The Inaugural Kangaroo Island Surf Music Festival will hit the shores of Vivonne Bay in November 2011. The ASP World Surf Contest will be complimented with a superb Australian Music Line Up over 3 days showcasing Kangaroo Island and South Australia to the world. So get your camping gear, surf board, all your mates and catch the Sealink Ferry over for an incredible experience of Amazing Music and International surfing.
The location of the festival
Vivonne Bay, Kangaroo Island.
‘Vivonne Bay, proclaimed as the ‘best beach’ in Australia after extensive research by Sydney University, is a long, curved, sandy beach. It is a superb site for picnics, beachcombing, surfing and fishing and is home to Kangaroo Island’s crayfishing fleet. Seal Bay is a must see when visiting Kangaroo Island. Take a guided tour amongst a colony of wild Australian sea lions, an experience you will never forget. The region incorporates D’Estrees Bay, Murray Lagoon, Seal Bay, Vivonne Bay, Flour Cask Bay. Main attractions: Seal Bay Conservation Park, Little Sahara, Vivonne Bay.’ Sealink Website, 2011
What are the dates of the 2011 music festival?
Thursday 3rd November – Sunday 6th November
What are the dates of the ASP 2011 World Tour Surfing Event?
Friday 4th November – Wednesday 9th November
What is the size of the festival?
The festival site is the old Eleanor Station- which is an amazing piece of land which is old farmland. It can cater for up to 5000 persons.
What we’re all about?
Surfing + Music = Australia’s favourtie past times bought together for the inaugural event here in South Australia.
Where can I purchase tickets?
Online through Moshtix and Sealink.
Sealink can be purchased over the phone by phoning 13 13 01 and following the phone prompts. Please have your VISA card handy.
Please ensure you book travel over to the island ASAP. The ferrys are filling fast and there are limited services to the island.
What is the cost of the ticket?
$75 + BF
What does my ticket entitle me too?
Your ticket/wristband entitles you to free camping, the 4-day music festival and free access to the ASP world surfing event.
Can I buy tickets at the gate? How can I purchase them?
Yes- if there are some still available. There will be a small Box Office located at the entry point to the festival.
Are there day tickets available?
No. There’s just 1 festival ticket that gives you access to all 3 days of entertainment. You may come and go as you please; using appropriate pass out methods.
Where on Kangaroo Island can I buy my tickets?
The initial allocation has Sold Out. Please head to Moshtix or Sealink to purchase online.
I’m U/18. Can I come to the festival?
Yes. If you want to come to the music event and you’re under 18 you need to be accompanied by a legal parent and guardian (aged 25 years or older) at all times during the festival.
Children aged 11 and under may come with a full paying adult for free; this doesn’t need to be pre-booked
I’ve lost/misplaced my festival ticket- what can I do?
Moshtix: Simply head online and log onto your email. You can reprint your ticket. Remember to bring your photo ID to the gate when you arrive.
Physical Ticket: If you lose your hard ticket- unfortunately there is not refund or replacement for your ticket. You will have to repurchase.
Do not arrive at the festival site without your ticket.
I’ve lost/misplaced my festival wristband- what can I do?
When you arrive you’ll be fitted with a festival wristband- these can only be removed with scissors…so you wont lose it.
Travel to the festival
How do I get to Kangaroo Island?
You can book all of your travel needs through Sealink- whether you want to catch a ferry or fly.
As transport on the ferry is very limited, we are encouraging people to book in early, particularly those people need to get back by Sunday night (these ferry times are almost FULL for travel with cars. Coach options still available.). Sealink have some fantastic travel options for people wanting to either drive or catch the coach/ferry transfers. This is the easiest way to get there.
The music event is on a private property in Vivonne Bay- you just need to make your way to the South Coast Road and follow the festival signs all the way to the festival.
Welcome to the festival
What times do gates open each day?
Wednesday 2nd November: 12noon
Thursday 3rd November: 9am
Friday 4th November: 9am
Saturday 5th November: 9am
Sunday 6th November: 9am
I’m arriving on the Wednesday- how do I pay for my extra night of camping?
$10 per campsite to be paid on the day of arrival to an allocated staff member at the gate. Gates open on the Wednesday at 12 noon.
Accessibility to and around the festival site for disabled persons?
How long does it take to walk down to the surfing competition?
It’s a 25 minute walk (1hr round trip)- down a signposted and designated path.
Do I have a pre-allocated camping site?
No. You will be assigned a campsite when you arrive. If you want to camp with your friends- make sure you arrive together. Places will not be reserved.
Can I camp next to my car?
You sure can. But if you camp with your car you can’t drive in and out of the festival- until it’s conclusion on Sunday 6th November.
What if I want to use my car during the festival- to drive around the island?
This is fine. You’ll still be allocated camping space at the festival site. But you’ll be able to park in the allocated day-parking area for a gold coin donation and you can come and go as you please.
The festival service transport team will assist you in the transport of your camping gear to/from your camping site as your car won’t be given entry to the festival site.
Can I bring a Campervan or Caravan?
You can bring a campervan- but you cannot bring a caravan. We are operating under very strict fire regulations so you will need to leave the gas bottles at home or leave it with us at the gate and we’ll return it to you after the festival.
Is there day parking?
Sure is. This service is provided for festival pass holders staying offsite and those who would like to use their car during the period of the festival. A gold coin donation applies.
Can I leave the festival site?
You sure can. If you’ve parked in our day parking you can come and go. Or Sealink will have shuttle/coach services taking you to various hot spots around the island (a small fee will be involved).
Can I stay offsite in other accommodation?
You sure can. There will be island coach servies available to bring you to the festival site each day as well as a day parking area at the festival site.
Do you have some accommodation suggestions?
Please phone 13 13 01 – and speak to a Sealink operator.
Alternatively please visit their website - http://www.sealink.com.au/accommodation
Are there toilets and showers at the festival?
Viking Services will be providing ample shower block and toilet facilities. They will be serviced regularly throughout the event. But please remember to keep showering times to a minimum- as water is a precious and limited resource.
Is there an ATM service?
There will be limited cash out facilities at the festival. We encourage you to bring enough cash to last your stay.
What will my phone reception be like at the festival?
Unless you’re on the Telstra Next G network it will be unlikely that you’ll receive any network coverage whilst onsite at Vivonne Bay. Please keep this in mind when making travel arrangements.
What food services are at the festival?
During the music event- tantilise your taste buds with some of Kangaroo Islands fantastic culinary delights.
We have almost completely moved away from the traditional ‘carnie’ foods (but there will still be some available for those late night hunger attacks) to bring you an affordable and amazing assortment of:
- Gourmet chicken burgers
- Marron (the islands prized fresh water crayfish)
- Fresh salads
- Locally caught fish
- + many more
We will also have a great selection of vegetarian and vegan options. The event is heavily reliant on local Kangaroo Island produce which was extremely important to the event organisers.
What drink services are at the festival?
For those aged 18+- The Coopers Bar
Serving Coopers Clear and Doctor Tims. It will also have a great selection of spirits, plus an amazing assortment of locally produced wines. All of these beverages have been reasonably priced as not to leave a burning hole in your wallet.
For those ages U18 – the standard offerings of ample soft drink, juice, water and coffee will be available.
This event is strictly NO BYO!
Will there be a general store on site?
Yes there will be. But we encourage you to stock up either on the mainland or in the towns prior to hitting the festival.
I heard rumors of a healing village?
Yes. They are true- a beautiful, locally inspired healing village will nestle itself amongst campers offering them unique healing services throughout the duration of the festival. Stay tuned for more details.
What are the drinking water facilities?
There sure will be. There will be bottled water for sale and x3 hydro stations across the festival site.
Are there First Aid services at the festival?
St. Johns and SA Ambulance will be onsite throughout the duration of the event.
Is there security at the festival?
Absolutely! We have employed one of the most reputable (and friendly) security teams. They are there to ensure the safety of the punters around the whole festival site. This is our top priority.
Are their lockable storage services at the festival?
No. So please ensure you either leave you valuables at home or on you at all times.
Are the police at the festival?
100% SAPOL will be providing staff for the duration of the event
Are the fire service at the festival?
Yes of course. We are working in conjunction with the local and regional CFS.
Will the RAA be onsite during the festival?
Flat batteries do happen! So come Sunday here are the contacts just incase you need the RAA:
For RAA Members: Phone 13 11 11 (please have your membership number ready)
For non-RAA Members: Phone (08) 8553 2162 and speak with the friendly team at Nepean Motors
Will I be able to buy the band’s merchandise?
Of course. There will be qualified staff selling their band’s latest releases and tour t-shirts at The General Store. You’ll have to stop by during the event and see what’s on offer. Both headliners and locals will be supplying their gear.
Will the festival have merchandise?
Yes- we’ll be supplying snazzy Kangaroo Island Surf Music Festival T-Shirts and Hoodies (unisex). They’ll be for sale with all other artist merch at The General Store.
What will the weather be like?
Please ensure you check the weather leading into the event. Visit The Bureau of Meteorology site: http://www.bom.gov.au/sa/forecasts/centraldistrict.shtml
Kangaroo Island can be warm during the day, but can be quite cool in the evening. Make sure you cater your clothing choices for both types.
What should I bring?
- Sleeping gear
- Clothing for the 4 seasons
- Good walking shoes (preferably closed toe)
- Camera (non-professional only)
- Plenty of cash for food, drinks and supplies
- A smile
- A positive attitude + good vibes
What can’t I bring?
- Illegal drugs
- Fire materials/Flares/Fireworks
- Weapons of ANY kind
- Anything studded (i.e. belts, wristbands etc.)
- Gas bottles
- Strictly no pets (with the exception of guide dogs-
- Laser lights
- Any illegal items that may be considered dangerous or inappropriate
Safety tips for your time on Kangaroo Island
Can I go swimming at the festival?
You will be allowed to swim at what was voted Australia’s Best Beach, Vivonne Bay- depending on the weather. We encourage you to travel in a minimum of pairs at all times when venturing to the beach.
We want you to have a great experience over on KI- for many of you this may be your first trip so we want use to use your common sense, follow instructional signs and Festival Staff, be mindful and respectful of the people and environment around you, stay with your friends and most of all have a safe and enjoyable event.
The festival’s sustainability and environmental initiatives
Surfing South Australia is committed to environmental protection and improvement. In fact Surfing South Australia was the first state sporting body in Australia to commit to offsetting all its carbon generation. We were also the first Pro Junior event to offset its carbon footprint- in the world. We have an excellent relationship with Department of Environment and Natural Resources as a result of proactive work and cleanup of others peoples rubbish in conservation parks such as Waitpinga/Newland Head Conservation Park. Out delivery plan includes leaving any site in better condition than we found it.
Who are the organizations involved with working proactively with the environment?
Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Christian Surfers – Environmental Management
Birds Australia – including correct management education and training of the Hooded Plovers
What the Rubbish collection methods?
All rubbish is taken off the island by SurfingSA’s rubbish collection team. All funds collected from cans and recyclable materials will be donated to the local CFS Service.
I’m attending the festival- how can I get involved with the local environment conservation?
We encourage you to look out for the initiatives at the event raising money for The Hood Plover – funding for Birds Australia.
Alternatively you can register through- Conservation Volunteers by following the link below:
Making the most of your Kangaroo Island Experience
For all things Kangaroo Island please visit the following sites:
Are there Sealink shuttle services to take us around the island?
Yes. Sealink have provided us with a Highlights Tour which will take you to the most prized and pristine tourist locations during the festival dates. Scheduled to be released shortly.
Other events SurfingSA are involved with
Fantastic Noodles Pro Junior Event, July
Knights Beach Pro, September
Yorkes Classic, October
Rip Curl Gromsearch, November
State Titles, February-April
Major event partners and sponsors
Government of South Australia, South Australia Events, South Australian Tourism Commission, Fantastic, Sealink, ASP, Surfing South Australia, Coopers, Rip It Up Publishing