Although music can be enjoyed all year round, summer is a perfect excuse to spend the longer days creating summery playlists, putting some glitter on and embracing the sunshine! Lots of events, gigs and festivals nowadays have introduced plenty of accessible features to their location — we’ve all seen how muddy festivals can get and it doesn’t exactly sell it to wheelchair-users. Fortunately, more and more music events have adapted to suit music lovers with disabilities, including features like wooden walkways for wheelchair users, suitable bathroom facilities and sign language assistants. In this blog post, we’ve included our top five accessible music events to check out — make sure you don’t miss them!
Situated in Gateshead, Chase Park Festival prides itself on being the North-east’s festival for everyone. The organisers work alongside charities such as Attitude is Everything and The Percy Hedley Foundation, to provide music lovers of all abilities with the chance to experience the live bands and excitement of the festival. Additionally, Chase Park has launched a six-month programme for musicians with disabilities, which offers specialist seminars and insider knowledge of the music industry to provide musicians of all abilities with the chance to succeed in a musical career. Chase Park Festival takes place on the 26th August, and you can book your tickets for it here.
In the iconic Eden Project in Cornwall, it’s the perfect place to sit outside and enjoy some live music in the south-west countryside. Working with The Sensory Trust, a series of summer events titled The Sessions have been established, and are attended by thousands of people! The Eden Project, along with The Sensory Trust, have been working hard to make The Sessions accessible for all music-lovers, by introducing features such as a larger wheelchair viewing platform and featuring hearing balloons so that people with hearing impairments can feel the music. You can view their specifics on access, via their FAQ page here.
Located in Manchester, the heart of music itself, Billy and Andy’s workshops aim to provide a fun and accessible way for young people with disabilities to enjoy learning about music. They have a broad range of activities available, all of which are designed to nurture a love for music and make it easy to be enjoyed by individuals of all abilities. With years of music and instrument experience between them, Billy and Andy’s workshops provide a friendly, easygoing atmosphere for the students. You can book a workshop session via the link here.
A charity based in Manchester, Bristol and London, Drake Music aims to help professional and aspiring musicians learn and enjoy music in a fun and accessible way. The charity features four programmes – Learning & Participation, Training & Consultancy, Research & Development and Artistic Development – which are planned to provide easy and enjoyable musical lessons in a variety of ways. On Drake Music’s website, there is also a news section, which informs musicians of other accessible music schemes to take part in, as well as a volunteer page to get involved as a teacher.