Reading Festival have been awarded Gold Standard for their accessibility for disabled customers and artists by Attitude is Everything. The festival have been partnered with the charity since 2005, overseeing a 91% increase in disabled customers since reaching Silver status in 2014.
Their access facilities include:
- A dedicated check-in for disabled customers
- An accessible campsite, fully stewarded
- An accessible parking field
- 3 viewing platforms, 2 on the Main Stage and one on the NME/Radio 1 stage.
- An accessible backstage and press area
- Interchangeable assistant lanyards
Melvin Benn, the managing director of Festival Republic who run Reading Festival, said about the award:
“In an industry as diverse as music and festivals, we should be doing everything in our power to make our events as accessible as possible for everyone. As we continue to develop our BSL interpretation service and progress all disabled access avenues across our events, it’s rewarding to see our disabled customer numbers continuing to grow.
"Having worked with Attitude Is Everything since 2005 we look forward to continuing this relationship, and are delighted that Reading Festival has been awarded Gold Status on their Charter of Best Practice.”
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