ROCK band The Feeling will headline a disability-friendly music gig, heralded as the first of its kind in the Tees Valley.
The Middlehaven Festival will feature full wheelchair access, a deaf sign language translator will be on stage interpreting the lyrics and there is a two-for-one ticket offer for disabled revellers and their carers.
The open-air event will take place on a grassed area in Middlesbrough once reduced to wasteland that has reaped more than £100m of investment over the past decade.
Near Middlesbrough College, the stage will overlook at Anish Kappor’s iconic Temenos sculpture, the Riverside stadium and Middlehaven dock.
Alistair McDonald, business relationships director for Keiro, which owns the recently opened neuro, stroke and spinal injury rehabilitation centre, The Gateway, at the regeneration site has helped organise the event.
“We are passionate about this as going to music events like this is something people without disabilities could take for granted. For patients at The Gateway this will be on their doorstep and could help their recovery. I am a big festival fan and one of the reasons they are so popular is people coming together and enjoying that feeling.
“Due to the partners, regeneration area and disabled access this is a first for the Tees Valley,” he added.
Middlesbrough College, Middlesbrough Football Club, and the social housing organisation,Thirteen Group, have also helped arrange the festival.
Keiro already holds a Silver accreditation by national charity Attitude is Everything for its annual Chase Park Festival in Gateshead and is aiming to win gold later this year. The only other two festivals to hold this accreditation are Glastonbury and Liberty.
The Feeling, best known for its hit Fill My Little World will be joined on stage by 18-year-old Chloe Howl who has just returned from a host of European dates supporting pop sensation Ellie Goulding.
Scottish synth-pop band, Prides, will also be performing along with multi-instrumentalist George Barnett and hip hop group Big Beat Bronson and acoustic indie folk band The Lake Poets.
Zoe Lewis, principal and chief executive of Middlesbrough College, added: “Middlesbrough College is proud to be supporting this fantastic community event and music festival, it’s going to be a great day for the college, students and the wider community.”
The open-air event will be held at Dockside in Middlehaven on August 23, from 11.30am, and acts will begin at 12pm. Tickets available at middlehavefestival.com cost £12 for the general public, £10 for under 18-year-olds, £35 for family tickets (two adults and two children) and two-for-one for those with disabilities and their carers.