Bingley Music Live has been listed as one of the best ten music festivals for disabled access, by a national music festival website.
The Bradford Council-run event has already received praise for its disabled facilities and information and last year achieved a silver standard from the disability access charity *Attitude is Everything’s (AIE) charter of best practice.
Measures taken by organisers to achieve this standard include bookable pre-event tours for disabled visitors and carers to familiarise themselves with the event site; close proximity blue badge parking; a dedicated accessible drop-off point and reception and dedicated entrance to the venue with early entry to the site. There is also a Changing Places toilet (a toilet designed specifically for people with disabilities), wheelchair accessible viewing areas for both stages; a refrigerated viewing area bar; charging point for mobility scooters; two for one carer tickets and an Event Buddy service providing assistance to people who find it difficult to get around the site. The BML team also ensure backstage areas are fully accessible for any disabled artists and guests attending the festival
BML organisers are working towards the gold standard to up their game even further.
The event is one of ten listed by Music Festival News as being the best of accessible online information, which can be found on the festival website – www.bingleymusiclive.com/festival-info/disabled-info/
It is ranked alongside big national festivals, such as Glastonbury, Download and Latitude for its accessibility.
The recognition is particularly timely, after a recent critical report by disabled people on behalf of AIE and backed by Arts Council England. This study looked at 251 live music venues and 135 festivals across the country and found that the majority failed to provide adequate information on access for people with disabilities. Blind singer Stevie Wonder also called for more to be done to make music accessible for disabled people at the recent Grammy Awards.
Coun Imran Khan, Executive Member for Environment and Sport, said: “It is wonderful news that Bingley is in the same league as bigger festivals when it comes to disabled access. We continue to build on what we already have to ensure more and more music fans can enjoy the event, regardless of their disabilities.”
This year’s event runs from 2-4 September. Acts announced so far include Tinie Tempah, Travis, Echo and the Bunnymen and Sigma. Tickets for the festival are available from Ticketline via the Bingley Music Live website.