Disability at this summer's music festivals
It's only the start of May, but festival season isn't really that far off, especially if you're planning one or more weekends of camping out in the countryside in order to watch some of your favourite bands whilst trying not to sink into the mud.
Attitude is Everything, the organisation that works to improve deaf and disabled people's access to live music, are especially busy. They have just announced that this year's Glastonbury Festival will feature the event's first stage specifically for disabled performers. The Dada Stage, which will be located in the Shangri La field, is being organised by Attitude is Everything in collaboration with the festival, and will feature a Club Atttitude showcase on Saturday 27th June from 2.00pm to 6.00pm.
It's a stellar line-up of performers, with learning disabled punk band Heavy Load (they've been on our talk show, you know), sci-fi pop with stylophones, theremins and glockenspiels from Spaceships are Cool, and the London indie-pop meets afro-beat of Al Cool and the Stranger Wines. There'll also be DJs and, we're promised, some "very special guests". There are more details of the whole thing on Attitude is Everything's website.
Attitude is Everything are also running their Deaf and Disabled Stewarding Project again this year at the Glastonbury, Leeds and Reading Festivals. There's no pay, but you do get a chance to catch some bands and soak up the festival atmosphere whilst working on site, as well as helping to run Attitude is Everything's information tent. They're looking for 5 volunteers for Leeds and Reading, with 10 places at Glastonbury. Again, all the details are on their website.
Time to check there are no holes in your tent and that you've got your rain gear handy, then.