Melodic Distraction: Accessibility Report
Bar and Venue Access
Melodic Distraction bar, coffee shop and event space are all found on the ground floor of our premises. All access to our venue is via Constance Street and the ground floor is wheelchair accessible. There is a small ramp on the pavement outside and another small ramp to enter and exit though the main opening. If the shutter is down, there is a bell on the wall which can be used to alert staff inside - the bell is height accessible.
We are open Wednesday to Sunday from 4pm to 11pm. These hours may be subject to change, and in these instances we will update the day’s opening times on our website, instagram account @melodic_bar_and_coffee and other relevant social media or listing sites.
Our venue is outdoor, with a partially covered area made from a timber structure and polycarb roof which provides cover from the rain. We have overhead heaters, and blankets which can be provided on request, for evenings and when the weather is cold. Seating is provided on backless wooden benches and tables.
The performance space for artists and performers, situated next to the bar, can be accessed via step which is 22cm. For those who will need access via ramp, we have a ramp available on site and can arrange it prior to arrival at the venue to allow them to access the performance space.
Our bar is partially accessible. It is raised slightly by 22 cm off ground level. Table service will always be offered to those who require it and we have future plans to create a ramp which leads to our bottom container to grant more direct access.
We have an accessible toilet on the ground floor, which, once in the venue, requires no steps or ramps to access. It is also fitted with an emergency alarm. Sanitary products are also provided in both of our two toilets, and they are located just beyond the bar at the far end of the venue.
We regret that our radio studio is not currently wheelchair friendly. There are 17 stairs to climb in order to reach our first floor studio.
We have the ability to run radio shows from an accessible downstairs studio set-up when required, so that those with accessibility requirements can still host shows here at Melodic Distraction until the lift has been installed.
We run a licensed bar every day from 12 midday to 11pm. After 7pm, our premises are only open to over 18s. We have the right to check the ID of anyone in the venue and operate with the “Challenge 25 Rule”.
Audio quality is important to us. In the venue, we have a DnB Audio Sound System, with 4 tops and 1 sub facing into the space. We also have an Allen & Heath PA Sound Desk.
We monitor our sound output via dB readings, which our team documents during events throughout the week. Particularly during events with live music, we have a sound technician that maintains our audio levels and its quality. We thrive to maintain levels at 85dB-A - to reduce noise pollution to the surrounding areas and protect customers from noise damage.
We have ear plugs, free of charge, available at the bar upon request.
We realise any venue, and especially one where there may be loud music, could be overwhelming to someone with sensory overload or social anxiety. Our venue at Melodic Distraction usually runs as a bar on the ground floor, where people can sit with a drink by themselves or with friends, and listen to live radio. Alongside the bar, we also run events in the space throughout the week. On Wednesdays, we have a pub quiz, and sometimes live music or a DJ at the weekend.
To minimise any challenges, we offer daytime visits for anyone who wants to familiarise themselves with our surroundings. We are happy to show you around so you can see the entrance, exit, bar and toilets, and can offer to play you the music at the volume it will be played at events. We also offer FREE earplugs during all our events and normal bar hours. Please ask a member of staff behind the bar if you would like a pair.
In addition, it will be possible to show anyone our evening lighting situation - the majority of our events do not use strobe lighting (and never when we are open only as a bar) but in the rare case of strobe lighting being used, we will advertise this ahead of time.
The upstairs decking area is a private space which can be utilised as a breakout space, should someone need an area if feeling overwhelmed. Just notify a member of staff and we’d be happy to help.