Download Festival have confirmed the introduction of British Sign Language interpreters to both the Main Stage and The Zippo Encore Stage, amongst a raft of improvements to the festival’s accessibility.
Disabled viewing platforms will be available at all stages at this year’s Download Festival, changes have been made to the disabled access campsite, and an extra shuttle bus has been added to improve service.
Download have also detailed further tweaks to the accessibility facilities across the Donington Park site.
The news follows the recent announcement of a Greenpeace backed eco-campsite holding up to 3,000 environmentally conscious Download Festival campers.
Download Festival Sign Language Interpreters
This year’s Download will welcome British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters to the festival’s two main stages, amongst a team of coordinators and emergency support to support the needs of Deaf Sign Language users throughout the weekend.
BSL interpreters are still a rare sight at music festivals across the country, and Download will be joining a limited selection that have chosen to lead the way. BSL interpreters have been in place at Glastonbury and Reading Festival for a number of years, and last year Reading joined Glasto in securing ‘disability gold’ status from campaigning group Attitude is Everything.
Download’s BSL interpreters will be provided by Performance Interpreting, who said:
“Performance Interpreting is delighted to be providing a BSL Access Service at Download. An experienced team of Deaf and hearing coordinators, registered qualified interpreters and emergency 24 hour support will deliver quality access to our customers. Performance Interpreting ensures Deaf Sign Language Users are able to come together with family and friends to enjoy and experience the world biggest rock acts.”
Download Festival Disabled Viewing Platforms
Organisers have also confirmed that disabled viewing platforms will now be available at all stages, including the campsite’s incredible rock-club The DogHouse.
The Zippo Encore Stage viewing platform has been rotated to improve the view of Download’s second stage.
Those wishing to make use of the viewing platforms, alongside disabled toilets, showers, and camping, are asked to fill out an application confirming their access requirements here.
Download Festival Disabled Campsite
A significant number of improvements have been made to Download’s disabled access campsite, and this year, campers will be able to drive right up to their pitch where a team of helpers will help unload their car.
After setting up, campers will be able to park in a priority car park just 50 metres from the disabled campsite. For safety reasons, vehicles cannot remain in the disabled campsite during the festival, but must use Download’s disabled car park a very short distance away.
A disabled drop-off pass is also being introduced this year, allowing those being dropped-off at the festival access to the disabled campsite in their vehicles.
The disabled check-in point has increased in size to help beat delays, and to make the process as comfortable as possible.
The campsite will boast a wheelchair charging tent with over 50 charging points, alongside secure lockers with USB chargers.
The number of toilet locations in the disabled campsite has increased over 50%, with the campsite’s main toilets featuring an HDU alongside accessible showers, sinks, and water points.
Organisers also confirmed a comprehensive access guide will be made available in the official Download Festival app.