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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.




Disability Rocks nominated for 2015 National Diversity Awards



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.








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.

 







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