Australia's only fully inclusive music festival Ability Fest is back for 2020 and set to be bigger and better than ever.
Date: Saturday 4th April
Location: Coburg Velodrome - 30 Charles St, Coburg North, VIC 3058
Tickets: Available to purchased at www.abilityfest.com.au
Australia's most inclusive music festival Ability Fest returns to Melbourne's Coburg Velodrome for its third consecutive year on Saturday, 4th April.
The brainchild of three-time Paralympic gold medallist and 10 time grand slam champion Dylan Alcott, Ability Fest is designed to bring music lovers together by inviting everyone – regardless of gender, disability or race – to enjoy some of the country's best musical acts.
Delivered in partnership with Untitled Group, producers of much-loved events including Beyond The Valley, Pitch Music & Arts and Grapevine Gathering; festival goers will be treated to a slate of Australia's best acts including Crooked Colours, SAFIA, What So Not, and Seth Sentry. Coburg Velodrome will transform into a completely accessible venue with the inclusion of elevated platforms, pathways, quiet zones, companion ticketing, AUSLAN translators and ramps to ensure an unforgettable experience for all guests.
100 percent of proceeds from Ability Fest will go towards helping the 4.3 million young Australians currently living with a physical or mental disability via the Dylan Alcott Foundation, with all musicians donating their time to this exciting event. Additionally, in light of the devastating Australian bushfires, a portion of festival proceeds will also go directly towards Australians living with a disability, who have been affected by the fires.
Fresh off the back of his sixth consecutive Australian Open victory, Dylan Alcott said, "As a massive music lover, I've been to a fair share of music festivals and experienced first-hand barriers faced by people living with a disability in these environments. Ability Fest exists so that anybody, despite their background or disability, can come together and enjoy the music festival experience as a collective community.
"Now, three years in, Ability Fest has become a highly anticipated event that breaks down barriers. The line-up for 2020 is bigger than ever, and I can't wait to celebrate with everyone on the day."
After coming on-board as major partner for the festival in 2019, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) is thrilled to once again continue their support of Ability Fest, alongside event sponsor NEC and QT Hotels.
ANZ's Accessibility Executive Sponsor and General Manager Contact Centre Campbell Wright, said: "We are proud to partner with the Dylan Alcott Foundation and Ability Fest as major sponsor for the second year in a row. It aligns so well with what we are passionate about at ANZ, which includes making a positive difference for people by ensuring our products, services, workplace and culture are welcoming and inclusive of people living with a disability."
Since launching in December 2017, the Dylan Alcott Foundation has raised in excess of $500,000 for Australians living with a disability, with recipients ranging from seven to 25 years of age in fields such as sport, university scholarships and public speaking courses.
Pre-sale ticket registration opens on Monday 17th February, with pre-sale tickets on sale Tuesday 25th February from 6PM. General tickets will go on sale Wednesday 26th February.
To find out more about the Dylan Alcott Foundation, apply for a grant, or to make a donation, please visit dylanalcottfoundation.com.au.
Ability Fest 2020 Lineup (in alphabetical order):
I Know Leopard
The Preatures What So Not
● Presale: $60
● Concession ticket: $70
● 1st release: $70
● 2nd release: $80
● 3rd release: $90
● Final release: $100
Note: This is an over 18s event