Ability Fest

Music, Music festivals
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Crowd at Ability Fest
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Time Out says

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

We all love music – but conventional festival facilities sometimes make it hard for people with diverse abilities to enjoy their fave bands on stage. Twenty per cent of Australians live with a physical or intellectual disability, and that can make it difficult to attend events like music festivals. Ability Fest is looking to change that.

On Saturday, April 4, Ability Fest will once again take over Coburg Velodrome. The festival launched in 2018 with the aim of bringing live music to everyone, no matter their ability. This is a fully accessible music festival with viewing platforms available for wheelchair users, companion ticketing, Auslan translators, quiet zones and plenty of accessible toilets. 

For 2020, the festival has lined up another killer group of artists. This year, punters will party with the Preatures, Crooked Colours, SAFIA, What So Not, Polish Club, Set Mo, Market Memories, Seth Sentry and more. 

One hundred per cent of proceeds from Ability Fest will go towards the Dylan Alcott Foundation, helping 4.3 million young Australians currently living with a mental or physical disability. If the name Dylan Alcott sounds familiar, that's because Alcott is one of Australia’s top Paralympians, a ten-time Grand Slam winner, Triple J presenter, disability advocate, and champion wheelchair crowd surfer. 

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. Recent bushfires across the country have also prompted a portion of funds to be donated to Australians living with a disability who have been affected by the fires. 

You can register for presale tickets (on sale Tuesday, February 25) or wait for the general ticket sales to open on Wednesday, February 26.

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