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What time do you open the gates on 30 Dec? Gates open 12 noon. All vehicles and people must report to registration upon entry.

What time do I have to leave by? The site must be vacated by 10 am on 3 Jan.

Where can I park my car? Campers can park at their camp site. Day or evening visitors must park in designated areas near registration.

Can I camp on-site? This is primarily a camping festival. Tents, camper vans, caravans, motor homes etc welcome.

Is there any on-site accommodation? There is a limited number of bunks in shared rooms available for long-distance travellers. Sleeping bags essential. Ear plugs recommended as rooms are attached to a music venue.

Where can I stay off-site? Motels and hotels in Mosgiel (10kms) or over the hill in Dunedin (15kms) or try Bookabach or AirBnB accommodation.

Are there showers on-site? There are two shower and toilet blocks. We ask that people keep their showers brief. Showers may be locked for a period during the day to conserve water and avoid overwhelming the waste infrastructure.

Is there power for my campsite? There are no powered campsites.

Are there any cooking facilities at the festival? There are no kitchen facilities for cooking at the site so you need to be self-sufficient. There is some access to sinks for dishwashing, limited to specific times. The water on site is potable. 

Does the festival have a liquor licence and outlet? Yes! We run a bar in the main marquee, selling various beers and wines. Pay by cash or EFTPOS. The cafe, bar and marquee are are licenced premises. You may not bring or consume your own alcohol in these areas.

Are there food providers on site? Yes! We run a cafe where snacks, cakes, simple meals, ice creams and hot and cold drinks can be purchased. Cash or EFTPOS.

Are the venues seated? Yes all seating is provided in the marquee and the hall. You may wish to bring your camp chair to sit outside the marquee if the weather is good and the sides of the marquee are open.

Do you sell CDs and other merchandise? Visit the HUB in the marquee to purchase CDs and merchandise. Cash or EFTPOS.

Can I bring my dog to the festival? Dogs are discouraged and may only be brought along if there is no alternative. There is one small designated area to camp with your dog and you are responsible for keeping it under control throughout. Noisy dogs or dogs running free are not tolerated. You may be asked to remove your dog if you don't conform to these rules.

Can I play at the festival? The artists are set many months before but there are Come-all-ye sessions and blackboard concerts throughout the weekend that are walk-up sessions. Anyone can join in with tune and song sessions. If you’d like to perform, blackboard concerts are your opportunity. Simply write your name on the board!

Can I record the music? Out of respect for the artists, we ask that you do not film any part of their act without consent.

What is your rubbish policy? We provide recycling bins and waste bins. Please think about what you bring with you and how you can help us to reduce the festival’s impact on land-fill.

How is the festival run? There is a volunteer organising committee that runs the Festival under the auspices of Dunedin Folk Club (a charitable society). The director and committee are on-site during the weekend. If you need to contact us ask at the HUB in the marquee.

How safe is the site? This is a family friendly festival but the site is in bush with a river running through it. The safety of children in your care is your responsibility at all times. If there is an incident or you notice anything unusual, please report this to the HUB in the marquee. The entrance gate is locked overnight.

How do I raise a concern or make a complaint? In the first instance, please talk to the duty person at the HUB and a committee member may be able to help you with the problem. Alternatively, you can make a written complaint to the committee from the contact page and we will deal with it formally.

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