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Youngcare champions inclusivity with BIGSOUND2023 Accessibility Stage

Youngcare is once again proud to announce its sponsorship of the Accessibility Stage at the highly anticipated BIGSOUND2023 music event — a showcase of Australia’s best up-and-coming musicians who will take over Fortitude Valley’s live music precinct from 5-8 September.

The Youngcare Accessibility Stage at the Outpost Bar sets a new standard for inclusivity at music events with wheelchair access, Auslan interpreters and chill out zones — ensuring all music enthusiasts can enjoy electrifying performances by emerging Australian artists.

In a first for the event, new wireless, tactile haptic vests developed in collaboration by Music: Not Impossible and Newmarket Collective will also be on hand so those hard of hearing can feel the music vibrations flow through their body in perfect time, providing a state-of-the-art, high-definition surround sensory experience.

The Outpost Bar will host stellar line-up of trending artists who are making waves in the music industry, including Joan & the Giants, Komang, Oscar the Wild, Jungaji, The Dandys and many more emerging acts.

With one in six people with a disability experiencing social isolation — more than double the national average — prioritising inclusivity at events is crucial to fostering a sense of belonging in the community, a mission Youngcare CEO Greg Johnson is profoundly passionate about.

“The lack of accessibility at several events and venues is an ongoing issue, preventing many from getting out of the house and feeling welcome in our community,” Greg said.

“Our commitment to advocating for accessibility stems from our firm belief that people with disabilities deserve the same opportunities and access to experiences as everyone else, and we’re thrilled the Youngcare Accessibility Stage is creating a new standard for accessibility in the music industry.’’

Well-known Brisbane musician Tim McCallum is determined to make the music scene more inclusive for both artists and fans, and as the Youngcare Accessibility Stage Ambassador, he is thrilled to continue on the success from last year.

“We had a great turn out at the Youngcare Accessibility Stage last year and it was amazing to see all people from all walks of life enjoying live music together — the energy was electric!”

“We are setting a benchmark for accessibility at events and I’m excited to work alongside Youngcare to pave the way to a new normal.”

Youngcare aims to enhance the lives of young Australians living with physical disabilities by providing specialist housing, essential care grants and wellbeing support so they can live with independence, freedom and choice.

To experience the Youngcare Accessibility Stage, or any of the other events BIGSOUND2023 has to offer, tickets are available via the BIGSOUND2023 website at https://www.bigsound.org.au/tickets

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