Ability Fest has revealed the line-up for its 2023 edition, which will take place in Naarm/Melbourne later this year.

Sampa the Great, Alex Lahey and the Hilltop Hoods were among those announced on the bill today (January 19). This year’s Ability Fest takes place on March 25 in Birrarung Marr. Advance tickets for will be available next Monday (January 23), with general tickets going on sale the following day (January 24). Main here for more ticket information.

Joining Sampa, Lahey and Hilltop Hoods are singer-songwriter Meg Mac, musical duo BROODS and dance-punk band DZ Deathrays. Ability Fest 2023 also welcomes SHOUSE, Telenova, Alter Boy, Mashd N Kutcher and Mulalo. See the full line-up below:

Ability Fest was created in 2018 by Australian of the Year winner Dylan Alcott in collaboration with Untitled Group, the latter of which is behind other festivals Beyond The Valley, Wildlands and Grapevine Gathering. Ability Fest is unique in offering increased accessibility features for attendees of all abilities, with elevated viewing platforms and designated paths throughout the two-level venue.

AUSLAN interpreters will also be present throughout the duration of the festival, as well as sensory areas and quiet zones. “I’m so proud to see the path Ability Fest has already paved for inclusive events across the country,” Alcott said in a press release. “Our main priority is to create a kick-ass festival that happens to be accessible.”

All proceeds from the non-profit festival go to Dylan Alcott Foundationan organization dedicated to helping young Australians with disabilities “gain confidence, fulfill their potential and achieve their dreams”.

Ability Fest’s 2021 line-up featured Confidence Man, KYE, Alex The Astronaut, Illy and Nina Las Vegas, among others. According to triple j, next year’s edition of Ability Fest, which has only ever been held in Melbourne, will tour to other states across the country.

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