Jessie Ware wants new wearable technology available at all venues to allow hearing-impaired and hearing-impaired people to experience live music like any other fan.
Everer at the Mighty Houpla Festival in London’s Blockwell Park, played by singer-songwriter Ware earlier this month, first tried a 5G-capable haptic harness.
Vodafone’s technology allows fans to feel the music through vibrations and is provided by 24 touch points around the harness to provide a multi-sensory experience.
Ware, 37, headline for Glastonbury’s park stage next weekend, told PA news agency that the possibilities are “infinite” and “excited about the future.”
She describes the trial as follows:
“It is very important to me that the show is as comprehensive as possible.
“And for the hearing impaired or hearing impaired who feel isolated from the live music experience, the special thing about these suits is that you can not only feel the vibration of the music, but also the vibration of the audience. I feel it.
“Therefore, you are completely immersed in the festival. That is the purpose of the festival, the sense of unity. And the music is about it, to be together and experience this moment together.
“I think that was what seemed even more special about this from what I collected for them so that they could communicate together for the hearing impaired and the hearing impaired.
“It was really exciting, and I liked to participate in it.”
Music fans with limited hearing who attend the festival often rely on the reading and vibration of the lips from the speakers to connect with the performers, which requires them to be very close to the stage.
Vodafone has partnered with Music Not Impossible to develop a harness that combines its tactile technology with Vodafone’s low-latency 5G network.
According to Ware, the technology could be rolled out throughout the music industry.
She states: “It’s great and it’s a really big step. The next step is to make these available in all kinds of venues.
“I don’t know how it works, but it’s the next step in getting it to continue to be included.”