Festivals sign charter to improve disabled access

A heap of festivals based at London's Victoria Park, including Lovebox, High Voltage and Field Day, have signed a charter which aims to "improve the access to and experience of live music for deaf and disabled people."

In partnership with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, every festival that takes place in Victoria Park will have to adhere to Attitude is Everything’s Charter of Best Practice.

The local authority has also provided funding to the organisers to train staff and volunteers to assess their events from a disability access perspective.

Events to sign up to the charter include Lovebox, High Voltage, Field Day, Underage and Apple Cart, joining a further 35 live music venues and festivals around the country including Reading and Leeds.

The UK Festival Awards are also set to include disabled access in their criteria, and Melvin Benn, Managing Director of Festival Republic, will award a bursary to the winner of the Grassroots UK Festival Award to train their staff and plan for a more accessible event.

Suzanne Bull, Chief Executive Officer of Attitude is Everything, said: “The fact that the UK Festival Awards has included access as a criteria this year is a major breakthrough in making sure that the music industry continues to meet the requirements of their deaf and disabled customers, as well as raising the general public’s awareness of the issues that deaf and disabled people face at music festivals across the UK.”

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