A festival called PANAMA is set in an incredibly beautiful and fragile environment. Our vision for PANAMA is to be environmentally and socially sustainable – we ask you to join us in our aim to have as little impact on the environment as possible. We pride ourselves on being a Zero Waste site, and one of the most exciting things about the event has been our success with litter. This is because of you, the people who come. Each year we aim to do better. We want PANAMA to be known as the festival without litter and we think you do to.
1. Getting there & on arrival:
To ensure a smooth process at our box office please bring a copy of your ticket (either a printed or digital). This includes people on your booking who are traveling separately. If for some reason you are no longer able to attend and have had to sell a ticket – it is essential that you email Boxoffice@panamafestival.com.au to have the name changed officially on our gate list. Name changes can only be processed by the original purchaser.
The address of the festival is 570 Lone Star Road, Golconda. The site will be signposted from the main road (Golconda Rd/B81). Have a good look on Google maps before you leave and print a map. Note: phone reception is limited in this area.
The main program starts at 12 noon on Saturday March 10th and runs through to late Sunday night.
We offer an optional early arrival ticket again this year. We’ll be allowing people to come on site on Friday March 9th between 12 noon and 7pm. This will give you a chance to set up camp and be ready for the festival on Saturday. We won’t be programming the main stage but we’ll open the Bedouin Club bar for a pre-festival dance with some bands and DJs to kick things off. See the ticketing page for details.
If you have purchased a Friday Early Arrival Ticket, you will have access to the site from 12 noon – 7pm on Friday March 9th.
If you have purchased a Weekend Ticket, you will have access to the site from 9am – 7pm on Saturday March 10th. We invite you to come as early as
possible to have time to settle in and soak up the space.
Please note: gate opening times are strict; arrivals will not be accepted after 7pm on either night. We enforce the 7pm arrival as after dark the roads become a playground for many native creatures.
Patrons will head home Monday morning. The site must be vacated by 12 noon.
For a range of reasons (space, vibe, environment) we’d love people to carpool as much as possible. We don’t want to turn the space into a car park, so try and work together. Road trips are more fun with full cars anyway.
Camping sites are allocated as you arrive, so if you wish to camp with your friends/family it is important that you arrive together.
Once you have been sited, for safety reasons, you won’t be able to leave and come back again, so make sure you have everything you need (cash, warm clothes, water).
Campervans are welcome
Staying in Launceston longer? The team at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston are friends of the festival and they have an offer for PANAMA Patrons needing accommodation in the days either side of the festival. Use this link to access a special offer of 15% off the best available rate.
2. Site Rules:
We want PANAMA to be a harassment-free zone and we think you do too. Show respect and call out bad behaviour. PANAMA staff are on hand to support you. Don’t be that guy.
No BYO alcohol. This is a licensed event and we’ll have a couple of great bars serving drinks throughout the weekend. We aim to provide affordable drinks at our bars so please support the festival to allow this to continue. BYO alcohol is not permitted on site. Alcohol will be confiscated by site security.
Biodegradable soaps and shampoos only please.
No pets, no drumming and no personal stereos.
Smokers welcome but please stick to the smoking areas provided.
This is a ZERO WASTE event. You are responsible for your rubbish removal. ‘You ship it in, you ship it out’.
Please do not ever invade a stage. Respect the artists.
3. Children and families:
PANAMA is a music festival (and can be loud at times) but it’s still a great event for children and families. We have a wonderful Kid’s Space with interactive activities and games (though it’s a BYO adult situation).
4. What you’ll need:
Tent, bedding and warm clothes. It can get cold at night.
Wet weather gear. We’re hoping for a dry weekend but bring a raincoat, wellies and umbrellas in case.
Food: There will be a range of foodies on site providing coffee and tasty options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Feel free to bring your own supplies too.
Hat, sun cream.
Earplugs if you think you might need them either while on the dance floor or getting a good nights rest. Note; while the main stage program closes at 11pm each night, The Bedouin club is programmed until 3am on Saturday and Sunday.
Cash for food, drinks and merchandise. NOTE: PANABANK will be returing this year and with longer operating hours. So you should be able to withdraw cash on site. However – we still recommended that you bring enough cash for the weekend as we can’t guarantee this service will be operational at all times.
5. First Aid:
We are an outdoor event held in the habitat of many different organisms. There are ants nests on the site and you could get a sting over the weekend. To prevent our first aid team getting called to constantly treat these bites please bring along some stingoes and take care with your clothing and footwear on the property. For most people the stings are painful only briefly. For any first aid event requiring attention please seek assistance from any crew member with a radio or at any bar or stage.
6. The Great PANAMA Clothes Swap:
It is our pleasure to welcome back The Great PANAMA Clothes Swap, brought to you by our friends at Suitcase Rummage.
Please bring along 2-5 unwanted but valued items for trade & exchange at the Great Panama Clothes Swap. Swapping works best when there is a high standard of items to exchange. So, please bring along items that are: clean, good quality and with no faults.
Drop off your pieces at the lakeside shade on Sunday morning and come back for an afternoon rummage. This is your chance to do a little wardrobe clean out and pick up some new beauties in exchange, maybe a new outfit for the Bedouin Club.
This is for men and children too – get amongst it!
We cannot accept responsibility or liability for injury on this site under any circumstances. Attendance at this event is at your own risk. Please read full ticketing conditions (available at the purchase point) before purchasing.
Panama aims to be sustainable where possible and strives for continuous improvement.
We run our office using solar power, we recycle and compost. We brew cider on site, grow our own vegetables, and hand select food stalls with Tasmanian produce. We want to reduce our CO2 emissions by increasing our solar power capacity and making our use of generators more efficient. For more details on our environmental considerations and achievements email firstname.lastname@example.org.