Deaf fans sing Adele’s praises after she used sign language interpreters at her latest comeback concerts
- The two signers appeared on the big screens over the weekend as they took turns translating
- Sources close to Adele said it was important that her deaf fans enjoyed her show
- They said the singer is a “progressive woman” who strives to be “inclusive”
She recently opened up about how “brutal” fans reacted to her cancellation Las Vegas the concerts left her feeling like a “shell of a man” but Adele has now received praise for having sign language experts at her concerts.
The two acts appeared on the big screen last weekend as they took turns covering the star’s 17-song set list during her concerts in London‘s Hyde Park as part of the British Summertime festival.
Sources close to Adele, 34, said it was important to the singer that her deaf fans could enjoy her performances.
“Adele is a progressive woman and inclusivity is important to her, so the fact that deaf people can enjoy her music and the atmosphere of the concert makes her happy,” said the insider.
A concert source echoed those sentiments, saying: “There are some great performers and it seems unfair that those who are deaf or hard of hearing can’t enjoy it.
“It worked, so it looks like it’s going to be done more and more.”
Sources close to Adele, 34, said it was important to the singer that her deaf fans could enjoy her performances
American grunge rockers Pearl Jam had a signer on Friday when they performed as part of the British Summertime festival, and Duran Duran are expected to use it tonight.
Although deaf or partially deaf music fans will not be able to hear the songs clearly, they can still feel the vibrations of the instruments and enjoy the atmosphere of live performances.
The decision to have captions comes amid growing awareness of the deaf community.
Actress Rose Ayling-Ellis won the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing last year despite being hard of hearing.
The 27-year-old’s dancing, which uses vibration to time her moves, included a rendition of Clean Bandit’s Symphony, which included a period of silence as a tribute to the deaf community.
It won a British Television Academy Award for “A Must-See Moment on Television”.
Ms Ayling-Ellis is now backing a bill in Parliament, introduced by Labor MP Rosie Cooper, to make British Sign Language (BSL) an official language in England.
The two acts hit the big screen last weekend (pictured) as they took turns covering the star’s 17-song set list during her concerts in London’s Hyde Park as part of the British Summertime festival
The current series of ITV2’s reality show Love Island features contestant Natasha Guri, who was deaf at birth and received a cochlear implant at the age of five.
Chloe Smith, Disability Minister, said: “We know that many deaf people can experience social isolation and face limited access to work and education because of barriers to communicating their basic needs and wants.
“Legal recognition of BSL will create a more inclusive and accessible society, improving the lives of deaf people and helping public services get things right.”