Research into unwanted touching and sexual harassment at gigs – call for research participants

As part of the Healthy Music Audiences research project, we want to speak to people who have experienced unwanted touching or sexual harassment at gigs and concerts in Leeds. Maybe you have seen something like this happen to friends or strangers, maybe it has happened to you, or maybe it is something you have taken part in in the past. Healthy Music Audiences aims to understand audience experiences at live music events.

Recently there have been a number of media reports of groping, unwanted touching and sexual harassment, but we don’t really know how common such incidents are or how they affect concert-goers. We want to find out what the impacts are and what we can do to make gig going a healthier experience. We are working in collaboration with Girl Gang Leeds and The Leeds Music Hub. All participants will be anonymised.

What will happen?

You will be invited to attend one 45 minute interview with Rosemary Hill, one of the lead researchers on the project. The interview could be in person or via Skype. You will be free to skip any questions that you don’t want to answer or stop the interview at any time. Your experiences will be treated sensitively. The interview will be recorded and the recording only be used for our analysis. We will keep all personal information about you confidential and you will be anonymised in the write up of our findings.

For more information, please see the information sheet. If you would like to be considered for inclusion please email .

Further information

If you have any queries in relation to this project, please direct them to the Lead Researcher, Dr Rosemary Lucy Hill , School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds, on or 0113 343 9801. Alternatively you may contact Professor David Hesmondhalgh, School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds, on or 0113 343 30161.

This study has been reviewed and given a favourable opinion by ESSL, Environment and LUBS (AREA) Faculty Research Ethics Committee, on 19/03/2018, ethics reference AREA 17-098.

The project is being funded by Leeds Cultural Institute, part of University of Leeds.


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