Bingley Music Live has been recognised for being inclusive of people with disabilities.
Bradford Council, which organises the event, has been awarded a Silver level on the charity *Attitude is Everything’s Charter of Best Practice.
The measures taken for the Myrtle Park festival, on 4-6 September, include blue badge parking, a dedicated accessible entrance to cut queuing times and early entry to the site. There will also be a Changing Places toilet (a toilet designed specifically for people with disabilities), a Main Stage viewing area, viewing platform for the Discovery Stage and dedicated Event Buddies who provide a personal service for bars and catering.
For more information on disability access at the site, see a dedicated page on the festival website – http://www.bingleymusiclive.com/disabled.php
Cllr Imran Khan, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Sport, said: “It is important that we cater for everyone who wishes to come to Bingley Music Live. We have taken steps to ensure that we provide as much as possible to ensure people with disabilities can enjoy the event as much as everyone else.”
Attitude is Everything CEO, Suzanne Bull MBE, said: “It is fantastic to be able to award Bingley Music Live the Silver level of our Charter. We look forward to working together to achieve Gold.
The festival does a fantastic job in making the site accessible. Offering innovative options, such as the Event Buddies and the early entry to allow navigation to the viewing area free of crowds demonstrates the positive and inclusive ethos of the organisers.”
This year’s BML line up includes James, Labrinth, Super Furry Animals, Ash, Ella Eyre, Idlewild, Embrace, Peter Hook, Cast and The Beat. For more information and details on how to buy tickets, see the festival website – bingleymusiclive.com
*Attitude is Everything works to improve deaf and disabled people’s access to live music by working with audiences, artists and event organisers. Their Charter of Best Practice aims to ensure deaf and disabled people are as independent as they want to be at live music events. Over 90 venues and festivals have signed up to the charter.