Event Info & Getting There
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Event Info
Dates
Festival Running Times:
  • Thursday 14th of Februabry, 2019: 5pm - Midnight
  • Friday 15th February, 2019: 12.00pm – Midnight
  • Saturday 16th February, 2019: 12.00pm – Midnight
Campgrounds Gate Times:

Thursday 14th - 3pm - 11pm

Friday 15th - 9am - 11pm

Saturday 16th - 10am - 11pm

Sunday Exit - 7am - 12pm

Camping
  • Thursday 14th February – Sunday 17th February, 2018 (Three Nights Available)

There are NO PASS-OUTS during the festival for general festival goers.

PASS–OUTS are allowed back to your campsites for CAMPERS ONLY.

The campsites are alcohol-free zones.

Campers will have exclusive access to our Valentines Day pre-party on Thursday 14th of February.

Transportation
Shuttle Bus Service from Gosford Train Station

There will be a shuttle bus service provided from the Gosford Train Station to the festival site – Thur 14th, Fri 15th, Sat 16th Feb and Sun 17th of Feb.

Shuttle buses will be departing from the Showground Road side of the station and will be running throughout the day with a return service after the festival. The TIMES are as follows:

  • Thur 14th Feb : 3:30pm-10:00pm
  • Fri 15th Feb : 9:00am – 3:30pm & 11:30pm – 1:30am
  • Sat 16th Feb : 9:00am – 3:30pm & 11:30pm – 1:30am
  • Sun 17th Feb :  9:00am - 12:00pm

Bus tickets will be $5 cash upon entry to the bus. Buses will be running roughly every 30 minutes and all times are subject to change.

Shuttle Bus Service from Sydney
By car from Sydney
  • Mt Penang Parklands is located at Kariong, just 2 minutes from the F3 Freeway Gosford Exit.
  • Take the first Gosford exit, this will bring you onto the Central Coast Highway.
  • Turn left at the second set of traffic lights onto Kangoo Road and follow the signage for the entry and parking/drop-off locations.
By car from Newcastle
  • Mt Penang Parklands is located at Kariong, just 2 minutes from the F3 Freeway Gosford Exit.
  • Take the second Gosford exit (the Kariong Interchange sign) and turn left into Wiseman’s Ferry Road.
  • Then turn left again onto the Central Coast Highway.
  • Turn left again at the first set of traffic lights onto Kangoo Road and follow the signage for the entry and parking/drop-off locations
By public transport
  • Take the train to Gosford Station. Outside the station, there is a bus exchange.
  • The bus that you need to take is the “Somersby” bus. Ask the bus driver to let you out at the service station near Mt Penang Parklands.
  • Alternatively Mountain Sounds will have shuttle buses running Thur 15th, Fri 16th & Sat 17th from Gosford Train Station (showground Rd side) to the Festival.
By plane
  • If you are travelling from interstate or overseas, the easiest way to get to Mountain Sounds Festival is to catch a plane to Sydney or Newcastle airports and then follow the ‘By Public Transport’ or ‘By Car’ directions listed above.
Arrival & Entry
ID

Mountain Sounds Festival is a LICENSED 18+ EVENT only. VALID/CURRENT Photo ID is required: Passport, Photo Driver License or Keypass – VIC and TAS / RTA Photo Card – NSW

The name on your ticket MUST match the name on your ID. Scroll down for more info on ticket name changes.

Tickets can be printed out or presented on your phone. Please ensure you have all valid tickets downloaded and ready to show our friendly Front Gate staff. This could include:

  1. Festival tickets,
  2. Festival Currency top-up
  3. Camping Car pass
  4. Camper Ticket
  5. Glamping Pass.
Entry

Security are entitled to search, pat down or metal detect any patron upon entry or during the event. Any person not compliant will be refused entry or removed from the event without a refund.

Mountain Sounds Festival has the right to refuse entry or access to the campsite or festival site to people who:

  • Are clearly under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any other stimulant
  • Have been banned from events before, imposed by either Mountain Sounds Festival or the administrative, legal or police governing bodies
  • Illustrate behavior that intends to disturb public peace or provoke assault, hatred, rage etc
  • Refuse to declare objects that are considered to be dangerous or off-limits by security services
  • Are wearing hi-visibility vests or clothing impersonating event staff, gang-related uniforms (including bandanas and jackets) or uniforms that impersonate police, event staff or other emergency service personnel
  • On request, security has the right to ask you to legitimise yourself with further ID requests
At the event
ATMs & Eftpos

Mountain Sounds 2019 will be a cashless event. Your wristband will hold your festival currency. A cash out facility will be available at the Top Up Booth where you can top-up credit onto your wristband. PayPass will also be available at ALL Festival Currency service points.

Banned Items
  • Illicit drugs;
  • BYO alcohol;
  • Glass. No glass is allowed;
  • Anything that may reasonably be considered a weapon, including potential missiles     or studded belts;
  • Professional photo or video equipment. Anything with a detachable lens.
  • Animals (other than registered guide dogs);
  • Flares, fireworks or sparklers;
  • Lasers or laser pointers;
  • Professional recording or broadcast devices without the promoter’s permission;
  • Flags with poles, large flags or banners that may obstruct the view of other patrons;
  • Any item that you intend (or such quantities of the item from which management can reasonably infer that you intend) to distribute, hawk, sell, offer, expose for sale or display for marketing or promotional purposes;
  • Any other items as determined by Security or Management that may cause injury     or public nuisance; and
  • Sealed drink containers.  
  • Chairs (Campsite Only)
  • Skateboards
  • Backpacks
  • Bags larger than A4
  • Eskies (Campsite Only)
  • Umbrellas (Campsite Only)
  • Glow Sticks
  • Selfie Stick
  • Large flashlights or torches (Campsite Only)
  • Food (Campsite Only)

We here at Mountain Sounds Festival do not condone illegal drugs of ANY type. There will be a heavy police presence at the festival so if you are found with drugs in your possession, expect harsh penalties.

Animals Are Not Permitted Except For Guide Dogs & Other Registered Assistance Dogs.

Prohibited Items Can Be Deposited At The Cloak Room / Box Office.

Illegal Items Will Be Confisciated & Criminal Charges May Apply.

Only Empty, Plastic Reusable Water Bottles Are Allowed Into The Event

Wristbands + Festival Currency

All patrons will be wrist-banded on entry to the event (and campsite if camping). ANY patrons without a wristband that are on site will be ejected immediately. If your wristband is lost you will need to purchase a new wristband – NO EXCEPTIONS! Wristbands will NOT be replaced and cannot be transferred to friends.

As Mountain Sounds 2019 will be a cashless event, your currency will live on your wristband! Festival Currency wristbands can be topped up ahead of the event via our ticketing page, at the Top Up currency stands at the festival or by one of the friendly roaming top-up currency sellers. You can buy festival currency with exact cash or credit card. The wristband you will receive contains a chip, which can be read by the vendor’s scanning device, that deducts a set amount depending on what you purchase. It’s so simple to use, let the vendor know what you would like to purchase. They will ring up the transaction on their device. Then scan your wristband against their device and bingo, transaction is complete, start enjoying your food and beverages!

Want to learn more about Festival Currency and cashless wristbands? Visit our FAQ’s here

Lockers

Bsafe Mobile Lockers will be operating at Mountain Sounds Festival. The Lockers are key operated and can store small backpacks ,wallets and phones and other valuable items you don’t want to cart around the festival with you. The cost is $10 for one day/one night locker and $20 for a  locker for the duration of  festival. If you would like to pre book a locker go to their website bsafemobilelockers.com.au or visit their Facebook page @bsafemobilelockers.

Charging

Uncle Surge offers a fully portable recharging service to help you get the most out of the festival. Rent a portable battery pack and charging cable for $10 ($20 deposit held during use), charge on the go and never miss a moment!

Facilities

Mountain Sounds will have the following facilities to all mountaineers for 2019:

  • Cash out facilities
  • Food and market stalls
  • Toilets and Hot showers
  • Free drinking water outlets
  • First aid stations
  • Lost and found service
  • General Store (Campers only)
  • Curated Food And Drink Stalls
  • Camping Guest Services
  • Unicorns
  • Merchandise (Artist & Festival)

Once again there will be a range of food stalls to cater to all you meat-eating, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free mountaineers.

To compliment these delectable treats we will have a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available from one of the many bars located around the event site.

There will be a diverse range of market stalls at Mountain Sounds 2019. Forgot something at home or want to add something to your outfit? There will be everything from festival clothing to accessories. Stop by one of the makeup and glitter stalls to add a touch of sparkle to your day.

Market and food vendor applications can enquire via our contact page.

Lost & Found

A lost and found form will be available online once the festival opens for patrons to fill out. Please check back here for details.

First Aid Tents

If you require medical attention, please see one of our medical and First Aid Tents. These will be located in both the main event site and the campgrounds for the entirety of the event (including the night before and night after the festival).

If you have any prescription medication that needs to be specially stored please see the medical team immediately upon arrival.

RSA & Licensing

The responsible service of alcohol is vital to providing a safe, MSF for mountaineers and staff. Liquor will not be supplied to disorderly or intoxicated patrons, or anyone who cannot provide appropriate ID when asked.

Mountain Sounds Festival and campgrounds are a licenced area and the following forms of ID will be accepted; passport, a drivers license and Keypass or RTA photo card in their respective states.

Please note that the following procedures are required in accordance with compliance outlined by the liquor licensing laws:

  • No BYO alcohol can be brought into the festival, campgrounds or carpark.
  • All mountaineers are subject to bag searches upon entering the festival and campsite area
  • Any banned items found will be confiscated and unfortunately not returned.
Ticketing & Refund Policy

See ticketing.

Camping & Glamping

Click here to learn everything you need to know about Camping & Glamping at MSF19.

What to pack

Not sure what to bring to Mountain Sounds 2019?

Please refer to our list of recommended and essential items:

  • Tickets and identification
  • Cash and cards – we have eftpos and cash festival currency top up stations available throughout the festival site.
  • A pillow, tent and sleeping bag
  • Phone charger
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, baby wipes etc)
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • A reusable drink bottle
  • Clothes for cold and warm weather
  • Bathers and towel
  • Insect repellent
  • Medication/s you’re required to take: head to Medical & Wellbeing for more information
  • Torch and/or camp lighting
  • Folding chair
  • Ear plugs
Parking

There will be Day Parking available on site at this years festival for non-campers. Day Parking entrance will be situated on Festival Dr. Turn onto The Avenue from Central Coast Highway - at the fire station/opposite the Shell Service Station.

Look for directional signage on approach.

Please click here for more information on Camping, Glamping and Parking.

Getting home

The festival concludes at midnight on the 16th of February. For those who are camping, gates for the campgrounds will re-open at 7am on the 17th. To ensure safety of all campers, you will not be able to leave before this time. Please make sure you pack up your campsite area before you head on home for some well-deserved R&R.

Getting to Sydney by car
  • Follow traffic control directions out of the festival site.
  • Turn left onto Kangoo Road and follow the road to the Central Coast Highway intersection.
  • Turn right onto the Central Coast Highway.
  • Follow the Central Coast Highway to then merge left onto the M1 Motorway to Sydney.
Getting to Newcastle by car
  • Follow traffic control directions out of the festival site.
  • Turn left onto Kangoo Road and follow the road to the Central Coast Highway intersection.
  • Turn right onto the Central Coast Highway.
  • Follow the Central Coast Highway to then merge right onto the M1 Motorway to Newcastle.
Public Transport

Mountain Sounds will have shuttle busses running from the festival site to Gosford Station.

Public Transport pickup/drop-off location is TBC. Please check back for this information closer to the festival.

By foot (local residents only)
  • Please exit the festival on the Eastern Side of the side near Waterfall Cafe.
  • From here you will able to walk the footpath and use the underpass to Kariong Oval.
Harm Minimisation

There is nothing more important to us than our Mountaineers having a safe and enjoyable time at the festival. For these reason please follow our Party Safe Guidelines.

Call the Patron Safety Hotline
  • Phone Number TBC
  • For Medical, Security, or Immediate Support
  • Available 24/7 with dedicated Staff
Avoid drugs: MSF has a ZERO tolerance to illicit substances
Chillout & Get Educated with DanceWize
  • DanceWize is a safe space, free from judgement or risk. Come for advice, information or to chill out without judgement or repercussion
Visit The Campsite Cuddle Puddle
  • The Cuddle Puddle is a safe chill out zone staffed by Qualified Staff and Friendly Legends
Stay Hydrated and refill your water bottles frequently
  • Have some down time to Eat and Hydrate
  • Free Water available at all bars & Site-Wide
  • Chilled Water available
Know your limits
  • Nobody has fun when you’re too drunk
  • Be aware the highest dose is often not the most fun dose and can involve serious risks
Be a good Mountaineer
  • Take your tent and belongings home
  • Don’t be a tosser, pick up your rubbish after yourself and use the bins!
  • Look Out For and be kind to your fellow mountaineers
Look after your friends and other mountaineers
  • If camping introduce yourself to those campers around you to make sure you are all looking out for each other
  • Arrange a ”Buddy System” with your friends, so someone always has your back!
  • Make a pre-planned meeting spot for you and your friends
Slip Slop Slap Slide Seek
  • Free Sunscreen will be available around the site!
  • Trees and shade structures will be around the festival and camp site/s
Know where you can go when you need a moment to collect yourself
  • DanceWize, Medical Compound, The Cuddle Puddle, Your Tent, A Pre-planned meeting spot with your friends
Feel + Party Safe thanks to Sad Grrrls Club
  • Expected Behaviour: Don’t touch people without consent & watch what you say!
Dance Floor Rules
  • Look after Each Other & Respect Personal Space - Hands To Yourself
  • Jump Up & Down - Not into each other
  • Security are here to help, alert security if you or someone around you needs help
  • Patrons in the dance floor may be filmed or photographed
‘Ask for Angela’
  • Who is she and why should I ask for her?
  • The NSW Gov began trialing the internationally recognised ‘Ask for Angela’ safety campaign in Sydney’s CBD hoping to prevent sexual assault in July 2018.
  • It encourages patrons to approach any staff at any venue and “ask for Angela” if feeling unsafe or have been put in a compromising situation. The sentence acts as a code to discreetly ask staff to alert staff, who then will escort the affected person to safety and/or contact authorities for further assistance.
  • “Ask for Angela” sends a message that creepy behaviour will not be tolerated and that nobody has the right to make anybody else feel threatened in any way.
Prepare for Extreme Weather - We are on a mountain!
  • Heat Waves
  • Storms
  • Wind - Dust & Pollen. Bring your tent pegs!
Plan a safe way to get home from the festival- always have a plan B
  • Taxi, Ubers, Shuttle Buses - all have designated pick-up & drop-off zones

Please Party Safe, Mountaineers & Have An Amazing MSF19