Ability Fest to return to Melbourne in 2023

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Ability Fest will return to Melbourne for its fourth year in 2023 featuring more than 50 Australian bands and DJs, including performers with disabilities.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Martin Pakula and 2022 Australian of the Year and festival founder Dylan Alcott announced the return of the one-day festival which features elevated platforms, accessible pathways and ramps, Auslan interpreters, dedicated quiet zones, disability inclusive training delivered to staff and volunteers and companion card ticketing.

The first Ability Fest was held in April 2018 at Coburg Velodrome, attracting 5,000 attendees and growing to 6,500 in April 2019. Following a COVID-enforced hiatus in 2020, Ability Fest drew crowds of 5,000 to its most recent home at Alexandra Gardens in November 2021.

“Ability Fest is proudly Australia’s most accessible music festival, and this investment will make our state the accessible music capital of the world,” said Alcott.

“Ability Fest Supports talented local artists and the work of the Dylan Alcott Foundation, empowering young people with disabilities to realise their ambitions across sports, education and employment.”