Southbound Music Festival is an annual arts, music and camping festival held at the Sir Stewart Bovell Park in Busselton, Western Australia. Southbound began its life as a single day music festival in 2005 and in 2006, expanded to enable attendees to camp on festival grounds. As of 2010, the festival takes place across 2 days, and allows campers to occupy the grounds for 3 days.
2013's line-up featured performances from The Flaming Lips, The Vaccines and The Hives.
Southbound is said to be a welcoming and eco-friendly community of music fans, and the festival itself caters to a number of tastes and musical persuasions.
History & Facts
Though initially only a one day festival, Southbound has grown steadily in recent years, and collaborates with a number of organizations. ArtBound started at Southbound in 2006, and is aimed at showcasing artworks from local up-and-coming artists, giving them the opportunity to share their work with a wider audience.
EcoBound is aimed at displaying how recyclable materials and alternative energy can be implemented to reduce the environmental impact of the festival. Solar power and biodiesel play an important part in the running of the festival.
StageBound is designed to give unsigned artists an opportunity to perform at Southbound. All that is required is that they are from the south west regional areas of Western Australia
Tickets & Travel
Friday: $129 Saturday: $129
Friday & Saturday
If you are arriving by car, you can follow the signs to the entry gates. For those travelling South from Bunbury/Perth, you can follow signs that divert you from Bussell Hwy along Sues Road to the parking gates.
The designated taxi drop off and pick up zone is located in the slip lane heading into Country Road, off Bussel Highway.
All tickets will cost $25 + BF (return) for each day.
If you’re traveling from within Busselton, shuttle buses will be offered for Southbound Festival ticket holders (non-campers) and locals. Tickets will cost $5 (one-way) and can be purchased on the bus.
Southbound festival does offer VIP tickets to attendees. They cost the following:
Friday: $200 Saturday: $200
Friday & Saturday
VIP packages entitle festival goers to the following:
-VIP parking includes a free shuttle bus to the festival entrance -Exclusive access to a shaded VIP Area with views of the main stage -VIP bar access, with four (4) complimentary alcohol drink tickets and four (4) complimentary soft drink/water drink tickets for the weekend which will be issued upon entry. Drinks may then be purchased from the bar. -A hot meal each day – served in the evening. -Private restrooms -A Southbound Festival program and stubbie holder
Southbound is an 18+ event but children under 18 may be permitted if they have a paid ticket and are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times. Children under four may be admitted for free, though festival organizers suggest that it is not appropriate to bring children of this age range. Under 18s are not permitted into the camp site under any circumstances.
What to Wear
Southbound festival does not operate any kind of dresscode, but recommends that ticket holders bring clothing for all weather, as it will be very hot during the day, but very cold at night.
Southbound offers camping to attendees in two general admission packages, as follows: HAPPY CAMPER (FRI & SAT) $210 (inc gst) + Optional Green Fee + BF Includes 2 nights camping and 2 days festival access Friday, 3rd and Saturday, 4th January 2014 18+ ONLY VIP: $325
PAMPERED CAMPER (FRI & SAT) $310 (inc gst) + Optional Green Fee + BF Includes 2 nights camping and 2 days festival access Friday, 3rd and Saturday, 4th January 2014 18+ ONLY VIP: $400
Festival organizers offer a list of things which should be brought by those camping at the festival as follows:
- tent (including a fly sheet)
- sleeping bag
- hat, sunscreen
- a beach towel and/or bath towel
- your board shorts, bathers or bikinis to shower in (many showers are communal) and to use down at the beach
- warm clothing as it will get cold after dark
- wet weather gear (come prepared for all weather, but no umbrellas)
- some comfy enclosed shoes
- a torch (with charged batteries)
- sealed, plastic water bottle – glass bottles are not permitted
- mosquito/fly repellent
- enough cash to get you through the festival
- a padlock for your tent. Alcohol is not permitted on the campsite.