Ability Fest has suddenly dropped details that it’s kicking off once again in Melbourne later this year, with the festival’s socials lighting up with a new date, a new venue, and the promise of a new lineup very soon.

Bloody hell mates we might just be on here, and it feels strangely nice to have something to look forward to.

The fully-accessible festival, launched by Dylan Alcott back in 2018, is set to return to Melbourne on November 27 after having to step back last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This news is straight-up giving me a serotonin hit with the little glimmer of hope that we might just be able to get back to having a big boogie with mates in the late spring sun. Truly the energy we all need to get through this last stretch of cold weather.

Ability Fest will also be moving locations for 2021, shifting from its original home of Coburg Velodrome down to Alexandra Gardens on the southern side of the Yarra opposite Flinders Street Station.

So it’ll have the entire city behind it as a gorgeous backdrop as the sun dips and sets below the skyline.

Just like up in Coburg, the new home of Ability Fest will be a completely accessible venue, with elevated platforms, pathways, ramps, and accessible dunnies. It’ll also have a dedicated sensory area, quiet zones, plenty of volunteers, and interpreters so that everyone can experience and enjoy the festival.

If that’s not enough to get you all revved up for November, the lineup for the incoming festival is also set to drop on August 4th. The festival’s had the likes of Client LiaisonE^STJoyrideNortheast Party HouseLiz CambageBasenjiHot Dub Time MachineJack River, and Tkay Maidza grace the stage over the years, so there’s no doubt in my mind the big return is going to be large.

Tickets will set you back $99 for presale, which you can register for over at the Ability Fest website, and please join me in cautious optimism that we might be able to get back to some kind of pre-summer music festival before the end of 2021.

UPDATE 5/8/2021:

Huge news mates, the lineup for Ability Fest 2021 has dropped and it’s looking like a fkn large day out by the river. You’ve got big performances from legends like Alex The Astronaut and Cub Sport, as well as DJ sets from Peking DukWhat So NotNina Las Vegas, and heaps more legends on the stage. Check out the full lineup below and fingers crossed we’ll see you in the park in November.

Ability Fest 2021

Alex The Astronaut
Benson

Cub Sport
Dena Amy
Ebony Boadu
Eves Karydas
Illy
Inkrewsive
JK-47
Motez
Nina Las Vegas
Peking Duk (DJ Set)
Rudely Interrupted
Stace Cadet
Sumner
Sunshine
What So Not

Image: Kate Shanasy