Access All Areas: Stage Set For Review Of Disability Support At UK Festivals And Concerts

Irwin Mitchell Examines Facilities For Disabled People At Major Summer Events

18.06.2015

A leading national law firm which works with disabled people to help them regain their independence and get the most from life is preparing to brave the traditional British weather at music festivals and concerts across the UK this summer as it launches a campaign to assess the accessibility of such events.

Irwin Mitchell’s Access All Areas initiative has been launched to review disability access to festivals and other major events up and down the country, examining all aspects of the experience for music fans who require specialist support to attend such events.

The campaign involves representatives from the law firm’s Serious Injury team joining clients in researching festival websites and the ticketing process, general on-site issues including access to viewing platforms and other amenities, as well as the support provided by the venue staff.

Irwin Mitchell, which has vast experience in helping those with serious disabilities regain their independence through access to vital services, will then collate all of the information to get a proper understanding of whether UK festivals and other music venues are really doing what they can to accommodate those with a disability.

Access All Areas will assess festivals and concerts on a range of issues, including:

  • Whether festival and venue websites are designed with accessibility in mind
  • The ticket booking process and information available support disabled visitors
  • General accessibility at the events, including viewing platforms, merchandise and other amenities
  • Staffing levels and their understanding of needs of disabled visitors
  • Transport to and from the venue, as well as any specialist parking support
  • On-site accommodation or advice on nearby hotels and facilities

As well as undertaking the survey, Irwin Mitchell is also lending a hand in the festival season by supporting to the fifth annual Chase Park Festival in Gateshead.

Taking place on August 8th this year with Irish punk-pop legends Ash set to headline, the family-friendly open-air festival specialises in providing access facilities for deaf and disabled audiences, artists and volunteers.

The festival has been awarded the Gold level of Attitude is Everything’s Charter of Best Practice due to its specialist support and inclusivity, making it only the third festival alongside Glastonbury and Liberty Festival to achieve the standard.