LOVEBOX music festival is one of the more convenient destinations for wheelchair users. Held in Victoria Park, and now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the relatively confined event space, at least in comparison to Glastonbury or Reading, makes it much easier to navigate the various stages. Camping is not permitted, which removes the nagging feeling that you are missing out on some of the fun for those who are unable to tent up.
Disabled ticket application is handled through a dedicated e-mail address (or phone number if preferred) and works well. LOVEBOX operates the same free companion scheme used at other summer festivals, provided you present proof of your Disability Living Allowance. Once you arrive, parking is not a problem, as spaces are allocated for wheelchair users.
However, there are a few aspects which need to be improved upon. The first, unsurprisingly, relates to the mud. Although organisers placed wooden platforms on the ground in an attempt to lessen the impact of the massive rainfall this year, it was too sporadic to make little real difference. Next year, more platforming is a necessity; otherwise it will be impossible for some wheelchair users to navigate certain areas. I certainly would not have coped without the support of my friends to push me around. Secondly, the single disabled viewing platform, overlooking the main stage, made it very difficult to view the up and coming artists on the smaller stages. Fortunately, I was able to bypass this problem with my press pass, but the same can obviously not be said for a wheelchair user attending as an ordinary festival goer. The disabled toilet was also incredibly cramped.
Despite these short comings, the event organisers made a real effort to assist wheelchair users. Lovebox 2012 is definitely the most wheelchair friendly festival I’ve attended.
Read my altsounds review here.