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Feel the Beat: music festival for young people with disabilities

A new music festival is coming to Campbelltown in August. But Feel the Beat won’t be just another music festival.

In a first for the region, the festival will be put on for young people with a disability.

It will be held in The Cube, Campbelltown Catholic Club on Saturday, August 18 over two separate age group sessions.

The first session, Over the Rainbow, will be for young people aged 12 to 17 years and run from 2pm to 4.30pm.

The second session, Light Up Your Life, for 8 to 24 year olds, will run from 6pm to 10pm.

So far, the festival line-up includes Ironic Circus, Underwraps and Rudely Interrupted.

Ironic Circus, who are pictured below during one of their early shows, are celebrating 10 years as a band in 2019.

While energy levels on stage will be high, the event will be managed to ensure participants are comfortable by controlling output noise levels, appropriate lighting and established quiet zones.

“Our ambition has been to create an event that young people with a disability can enjoy by adapting the setting to make it suitable to meet special requirements,” said Mayor George Brticevic.

“We want to remove anything that might inhibit someone with a disability from enjoying live entertainment at a large event,” Cr Brticevic said.

“This event also presents us with an opportunity to learn more and increase awareness of accessibility issues so that we can progress as an inclusive community,” he said.

The idea for the festival was suggested by Councillor Margaret Chivers as a notice of motion at a council meeting earlier this year.

There will be Auslan interpreters, a dance area, seating area including a chill out zone full of cushions, bean bags and blankets, quiet zones and tables and chairs.

To add to the festival vibe, the event festival will feature fun, festival-like activities such as airbrush tattoos, henna tattoos, flower crown making and more.

Tickets will be $10 and will go on sale soon.

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