Ability Fest

Music, Music festivals
Melbourne Laneway Festival 2011
Photograph: Daniel Boud

This is one music festival that’s making sure everyone can get involved

We all love music – but not everyone is able to see their favourite bands live. Twenty per cent of Australians live with a physical or intellectual disability, and that can make it difficult to attend events like music festivals. New music festival Ability Fest is looking to change that.

On Saturday April 7 Ability Fest will take over Coburg Velodrome for a festival everyone can enjoy. This is a fully accessible music festival with viewing platforms available for wheelchair users and AUSLAN translators present for all the mainstage acts. Speaking of which, Ability Fest has already confirmed a killer line-up of artists, all of whom have kindly donated their time for the festival. Cut loose at the velodrome with the likes of Flight Facilities, Client Liaison, Tkay Maidza, Harvey Sutherland, Owl Eyes, Kingswood and more.

Every single cent of the proceeds raised at Ability Fest will go towards the Dylan Alcott Foundation, an organisation helping young people with disabilities fulfill their potential through grants, scholarships and mentoring. If the name Dylan Alcott sounds familiar, that's because Alcott is one of Australia’s top Paralympians as well as a Triple J presenter, disability advocate and champion wheelchair crowdsurfer.

While part of Ability Fest’s purpose is to normalise disability, promote inclusivity and raise funds, it’s also just here to throw a mighty good party for everyone to enjoy. You can sign up for the ticket pre sale before 4pm on March 15, and general release tickets go on sale at 10am on March 16.

By: Nicola Dowse


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