We’ve kept the festival guide short and sweet with just the juicy, important bits you need to know. Please make sure you read it through before you head off to the festival but, if you don’t have time right now, here’s a TLDR (Too Long Didn’t Read):
We invite any and all adventurous souls to join us for three days of mind-expanding awesomeness. This is a family friendly event and all are welcome, so long as you act respectfully and treat everyone the way you’d treat a billionaire who’s considering offloading one of their billions onto you.
This is an outdoor event in a natural environment. There are associated risks and, while we have measures in place to keep you safe, by attending, you agree to accept full responsibility for yourself and your actions. With this in mind: travel safe, play safe, be kind, clean up after yourself and make sure your stories from the weekend are all killer, no filler.
Anti-social behaviour of any kind will not be tolerated. Elements Festival Management reserve the right to refuse entry, or escort you from the premises, if you do not abide by our incredibly reasonable request to have a good time and respect each other. Please read the Festival Guide for details of the conditions of entry.
GETTING TO THE FESTIVAL (Road safety)
We cannot stress enough how important it is to drive safely and responsibly to and from the festival. Make sure you are well rested, pay attention to all road signs and don’t exceed the speed limit.
Do not drive under the influence of alcohol or any illicit substances.
Expect RBT's and Drug Swab Testing at the entry and exit of every festival you go to, including Elements, and act accordingly. Even if you feel like you’re safe to drive, you just don’t need that kind of stress in your life. More importantly, we all need to be mindful of road safety for our fellow festival-goers and the local community who have welcomed us in.
Our First Aid station will be offering a drink and drug testing service throughout the event. If in doubt, please use this service and save yourself (and others) the risk.
SHARE THE DRIVE
Carpooling is the best way to get out to the festival. It is better for:
the environment – fewer cars on the road
your festival funds – you can share fuel costs
pre-festival vibes – it’s hard to not get excited when there’s a whole crew of you
the ride home – you can look out for each other and make sure the driver is in fit condition to be behind the wheel
Check out some carpooling options here: https://ridevu.com/
GATES OPEN / CLOSE
Gates open 11am Friday 15th September and the music kicks off from 2pm. Please do not arrive prior to this opening time as we will be busy adding the finishing touches and will have to make you wait outside. Like sad little lost puppies. And we don’t want to do that. The party wraps up on Sunday night with the music off at 8pm. To help you with that awkward transition period between partying and going home, we’ll have silent films on until 11pm. We invite you to hang around and get some sleep on Sunday night so you’re safe to drive Monday morning. However, the gates will close at 2pm on Monday so all we ask is that you vacate the premise by then.
If you like saving time and money, we recommend pre-purchasing your ticket (ticket link). Gate prices are always higher and it always takes a bit longer to buy a ticket. To save yourself even more time, have your purchased ticket ready so we can scan it, give you a wristie and send you on your way. Everyone who enters the site will be issued with an Elements 2017 wrist band. It is a condition of entry that your wristie remain on at all times during the festival.
Entering the site without a wristie is trespassing. More to the point, it’s stealing from people who have invested their time, money, energy and sanity into bringing you an immersive experience in creative awesomeness. Paying for entry is your way of respecting the dedication of the crew and the talent of the artists involved in the festival. If you’re not rocking your official Elements 2017 wristie, we’ll give you two options: buy a full price ticket (in which case you get to tell your mates you got a wristie from a security guard) or have your personal details recorded and an unceremonious ejection from the event (not such a great story).
We’re sure your dog/goat/pygmie hippo or whatever it is you’ve got is the sweetest thing ever. Still no. In order to protect the native flaura and fauna, and our human patrons, there will be zero animals allowed on site. No exceptions. We have to be fair to everyone so, if you rock up to the gate with a non-human creature, you will be turned away.
Animal onesies are okay.
NO GLASS - PLEASE DON’T BRING GLASS
Maybe you’ve got your rig in order and have never dropped a bottle in your life. But, no matter how careful you think you’re going to be, accidents happen. Please, no glass bottles. Stick with cans and reusable drink bottles.
NO DRIVING – NO CAR MOVEMENTS
Once you’ve set up camp, you need to stay put until you’re exiting the site. Make sure you come prepared with all the supplies you’ll need for the duration of the event. If something comes up, please come and speak to event staff before moving your car. Chances are we’ll be able to help.
NO FIRES - COMPLETE FIRE BAN
Seriously, it’ll be late September in Queensland. You won’t need fire. If you want to fire twirl, hit us up with an online application, well before the event date. Otherwise, stick to led toys, they look just as awesome anyway.
NO AMPLIFIED SOUND SYSTEMS
Whatever rig you’ve got going back at camp, we can promise you it’s not as good as what’s cranking on the dancefloors. Please be respectful of your neighbours and use camp as a place to chill and refill. If you want to listen to loud music, that’s what the d-floor was made for.
LEAVE NO TRACE
We are so lucky to be able to party out in the beautiful Aussie bush. But you need to be aware that we’re intruding on the homes of a lot of native wildlife when we go out there. They happily scatter away to allow us space to do our thing. The least we can do is make sure we leave their home in mint condition for when they return.
Don’t drop rubbish. It’s pretty simple. Cigarette butts especially. No-one likes a loose, smelly butt in their pocket and nature doesn’t like them either. The solution? Butt bins. Any small container you can keep in your pocket to keep your smelly butts contained.
Leave your camping area as clean as you found it. Pick up after yourself and, if you see any rubbish on your way to the dancefloor, pick it up and put it in one of the bins provided. This takes a few seconds to do which is less time than it takes to read this “Leave no Trace” section of the guidelines, so you will actually be saving yourself time.
THINGS TO PUT ON YOUR FESTIVAL LIST
For maxed-out fun times with no regrets, add these items to your doof list:
- Esky and ice (Ice is also available for purchase on site)
- Plenty of drinking water
- Sun protection - hat, sunscreen, sunglasses
- Clothes for all conditions - hot, cold and wet
- Shoes for all conditions
- Rubbish bags for your camp and butt bins if you a smoke
- Camping gear – tent (make sure you have the pegs and poles), tarps, ropes and poles
- Bedding – mattress, pillow, sleeping bag
THINGS TO LEAVE OFF YOUR FESTIVAL LIST
Everyone parties differently so, just to be sure we’re all on the same page, here’s a list of things we don’t want to see at Elements:
- Weapons of any kind
- Powered speakers
- Motorbikes, quad bikes, powered bicycles, skateboards, scooters (unless it’s the vehicle that got you to site, leave it at home)
- Drugs (or excessive amounts of alcohol)
- Anti-social behaviour
TAKE IT EASY
This is Straya. It’s kind of an Aussie thing to take pride in how extreme our home is. But sometimes you have to be real about it. Plan for any possible weather conditions with clothing and camping supplies that’ll keep your rig sorted for the duration of the event. Mixing hot days with running around, dancing, boozing, and perhaps not eating and sleeping as well as you should, increases your chances of getting dehydration, heat stroke, or injuring yourself through some poorly thought out prank. Drink water. Take rests. Get some sleep. Be mindful of how you’re feeling. And be aware of others.
LOOK OUT FOR YOUR FRIENDS AND FELLOW FESTY-LOVERS
The Elements crew will be joined by a team of medics and security to ensure everyone stays safe and comfortable. But we ask for mindfulness and involvement from all our patrons to keep the space we create together in top form. Check on your friends regularly to make sure they're all good and taking care of themselves.
If you see anyone who looks like they’re struggling, go introduce yourself, see if they need help, and alert the nearest festival crew member. In the unlikely event that someone is causing trouble, don’t get involved, find a crew member and let us sort it out.
Whether this is your first or hundredth doof, you are part of a community. If we’re always looking out for each other and helping each other, there will always be someone there to help. It’s a beautiful system and all you have to do is take responsibility for yourself and be kind to others. Pretty sweet deal.
You are on your way to three days in the Aussie bush. That means awesome times ahead, so long as you plan and prepare. We have brought in infrastructure and staff to make the festival grounds as safe as possible for you but we are not your parents. It’s up to you to bring along all the things you’ll need to keep yourself comfortable and sheltered, whatever the conditions.
The perfect festival campsite is an art form, developed and refined through, over many doofs. While it’s up to you to pimp your festival home in your own unique style, you should check out our Survival Guide for a list of all the camping essentials.
Please consider others when parking your car. Flat ground is prime real estate in the campgrounds. If you’re not going to be sleeping in your car, make sure you leave the primo flat spots for tents and vans. Be considerate of your neighbours when choosing a spot to park. Try to avoid making your car an obstacle for people. Don’t encroach on their space and definitely don’t block off the entrance to their tent (you’d be surprised how often this happens).
Be a good, considerate neighbour, choose your spot wisely and, once you’re parked, stay parked.
Whether you’re after some delicious pre-dancefloor fuel or a rad new costume, we got you. Elements will be hosting a selection of the tastiest eateries to cater for all your crazy dietary requirements. As well as unique clothing, jewellery, handmade creations, and sustainably sourced fares from around the world. If you’ve got any awesome fares or tasty delights you’d like to share with our Elements patrons, hit us up over here with an application.
Whether you’re all about the earth-changing potential of visionary art, or you just like pretty things, you will love the Elements art gallery. We are art lovers ourselves and have gone on the hunt for the most amazing works we could find from both upcoming and established visionary artists.
The art gallery will be a hub of activity with live art and performances woven in around the displayed pieces. If you fall in love with something, you will be able to purchase it and, most likely, chat to the artist who created it.
The Elements Lifestyle zone will be tucked between the Markets and Art Gallery. We will be bringing you workshops and classes designed to balance your festival experience. Before getting hectic on the dancefloor, you can start your day with meditation or yoga and, whenever you need a break, drop in and see what classes, workshops, talks or activities are going on.
Flute sound healing chakra yoga
Hoop Moves and Flows
The Healing Power of Dirt
Elements is a family-friendly festival and we love seeing little ones on the dance floor (with proper ear protection of course). We will also be providing a dedicated kid’s space with entertainment and activities to give the younger crowd an enriching experience.