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Bingley Music Live – access for everyone

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Organisers of Bingley Music Live want to ensure that everyone can enjoy this year’s festival and have strived to make it as accessible as possible for people with disabilities.

The measures in place at the Bradford Council-run event, at Bingley’s Myrtle Park, earned it a place on a list of the best ten music festivals for disabled access in a list compiled last year by Music Festival News, a national music festival website.  This placed it alongside events, such as Glastonbury and the Download Festival.

It also holds a silver standard accreditation from disability access charity *Attitude is Everything’s (AIE) charter of best practice and is working towards gold.

Facilities at the event 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 Bingley Music Live team also ensure backstage areas are fully accessible for any disabled artists and guests attending the festival.

More details on access, including photos of disabled access entrances and viewing areas are available on the festival website – http://bingleymusiclive.com/festival-info/disabled-info/

Coun Sarah Ferriby, Executive Member for Environment Sport and Culture, said: “We want to ensure that everyone gets to enjoy this event and this is demonstrated in our efforts to make it as accessible as possible. We will continue to strive to improve this service and welcome feedback on the facilities we currently provide.”

This year’s event runs from 1-3 September and acts include Manic Street Preachers, Kaiser Chiefs, The Wombats, Maximo Park, Badly Drawn Boy, Soul II Soul, Pete Doherty, Milburn, Feeder and many more.

PLEASE NOTE THAT WEEKEND AND SATURDAY TICKETS HAVE NOW SOLD OUT.

Single day tickets are priced at £35 each for adults (plus booking fee) and £30 for children (plus booking fee). Adult day tickets are also available at Bingley Pool and Bradford and Saltaire Visitor Information Centres.