GAYTIMES RULEBOOK

Photo by Liam Wright.

Photo by Liam Wright.

AN INCLUSIVE FESTIVAL

Gaytimes aims to create a magical space for LGTBIQ people and their friends to come together and be themselves.

We have a strict zero-tolerance policy towards sexual abuse, harassment and any anti-social, homophobic, transphobic, biphobic or racist behaviour.

Bigotry of any kind, including homophobia, transphobia or racially insensitive costumes (read: blackface or Native American headdresses) will be met with dismissal from the Festival.

Be aware of the space you are in and enjoy yourselves.

The Channel's Safety Ambassadors will be onsite, to look out for those who may be feeling uncomfortable or compromised. The Channel recognises that the safety of the patrons of Gaytimes is the most important aspect of the event by promoting physical safety, and for the event to be free of harassment, anti-social behaviour, homophobia, transphobia, biphobia or racism.

DanceWize will also be onsite, and is a program that utilises a peer education model to reduce drug and alcohol related harm at Victorian dance parties, festivals and nightclubs. They are hosting a chill-out space for festival goers; providing a quiet, low stimuli, relaxation space where patrons can take time out, discuss safer drug use with peers and receive or be referred to different health resources.

Gaytimes will also have TAC’s Vanessa team offering free breath testing so you drive home safe.

If you’re worried, you can always book a seat on the Gaytimes Shuttle Bus brought to you by Vanessa and hitch a ride with us so you don’t have to worry about driving.


THE RULES

FOR ALL THE INFO YOU NEED, PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE FULL 2019 ESSENTIAL GUIDE HERE.


NO FIRES

TOTAL FIRE BAN Day and Night.

This is a high fire danger site. Please leave behind gas bottles and kegs, lanterns, cookers, BBQs, generators, fireworks, candles.

Bin your cigarette butts and fully extinguish them, and don’t throw them away. Please listen to our Fire Suppression Team onsite - they are there to keep you safe.


STRICTLY NO GLASS

We will search your car on arrival and we will confiscate any glass you bring (and probably drink it!) so remember to bring only cans and plastic bottles.

This is for your own safety so keep broken glass out of the festival.


NO PASS OUTS

We do not allow festival goers to leave and re-enter the festival. If you leave the festival, your wristband will be cut at the gate and you will be refused entry on your return. This is for your own safety and is a requirement of our responsible service of alcohol policy - as we do not promote people driving while intoxicated. We encourage you to bring your own alcohol when you arrive, and if you run out, you can always purchase drinks or food on site


don't climb the trees

The trees are grey because they were destroyed during the Black Saturday fires, and therefore DEAD, so if you climb them they can fall


don't go into the forrest

The forest surrounding the festival site can contain sloping, uneven ground, sharp falls, loose rocks and fallen trees. For your own safety, stay within the clearings and the trails set aside as camping areas and don’t wander off, especially at night or when you’ve been drinking.


RESPECT THE SITE

Keep Lake Mountain clean. Please put your rubbish and cigarette butts in the garbage bags and bins provided, help with cleaning up the site when requested and don’t take mementos. Take all of your belongings - tents, couches etc with you when you leave or throw them in bins


WEAR YOUR WRISTBAND

AT ALL TIMES! Anyone not wearing a wristband will be assumed to be a trespasser, and will be evicted from the Festival.


DRIVE CAREFULLY

When you enter the festival site, drive super slowly (under 5km per hour) and don’t reverse in the public carpark as there are lots of other festivalgoers around you. When you are coming up to Lake Moutain Alpine Resort, remember the road can be windy and features sharp turns so be cautious. Avoid driving at night.

DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE. Designate a driver for the drive up and back, and make sure you arrive and leave well under 0.05. You may encounter a booze or drug bus on the way back to Melbourne so don’t take the risk


LOOK AFTER YOURSELF AND OTHERS

If you have a chronic condition - such as epilepsy or asthma - please carry information regarding your condition and emergency contacts on you at all times.

Likewise, if you are seriously allergic to any food, make sure you notify our food vendors before you eat anything or else bring your own food.


BE QUIET IN YOUR CAMPSITE AFTER MIDNIGHT.

You can rage all night, but remember your fellow festivalgoers might be sleeping. If you want to party till dawn, we have an after hours dancefloor for you in NIGHTTIMES. No amplified music or speakers after midnight.

And on that... DANCEFLOORS ARE FOR DANCING. Put your phone away and enjoy the music, or stand further back from the stage.


GATES OPEN 12PM FRIDAY AND CLOSE 12PM SUNDAY

Don’t arrive early or we won’t let you in. If you stay after 2pm on Sunday, you’re officially on your own


MOST IMPORTANTLY, DON’T BE A DOUCHEBAG!