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Positive experience through music and arts

Disability Rocks is a community interest company set up in January 2012 and operating as a not for profit organisation. The organisation was founded by Richard and Caroline Sutton who were inspired to create the organisation when their son, Max, was born with a rare chromosome disorder. They saw first-hand the hugely positive impact live music and arts activities had on Max’s life but there were very few inclusive and accessible events being supported.

The sole purpose of the company is to remove barriers that can preclude those with disabilities and additional needs from benefitting from involvement in music and the arts.

Disability Rocks creates festivals that combine a fantastic line-up of performances and events with locations carefully selected and configured to provide easy access and a wide range of enhanced specialist facilities in relaxed, entertaining and harmonious environment. There is also a commitment to showcasing the talent of artists and musicians who themselves have disabilities.


National Diversity Awards logo

We’re beyond excited to have been shortlisted in the National Diversity Awards!

A huge thank you to our long time supporter Jan Barkworth for the nomination and to everyone who voted for us. We can’t wait to head to the awards ceremony on 18th September to meet with other organisations working towards enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion in today’s society.

We’re up against some stiff competition in the Community Organisation for Disability category, but will have our fingers firmly crossed. Keep an eye out on Twitter and Facebook for an update on the night!

Chase Park Festival, here we come …..!

Chase Park festival flyer

Our mobile Changing Places unit has been travelling far and wide this summer and on 8th August, it will be making the journey north to the Chase Park Festival.

Celebrating its fifth anniversary, this year’s festival is headlined by Ash with other acts including Turin Brakes, Slug, Monogram, Blizzard and Hot Soles.

For tickets, visit the Chase Park festival site.

Disability Rocks nominated for 2015 National Diversity Awards

National Diversity Awards shortlist

We’re incredibly honoured to have been nominated in the Disability Community Organisation category of the National Diversity Awards.

The awards celebrate the excellent achievements of grass-root communities that tackle the inclusion issues in today’s society, giving them recognition for their dedication and hard work.

With the nominating and voting now complete, we’ll just have to wait (and keep our fingers firmly crossed!) until the shortlist is announced on Wednesday 15th July. A huge thank you to everyone who has voted for us.

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