Festival access reviews

Forwards Festival

crowd in front of main stage at forwards festival

FESTIVAL: Forwards

WHERE: Clifton Downs, Bristol

WHEN:  31 August - 1 September 2024

HEADLINERS: Loyle Carner, LCD Soundsystem


The following information provides details about the bookable accessible provisions at the festival. If you have any questions that are not answered below please contact [email protected]

If you would you like to register to use of any of following accessible facilities:

  • Personal Assistant Ticket
  • Viewing Platforms
  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Toilets
  • Lowered Bar Areas
  • Diverse Sensory Calm Space

Firstly, you will need to purchase a ticket in the usual way through our website once tickets are live, and then complete the Accessibility Form by selecting the facilities you wish to use. You will also need to upload some supporting evidence along with your application. (Please read the form for details of suggested documents). Once you have submitted your form we will get back to you within seven working days to let you know if it has been approved.

Please note that submission of the form alone does not automatically guarantee eligibility for use of the accessible facilities.   If you have any queries about eligibility, please contact the organisers prior to purchasing your ticket at [email protected]


If you require the form in an alternative format please contact [email protected] or call 0117 9411611.

The accessible facilities will only be available to ticket holders who have pre-registered their requirements. This is to ensure that we have time to put appropriate provisions in place on site. Please complete the form no later than 4th August. Information Packs will be sent out to anyone who has successfully registered during the week before the event.


Induction Loops

There will be an induction loop at the Accessibility Box Office, Information Tent and a designated area in the Panel Talks Tent.

British Sign Language (BSL) Interpreters

Due to the amount of time required to book performance interpreters for our shows, anyone wishing to have the BSL service needs to contact the accessibility team at least three months prior to the event to ensure there is enough time to put the appropriate provision in place. Please contact [email protected] for enquiries.

Assistance Dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome on the site. There will be an area provided for toileting and drinking. Please let us know on your form if you are bringing one in advance of the event. To organise this please contact [email protected] but please note you may be asked to provide supporting documentation of your dog’s training.


Please note that strobe effects will be used at this event. However, there will not be any specific announcements prior to their use.


Accessoloo is an onsite changing facility with toilet, hoist and changing table that will be joining us. N.B. Please bring your own sling if you wish to use the hoist.

Medical Services and Welfare Area

There will be an onsite Medical Tent with trained First Aiders should customers need this service.

Diverse Sensory Calm Space

In addition, we have an onsite sensory break out space provided by Diverse UK. This space aims to provide a safe, low level stimulation and recalibration zone for those on the Autistic Spectrum or for those who need a place to have a moment of calm, rather than having to leave the festival. 

If you have any queries, please contact [email protected] or call 0117 941 1611.

​Please note: The disabled access facilities are for festival goers with permanent disabilities – pregnancy and recent injuries such as broken legs, hip replacements etc do not qualify.

The organisers take accessibility seriously and therefore there will be a small number of Mystery Shopper tickets available to disabled customers. For more information please go to the Attitude Is Everything website


Forwards is partnering with Big Team CIC to offer opportunities for young people in Bristol.



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