Going to a music festival is a truly unforgettable experience. You get to see your favourite artist live and in the flesh, sing along to all their songs, and dance your heart out with your mates!
If you haven’t been to a festival before it can be hard to know what to expect. So we’ve put together a guide to your first music festival to help you understand how to prep for all the fun, and what to expect on the day.
Before the festival
Round up your mates
High school is a big part of your life, and sharing that experience with friends is one of the things that can help you get through it.
Making memories with your friends is important to make the most out of your high school years so you have some awesome memories to look back on when you’re older – and even better if you can look back on them with friends!
To make sure everyone has a good time, remember to be respectful in the mosh and look out for anyone who might be feeling a bit uncomfortable. You can always ask for help from The Red Frogs if you need it.
Dress to impress
It’s all about feeling free to be yourself. Remember that Sound On is an 8-hour festival, so and comfort is key! You’ll want to wear shoes that you know will be comfortable for the whole day.
If you want to bring a bag for all your belongings, it must be smaller than A4 size. Water bottles are allowed into RAC Arena but must be empty when you enter. Sound On is at RAC Arena, so you won’t need items such as sunscreen, sunglasses or hat – you can leave them at home.
Do your homework
But not the boring kind! If you’ve never been to a music festival before, you might be surprised by all the activities and experiences you get to enjoy. Start by checking out what’s on offer by going to the festival website and making note of the activities you’d like to get up to.
There is nothing worse than waiting for weeks to see your favourite artist only to be late to the show! In the lead up to the festival, work out the best way to get there, whether it’s via bus, train, car, or getting dropped off.
When it comes to the day of the festival, make sure to prep the things you’ll need to take with you. Some key items include your ID, money, and phone. Remember – some venues have strict policies on the type of items and bags you can bring in, so make sure to check the venue website for more info.
At the festival
When you arrive at the doors you’ll need your ID and ticket to get in. Check out ‘Who can go’ under our Info page to suss out valid forms of ID you can use.
All bags will be checked when you enter the festival – this is standard practise for most festivals. Make sure to check the venue website for more info on prohibited items if you haven’t done so already, so you don’t accidentally take something with you that could be confiscated. Anyone who is intoxicated will not be let into the Arena.
Enjoy what’s on offer
Besides the awesome live music from Peking Duk, Ruel, G Flip, Stevan and FlexMami, there will also be a load of fun and free activities happening around RAC Arena. Get your hair braided or glam it up at the Glitter Bar, take some snaps at the Sound On photobooth, or get your game on in the Games Room. Feel like you need a bit of a break? Head into the Chill Out Zone and get refreshed.
Don’t forget to check out the Create the Life You Want artist panel to hear from all the Sound On artists about their personal stories and life advice about study, exams, and everything in between.
Take a break if you need it
Need a bit of a break? Head into the Chill Out Zone and get refreshed, or experience Future Beats. Support is always on hand from The Red Frogs and staff from RAC Arena and Murdoch University – so feel free to chat to someone if you need directions or assistance, or just have a question.
It’s important to keep hydrated. After all that dancing, singing and having fun with your mates, you’ll be sure to want a drink or snack to fuel up with. You can buy food and drink at RAC Arena where there is EFTPOS facilities available so you can use a card to pay.
Think you’ll need to charge your phone while you’re there? We’ve got you covered! There’ll be phone charging stations available on the day for you to use, so you won’t need to worry about bringing one with you.
After the festival
Your safety is so important to use. Make sure you’ve got a way home sorted for after the festival. Bus and train stations can be busy in the evening so plan ahead to work out your best route home if you don’t already know where you’re going.
And until next year…
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Got questions about Sound On? Answers to everything from who can go, how to get there, and ticket info can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions blog.