Amplifii is an all-inclusive music experience for those who find mainstream festivals too overwhelming and difficult to access.
Karren Kelly, a mum, and disability advocate, decided to create a new music festival that cater for those with autism and other disabilities.
Ms Kelly said when she started going to music festivals with her son, James, who lives with autism and an intellectual disability, the events were not set up for them.
“There can be a sensory overload from the music bouncing off all the walls and the feeling of nowhere to remove yourself is very challenging” she said.
Instead of giving up and going home, Karren decided to channel her passion as a mum and an advocate for social change to create a new music experience for all to enjoy.
“I think because I am a very passionate mother and I have worked in the disability sector for many years, I felt the need to do something, and I just knew we needed an accessible music festival in Adelaide.
“We have created this festival to be a safe and encouraging event for people of all ages and abilities. The difference to a mainstream festival will be the staff trained in disability care, as well lots of chill-out zones and safe spaces for people to relax”.
“People can go and chillout but still hear the music and there will be silent discos so people can get away from the crowd and have a dance.
“Imagine being able to arrive at an event knowing all the access planning has been considered and you are free to be yourself. That is our goal,” she said.
Amplifii Festival will have many of the features of mainstream festivals, like food trucks, henna tattoos and top music acts such as Adelaide’s DJ JoSH and the band, Fizzy Pop.
Karren said the community response has been inspiring.
“We have about 35 local businesses in Adelaide that have jumped on board. As well as the performers being so generous with their time and our sponsors including Developing Links and Complete Disability Services SA have been amazing and so supportive.
“I could not have done this if it wasn’t for the people getting behind it, the committee and everyone involved. I just know it is going to be a success and even bigger next year,” said Karren.
Other Amplifii festival acts include D Foe, Filip With An F, Some Brown DJ and in the silent disco, DJ Bumbles.