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Ability Fest 2023

Dylan Alcott's fully accessible music festival is back, this year headlined by Hilltop Hoods, Mashd N Kutcher and Sampa the Great.
By Libby Curran
March 20, 2023
By Libby Curran
March 20, 2023

Australia's most inclusive music festival hits Birrarung Marr for its next instalment on Saturday, March 25 — and the jam-packed lineup of artists it's bringing with it is an absolute cracker.

Leading the talent at Ability Fest 2023 are Aussie hip hop legends Hilltop Hoods, dance duo Mashd N Kutcher and ARIA Award-winning songstress Sampa the Great, along with names like Paris, Meg Mac, DZ Deathrays, Linda Marigliano and dameeeela. Unfolding across two stages, the program has something for all kinds of music fiends — with SHOUSE, Telenova, Juno Mamba, Mulalo and Latifa Tee just some of the other artists who'll be heading along.

Jayden Ostwald

The brainchild of 2022 Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott and Untitled Group (the crew behind Pitch Music & Arts and Beyond the Valley), Ability Fest is carefully designed to be completely accessible and as inclusive as they come.

It'll feature ramps and pathways for easy access, Auslan interpreters working alongside the artists, and elevated platforms to give everyone a shot at seeing the stage. Plus: quiet zones, a dedicated sensory area, ticketing for companions and accessible toilets.

During its life, the not-for-profit fest has raised close to $500,000 for the Dylan Alcott Foundation, while continuing to dish up primo live tunes and music experiences to Aussies of all abilities.

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