South-west musical festival welcomes all abilities

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FEEL THE BEAT: Campbelltown Councillor Margaret Chivers (from left), Mayor George Brticevic and Trust executive manager Katherine Carney prepare for the festival.

FEEL THE BEAT: Campbelltown Councillor Margaret Chivers (from left), Mayor George Brticevic and Trust executive manager Katherine Carney prepare for the festival.

In a first for the south-west region, a new music festival will be held on Sunday, August 18 aimed at creating an accessible and inclusive event that caters towards individuals living with disabilities.

Campbelltown City Council, in conjunction with The Disability Trust, is presenting the Feel the Beat youth music festival, which is set to provide the opportunity to experience an event for those who may find it difficult to access and enjoy music festivals.

The festival, which will be broken down into two sessions - named Over The Rainbow (for those aged 12-17) and Light Up Your Night (for ages 18-24) also aims to provide a chance for upcoming musicians living with disabilities to perform in a safe and controlled venue.

As part of the festival, Sydney-based dance group,Justice Crew, will headline both sessions, bringing their high-energy dance and music routines.

Another headlining act will be Eurobodalla band Ironic Circus, who will be celebrating their 10-year anniversary.

Other performers will include Chris Sebastian, Rudely Interrupted, Under Wraps and Ash n Bodo.

The festival will feature a mix of indie, pop, rock and high-energy music to appeal to a wide audience.

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As part of the youth event, special adjustments have been made in order to cater towards a large number of sensory and physical needs, including accessible toilets, Auslan interpreters, online ticketing system, controlled noise levels, appropriate lighting and quiet zones.

"We are excited to put forward an event that is a first of its kind for the Campbelltown community," Disability Trust Sydney Services executive manager Katherine Carney said.

"This event is truly unique and is set to provide individuals with disabilities the option to go out, be social, and have fun with their friends.

"The main theme is inclusiveness and we want to give people the chance to go out and experience something they normally would not.

"The event is an opportunity for individuals living with disabilities to have their very own night to have fun, to feel safe and to be around like-minded individuals.

"It is nice to be able to cater to and to host these individuals," Ms Carney said.

Tickets are now available for the event. There will also be special activities happening throughout the night, such as henna and airbrush tattoos, with alcohol being available to purchase at the Light Up Your Night session.

For bookings and more information go to: www.campbelltown.nsw.gov.au/WhatsOn/FeelTheBeat

ACCESS FOR ALL: Justice Crew will headline the music festival.

ACCESS FOR ALL: Justice Crew will headline the music festival.