Rebellion Festivals is the largest independent Punk / Alternative music festival in the world. Over 4 days every August in Blackpool, the very best in Punk gather for the social event of the year. Many revelers treat the festival as a main holiday and go every year. The 4000 attendees say there is a very familiar feel to the weekend and that 'it's like one big family.'
All forms of punk are represented with Anarcho bands playing alongside '77 Punks groups on the same bill as Oi bands sharing the same stage as UK82 style bands who are appearing with Street Punk outfits next to the new breed of young punk bands coming through. There is also an acoustic stage and an alternative stage 'Bizarre Bazaar' which has comedy, burlesque dancing and a variety of other entertainment - most notably Punk Rock Bingo!
Disabled Access Information
The Winter Gardens is a listed building and as such there are physical restrictions in what can and can’t be done to accommodate accessibility. There are multiple venues on different levels within the Winter Gardens. However, both Rebellion Festivals and the venue are committed to ensuring that everybody has access to all areas and can provide advice and assistance.
There are lifts available to all levels, so there is no restriction to access to any venue. Should a lift be out of use, please find your nearest security personnel and they will assist you.
Due to the layout of the venues, only the empress ballroom has a specific area for wheelchair viewing. This is on the balcony level.
The Winter Gardens is council owned and Rebellion Festivals have no control over the layout / access of the building. However, the festival works closely with the management to ensure that their facilities are monitored and assessed on a regular basis with recommendations on improvements and updates acted upon within a reasonable timescale and within any physical restrictions the design of the building may impose.
Specific access information on each venue within the Winter Gardens Blackpool is available on request.
The General Manager
Winter Gardens Blackpool
C/O 97 Church Street
All Winter Gardens staff are pro-active in assisting all visitors, will respond appropriately to requests for further aid and they encourage and support staff to extend their knowledge through training of specific skills that may be available.
There is no ramp at the main entrance however there is a wheelchair lift that gets you to box office level and a further wheelchair lift in the grand vestibule which takes you up to the main floor.
Church Street exit is on the level and can be used for wheelchair users only.
There are a number of accessible toilets in the venue. They can be found on the main level. There are also accessible toilets in the ladies and gents in the empress ballroom and there is also an accessible toilet upstairs in the Spanish Hall.
On the weekend, please ask a member of the security team to assist you and if you are having any issues please ask them to call the duty manager should they not be able to help you.
Rebellion Festivals welcomes everyone to their event and try to ensure that the festival experience is available to all, without discrimination.
The current policy is that everyone who enters the venue over 12 years of age has to buy a ticket.
Currently there are no concessions and no free tickets for carers.
This is a policy that is under review. The festival reserve the right to make exceptions and change this in time.
However, for clarity there are no free carer tickets for this years event.
To see this year's full lineup, please use the link below