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Preparing for my first music festival

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Attending your first festival is a truly unforgettable experience. Picture it: you’re watching all your favourite artists perform live, you’re singing along to their songs at the top of your lungs, and dancing 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 so you can prepare for all the fun times to come, and what to expect on the day.

Before the festival

Round up your mates

We get it – high school can be a difficult time, with lots of ups and downs. Sharing an experience like Sound On with your friends can be one of the good times to help you get through it all.

So make sure you gather your besties and encourage them to share this amazing experience with you. If it’s not really their thing, there will be plenty of opportunities to make friends on the day. If you need help meeting people, reach out to The Red Frogs, who will be roaming the festival dancing and having fun.

Dress to impress

It’s all about being yourself. Remember that Sound On is almost eight hours long, so and comfort is key! You’ll want to wear shoes that you know will be comfortable for the whole day. We suggest pulling out your fave pair of sneakers for the occasion.

If you want to bring a bag for all your belongings, it has to be smaller than A4 size to be allowed into the venue. Water bottles are allowed into RAC Arena but must be empty when you enter. But don’t stress, there will be stations to fill them up at!

Sound On is indoors at RAC Arena, so you won’t need things like sunscreen, sunglasses, or a hat – you can leave them at home.

Do your homework

Not the boring kind of course! 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 and see what you’d like to get up to.

There is nothing worse than waiting for weeks to see your favourite artist only to be lateto the show! So, before the festival, work out the best way to get there and get home – whether it’s by bus, train, car, or conning your parents into giving you a lift.

When it comes to the day of the festival, bring along your ID, some cash, and your phone (if you have one). Remember to check out the RAC Arena’s policy for more info on what you can and can’t bring in.

At the festival

Getting in

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.

All alcohol, electronic cigarettes or vapes will be confiscated upon entry into RAC Arena, and anyone who is intoxicated will not be let into the Arena.

Enjoy what’s on offer

Besides the awesome live music from our lineup, there’ll also be loads of fun and free activities happening around the Arena.

Glam it up at the Glitter and Hair Braiding Bar, hit the photobooth, or get your game on in the Gaming Hub. Feel like you need a bit of a break? Head into the Chill Out space and get refreshed for the next set.

Whatever you do, don’t forget the artist panel before the music kicks off to hear from the Sound On lineup about their personal stories, life advice about school and everything in between.

Take a break if you need it

Need a bit of a break? Head into the Chill Out Zone to get your Zen on. You can also get support from The Red Frogs and staff floating around the Arena – so feel free to chat to someone if you need directions, help, or just have a question.

It’s important to keep fuelled and hydrated. After all that dancing, singing your heart out 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.

If you 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. Just keep your eye out for the Murdoch University logo and you’ll find a charging station.

After the festival

Getting home

Your safety is extremely important to us. Make sure you’ve got a way home sorted before you even get to the festival. Bus and train stations can be busy at night, so plan ahead to work out your best route home if you don’t already know where you’re going.

And until next year…

It’s your first festival, so why not shout about it? Share your pics on social and tag #SoundOn2021.

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