The number of disabled people who attend music festivals is very limited. While the crowd and chaos at a music festival can be a challenge, it is unfair that disabled people can’t experience an action-packed fest as well.
Some people with a disability still brave the crowds and with the help of friends and family can fit in, while others are too worried about the experience. Paralympian Dylan Alcott, a differently enabled tennis champion and radio jockey joined teams with festival promoters United Group and came up with the master plan of Ability Fest.
The Ability Fest Venue
The venue for Ability Fest is explicitly designed to accommodate all the needs of a disabled person. From elevated viewing platforms to lyrics interpreters, the place is designed to impress. For those who wish to relish some quiet time away from the crowd and cheer, noise cancellation headphones are provided. The entire surface at the venue is fitted with rubber to aid wheelchairs and moving devices in a safe area.
While the stress for safety is high, festival organizers remember to keep the festival as inclusive as possible for even non-disabled persons. Many disabled people who love music have been deprived of all the experiences of going to a music festival where they would be able to fit in. Ability Fest caters to just that. Organising a music festival with venue upgrades to aid the disabled is always something promoters think about after the music festival. By the time the next year rolls by, the thought is forgotten, and often little stress is implied on catering to the disabled. However, thanks to Alcott, who serves as a voice and a leader for the inclusion of venue suggestions, the Ability Fest is going to be a dream come true for many.
The Is Excitement Building
Several artists have come forward to perform at the festival, and the crowds have been very excited. While the festival is still young, a few hundred tickets have been made available. The proceeds of the tickets go towards the Alcott Foundation, which provides grants and scholarships to the disabled. Some of the festival-goers who have heard of the fest are excited about it and team up with friends to attend the festival.
Some attendees claim that the fest is a first of its kind for them to attend and the opportunity is promising. Organisers of the Ability Fest hope that this initiative will set an example for other organizers to include facilities to cater to the disabled in future festival plans. The constraints of hosting a music festival for the disabled have been addressed at Ability Fest, which is a perfect guide for organizers to follow suit in their next hosting simply.
Everybody deserves the right to enjoy a music festival. While restaurants and most buildings cater to people with mild to severe disabilities, it is time that the same courtesy is implemented for festivals and public gatherings, as such. The costs of including features for the disabled is high. However, the purpose of bringing together anyone and everyone who enjoy good music is fulfilled.