Major Newcastle Festival This Is Tomorrow is a Harassment Free Zone

SSD Concerts, organisers of This Is Tomorrow, is the latest organisation to join Newcastle City Council’s Shout-Up! campaign to end sexual harassment 

This bank holiday, thousands will flood to Exhibition Park in Newcastle city centre to see the likes of Foals, The Vaccines and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds perform at This Is Tomorrow, organised by SSD Concerts; and revellers can be assured that the promoters are committed to stamping out sexual harassment at all of their events.

The promoters, who are also the team behind Wasteland Festival and Hit the North are the latest organisation to join Shout-Up! a Newcastle City Council backed initiative to tackle sexual harassment the city’s bars, pubs and clubs.

Newcastle Council, organisers of the Shout-Up! campaign which aims to stop sexual harassment in the night-time economy, are pleased to announce that the campaign has grown from training within bars and clubs across Newcastle, to provide training for festival organisers.

Marc Graham, Director at SSD Concerts confirmed the involvement of This Is Tomorrow today, and said, “the safety of everyone attending This Is Tomorrow is our primary concern, we’re always working to best practice and looking for ways to improve the experience for anyone coming to one of our events. Shout-Up! is just as important as Health and Safety or First Aid Training as far as we are concerned. We’ve committed to training 70% of our festival team in May and more throughout the rest of this year. This Is Tomorrow is a sexual harassment-free zone.”

Shout-Up! trains bar staff, door staff and venue teams to be able to identify and intervene in inappropriate or harassing behaviour, for the safety of everyone in the venue. The specialist training is delivered by Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland and is designed to give venues the confidence and skills in not only identifying sexual harassment but also understanding the impact it has on patrons, the reputation of the venue or organisation and the wider implications on the night-time economy.

According to a YouGov poll, 63% of women and 26% of men report directly experiencing sexual harassment, and even more report witnessing it on a night out.

Shout-Up! will continue to work with Newcastle venues and outdoor events organisers throughout Summer 2019, and venues who would like to be involved are asked to get in touch via the website.