The Guardian festival blog: ‘I plugged my nebuliser into a riot van’: what is it like being disabled at a festival? | Music

Festival season is upon us, and the mud and sun are a sign that summer is coming. But I have only tried it once myself – Leeds festival in 2005. Packing for a weekend’s camping in sludge or blazing heat – or both – is tough enough. But for people with disabilities, it can require military-grade preparation, as well as mild disregard for personal safety.

I arrived at Leeds on the Saturday – after a night at a wheelchair-accessible budget hotel 20 minutes from the campsite – to find the entrance was atop a steep, three-metre (10ft) hill. The way out was no easier: I got trapped in the car park thanks to the erratic parking in the Blue Badge section. The whole thing was such a faff that I threw away my Sunday ticket and drove home.

Luckily, in the nearly 15 years since, there has been progress. Attitude Is Everything, a UK-based charity, partners with festivals including Glastonbury, Latitude in Suffolk, and Leeds and…


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