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The Northwest Festival is the Pilbara's Premier music event, running since 2012.  Experience a world class entertainment line up in the picturesque Civic Centre Gardens on August 24 and 25, headlined by the multi-platinum selling Amy Shark. Joined by the barrier breaking Baker Boy, electro-pop legends The Potbelleez, the genre smashing renegades Redhook and Pilbara's very own musical talent, the 2019 line up is simply not to be missed. Tickets for the unmissable 2019 Northwest Festival go on sale 9AM Friday 21 June AWST. 

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION FOR 2019 NORTH WEST FESTIVAL ATTENDEES

Dates/Times

The weekend’s key times are below:

North West Festival - Saturday 24 August 2019

4.00pm           Gates open

4.30pm           Official opening

4.40pm           Lachy John

5.20pm           Mikey Smith and The Salty Cowboys

6.15pm             RedHook

7.30pm            The Potbelleez

9.00pm           Baker Boy

10.30pm          Amy Shark

11.30pm           Music finishes, bars close

12.00am          Gates close

                                                                                                                                                                        

Sundowner - Sunday 25 August 2019

3.00pm           Gates open

3.10pm            Sophia Holmes

3:50pm           Bella Blakemore

5.05pm           Pierce Brothers

6.45pm           Ash Grunwald

7.45pm            Music finishes, bars close

8.00pm          Gates close  

Travel

By Car

The Festival and Sundowner are held at the Civic Centre Gardens - McGregor Street, Port Hedland.  

If you are driving from the south or east (ie. South Hedland, Karratha) turn right at Cooke Point Road and head north east for 1.4km. At the roundabout take the 1st exit onto McGregor Street. Continue west then turn left at the Turf Club main entrance.

  • If you are driving from the north or west (ie. Port Hedland) then follow the directions along McGregor Street to the Turf Club main entrance.
  • When exiting the Festival and Sundowner please follow directions and utilise the Port Hedland Skate Park exit.

Please be sensible and safe and don’t drink and drive!

Police will be on hand to make sure the law is obeyed. We want you to enjoy yourself and to get home safely. Take one of the free shuttle buses, get dropped off or arrange a skipper, but please don’t drive if you are planning to drink.

By Bus

We encourage you to take one of the free shuttles to and from the Festival and Sundowner. All shuttles are accessible for attendees utilising wheelchairs or prams. Please see below information and below maps for shuttle stops.  

South Hedland Shuttle

Pickups will be running on the hour between:

  • 3.30pm – 7.30pm on Saturday
  • 2.30pm – 4.30pm on Sunday

Shuttle buses depart from the Festival on Saturday night at 10.00pm, 11.30pm and 12.00am and depart the Sundowner on Sunday at 7.00pm and 8.00pm.

The South shuttle buses will follow TransHedland Route 871 (South Hedland Circular Route – Clockwise), with an additional stop at Blackrock Caravan Park before heading into Port Hedland.

Patrons are advised to wait at any bus stop on TransHedland Route 871 https://www.pta.wa.gov.au/Portals/15/AA_DOCUMENTS/Our_services/Transregional%20timetables%20and%20fares/Port%20Hedland%20timetable%20effective%2028%20April%202019.pdf?ver=2019-04-23-151621-040&timestamp=1565841616766

Port Hedland Shuttle

Pickups will be running on the hour between:

  • 3.30pm – 7.30pm on Saturday
  • 2.30pm – 4.30pm on Sunday

Shuttles will depart the Festival on Saturday at 10.00pm and 11.30pm and depart the Sundowner on Sunday at 7.00pm and 8.00pm.

The Port shuttle buses will follow TransHedland Route 870 (South Hedland – Port Hedland), stopping at Port Hedland / Cooke Point / Pretty Pool stops only.

Patrons are advised to wait at any bus stop on TransHedland Route 870 in Port Hedland / Cooke Point / Pretty Pool

https://www.pta.wa.gov.au/Portals/15/AA_DOCUMENTS/Our_services/Transregional%20timetables%20and%20fares/Port%20Hedland%20timetable%20effective%2028%20April%202019.pdf?ver=2019-04-23-151621-040&timestamp=1565841616766

Parking

If you are driving to the Festival and Sundowner, free parking is available at the Port Hedland Turf Club. Access the parking area via the Turf Club main entrance. To exit, please follow directions and exit at the Port Hedland Skate Park. Please do not smoke in the festival carpark as this is a fire risk.

Accessible parking is available at the Civic Centre carpark.

Passenger drop offs/pickups, taxis and H Ride

All cars, taxis and H Ride vehicles dropping off or picking up Festival and Sundowner patrons should head to the drop off/pick up areas located at the Turf Club. Do not try and pick up or drop off anywhere else as it disrupts the flow of traffic and you will be moved on.

  • Carlindie Cabs can be contacted on 9140 1313
  • Hedland Taxis can be contacted on 9173 1010
  • South Hedland Taxis can be contacted on 9172 1010
  • H Ride can be contacted on 9172 3333

Getting in

All patrons (no matter their age) need to present an event ticket (printed or electronic) in their name. All 18+ patrons must present a legal form of identification, which matches the ticket holder’s name. The only acceptable forms of photo identification are:

  • A current Australian driver’s license
  • A current passport
  • Proof of age card

Town of Port Hedland do not support the practice of street drinking. We advise patrons that street drinking upon arrival or in the vicinity of the event will result in patrons being refused entry to the event and face a $200.00 fine. No alcohol is allowed to be brought into the Festival or Sundowner – All bags will be searched on entry by our friendly security staff.

Jackets or any other clothing or accessory, or any clearly visible body marking, bearing patches or insignia of any Outlaw Motor Cycle Gangs, are not permitted to be worn or to be visible on the licensed premises.

Pass outs

Due to WA Liquor Licensing restrictions, there are no pass-outs from the Festival. Therefore, you should make sure that you take everything you need with you into the Festival. This includes enough cash to get you through the day!  

Pass-outs are permitted from the Sundowner however patrons will be required to re-enter subject to the same security requirements as the initial entry.

Food and drinks

Sorry, but no BYO alcohol. Due to WA Liquor Licensing restrictions, there is no alcohol allowed to be brought into the Festival or Sundowner. All bags will be searched on entry by our friendly security staff.

We are requesting that you do your bit, and leave the alcohol at home. There will be Police and Liquor Licensing presence within the Festival and Sundowner, and if you are found with alcohol, unfortunately, it will need to be confiscated and you may be fined. But even worse, your actions may result in the Festival and Sundowner being shut down for the years to come.

Please do your bit to ensure the North West Festival and Sundowner will be a fantastic experience for all in 2019 and future years.

Sealed plastic water, soft drink or juice bottles or cans are allowed into the Festival and Sundowner (note that all bottles will be opened and sniff-tested by security). Free tap water will be available inside the events from water stations. There will be a great range of food options available at the Festival and Sundowner as part of the North West Festival experience. You can bring your own food however no glass bottles or containers please.

Weather

We play rain or shine, so if it’s looking like it is going to rain please bring some wet weather gear (note that umbrellas, including small, fold-up umbrellas are not permitted). Cancellations due to weather will occur only in the event of dangerous conditions and will be at Town of Port Hedland’s sole discretion.

What to bring/Not to bring

Bring with you...

  • Your ticket
  • Valid photo ID for 18+ patrons (refer to the information above the only forms of photo ID that will be accepted)
  • Enough cash to get you through the day (there are no ATM facilities and only limited EFT available!)
  • Protection from the sun (hat, sunscreen, sunglasses)
  • If it looks like it’s going to rain, bring appropriate clothing
  • Some warm clothing as it will get chilly after dark
  • Comfy and enclosed shoes (thongs are great, but you may want to give your feet a break)
  • Small sized digital devices (phone, Go Pro, camera)
  • A good festival vibe

Leave at home...

  • Alcohol or any illicit substance
  • Dangerous and quite frankly, uncool behaviour like moshing, climbing, crowd surfing or stage diving (don’t risk being ejected from the event)
  • Any unsealed bottles or cans
  • Glass vessels or containers
  • Clothing featuring Motor Cycle Gang colours, patches or insignias
  • Anything that could be used as a weapon (this includes eskies, chairs and umbrellas)
  • Professional photography, video equipment and tape recorders are not allowed without the event manger’s permission (i.e. any detachable lens, camera stands/selfie sticks or any lens over 20cm)
  • Animals (guide dogs excepted)

Information and Safety

If you have any questions or have lost something or someone, ask one of our friendly event (wearing bright purple shirts on Saturday and bright teal shirts Sunday) or security staff or visit the Lost & Found. If you need medical attention then get hold of a security staff member or head to First Aid. In the event of an emergency follow the directions of the security staff.

Please note excessive drinkers, illegal drug users or patrons displaying antisocial behaviour will be evicted and dealt with by Police.

Accessibility

Please note the North West Festival and Sundowner are accessible for attendees in wheelchairs or those utilising prams. The venue has accessible toilet and parking facilities, as well as limited seating throughout (indicated on attached Event Map).

All shuttle buses for the event are accessible vehicles.

Assisted listening devices are available for the entertainment occurring on the main stage. Devices can be requested from Information Desk (indicated on attached Event Map).

The North West Festival and Sundowner accept Companion Card holders at no additional cost. To receive a Companion Card ticket please purchase an event ticket, then simply show your Companion Card at the event to receive a complimentary ticket (of the same type) for your companion.

If you have any specific questions in regards to accessibility please contact the Town of Port Hedland on 9158 9300 or council@porthedland.wa.gov.au

Keep Port Hedland beautiful!

Let’s ‘Do the right thing’ on highways, roadsides, the Turf Club, Civic Centre Gardens and surrounds. Dispose of your litter in the rubbish bins provided, recycle your cans in the Larry the Lizard sculpture or keep your litter with you until you find an appropriate place to dispose of it.

Respect thy neighbour

Please respect our lovely neighbours when exiting the venues and keep noise to a minimum.

Staying overnight?

Please contact the Port Hedland Visitor Centre for information on accommodation in Port Hedland on 9173 1711 or info@visitporthedland.com Please note there is no free camping associated with the festival. Travellers with fully self-contained vehicles are able to stay at the RV Camping Area for up to 3 days. There are no fees and no bookings required. This is provided on a first in best dressed basis and is patrolled by Rangers. 

2019 North West Festival Event Map


Media Enquiries

For media or enquiries, please get in contact with us via media@porthedland.wa.gov.au or phone 08 9158 9300. You can also follow all the latest Northwest Festival updates by clicking the link below. 

Our Sponsors

The 2019 Northwest Festival is made possible by our valued sponsors. We would like to recognise the contributions of Presenting Partner BHP, Silver Sponsor Roy Hill, Sundowner Sponsor Fortescue Metals Group, Major Sponsors Goodline, Pilbara Ports Authority and Santos, Associated Sponsors Port Hedland International Airport, Cleanaway, Port Haven and The Esplanade Hotel and Media Sponsors GWN7, Northwest Telegraph, RedFM 91.7 and Spirit 94.1 Hedland. More sponsors will be announced in the coming weeks.