Australia’s most inclusive music festival returns.
Back for its third year running, after last year’s cancelled edition, the country’s most inclusive music festival will bring a huge slab of Aussie acts to its new location of the Alexandra Gardens (on the southern side of the Yarra opposite Flinders Street Station) on Saturday, November 27.
The brainchild of Paralympic gold medallist Dylan Alcott, Ability Fest is delivered in partnership with Untitled Group (the producers behind the likes of Pitch Music & Arts and Beyond The Valley) and 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.
The key takeaways
- Ability Fest returns to Melbourne this November
- The inclusive festival will feature the likes of Peking Duk, Cub Sport, Illy and more
- 100 per cent of proceeds from Ability Fest will go towards helping the 4.3 million young Australians currently living with a physical or mental disability
Joining these absolute class acts is also Alex The Astronaut, Benson, Dena Amy, Ebony Boadu, Inkrewsive, JK-47, Motez, Nina Las Vegas, Rudely Interrupted, Stace Cadet, Sumner and Sunshine, with more to be announced.
With the quality music taking care of the vibe, the Alexandra Gardens will transform into a completely accessible two-stage venue with the inclusion of elevated platforms, pathways, quiet zones, a designed sensory area, companion ticketing, AUSLAN translators and ramps to ensure an unforgettable experience for all guests. Of course, it will all be COVID-safe too.
As always, 100 per cent 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. Since launching in December 2017, the foundation has raised in excess of $300,000 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.
Commenting on its unique position in the Australian music scene, Dylan Alcott says, “Ability Fest started as a place to bring friends together to enjoy good quality live music – no matter what your access challenges may be. Today, four years in, we have created an event that sets a new standard in the festival world, and shows others what is possible.
“I want to give young people with disabilities the opportunity to experience the magic of a music festival which previously may not have been possible for them, and raise a hell of a lot of money in the process,” he says.
The 2021 Ability Fest has been supported by the Australian Government through their RISE grant program and the City of Melbourne.
It all goes down at Alexandra Gardens on Saturday, November 27 2021. Sign up for pre-sale here. Pre-sale rego closes August 11 at 4pm, and tickets go on sale from 6pm the same day. General tickets go on sale August 12 at 12pm.