Tramlines Festival has always taken steps to encourage and enable people with disabilities to enjoy the festival. These efforts have now been officially recognised by Attitude is Everything, an Arts Council supported body who endorse events and festivals that improve deaf and disabled people’s access to live music.

The Bronze Award from Attitude is Everything recognises that Tramlines fulfils their ‘Charter of Best Practice’ in a number of ways. This includes making free passes for carers available, making information clear and accessible, providing disabled toilets and providing a disabled viewing platform.

Tramlines has also worked closely over the years with Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind who were the official charity partner in 2015. SRSB has helped Tramlines to keep the website clear optimised for e-readers and give to help get seeing-eye support dogs on-site. We also work with SRSB and Sheffield Live Radio presenter Graham Marshall to create an annual audio guide to the festival aimed at visually impaired people, broadcast on Sheffield live and through SRSB’s audio news service.

In 2018 ‘Look North’ included a feature where they followed two visually impaired festival guests around Tramlines. This experience was documented on the SRSB website.

We’ve also worked with Under The Stars, a Sheffield based disability arts organisation. ‘The Stars Band’, a group of musicians with a range of learning disabilities who developed their skills at Under the Stars performed for Tramlines at The O2 Academy in 2016.

Festival Director, Timm Cleasby comments on our award win “Achieving this Bronze Award from Attitude is Everything is a huge step for Tramlines as accessibility is something that our attendees have asked us to improve on in past years. In 2018, we made disabled access a real priority with lots of big changes to our infrastructure. These changes really paid off and it’s great to have the recognition from Attitude is Everything. We believe that everyone should be able to enjoy our festival and we will keep pushing to improve further in 2019.”

Information regarding the free passes for carers can be found here.



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