute 4 Creativity *
11 Chicago, IL – Riot Fest
13 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge ^
14 Cincinnati, OH – MOTR Pub
23 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts $
24 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl $
25 Portland, ME – State Theater $
27 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel $

05 Berlin, Germany – Comet %
06 Hamburg, Germany – Golem %
07 Cologne, Germany – Blue Shell %
09 Turin, Italy – Spazzio 211 %
10 Bologna, Italy – Covo Club %
13 Düdingen, Switzerland – Bad Bonn %
15 Brighton, England – The Haunt %
16 Manchester, England – Sound Control %
17 Dublin, Ireland – Whelan’s %
18 Leeds, England – Brudenell Social Club %
21 London, England – Tufnell Park Dome %
22 Glasgow, Scotland – Stereo %
23 Birmingham, England – All Years Leaving
26 Brussels, Belgium – Le Botanique %
28 Nijmegen, Netherlands – Merleyn %
29 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Bitterzoet @
30 Lille, France – La Péniche
31 Nantes, France – Soy Festival

06 Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest

* with Palehound
^ with Swervedriver
$ with Doomtree
% with Trust Fund
@ with Mitski

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