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Where’s your head at? If you’re camping with us on the mountain, here’s a few things you’ll need to remember…

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The hardest thing to get together when you’re heading to an overnight festival is literally everything that you need to make it through the festival itself. Whether it be clothes, wet weather gear, less-essential things like glitter and face paint and even food, here are few things you’ll need to remember.

  • Make sure you pack an actual tent. If you’re sharing with others, be sure to pack a tent that will fit you all
  • Tarps – rain, hail or shine, these bad boys have got your back
  • Tent pegs – check before you leave whether your pegs are inside your tent bag
  • Sleeping bags/blankets/pillows – comfort is not just a luxury when you’re camping
  • Air mattress or foam mattress
  • Food – don’t forget to pack enough for you and your mates. If you have dietary requirements, it doesn’t hurt to pack a few snacks just in case. We have lockers available to hire inside the festival to keep your belongings in just in case
  • Water – there will be water available inside the actual festival to buy, but it doesn’t hurt to bring a few extra bottles into the camp site
  • Day bag – don’t forget to bring something to carry all of your belongs into the festival with you if you’re short on pockets
  • Communal table – this is something my friends and I always forget and is something that is definitely sorely missed when you do forget it
  • Camp chairs – obvious but again, very forgettable
  • Items such as medication, sanitary items, sunscreen, sunglasses, comfy shoes, cold and wet weather gear, a hat and ID

Last but not least, don’t forget to bring some GOOD VIBES to the festival this year!

How to be eco-friendly at Mountain Sounds Festival

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We’re teaming up with Take 3, a clean beach and clean planet initiative, to deliver the cleanest and most green Mountain Sounds Festival that we can.

By making sustainability integral to the festival’s continuation, Mountain Sounds Festival always has community and impact on its mind. The Central Coast will forever be our home, which is why we love working with and to promote the local community and businesses.

Take 3’s mission is to significantly reduce global plastic pollution through education and participation. By encouraging others to simply take 3 pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach or wherever you may be, they believe it’s a collective amount of smaller actions that can have a big impact.

Be sure to hit up the Take 3 tent at Mountain Sounds Festival to get some more info on the initiative.

For now, here are some ways you can make this Mountain Sounds Festival as eco-friendly and environmentally sustainable as possible.

  1. Be accountable and hold your mates accountable for your waste
    If you’re finished with your drink, put it in one of the many recycling bins that will be around on the day. If you see your mates not doing the right thing, pull them up! No one likes a tosser.
  2. Do a spot-clean when you’re taking a break
    There’s a million and one places to sit at and relax at Mountain Sounds Festival. If we all work together to keep our spaces clean, litter will not be as big an issue. Remember, simply Take 3.
  3. Reuse your water bottle
    If you find yourself purchasing a couple of bottles of water throughout the day, try and hold off. You’ll save yourself a bit of cash, plus it means that we’re minimising the festival’s waste output. There will be water stations planted around the festival site so there will be no need to purchase more than one bottle.
  4. Be conscious of cigarette butts
    If you see a couple of cans lying around, why not combine the two? Finish your cigarette, place the butt inside a can, pick up 2 more and find a bin for them. Two birds with one stone!
  5. Get involved with Take 3 at the festival
    Take 3 will have their own space where you can relax, interact with various events (there’s going to be a Photobooth!) and learn about ways to keep MSF as clean and green as possible.

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The Mountain Manual: Things You Need To Know

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We’re so close to kicking off #Msf17! Here’s an update to get your week into gear. Firstly, we’re stoked to that you’re coming to celebrate our fourth year of Mountain Sounds this weekend!

GENERAL INFO

DATESSaturday 18th February is the main day of the festival which is included in the festival ticket. Entertainment on Friday 17th February is exclusive for campers and is separate to the Saturday – you will need to purchase a camping ticket to gain access to the Friday night. If you arrive on Friday and don’t have a camping ticket, you will be unable to enter.

PASS OUTS: There are no pass outs from the festival to your cars or back to the campground due to licensing restrictions. However, we will be providing a locker service inside the festival site for your belongings.

ZERO DRUG POLICY: We here at Mountain Sounds Festival do not condone drugs of ANY type. There will be a heavy policy presence (with a sniffer dog operation) at the festival so if you are found with drugs in your possession, expect harsh penalties.

TRAVEL

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

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If you are catching the train from Sydney, Newcastle or anywhere in between, please head to Cityrail to plan your trip. The closest station to the festival is Gosford Station.

Please note: there have been extra trains added for people travelling back to Sydney after the festival:

  • 11.13pm
  • 12.10am
  • 12.54am

There will be a shuttle bus service provided from the Gosford Train Station on the day of the event.

Shuttle buses will be departing from the Showground Road side of the station from 11.00am and will be running throughout the day with a return service after the festival. The buses will operate via a strict timetable and times will be announced at a later date.

  • 2 Buses running from 11:00am to 3:30pm , leaving from Gosford Station to festival and back (last departure from Gosford Station at 15:30)
  • 2 Buses running  from 1:00pm – 3:30pm,  leaving from Gosford Station to festival and back (last departure from Gosford Station at 15:30)
  • 1 bus running from 10:00pm – 12:00am, leaving from Event site to Gosford Station and back (last departure from Mountain Sounds Festival at 00:00)
  • 4 Buses running from 10:30pm – 11:30pm leaving from Event site to Gosford Station and back (last departure from Mountain Sounds Festival at 23:30)

PLEASE NOTE: there will be a bus leaving at 9.15am form the campsite on Sunday morning back down to Gosford Station – first in, best dressed!

We’ve teamed up with our friends at Uber to give new users a free ride up to $20!

The process is simple:

1. Download the UBER app and create an account.
2. Enter the promo code ‘MOUNTAINSOUNDS’ when prompted.
3. Check the ETA, ‘REQUEST’ when you need a car, and enjoy the ride!
*First ride only + Only valid for travel in NSW

EXPERIENCE MOUNTAIN SOUNDS THE RIGHT WAY

Come and stay with us on the mountain! We’ve got two nights of camping, a free fancy dress party featuring some pretty special acts, food trucks and a fully operating bar. Check out those tix here.

If you love having a few bevvy’s with your music, this one’s for you. If you pre-purchase your drink tickets prior to the festival, you’ll receive a minimum discount of 20%. Great huh? Check those out here.

There will be a shuttle bus service running between Gosford Station and the festival site on the Saturday. Alternatively, if you’re planning on driving we have pre-purchased parking tickets available. Parking is free if you arrive with 4 or more people, or 3 or more if you’re camping. Get more info plus tickets here.

There will be locker facilities with charging capabilities available on the day. Pre-book yours here and receive a discount.

CAMPING

We’re super excited to have you staying on site with us this weekend. Here are a few things you’ll need to know:

RULES

No alcohol and/or glass is permitted in the campground – as a licensing and police requirement, all cars and bags will thoroughly searched and you will not be permitted into the festival the next day if you are found with pre-purchased alcohol.

You are not permitted to leave the overall site and come back in so please be prepared. There are also no pass outs from the festival back to the campground on Saturday due to licensing restrictions. However, we will be providing a locker service inside the festival site for your belongings.

Camping next to your car is not permitted due to safety reasons. However, the car park is situated right next to the campground!

TICKETS

Everyone who purchases a festival ticket will need to purchase a camping ticket – they’re separate and it’s per person.

If you are planning to sleep in an RV or camper van, you must purchase an RV pass which is per car (i.e. cost can be shared if there is more than one of you staying in it). Each individual will need to purchase a camping ticket on top of their RV pass BUT you will not need to purchase a parking ticket.

If you are planning to drive and camp in a tent, you will need to purchase a parking ticket. However, if you arrive with 3 people in your car, parking will be free!

ENTRY/EXIT

Friday: 3pm-12am
Saturday: 7am-4pm
Sunday: Campground closes at 3pm

FACILITIES/AMENITIES

Toilets, showers, free water station, first aid, locker service, food trucks and a fully operating bar (Friday night)

OTHER NOTES

The campground is unpowered. Small generators are permitted but for non-music purposes and must be turned off by 10.30pm.

If you would like to camp with your friends, you MUST arrive with them. Overly elaborate campsites are discouraged so you will be asked to downsize if need be – please be considerate when creating your campsite.

Now that you’re ready to go…

PLAN YOUR DAY: Set times & site map

SEE YOU ON THE MOUNTAIN!

#Msf17 Survival Guide

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It goes without saying really that you’ve got to look out for you and your mates at any event you head to. We’ve put a couple of hot tips together to ensure that you can make it through #Msf17 without any hitches, glitches or hiccups.

Before you even head to the mountain, make sure you’ve packed a coupla things:

  • Your tickets – seems like an obvious one but tickets are super easy to forget. If you’ve bought tix off someone else, don’t stress about changing the names. You’re good to go regardless.
  • Valid form of ID (Driver’s License, Proof of Age Card, Passport) – MSF 17 is a strictly 18+ event and there will be event staff and police present too
  • Sunscreen and shades – regardless of whether it’s going to be a scorcher or not, always be sunsafe
  • Comfy shoes – this one goes without saying really

If you’re training it up or down to Gosford Station remember to either bring cash to purchase a bus ticket, or pre-purchase one here to save a bit of time and dosh.

If you and your mates are driving, pile ’em up to get a parking spot for free. If you come with four people in the car (only three if you’re camping), you’re eligible to park for free. Otherwise, pre-purchase a parking pass here for $20. This is to encourage you to carpool and reduce the festival’s carbon footprint.

Now that you’re ready to go enjoy the festival, welcome!

Make sure you and your mates have a plan of attack:

  • Organise a spot to meet in case one of you gets lost
  • Stay hydrated – if you notice one of your mates is looking a little parched, say something
  • Check out the set times here to plan your day in advance
  • Be kind to one another – this one goes without saying, be kind to not only your mates, but those around you too

If you’re camping, don’t forget these essential items:

  • Tent – you’d be surprised at what people forget
  • Sleeping bag/blankets – it gets pretty cool at night
  • Water – stock up! Coles and Woolies do a pretty decent deal on 24 packs of water bottles, but be sure to recycle these properly when you’re finished with them
  • Enough snacks – I always underestimate how hungry I get at festival’s, so be sure to pack more than enough for you and your mates
  • Something warm – on the off chance it gets cool at night
  • Something to protect you from the rain – there’s nothing worse than being caught off guard

Now that you’re ready to party, here are a couple of things you think you may not need, but are always handy to have on hand:

  • Baby wipes – those things are heaven sent
  • Wet weather gear – even if it’s not forecasted to rain, keep it in the back of your mind
  • Earplugs – tinitus is real and not very kind
  • Hand sanitiser – makes your hands feel and smell good and is just generally something great to have on hand
  • Portable phone charger – just in case

Whilst there are things to remember to bring, there are also a few things you should leave at home too:

  • A bad attitude – no one likes a dickhead in the crowd. You don’t want to be remembered as that person that ruined the festival for someone else
  • Illicit substances – as usual, there will be a heavy police presence at MSF 17. We’ll be working with police to combat this and anti-social behaviour
  • Grabby hands – keep your hands to yourself. Consent is sexy.

Lastly, while you’re at MSF 17 remember to:

  • Have fun!
  • Listen to officials and staff
  • If you see someone is struggling, intoxicated or just generally unhealthy, get help. There will be paramedics on site.
  • Drink water – it’s going to be quite a long day
  • Take lots of pictures – use the hashtag #MSF17 on the day, we love seeing all of your pictures
  • Stay nourished – there will be plenty of food on site with vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options too

Photo by Life Without Andy

Our top five local acts at #msf17

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We’re all about bringing some of the biggest and best acts that you love to the Central Coast for MSF each year, but we’re also all about giving some of our local favs a go too. Here are our top five acts that you need to check out whilst on the mountain.

Sammi Constantine

One of our fav up and comers at the moment is Sammi Constantine. This dynamic powerhouse knows how to deliver a tune, and she’s got a great artillery of tracks under her belt too ready to take to the stage at MSF. Playing shows locally and in Sydney too, she recently performed at Sydney Festival.

Her latest track ‘Closing In’ is a pop wonderland. Tinged with glitchy melodies and bass-heavy rhythms, her vocals are what ring through this one: confident, empowering and well-tempered.

Elaskia


If dreamy pop duos are your forté, add Elaskia to your repertoire. The duo won Battles of the Bands on the coast last year, and subsequently were able to record their newest single, ‘Mine’.

Harbouring a great blend of electronic beats and electric guitars, it’s a “two world’s colliding” sort of love affair. Add the incredibly ominous vocals that add immense depth to this sound, and you’ve got something huge.

Tropical Zombie

The Tropical Zombie boys are absolutely no strangers to the Mountain Sounds Festival stage. We’re stoked to have them bringing some epic summer vibes back to the mountain for their fourth year.

It’s been a big year for the boys, playing shows up and down the coast and in Sydney too. It’s no secret that their live show is anything short of energetic and immersive, and if anything, no matter how you gee yourself up, you’re still going to be blown away.

Nelipot

Nelipot are one of those bands who just get it. Injecting some classic rock flavour into a pool of indie and alt rock, their music is well-structured, intimate, sharp and technical.

With each recording, the quality and confidence of their music increases tenfold. They’ve got a new track out called ‘Denim’, and it’s becoming quite definitive what we are too expect from Nelipot.

Soy

Serving up some sweet psychedelic rock, the boys from Soy are onto something good. 2017 has seen them support Hockey Dad and play with a couple of their own tunes too. They’ve been playing shows for a while now too, so we’re keen to see what they bring to Mountain Sounds Festival.

Check out their tune ‘Racecourse’ below.

Travelling To The Mountain

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DRIVING

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

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TRAINS

If you are catching the train from Sydney, Newcastle or anywhere in between, please head to Cityrail to plan your trip. The closest station to the festival is Gosford Station.

Please note: there have been extra trains added for people travelling back to Sydney after the festival:

  • 11.13pm
  • 12.10am
  • 12.54am

BUSES

There will be a shuttle bus service provided from the Gosford Train Station on the day of the event.

Shuttle buses will be departing from the Showground Road side of the station from 11.00am and will be running throughout the day with a return service after the festival. The buses will operate via a strict timetable and times will be announced at a later date.

  • 2 Buses running from 11:00am to 3:30pm , leaving from Gosford Station to festival and back (last departure from Gosford Station at 15:30)
  • 2 Buses running  from 1:00pm – 3:30pm,  leaving from Gosford Station to festival and back (last departure from Gosford Station at 15:30)
  • 1 bus running from 10:00pm – 12:00am, leaving from Event site to Gosford Station and back (last departure from Mountain Sounds Festival at 00:00)
  • 4 Buses running from 10:30pm – 11:30pm leaving from Event site to Gosford Station and back (last departure from Mountain Sounds Festival at 23:30)

UBER

We’ve teamed up with our friends at Uber to give new users a free ride up to $20!

The process is simple:

1. Download the UBER app and create an account.
2. Enter the promo code ‘MOUNTAINSOUNDS’ when prompted.
3. Check the ETA, ‘REQUEST’ when you need a car, and enjoy the ride!
*First ride only + Only valid for travel in NSW

Stuck on costume ideas for our Friday night rave ‘Magic Mountain’? Here’s a few ideas…

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We’re so stoked to be bringing Mountain Sounds Festival as per usual, but also our Friday night bash, Magic Mountain too!

Featuring sets from Torren Foot, Jimmy 2 Sox, Motorik Vibe Council and more, it’s going to be a great way to ease yourself into the spirit of the festival. And get you amped up.

With any late night festival party, it’s always better with a theme. The theme for this bash is ‘Magic Mountain’, so with that being said, if you’re stuck on ideas, here’s a few to get you started:

Unicorn

If you Google ‘unicorn makeup’, there’s possibly an infinite number of different inspos there to get you started. Get creative! Spotlight is one of your best bets when it comes to glitter and face jewels.

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Fairy

Break out those flower crowns and kids wings, because this one’s a classic. Douse yourself in glitter, face paint and a long flow-y skirt and you’ve got yourself a look.

DO’s

  • Get wild with your ideas
  • Plan ahead! Head along to your nearest craft of party store to check out things like hairspray, glitter, body paint and more
  • Get a group costume together – the more the merrier!

DONT’S

  • Cultural appropriation i.e. Bindi’s, Native American headdress – unless you are of that culture, don’t
  • Blackface – never appropriate
  • Be a dick – it goes without saying, really

POOLCLVB drops the rest of his debut EP ‘You + Me’

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As if it wasn’t great enough that the weather has been absolutely pearlin’ these last few weeks. The summer sun is out and it feels as if it’s out for good. What better way to get in tune with the sunshine around you than with an apt new release from POOLCLVB?

His debut EP ‘You + Me’ is finally in our hands, and it’s definitely a big one. Following up from the release of the EP’s first couple of singles, the entire EP itself is an ode to sun-drenched Sundays, bevvy’s by the water and having a good time with your mates.

Check it out below.

Do’s and Don’ts For #Msf17

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There’s nothing like a truly great festival experience. One that’s lasting and makes you want to head back to that festival the next year. Make the most of your festival experience with these basic do’s and don’ts.

DO’s

  • Help a brother out – if you can see someone is hurt, dehydrated or lost, see what you can do to help them. You never know, your help might make or break their festival experience
  • Look out for your mates – make sure everyone’s got plenty of water and a way to keep in contact
  • Get creative – we love seeing what outfits you come up with each year
  • Pick a place to meet your friends in case someone gets lost
  • Make sure your phone is charged, or bring along a portable charger
  • Plan ahead – we’ve got set times for the festival up on the site now, so get planning!

DON’Ts

  • Be a dickhead – it goes without saying really
  • Touch other people without their permission – this one also goes without saying
  • Bring illicit substances in – you can find a list of all of our banned items on the website
  • Spend all day taking photos – we’ve got photographers ready on the day for that
  • Think that you won’t get burnt – let’s be real, it’s always worse than you think it will be

Survey Improvement #4

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As part of our commitment to making Mountain Sounds Festival bigger and better for every person that attends, we conducted a survey after the last festival to find out what it was that people really wanted to be changed.

This is the fourth improvement we’re committed to delivering at this coming Mountain Sounds Festival.

Whilst we had a few issues with security last year, we recognise that this needs to changed. Our commitment to you in 2017 is to make more of an effort in keeping the security team informed of our expectations and ensuring that we have a zero tolerance outlook on any wrongdoings.

On the day, we would encourage you to report any misconduct to the nearest staff member.