So it’s getting close to that time of year again when music festivals and festival-goers cannot wait for. The Sun is out – hat, suncream, and shades are on – and you’re all ready to boogie the night away and have fun at your favourite music festival. But how accessible are music festivals for Visually Impaired people?
A recent report found that 82% of disabled music lovers questioned had difficulties booking tickets to live music events, while more than 73% felt discriminated against. Of the people interviewed, their main concerns were lack of accessible ticketing.
I’m a visually impaired music lover and have been to my fair share of festivals ranging from smaller alternative festivals like Glastonbudget to Reading which I am attending this year to see the mighty Foo Fighters.
However, as a VI person attending these music festivals, there can be problems like finding food and drink stands – and the legendary toilets (!) – and a clear and safe place to view your favourite artists.
The way I’ve been able to attend music festivals has been thanks to good friends that I have been with and not being afraid to ask for help. Let people know that you struggle with a visual impairment.
Increasingly more often than not festivals are trying to accommodate the increasing number of disabled festival goers. Festivals such as Reading and Leeds have a ‘two for one’ scheme so if a disabled person wishes to attend they are normally able to get a ticket for a carer/friend free of charge so you only need to buy one ticket.
Excitingly though, there is a new fully accessible for visually impaired people called LookFest. Taking place this July 26 – 29 in rural Herefordshire is the first of its kind VI family friendly accessible Festival. LookFest is created by VIs for Vis. There is a whole host of different activities ranging from performances from visually impaired people to dancing, sport, crafts, creative music season and much more for all the family!