Ability Fest returns and expands to Queensland

The music festival with inclusion baked into its DNA returns this October.
Ability Fest. Five men in black T shirts are in front of festival crowd, one on the right is in a wheelchair, smiling and holding a microphone.

Founded by celebrated wheelchair tennis star, the four-time Paralympic Gold Medal-winner, 15-time Grand Slam champion and former Australian of the Year (2022), Dylan Alcott, Ability Fest 2024 will be the fifth iteration of the music festival designed to allow ‘everyone to experience the magic of live music’. The line-up for the October events has now been announced.

This year, the festival will be held for the second time in Melbourne/Naarm (at Birrarung Marr), but now will also take place in Barrambin/Victoria park in Brisbane/Meanjin. Each city will host two stages with announced acts for the main stage including Ocean Alley, ONEFOUR, King Stingray, Cub Sport, jamesjamesjames, Kita Alexander, Brenn!, Floodlights, Asha Jefferies, Middle Kids, Eliza Hull, Jordz and winners of triple J Unearthed.

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Madeleine Swain is ArtsHub’s managing editor. Originally from England where she trained as an actor, she has over 25 years’ experience as a writer, editor and film reviewer in print, television, radio and online. She is also currently Vice Chair of JOY Media.