With the 23rd BluesFest about to get underway, we thought we should give you a few tips on how to make it an easier experience…
Take some sunscreen… The sun can be hellish if you’re spending 5 days out in it!
Buy some gumboots! Available in every second shop in Byron! The BluesFest has another nickname in wet weather…. MudFest! And whatever you do, leave your thongs at home… there are thousands of them eternally buried in the ground out there from last year!
Make sure you drink lots of water! There are hydration stations everywhere!
Leave your dog at home... Unless you are a police person and your dog is a drug dog! And don’t try and pat the drug dogs, they are working and not allowed to fraternise!
If you’re name’s not on the ticket and you don’t have your ID, you won’t be getting your wristband… simple as that! No tickets can be exchanged! You must have your ID on you to collect your wristband…. No ID… No Blues!
Don’t try and share your wristband with someone through the fence… If it isn’t tight enough when you try to enter the gate, they will just cut it off you and replace with one that will be tight enough to send your fingertips black and make your fingernails fall off! Or they might just not let you in at all.
Don’t buy a $50 wristband from some dodgy dude in Railway Park… if it seems to be ‘a deal that’s too good to be true’, then it’s probably counterfeit!
Don’t try to jump the fence… there’s probably a security guard on the other side just waiting to catch you! And take you right back outside again! To the waiting arms of the Police!
Take your own chair… there are great little fold-away chairs and stools to be found in most camping shops. The BluesFest site is HUGE, and there is limited seating in only a few of the venues, so taking your own chair is a great idea. But if you think you can leave it and ‘claim a spot’ for the big gigs, then think again. If your chair is left alone for more than 30 mins, then it will be confiscated, if it isn’t stolen that is! Lots of chairs went missing last year! If you lose your chair, then check out the Lost and Found Tent.
Use the Breathaliser Stalls at the North and South Gates... If you plan on having a drink at the Blues, then don’t be a bloody idiot! Make sure you go and check your alcohol levels before you leave. Byron Youth Service Breathaliser Stalls will be open at theNorth Gate (exit to the main car park) until 1am and the South Gate (bus lines) until 11pm.
Take your phone charger with you… The days can be long… and your friends could be anywhere… so if you don’t want your phone to let you down, then take your charger and your phone along to the Byron Youth Service stalls at the exits and they will recharge it for you for a small fee. They will do cameras and computers too…and other things… even torches!
Byron Youth Service’s Project U-Turn at the Blues in 2011… They’re there again this year with their Breathaliser Stalls at the Exits…
If you plan on using walkie-talkies, then make sure you choose a clear channel, as the BluesFest staff also use walkie-talkies.
Still cameras of all kinds are being allowed into the Bluesfest this year, for the first time ever. In previous years the only people allowed in with their professional cameras were journalists and professional photographers, so feel free to snap away!
If you are taking your children, please be aware that no child under 15 years is to be unattended at any time! Any young people behaving badly will be immediately evicted from the site… This is especially so for those found to be intoxicated.
Do not even think of trying to take your own alcohol… It will be confiscated! And if you are silly enough to try to take any kind of illegal substance in, then the drug dogs will have a field day with you!
If you purchase alcohol on behalf of a minor, you will be handed over to the police and chaged with ‘Secondary Supply’… and you will not be allowed back in, at all!
No glass bottles will be allowed into the site. The entire venue is glass free, including camping areas.
Only unopened plastic water bottles will be allowed entry. Any that have the seal broken will be emptied! Especially those containing Vodka!
It’s Byron Bay, not an ashtray! So please dispose of your cigarette buts thoughtfully… use a little mint tin or something! There is absolutely NO SMOKING within any of the venues! And make sure you use the rubbish bins… In Byron we like to recycle, so if it’s recyclable please put it in the right bins.
HAVE A GREAT BLUES FEST!!
RESPECT BYRON BAY!
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