Chase Park Festival 2016!
So once again I’ve been caught-out with the procrastination bug! Dammit. Anyway, I am going to skip past many years of my music story as Chase Park Festival 2016 is the current highlight.
What is it? Well, Chase Park Festival is Britain’s most inclusive festival. Fact!
It is an event for people of all abilities and is the biggest open air event of its kind in the UK.
I have been lucky enough to have attended 3 of these amazing musical shows – in a word, a FESTIVAL!!! Yip, right here in the North East!
Am I excited about this? Without doubt. I know the organiser very well, what with being a (best) mate of mine for many years – Alistair McDonald – also music hound!
Can I speak of experience? Yes! Below are brief blogs from previous festivals I have been to. You’ll notice a couple missing. Well, my sister chose a certain weekend to get married, can’t complain with that, and let’s say I had a bad one (MS) the other…
The whole idea behind the event is to be inclusive for everyone regardless of ability. Factors such as remote locations, high expense, access and poor facilities can often mean many mainstream outdoor music festivals can often exclude people with disabilities.
Chase Park Festival also aims to helping break down cultural barriers and stereotypes often associated with people with disabilities by engaging with the whole community. The festival uses music as the foundation to get people from all walks of life together to enjoy a fun-packed carnival atmosphere.
As well as being a really accessible event Chase Park Festival is very family friendly and there are loads of activities for kids!
There will be an MS Stand at Chase Park again! We – Newcastle & Gateshead MS Branch – had stands at this brilliant event in previous years and raised a bit of cash! The weather has always been kind to us too!
Artist Line up
- Reverend & TheMakers
- Ben Ottewell
- Barry Hyde
- STRANGER STRANGER
- CORNSHED SISTERS
- JAKE HOULSBY
- THE SOUNDBEAM BAND
Phew! 2016 really is running away as the best?!
Chase Park Festival 2015
The festival has recently been awarded the Gold level of Attitude is Everything’s Charter of Best Practice and is one of only three festivals nationwide to receive the accolade. This means that it has truly brilliant accessibility throughout, which is 100% welcomed!
The headliner, Ash, played an absolute blinder. They played through favourites such as ‘Girl From Mars’, ‘A Life Less Ordinary’, ‘Kung Fu’ and a crowd pleasing finale of ‘Burn Baby Burn’ with everyone enjoying themselves massively and it was a great end to a special festival.
Next year is to be bigger. Looking forward to it!"
Chase Park 2011
"The Chase Park music festival 2011 was better than 2010! Fantastic day experienced in a truly accessible venue with fantastic support none stop, sunburn weather and amazing sounds.
The great and free occasion can only get better; family and pet friendly; locally free and willing varied support music made a top charity day for all! Looking forward to manning an MS stand 2012!"
Chase Park 2010
"This was very much a first event of this type – fully accessible with catering for all, free, with a very good selection of music, stands and full support.
The weather held out well with sunshine, apart from a few small drizzles! We were treated to music from local Folk, Samba to Hip-hop! All local, brilliant and performed for nothing!
Fabulous atmosphere existed for the whole day 12-9pm! In speaking with other MS’ers, a similar type event will be welcomed again."
What is stopping you from becoming part of the Chase Park Festival family!? I reckon onward and upward ChaseParkFest!
See you there!