First Time?

First time going to a festival?

DanceWize NSW has some tips for how to have a safe and fun time!

  1. Pick a meeting spot

Plan ahead, festivals are known to be chaotic buzzy atmospheres. Pick a meeting spot with your crew in case you get separated from your pack.


  1. Familiarise yourself with your surroundings

Download a map from the website before the event! When you arrive get a sense of where the bathrooms, hand sanitiser, food, free water, and medical tents are.


  1. Charge your phone and keep it safe

Make sure your phone is fully charged before arriving. Here are some tips to make sure it lasts the day: bring a portable charger; use battery saver mode, turn off Bluetooth, WIFI and any unneeded apps.


  1. Festival attire

Festivals are an awesome way of expressing ourselves with our clothes, but make sure you’re prepared for the day!

  • Always check and dress for the weather.
  • Make sure to protect yourself from the sun with a hat and sunscreen.
  • Avoid dangling jewellery, long earrings, chains, or clothing that could easily get ripped off when dancing.
  • Wear enclosed shoes to protect your feet.


  1. Location is everything on the dancefloor

The front of the dancefloor near the stage can sometimes feel overwhelming. Stand further back from the barricade, not only is the sound better, so is the view and the space to dance 😉. If you are experiencing feeling crushed, get security to help you out.


  1. Earplugs

Wearing earplugs will keep the sound crisp for life. If you’re experiencing ringing in your ears, stand back from the speakers.


  1. Pick what to pack and know the prohibited items list

Your bag will be checked upon entry. You can source the prohibited items FAQs list on the website. Bring a small bag with everything you need (hygiene, prescribed medications, sunscreen, hand sanitiser, condoms, tampons).


  1. Toilets can have large queues

There are plenty of the toilets, but the lines are long! Plan ahead. If you need feminine hygiene products, visit DanceWize, they’ll sort you out.


  1. Know your rights!

At music festivals we have rights which protect us and responsibilities to ourselves, other people, and the festival environment. This ensures a safe environment for everyone to enjoy. Read DanceWize NSW resources on ‘Your Rights & Responsibilities at festivals’ & ‘Your Rights When Dealing With Police & Security’


  1. Seek Help

If you or your friends are unwell, or something isn’t right, come to DanceWize tent or the Medical Tent, located between the Festival Entry Gates and the Main Stage. You won’t get in trouble for seeking help! You can always ask someone in high vis for support.


  1. Avoid dangerous combinations

We want to make sure you’re always safe. The effects of alcohol and other drugs can be unpredictable when you mix them. This includes prescription medications. It’s important to be aware of which combos are more dangerous. Check out the this chart, and chat to the DanceWize NSW team onsite to find out how you can stay safe on the day. Remember to drink plenty of water.


  1. Surround yourself with trusted mates

Partying is always better with good mates. Make sure to check in to make sure they’re doing ok. Don’t be afraid to pull your mates up if you think they’ve had enough


  1. Avoid using alcohol if your mood is low or you’re feeling unwell

Your mood and physical wellbeing can have a massive impact on the way any substance will affect

you. Using alcohol to lift your mood if you’re feeling down can make it much worse.


  1. Driving

Plan ahead! Plan a safe way to get home. Check the bus and train timetables, or make sure you have money for a cab. Never drink and drive!


  1. Eat, Rest, Hydrate

Whether you choose to use substance or not, a big day partying is going to take it out on you.Make sure you rest between acts by:

  • Eating food
  • Hydrating
  • Having a break
  • Drink half a litre of water per hour while dancing and;
  • Half of that while resting


There are free water stations around site and DanceWize NSW can provide sunscreen.


  1. Love safe

Sometimes you meet new friends when you’re out partying, and alcohol and other drugs can influence your decision making. If you’re hooking up with someone, make sure they’re as keen as you are – seek enthusiastic consent. Condoms and other safer sex resources can be picked up for free from DanceWize NSW. If you ever feel unsafe or need support, speak to a security guard, or come to DanceWize NSW next to the medical tent. We will provide a safe space for you to talk, or not talk, about your experience. We’re here to help.