An Ayr DJ has criticised the Scottish Music Awards for hosting their annual awards ceremony at the Barrowlands.

Disabled DJ and music promoter Sanjeev Mann, originally from Ayr, started a campaign earlier this year for music venues across Scotland to improve their disability access.

Sanjeev started the campaign after he discovered that he was not able to perform in many of the venues.

And the DJ took aim at Scottish Music Awards organisers for deciding to host the November 4 event in the Glasgow venue, which is not accessible to power wheelchair users.

Speaking to media outlet Clyde 1, Sanjeev said: "It was really disappointing to see.

"It felt like a slap in the face because all of the work I've been doing to try and push change, and then to see an industry-wide event be hosted in a venue that can't host everyone was quite disheartening.

"It also means that disabled artists struggle to do things like networking, because we can't get to these events.

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"It's another layer, another barrier that makes it harder for disabled artists to pursue a career.

"It made me feel a bit deflated, and whether I should keep going with this.

"I don't think they realise the impact that this actually makes on disabled people."

'We will work more closely'

A representative from the Scottish Music Awards said: “We know that accessibility and inclusivity are intrinsic to the work of Nordoff and Robbins.

"The Scottish Music Awards will ensure we work more closely with these networks in the Scottish music community as we prepare for next year’s event.”

A spokesperson for the Barrowland Ballroom added: “Barrowland is wheelchair accessible for individuals using standard wheelchairs.

"We have implemented an advanced wheelchair climber, operated by our trained staff, to ensure easy access to the building.

"However, we also understand the importance of accommodating individuals using power or electric wheelchairs.

"Integrating their mobility needs throughout our hall requires careful consideration of various factors.

"We encourage anyone with specific requirements to reach out to our venue directly, we are committed to finding solutions that meet the needs of our visitors.”