Sheffield’s biggest ever party, Tramlines Festival, has been officially recognised by Attitude is Everything with a Bronze Award for its work that encourages and enables people with disabilities to enjoy the festival.
The Arts Council supported body, Attitude Is Everything, endorses events and festivals that improve deaf and disabled peoples’ access to live music, and this award recognises that Tramlines fulfils its ‘Charter of Best Practice’ in a number of ways.
This includes making free passes available for carers, and the provision of clear and accessible information, disabled toilets and a disabled viewing platform.
Tramlines, which takes place from Friday 19th – Sunday 21st July at Hillsborough Park featuring headliners Two Door Cinema Club (Friday), Courteeners (Saturday) and Nile Rodgers & Chic (Sunday), has also worked closely over the years with Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind (SRSB) who were the official charity partner in 2015. SRSB has helped Tramlines to keep the website clear and optimised for screen readers.
Timm Cleasby, Operations Director at Tramlines said: “Achieving this Bronze Award from Attitude is Everything is a huge step for Tramlines as accessibility is something that our attendees have asked us to improve on in past years.
“In 2018, we made disabled access a real priority with lots of big changes to our infrastructure. These changes really paid off and it’s great to have the recognition from Attitude is Everything.
“We believe that everyone should be able to enjoy our festival and we will keep pushing to improve further in 2019.”
Tramlines works in conjunction with SRSB and a Sheffield Live Community Radio sight impaired volunteer, to create an annual audio guide to the festival aimed at visually impaired people which is broadcast through the SRSB website and Sheffield Talking News service.
In 2018 ‘Look North’ included a feature where they followed two visually impaired festival guests around Tramlines. This experience was documented on the SRSB Blog by one of the festival goers.
Tramlines has also worked with Under The Stars, a Sheffield based disability arts organisation. ‘The Stars Band’, a group of musicians with a range of learning disabilities who developed their skills at Under the Stars, performed for Tramlines at the Sheffield O2 Academy in 2016.
Whilst the Tramlines line up gets bigger each year, it remains seriously good value for money.
Tickets are now on the fourth tier and priced from £69.50 plus booking fee for all three days.
VIP upgrade tickets are available for an additional £50 granting access to the private VIP area situated right next to the main stage with private bars, food stalls and toilets.
Under 12s go for free. For full ticketing info, visit www.tramlines.org.uk.
Information regarding the free passes for carers for Tramlines 2019 can be found on the info page of the official Tramlines website under the ‘access’ heading.
Main image credit: Richard Johnson / Fanatic & Tramlines