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Positive experience through music and arts

Disability Rocks produces and delivers disability and family friendly festivals.

Each festival includes a range of live music, theatre and arts together with a range of interactive workshops. A huge thank you to everyone who has supported us at our festivals at Tatton Park, Lea Green and Nell Bank.

Following three incredibly successful Disability Rocks festivals in 2015, it is with great regret that we announce the festival at Lambourne End Centre will not be taking place on Saturday, 20th June.

Despite hosting a very well attended festival at the Centre in 2014, a significant outreach programme and great interest in the event on social media, this has not translated into ticket sales.

We believe there are a large number of people who were hoping to buy tickets on the door on the day, however with no certainty on numbers, we couldn’t risk staging an event which didn’t match the scale and atmosphere that we’ve become recognised for delivering.

We will be in touch directly with everyone who has purchased tickets to ensure that they receive a full refund.

We apologise for any inconvenience and disappointment caused and hope that our many supporters understand that we would not want to host a festival which doesn’t meet the same very high standard as our other 2015 events.




Lea Green Line-Up Confirmed



With just nine days until our festival at Lea Green Development Centre, we can confirm an awesome line-up which includes Martin Stephenson, formerly of The Daintees and reggae and ska band, The Paradimes.

Line up of events at Lea Greem

Other highlights include Singing Hands, featured on CBeebies Something Special programme, will be leading a singing and signing session.

Lifelong music enthusiast, record collector and working DJ, Nick Carling will be running DJ workshops inspired by his belief that music speaks directly to people regardless of ability.

There will also be sensory spaces, storytelling, a busking stage, juggling and active drumming.

An important new feature at all 2015 features is the Mobile Changing Places unit which includes a fully automatic tracking hoist, height adjustable changing bench, peninsular toilet and plenty of space.

The headline sponsor for this event is national health and social care provider Eden Futures who have been providing support in the Midlands for over 20 years.

Eden Futures CEO, Andrew Lennox comments: “Eden Futures is very pleased to be supporting the Disability Rocks Festival. Music and Art open up so many doors to us all, and Disability Rocks has developed a great way to help those we care for to access and enjoy them.

The festival is supported by Nominet Trust and Arts Council England.

Tickets can be bought on this site with under 5s attending free, £10 for under 12s, £15 for adults and the first carer goes free.








Glorious weather for Disability Rocks, Kibworth



Disability Rocks Festival – Kibworth

Our third and final festival for the summer took place at Bridge House Barn, Kibworth, Leicestershire, and we couldn’t have wished for a better day! Fabulous venue and beautiful weather helped us to round of the festival season in style and not a single rain cloud in sight :-)

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The cast of Autisms got talent were amazing and really got the crowd up dancing.

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As you can see from these images everyone had lots of fun.

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There was also music from the Paradimes, The Winter Mountain Band, Lily and Meg, Kezia, The Tin Pigeons, Eaga Gospel Choir and Some Like It Ossett.

 

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Suzanne and Tracy from Singing Hands were once again absolute stars with lots of audience participation! And the venue’s very own tractor was a great hit.

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Open mic busking stages, DJ workshops, a drumming tent, arts and crafts and neon dance  meant that there really was lots for everyone – a day that the whole family could (and did) enjoy!

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The sensory tent provided lots of space for everyone – the paddling pools were particularly successful in the heat!

We hope that everyone who joined us had a great time and we hope we will see you all again soon.

If you did visit the festival we’d love to hear your thoughts about the day. If you could take a few minutes of your time to fill out our survey we’d be grateful – and everyone who fills the survey in will be entered into a prize draw to win a Disability Rocks T’Shirt and Wristband. Enter the survey here.

 








Essex Festival a great success – despite the rain!



As you all know, the Disability Rocks Festival, Essex took place a couple of weeks ago, and despite the weather, it was a great success!

Disability Rocks, Essex 2014

The Paradimes got everyone up and rocking. The AutistiX and I love Thunder went down a storm!
The sensory area, provided by Sensory Spectacle provided the opportunity to experience different sensory environments and the space just to chill. If you missed Essex, they will be joining us again in Kibworth next week.
The goats milk ice creams proved very popular alongside the Prosecco and Pimms bar.
London fashion designerMasato Jones spent the day selling Tshirts and donated all the profits to Disability Rocks. The fantastic Makaton Signing duo Singing Hands entertained children and adults alike. The DJ workshop saw a group of young people run their own DJ set. New to Disability Rocks were Sam Kelly Trio who were awesome we thought would give Mumford and Sons a run for their money. Zinc arts photo booth was very popular and great fun was had by all, dressing up and posing for pictures.  The Yarn Smith of Norwich enchanted everyone with his story telling. There was even small animal handling available at the on site farm.
Rob , Sam and their team at Lambourne End worked tirelessly to ensure everyone had an amazing day, thank you!

Here are just a few of the great comments we have received since the event:
“Myself and my son Luke (oh and not forgetting Monkey) had a fantastic time, looking forward to next year. Thank you for helping to make some great memories for us all x “

“Thanks for today, my son Zach came with his two assistants and had a great time. Such a shame about the weather! Thanks for all your work to make it happen.”

“Hi, Just wanted to say thank you all so very much for a brilliant experience on Saturday. I came with my daughter, Annie, and 8 friends. We all had a really great day joining in with everything despite the rain! You and everyone at Lambourne End Centre for Outdoor Learning put on a superb festival, a real celebration. I very much hope that it was the first of many. Thank you again. x”

“I brought my 10 year old daughter. I am a music graduate but have never really been able to take my daughter to anything as it is too much for her. Her autism means that huge crowds and having to stay in one place with loud noise is sensory overload. We listened to the main stage from just behind – I have to say they were all amazing and just wished I could have been jumping around in front showing my appreciation  The sensory tent was an absolute godsend and we loved Singing Hands (who took a request!) The DJs in stage 2 were absolutely brilliant and could be professionals in my opinion; they had a whole mixed bag that got everyone having a little boogie 
Thank you, thank you, thank you for an amazing day xxx”

We are looking forward to meeting lots of new friends next week at our Kibworth festival, as well as seeing some old faces too :-)

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