FAQs - Ride The Wave Festival 2023 Archive

Frequently Asked Questions

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Getting there

Car parks are for parking your car… but not on the festival weekend! Alban Place is closed off to all traffic, as well as the main car park near the Breakwall. The car park at the Salty Crew Kiosk end is open but only to be used for disabled access/drop off. You can park in the car park opposite the Port City Bowling Club and around Oxley Oval, and enjoy the walk to the festival – it’s looking to be a beautiful sunny weekend!

There will be buses to and from the festival to and from various places around Port Macquarie and surrounding suburbs. We will update the bus times here closer to the festival. 

The Ride the Soundwave Festival is located a short and easy bike ride from both Port Macquarie town centre and surrounding suburbs. Whether you are staying on site or offsite in Port Macquarie, bikes are going to be the best way to get around. There’s no waiting around and you’ll be right on site! BYO bike lock.

Upon arrival, your tickets will be scanned and you will be given a wristband to wear for the duration of the festival. Your tickets can only be scanned once and your wristband(s) becomes your ticket. Your wristband is your pass-out. No pass-outs after 7pm. 


You can purchase tickets for the Ride the Soundwave Festival 2023 via our ticketing page. Tickets will be on sale until sold out.

Present your ticket/s via your smartphone ready for scanning on arrival. Tip: zoom in on the barcode. 

Alternatively, you may print your tickets.

Tickets are non-refundable, but are transferable to other people. 

Yes! Everyone wants an epic Ride the Soundwave festival experience and if your behaviour affects this experience, we will ask you to leave. Here are some of the things likely to get you kicked out for the sake of others:

  • Doing anything illegal
  • Putting yourself or others are serious risk of injury
  • Threatening behaviour
  • Unsupervised U18s without a parent or guardian at all times
  • Failing to supervise U18s in your care
  • Drinking alcohol as an U18
  • Enabling an U18 to drink alcohol
  • Losing or tampering with your wristband in anyway – you must look after this, it is your ticket and proof of valid entry.
  • Helping anyone to gain entry to the festival without their own valid festival ticket or wristband
  • Damaging or taking property of the festival, the venues or other campers

There is a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for TRESPASS and comprehensive measures will be implemented to prevent and prosecute TRESPASS.

TRESPASS includes any attempt to gain entry to the festival site or campgrounds without a valid ticket or wristband and wearing an invalid or forged wristband. Wristbands will be continually checked for validity and proper application by festival staff throughout the event. Trespassers will be detained, handed to police and charged with one or more of the following: Falsification of a Document, Obtaining Financial Advantage by Deception and Trespass. The maximum penalty for these dishonesty crimes is 10 years’ imprisonment. Trespassers will receive a criminal conviction and/or a substantial fine.

Trespassers and anyone assisting trespassers will be refused entry or ejected, and banned from future events at the site. If a vehicle is found to be carrying or assisting even one trespasser, all occupants of the vehicle will be refused entry, ejected, and banned from future events.

Can I Volunteer at the Festival?

Volunteers are the backbone of all great community events, and Ride the Soundwave relies on the involvement of socially-minded, hard-working members of our region.

A general volunteer at Ride the Soundwave might be required to assist with any of the following….

  • Car Parking Steward
  • Set Up And Pack Down
  • Gate/Ticket Collection At RTW Sound Wave Concert
  • Flyer Distribution
  • Data Collection
  • Crowd Control
  • Serving Coffee (From MAD Van)
  • Barista
  • Bar Attendant
  • Selling Merchandise
  • General Helper
  • Food Truck Attendant
  • Backstage Assistant
  • Hospitality Rider For Bands

Fill out a Volunteer Registration Form and we’ll be in touch!

Can I Bring a Chair/tent/Food/Drinks to the Festival? What isn't Allowed?

We’re afraid not. There’ll be so much happening and so many people around that chairs have the potential to get in the way during the action.

If you’re camping, please leave your tent in the campground. 

Due to strict liquor licensing conditions that apply to all festivals in NSW, BYO alcohol is not permitted. The Ride the Soundwave Barrel Room is located at the main site and offers a great range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks for you to enjoy.

We encourage you to try some of the wonderful local market produce we’ve sourced for you, including vegan and vegetarian options. You cannot bring glass on to site, so please keep this in mind when packing.

The following items are banned from the festival site:
* Alcohol (there will be drinks on sale within the Barrel Room).
* Glass
* Generators
* Anything illegal
* Fire: including fire twirling, flares, sparklers, candles or other naked flames
* Gazebos
* Single-use plastic
* Laser Lights (LED light are okay)
* Drones
* Anything you don’t plan to take home!

Guide dogs and Companion dogs are allowed in all areas of the festival.

Pet dogs are allowed in the main Ride the Soundwave festival area, as long as they are on a lead and do not interfere with Guide or Companion dogs. Please exercise caution in crowded areas. 

You will be asked to leave with your dog if your dog causes any issues for Companion dogs, Guide dogs or other festival goers.

Accessibility and Inclusion Information

We accept Companion Cards at this event. The person with the disability is required to buy a ticket as normal. Their Companion is not required to buy a ticket but should show a valid companion card on arrival at the venue where they will be let in free of charge.

It sure is! The best wheelchair access point is through the carpark near Salty Crew. You won’t be able to park there, but you are able to drive through the carpark and drop off. There is wheelchair access to the festival area next to the main entrance.

Catering and Market Stalls

Please get in touch if you’d like to hold a stall at the Ride the Wave festival: email makeadifferencepmq@gmail.com