Guest Post – The Best Festivals For Accessibility

Over a backdrop of flags and greenery, white text reads Accessible Festivals This Summer, above the house-shaped logo for The Ability Superstore.

This is the first guest post I’ve ever had on this blog. And it doesn’t have to be the last – if any of my blogging friends would like to collaborate on something, especially those that I already follow and enjoy, then I’m open to ideas.

This post is from the Ability Superstore Blog, where they regularly post useful advice and links for disabled people on a variety of topics – in this case talking about accessibility at music festivals. I love music and going out and about, so this is a perfect topic for me.

This is being posted at the same time as a guest post by me on their site. It’s all about how I’ve grown in confidence over the years, so please go and check it out!

Thank you so much to Natalie for inviting me to do that, and for giving me permission to reproduce her post below in return. I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

The Best Festivals for Accessibility

By Natalie Simpson from Ability Superstore

Festival season is fast approaching and it’s an experience that no one should miss out on, regardless of age or ability. We often think of festivals as unfriendly places for people with disabilities – all that mud, uneven ground and strobe lighting. But here are a selection of festivals and charities which prove that myth wrong, and help people with disabilities enjoy the best festivals that the UK has to offer.

A fantastic charity called Attitude Is Everything state that their biggest aim is to improve deaf and disabled access for music fans across the country, working with prestigious venues such as Manchester Academy, the O2 Arena and the Royal Albert Hall to make gigs more accessible. If it’s not gigs you’re after, they work with festival giants like Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds and Download, and have created the successful campaign #MusicWithoutBarriers, which is supported by musicians such as The Cure, Belle and Sebastian and Franz Ferdinand.

Another festival that’s working with Attitude Is Everything is the up-and-coming, Oxfordshire-based Wilderness Festival. Wilderness provide an accessibility wristband, which you can read more about here, and the opportunity to buy a two-for-one ticket for you and a carer. An accessible parking space is also included for every festival-goer with a disability and you’ll get to see some great bands like indie headliners, Two Door Cinema Club.

A large audience watching a band performing on stage.

Check out Festival Spirit, a charity committed to providing a safe and fun way for people with disabilities to access festivals. They work with numerous festivals and provide “buddies”, who are non-disabled volunteers, to assist guests who require help. Festival Spirit also provide accessible accommodation in the form of specially adapted marquees with hard flooring that are close by to easy-access toilets and showers. You can apply to be either a guest, a buddy or a carer by following this link here.

Festivals like Parklife, which is based in Manchester, provide personal assistant tickets for music fans living with a disability or hearing impairment, to ensure that everyone can enjoy the experiences they offer. Working closely with Attitude Is Everything, Parklife are continuing to aim to achieve Gold Standard for their accessibility. You can view more information on their accessibility via this link here.

Audience members at a concert taking photos of the band performing on stage.

If you’re planning to go to a festival this summer, be sure to visit these sites beforehand to gather all the information you need! Let us know your summer festival plans, tips or advice by tweeting us, or contacting us on Facebook.

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And that concludes this guest post. I hope you found it interesting. Big thanks again to Natalie from Ability Superstore for giving me permission to reproduce her original post! Don’t forget to check out my guest post on their site as well.

You should also check out their Top Ten Disability Bloggers list, along with the other recent guest posts by my fellow blogging friends Holly (Life Of A Blind Girl) and Elin (My Blurred World). Thanks for reading!

Disclosure: I have not been paid or sponsored for this post, and I have no personal experience or opinions of Ability Store’s product range. This is simply an exchange of posts between blogs to raise awareness, promote accessibility and give general advice.

Author: Glen

Vsually impaired, with Aniridia & Nystagmus. I'm a fan of Doctor Who, classic sitcoms, Queen and 60s-80s rock & pop. I like to blog about my experiences as a disabled person, and about the things I enjoy in general.

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