Improving accessibility at UK’s festivals

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2nd September 2019

It’s promising to see is that festivals across the UK – like Glastonbury, Latitude, Boomtown and Reading & Leeds – are all taking steps to ensure their events are as accessible as possible, with dedicated camping areas, viewing platforms and transport for disabled attendees and their carers.

According to Access is Everything, disabled people spent around £8.3 million on live music in 2018, up £3.4m from 2013. Speaking to IQ Magazine, Suzanne Bull, the government’s disability champion for live music, said the figures demonstrate that “UK festivals have made great strides in improving access.”

Yet, Bull added: “[There] is much more to do beyond just audience provision. We need to play for disabled artists and disabled employees to be working throughout all levels of the industry.”

Sure, there’s room for improvement, but we’re moving in the right direction and that’s a good start. All that’s left to do is decide which festivals will be on your must-visit list next year!

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