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The inclusive music festival paving the way for a fully accessible future

The all-inclusive, fully accessible music festival, Groove Tunes is back again this year at the Corner Hotel on 18 May.

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It’s fair to say that most of us love music festivals. Equally fair to say is that not all music festivals are accessible to those living with disability.

So, if we all love going to live gigs, then why is it still so difficult for everyone to fully experience them?

Dina Bassile is the founder of Tibi Access, the team behind Taylor Swift’s recent Australian tour and the producer of Groove Tunes, a fully accessible and all-inclusive night of live music.

Dina uses a wheelchair and has lived experience of the gaps that exist in the Australian music industry, and that is what drove her to create Groove Tunes. Now in its third year taking, Groove Tunes is place again at the iconic Corner Hotel on May 18.

“Groove Tunes was created over three years ago with the intention of filling a gap in the live music scene by providing an inclusive environment where people of all abilities can come together and enjoy music without barriers.“

Dina explains her team recognised the lack of accessibility in many festivals and were motivated to create a space where everyone, regardless of their abilities could fully participate and enjoy the experience.

Artists with disability also feature prominently on the line-up, including soul artist and disability advocate Miss Emilia, who uses her music to tell her story of being a chronically ill and disabled woman.

When asked how she would describe her style of music, she says; “It’s like you and I are sharing a warm cuppa on a sunny Sunday afternoon, talking about life, being in the moment. My new music is an outpour from the heart, and I’m finally ready to share my story.”

Miss Emelia acknowledges that the music industry, as well as also society, has quite a long while to go before life here is truly accessible.

“Most of the time unless asked, venues and bookers will assume if you’re a musician – you’re able bodied. This is in part due to the lifestyle of performing with late nights, very sensory overloading spaces, the social interpersonal nature of the industry and with a lot of venues, due to council restrictions and the likes, not being able to be accessible.”

Miss Emelia says Tibi Access and gigs like Groove Tunes are the changemakers who are driving the industry forward into a more safe and accessible industry.

“Groove Tunes is very special for me since it’s a fully accessible festival, and since it’s run and featuring disabled people, I am so grateful to be a part of it and feel supported by the whole team! Not to mention the amazing line-up, and playing at the Corner which is a dream. “

Looking into the future, Dina says the team hope to continue expanding and evolving the festival, reaching an even wider audience and setting new standards for accessibility in the entertainment industry.

“We aim to foster a sense of community and empowerment among attendees, while also advocating for greater accessibility in all aspects of society. Ultimately, we aspire for Groove Tunes to serve as a model for inclusivity and inspire other events to prioritise accessibility.”

Tickets to Groove Tunes are on sale now, with free entry for companion cardholders. Grab them here.