Wide Open Space acknowledges and pays respects the Arrernte people – Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land we festival on.. Particular respect goes to Damien Ryder, who is the custodian for the Ross RIver Resort site.
For three days, Wide Open Space becomes part of the majestic MacDonnell Ranges. People, lights and music are temporarily stitched into a patchwork of rocks, River Redgums and sand. The land has seen many transformations; 700 million years ago the geology was laid down, and 400 million years ago it went through upheaval to form the Ranges…it’s been waiting for you ever since.
Wide Open Space promises to feed your mind, tickle your artistic fancy and get your booty shaking. The festival explores the mental, emotional, social, cultural and environmental landscapes of the desert. It is a chance to connect with like minded individuals and celebrate the beauty of this incredible landscape while having one helluva hoedown.
2018 is the 10th annual festival. The festival is made possible by a dedicated crew of magnificent misfits and is the only event of its kind in Central Australia. For many, it provides the opportunity to experience the heart of our country for the very first time. For the people of the NT, it’s the best godayum party of the year.
In addition to the fine music & arts program, WOS also offers a tasty selection of Workshops, a small-person district known as Kids Space and a well-stocked Market Place with food, crafts and other special delights.
At Wide Open Space we work to create a safe and fun space where you can truly feel free to experience the best that life has to offer. For us to do this safely and for the benefit of all, we do need to introduce some rules that need to be followed. Wide Open Space Festival Management reserve the right to refuse entry and also to remove people from the event should these issues come up.
Arriving: Gates open at Midday Friday. Please do not arrive earlier than this and expect to get in .
Driving: Ross Hway is bitumen all the way, but is single lane in some places. It also has cattle and wildlife wandering around, especially at night. PLEASE drive slow and safe. We also have a breathlyzer onsite for patrons use. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not drink and drive. Have a sleep, eat and have a coffee before driving. Keep an eye on your mates, and don’t let them drink and drive.
Camping & Parking
Is included in your ticket price- check site info for more details.
Our “Good People Policy”
Is what a gathering like this thrives on. Quite simply it goes like this: DON’T BE A DICKHEAD. Jumping the fence, theft, agression or abuse of any kind and any general douchebaggery will not be tolerated and you’ll be asked to leave with no ticket refund. Just don’t…..it’s embarrasing for everyone. Just be “good people” and everyone will be good people back to you. Simple right? We treat harassment and creepiness seriously, please report any wrong behaviour to the info desk, security or anyone else with a two-way radio.
Cash / Cards
There will be EFTPOS facilities at the Bar during operating hours.
Showers & Toilets
Shower will be limited to a couple of hours a day. Get in or miss out! There are loos available 24/7.
Safety, Security & First Aid
First and foremost: Look after yourself and each other! We want everyone to stay in one piece during the festival, so please don’t do anything stupid. You’re in the desert – dehydration is a real problem, especially when partying. While the site is surrounded by picturesque cliffs and mountains, we strongly recommend against attempting to climb them! Also – the Traditional Owners ask all festival goers to not climb the big Ridge to the South of the campsite for cultural reasons.
Security Guards are on patrol and will keep a low profile where possible. To help maintain this low profile, please don’t do anything stupid that requires security guards to intervene. Look after each other, be cool. As the festival has a NO BYO ALCOHOL policy, security will confiscate any alcohol found in the festival site.
First Aid will be available on site.
No Pets – assistance dogs with medical certificates and appropriate doggy vests are allowed. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know that you’re bringing your medically recognised best friend.
No BYO booze – the festival is a licensed event with a great selection at the Bar and under the Liquor Act, you cannot bring your own booze into the event. The security guards will be searching cars on entry and confiscating. Same in your camps should you be found to be drinking your own booze.
No illegal substances – what laws govern outside the festival are the same inside. WOS management reserves the right to remove patrons and notify police should there be problems associated with illegal substances.
No drones – some photography is being done by the Festival with drones and as such, no other drones are allowed at the event.
No camp fires – the festival site has a number of fires within the event space, but beyond that in the tight-packed campsite there is a zero tolerance policy. There is a lot of dry grass and big risk of bushfire should it escape. Patrons found lighting fires risk being evicted. Don’t be the goose that makes us evacuate the whole festival site!
No fireworks – fireworks may be legal in the NT on Territory Day, July 1 – but they are not welcome at WOS. The risk of starting a fire and the risk of hurting someone is too great and offending patrons will be evicted.
No generators – due to noise complaints about the quality and quantity of noise coming from previous ‘renegade’ sound systems, we will be confiscating any generators we find. Simple solution -just enjoy the party we have put on for you.
No glass – the safety of our rubbish sorting volunteers, barefoot kids and others has lead us to request that you don’t bring glass into the event. Please look at transplanting juices, jams, etc into plastic containers, means less risk of breaking and ending up hurting someone.
No exceptions – yes we know you’re special, that’s why these rules apply equally to everyone. We have a responsibility to provide a safe Festival environment and we ask that you help us to continue to do so.
Waste – WOS has “leave no trace” policy. If you bring it in, you take it out. We encourage the reuse of drinking vessels and the absolute minimisation of rubbish. Cigarette Smokers – Don’t be a Ciggy Butt-brain. Pocket your butts or find a bin. It’s 2017 seriously!