- Dates & Times
- Maps & Playtimes!
- Camping & Accommodation
- Under 18
- ACROD Info
- Essential Info Sheets
- When does Southbound happen this year?
Southbound 2016 will run Tuesday 27th, Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th of December 2016.
- Who’s playing?
Amazing artists! Click here to go to the line up page to find out more. Stay tuned for the full line-up announcement coming soon.
- Where is the festival?
Southbound 2016 will be held at Sir Stewart Bovell Park, Busselton, WA. It is located on the corner of Vasse and Bussell Highways and is approximately 2.5 hours drive south of Perth.
- I've lost my ID, what forms of ID are accepted at the gate?
Valid Photo ID is required for all 18+ patrons. Only the following forms of ID are acceptable for entry to the festival under WA Liquor Licensing Laws:
- A current Australian driver’s license (international driver’s licenses won’t be accepted);
- A current passport;
- WA Proof of Age Card;
- A current Australian learner’s driver permit;
- Proof of Age card or equivalent issued in an Australian state or territory;
- A current WA Photo Card;
- A current NSW Photo Card;
- A Photo Card issued by any Australian state or Territory similar to the NSW/WA Photo Card.
U18′s patrons – if you don’t have a driver’s license or a current valid passport we will also accept;
- A copy of your birth certificate PLUS one of the following:
- A student ID card;
- Medicare card;
- A bus pass; or
- A bank or mobile account statement in your name
Please note, patrons under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by their parent AT ALL TIMES. If you are found separated from your parent by security or event staff, you will be evicted from the festival.
- Can I get a passout once I have entered the festival?
No you can’t, unless it’s a medical emergency. So please bring in everything you need for the day (including warm clothing for the evening – it will get cold). Campers will only be able to leave the festival via the campers’ Busselton town shuttle buses which run between 6.30am – 12.00pm on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th December.
- Will there be a cloakroom so I can leave my bag or jacket?
Yep! A cloakroom will be available – check the site map for location closer to the event. It will cost $5 per cloaked item and $3 for access (i.e. if you need to get something out of your back and re-cloak
- Will I be able to buy a t-shirt or CD from my favourite band?
Yes. The merchandise tent at the festival features merchandise from most of the acts appearing.
- Can we bring fold-up chairs and milk crates into the festival site?
No, but fold-up chairs are allowed in the campground only.
- Can we bring prams into the festival site?
Yes you can but bear in mind it’s a busy festival environment and moving around the festival with a pram may be challenging at times.
- Can I bring alcohol into the festival?
The festival is strictly non-BYO alcohol. Sealed plastic water or soft drink bottles will be permitted in to the festival (no glass bottles or containers). All bags will be searched on entry by our friendly security staff, and all bottles will be opened for a sniff test. Any patron found in possession of BYO alcohol at the festival gates or inside the festival will be automatically evicted and their ticket will be cancelled without refund.
- What should I leave at home?
- Alcohol or any illicit substances (you risk being ejected immediately and without refund).
- Dangerous and, quite frankly, uncool behaviour like moshing, climbing, crowd surfing or stage diving (don’t risk being ejected from the festival).
- Any unsealed bottles.
- Glass vessels or containers.
- Crates and umbrellas.
- Anything that may be used as a weapon.
- Professional cameras (with detachable lenses), video and tape recorders. Small digital cameras are ok).
- Animals (although guide dogs are permitted).
- Drums and sporting equipment.
- Can I camp next to my vehicle?
Yes indeed – for the second year running, we are allowing vehicles into the campground, and you will be able to camp next to your vehicle. Vehicle searches will be conducted before you enter the campground. Bags and camping gear will also be searched.
- Is there a campsite size limit?
Yep, please note that there are strict space limitations with your camp setup. So that we can fit everyone in, a maximum space of 5.5m x 4m per campsite is allocated so please be wary of your tent size and know that you may not be able to bring your chill out marquees / gazebos, etc. If you do want that little bit of extra space, you may camp in the no vehicle section of the campgrounds.
- How many people fit into the campsite space?
Each campsite is a total of 35.75sqm. This allows 2.5m x 5.5m for your car and 4m x 5.5m for your camping area. The space allows for 2 x standard size 2-man tents or 1 x standard size 4-man tent.
- Are you offering Pampered Camper tickets this year (i.e. tents already set up for you)?
No, we aren’t offering pre a set up tent service this year – so dust off your camping gear and get amongst it!
- I want to camp for the weekend, but need to leave before 6.00am on Friday 30th December. Will this be possible?
Yes, but for safety reasons you will not be able to camp next to your vehicle. You will need to leave your vehicle in the parking area on the farm, and walk into the campground.
- Can I move my vehicle from the campground during the event?
No. For safety reasons, once you are parked inside the campground, you will not be able to move your vehicle under any circumstances until 6.00am on Friday 30th December.
- Can I bring a RV (i.e. winnebago, motorhome) or camper trailer into the campground?
Yes, but there will be a separate, large vehicle camping area, away from the tent area, plus you will need to pre-purchase a large vehicle camping pass for an additional $40 (inc GST) + BF. One large vehicle camping ticket is required per vehicle.
- Can I bring a Wicked Camper, Jucy Van, Kombi or panel van?
Yep. Wicked Camper, Jucy Van, Kombi or panel vans are permitted.
- Will I need to camp in the large vehicle camping area with my Wicked Camper, Jucy Van, Kombi or panel van?
Nope! These vehicles can camp in the tent zone.
- Will I be able to plug my RV or camping trailer into power and water in the campground?
No, sorry. RVs and camper trailers will need to be self-sufficient for power and water.
- Can I bring a caravan into the campground?
Caravans are not permitted due to space restrictions.
- I would like to camp, but won't be coming by vehicle. Can I still camp?
Of course! There will be separate area for people with tents but no vehicles.
- Can I reserve a camping spot?
All campsites are un-reserved. First in, best dressed!
- I have purchased a camping ticket, but only wish to camp on one night as I have accommodation arranged for the other. Will this be possible?
No, sorry. For safety reasons, once parked, you won’t be able to remove your vehicle from the campground until 6.00am on Friday 30th December. If you wish to camp, you will need to do so for both days.
- Can I bring eskies and food into the camping area?
Indeed you can, but ALL eskies and bags will be searched on entry by our friendly staff. No glass bottles or containers or sharp items will be permitted though.
- Can I bring alcohol into the campground?
Nope. Alcohol in the campground is strictly prohibited. Anyone found with alcohol at the camp gate will have their ticket cancelled without refund. Also, security and event staff will be patrolling the campgrounds and any alcohol found will be confiscated.
- Can I move freely between the festival and the campground during the day?
Yes, you will be able to access your tent in the camping area during hours of the festival. Please note that drinks purchased inside the festival will not be allowed to be taken into the campgrounds.
- I would like to purchase a camping ticket, but don’t have a tent. Will it be alright to bring a swag or are only tents allowed in the campground?
Swags are OK, but not recommended. It is better to have a tent for security of your belongings and in case it rains.
- Can I bring my battery-powered stereo?
You can, but use it with some consideration for your fellow campers and our neighbours and keep it down, or you may be evicted from the site.
- Can I bring drums into the campground?
Drums of any kind will not be permitted into the campground, as it’s disrupting for those who want some peace and quiet.
- Can I bring sporting equipment into the campground?
There is not enough room in the campground to play any sports, so you will not be able to bring any sporting equipment into the campground.
- Can I bring fireworks – surely they will look wicked being let off in the campsite?
Fireworks are STRICTLY FORBIDDEN in the camping and festival area. If you are caught with fireworks you will be evicted from the campground and the festival and you will even get to meet the local Police. Using fireworks in such a crowded area where there are so many flammable objects is silly and dangerous. Plus there is a TOTAL FIRE BAN, so you would be endangering local farms and houses. Please be responsible.
- What about fires – can I cook up breakfast for me and my mates?
See the answer above. ALL FIRES ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED. There will be a great selection of food stalls available in Base Camp where you can purchase delicious goodies for breakfast.
- Are there shower facilities in the campground?
Yes. There will be several shower pods around the campsite. The showers range from hot and cold showers, and most are communal showers (so bring some bathers to bathe in).
- Is the camping ticket per campsite or per person?
It’s per person – everyone who is camping needs a camping ticket.
- I would like to go into Busselton with my car on the Wednesday or Thursday morning. Will this be possible?
No, once you are in the campground you cannot move your car until 6.00am on Friday 30th December, but campers can get a passout from the campground on the Wednesday and Thursday morning and catch a festival shuttle bus into Busselton.
- Do we get to pick our own camping spot?
No. When you arrive at the campground you will be allocated a spot by our friendly staff. Please remember that space is tight in the campground so snuggle up and get to know your neighbours.
- If we have our friends’ camping tickets with us, can we reserve a spot for them next to us?
No, if you’d like to camp together, you will have to arrive together.
- Will my personal items be safe inside my tent?
Unfortunately, not necessarily! Despite the best efforts of our staff and security personnel there are still those who would steal your belongings. Take any valuables with you when you leave your tent, or lock them in your car. Sunset Events takes no responsibility for stolen or damaged belongings.
- If we only get a two-day pass will we miss out on the grassed area and have to camp in the paddock?
The whole camp ground opens on Tuesday, positions and spaces will be filled first in best dressed so you will likely need a 3-day pass to get a prime camping location.
- Will phone charging stations be available on site?
Yes! Thanks to Charge Spot you can keep your phone’s battery life charged up throughout the festival! Head here to prebook or visit them on site.
- Will the festival be called off if it is raining?
No, unless conditions are dangerous (which is at Sunset Events’ sole discretion). We play rain or shine.
- Can I bring an umbrella (including small fold-up umbrella) if it looks like it’s going to rain?
No, sorry as it may be used as a weapon. Plus punters behind you can’t see. So bring a rain jacket, poncho or dad’s old golf wets.
- Should I bring warm clothing?
Yes we strongly recommend you do. Whilst it may be hot during the day, night times are cool on the Cape. You can leave your jacket or bag with warm clothing at the cloak room or in your tent.
- Could the festival be cancelled if there is a fire?
Naturally given what happened at the January 2016 Southbound Festival, the answer is yes. Please be sure to check our website and official social media pages prior to travelling to the festival for any updates impacting the festival.
- Can I bring my own food to the concert?
Yes, you are welcome to bring your own food (remember though, no glass containers or sharp objects like knives), but there will be a great range of food from all corners of the globe available for purchase.
- If I don’t want to bring food, is there any food available for sale?
Yes, there are lots of food stalls offering a range of tasty meals.
- Can I bring soft drinks and water to the concert?
Yes you can, as long as you bring sealed, plastic bottles. No glass or cans allowed. All bottles will be opened by security. Free tap water will be available inside the festival from water stations (this is in addition to bottled water sold throughout the venue). Please bring your own plastic cup or sealed plastic bottle.
- Can I refill my bottle on site?
Yes, there are a number of water points around the festival site – check the festival map for locations.
- Is parking free?
- Is it OK to park in surrounding streets?
No. Please do not park vehicles in surrounding streets as you may receive a fine from the local ranger, and it is not fair on our neighbours.
- If I’m just coming for the day, where can I park my car?
You can park on the grounds next to the festival site for free.
- Can I leave my car there overnight?
No. The Council will not permit car parking overnight. If you plan to consume enough alcohol to put you over the legal blood alcohol limit do not drive to the event. Catch one of the festival buses instead.
- Will there be a viewing area for people in wheelchairs?
Yes. We will have a dedicated accessible viewing platform for the main stage. There will also be accessible toilets on site.
- What’s the site like for getting around?
The festival is on a footy oval and so the ground is pretty flat and solid.
- Can I get some info about accessible parking & access?
Yes. Get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you the accessibility info sheet.
- Are dogs or other animals allowed on the festival site or in the camping area?
Definitely not. The only exception is Guide Dogs.
- When will playing times and festival map appear on the website?
We will post the playing times on the website in early December. Also, look out for the playing times in local & social media.
- What time do the festival gates open?
- I've got 99 questions about tickets...!?
- Can I buy tickets from the gate on the day of the festival?
If the concert is not sold out, then you are able to purchase Festival tickets however you will not be able to buy camping tickets. We strongly recommend you secure your ticket early.
- Can I buy VIP tickets this year?
No, not this year as we want everyone to feel like a VIP!
- I have a 2-day ticket yet the dates on my ticket are from the 27th – 29th of December. Does this mean I get access for the three days?
No, the dates on the tickets represent the full dates for the festival. 2-day ticket holders are for day 2 and 3 only (Wednesday and Thursday).
- What if I want to purchase an add on large vehicle pass after I have purchased my festival ticket?
- I’ve purchased a festival ticket only and have now decided I want to camp as well, however this ticket option does not appear on the Moshtix website. How can I purchase my camping ticket?
Please contact Moshtix customer enquiries by calling 1300 GET TIX or emailing email@example.com. They’ll help you purchase your additional camping ticket(s)!
- If I am a day tripper, why do I have to bring ID to the festival, even though I’m under 18 and accompanied by a parent?
This is an anti-scalping measure. We are keen to see that Southbound tickets make it into the hands of true Southbound patrons (not profiteering scalpers). Therefore, you will need to show your ID to prove to us that you bought your ticket.
- I have purchased a ticket for a friend, but they might not be able to come to the festival. Can someone else use their ticket?
Yes. But you need to change the name and details on the ticket via the Moshtix website or call 1300 GET TIX (1300 438 849). A change fee of $10.00 is charged.
- Can I come to the festival if I am under the age of 18?
Yes, but only if accompanied by a parent AT ALL TIMES. If you are found separated from your parent by security or event staff, you could face eviction. You will not be able to camp.
- I am under 18 and would like to attend the festival as a day patron. Will I need to be accompanied by a parent, or can I attend with a friend or relative that is over 18?
You will only be able to attend if you are accompanied by a parent AT ALL TIMES. You will not be able to get in with an older sibling. Parents will be required to complete a Family Welfare Registration Form before entering the festival site.
- Why can’t I camp if I’m under 18 and with my parents?
We don’t think the campsite is an appropriate environment for under age patrons. However, we may review this policy in future years.
- Are there concession tickets for children?
- Do kids get in free?
Only if they’re aged 4 and under.
- Why do you recommend that young children wear hearing protection?
It appears that children more than a couple of months old have the same risk of noise-induced hearing loss as adults. However, a hearing loss (either temporary or permanent) can have a much greater effect on a young child, as it interferes with the acquisition of language and literacy skills. (source: Worksafe)
- Are unborns at risk?
For foetuses and neonates it appears the risk is greater whilst the hearing mechanism is maturing. They are also more vulnerable to damage from low frequency sounds, which is of particular concern with most popular music. (source: Worksafe)
- Can I take my camera into the festival?
Yes, as long as it’s a small (pocket size) still camera.
- I’m an aspiring photographer and would like to take a few shots of the festival. Can I bring my camera in?
No sorry. Professional cameras are not permitted.
- Can I take my video camera into the festival site?
- Some mobile phones can record audio and video? Are you going to stop people taking them in too?
No, because the recording quality is not to professional standard.
- Can I take in my portable audio recorder to record it for my own use?
- I want to perform at Southbound! How?
There are still a few ways for you to perform at Southbound 2016! Unsigned Western Australian bands and artists can also apply for the Stagebound competition, details to be announced in the coming months.
- Where can I get information about working or volunteering at Southbound?
- Will I get to see any bands?
If you are interested to see the bands, then a volunteer position is most suitable as most paid positions require staff to work long hours and often are not located near stages.
- What sort of jobs can I get?
- What about bar work?
People with RSA and bar experience are encouraged to apply for work with Independent Events who manage the bars at our events. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for paid and volunteer bar positions.
- Who can I contact to find out more about the different positions or other questions?
- Where do I report lost and found items at the festival?
Go to the Info Point near the main gate or go to one of the Info Pods in the campground. Failing that, hand found items in to the security personnel at the front gate. If it is after the event, please email email@example.com.
- I have been to the Info Point and they don’t have my lost item. What do I do next?
There will be a lost register form you can complete at the Info Point and if we find it after the festival, we can contact you so you can collect your item(s).
- I only realised I lost something after the event or didn’t get a chance to complete a lost register form at the Info Point. What should I do?
Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org after the event and we will let you know if your lost item(s) turns up. We hold onto lost property for one month after the event before donating any uncollected items to charity, so make sure you make the time to come and collect your item.
- Can I just have everything I need to know in a handy PDF?
Of course! We will be uploading info sheets to help you plan your festival better in December.