Tips for Enjoying a Concert with a Visual Impairment

General Low Vision News
December 13, 2019

Are You Worried a Visual Impairment Will Prevent You from Seeing the Fun of Taylor Swift Concerts? Here are 6 Tips to Help You Shake it Off!

While all live music is entertaining, Taylor Swift concerts are truly something to behold – the little choreographed head nods, grins, winks and big dance moves make her performances memorable. But visual impairments may think you can’t enjoy seeing the fun of her concerts.

Fortunately, careful planning and advanced technology can help you see the dance steps, costumes, and stage show performance that makes a Taylor Swift concert so special.

6 Tips for Enjoying a Concert with a Visual Impairment

1. Book accessible seating

Venues offer accessible seating that helps people with visual impairments get a better view of the show. Contact the venue or booking agent for more information about accessible seating. Providing proof of disability speeds up the process. Ask for a front row seat so you can see Taylor dance in a storm in her best dress.

For the best view, eSight users can choose front row mezzanine with a seat far enough back to see the whole stage. With eSight, the best seat is above the stage so you can look down on the action.

2. Arrive early

Some venues allow early entry for those living with disabilities. Even if the venue does not, arrive early enough to avoid the crowds and find good seat.

3. Avoid staring at the sunset

Taylor once tweeted that “The Lover album is open fields, sunsets, + SUMMER. I want to perform it in a way that feels authentic.” To maintain that authentic feeling, Swift booked many of her 2020 tour dates in outdoor venues. “I want to go to some places I haven’t been and play festivals. Where we didn’t have festivals, we made some.”

If your Taylor Swift concert is outdoors, determine where the sun will set and choose a seat where the sun sets behind you. Staring at the sunset is hard for anyone, but it is especially debilitating for people with visual impairments.

4. Use a monocular or binoculars

Monoculars and binoculars magnify Taylor’s every move. Keep in mind, though, that with increased magnification comes a decreased field of view. Swift’s stage shows are quite large and spectacular, and using monoculars and binoculars increases your risk of missing action at the sides of the stage.

eSight for Enjoying a Concert with a Visual Impairment

5. Tweak your eSight settings

The eSight remote allows you to control everything, from a 24x zoom to contrast and far manual focus. You can even take photos of the concert.

6. Practice your moves

Practice using the controller to change contrast and lighting settings before the concert – be aware that concert lighting is a challenge. Play with color contrast and exposure so you’ll be comfortable making adjustments on the fly.

Using these six tips can help you see the fun of Taylor Swift in concert. Don’t forget to take plenty of photographs!

Bambie Parsons is seen wearing her eSight glasses for the visually impaired at a rock concert

“According to Bambi Parsons, she could, for the first time in 20 years, see faces, read books, enjoy TV and have an almost normal life. She explained that she has had a ‘crush’ on one of the band members since high school but had never seen him. As the band took the stage she began to weep.” The Bot Brief

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