Falkirk to host national music festival for people with disabilities

The team behind a Falkirk-based disability club night have celebrated its first birthday by announcing plans for a national music festival.

By Jonathon Reilly
Wednesday, 4th March 2020, 4:56 pm

Organisers of the Awakening parties at City Nightclub are joining forces with the town’s Vibration Festival to put on a day of large-scale live music and entertainment for those with disabilities.

Thought to be the first national music festival for people with disabilities in Scotland, the event will take place in Falkirk’s Callendar Park on May 24, the day after Vibration.

The announcement came after volunteers laid on a one-year anniversary party last Friday which saw more than 150 people gather to mark the occasion.

Awakening disability club night organisers Neil Kilgour, Jill Donoghue, Norah McGowan, Maureen Kilgour, Oonagh Sear and David Irvine at City Nightclub, Falkirk. Picture: Michael Gillen

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    Awakening organiser Maureen Kilgour said: “It was fantastic.

    “We would like to thank all the volunteers, City Nightclub for having us and Party Rock for supplying props.

    “We have also launched a loyalty card where if you spend £60 now, it allows you entry into the club night ten times and a free drink.

    “We just want to grow numbers. We’ve already got people coming from Stirling, Bathgate and Perth and it would be great to reach out farther.”

    The planning process for the Awakening with Vibration Festival event is well under way with around 1000 tickets expected to go on sale.

    Maureen added: “There’ll be live bands and we’ll have children’s entertainers, fairground rides, food stalls, face painters and a DJ tent.

    “There’ll also be stalls providing information to people with disabilities and their families on what’s available in the area and how they can access benefits.”

    Search for ‘Awakening Falkirk’ on Facebook for more information.