Essential Information

Panama Festival Essential Information

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:

• 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 11th and runs through to late Sunday night.

• We will be offering an optional early arrival ticket again this year. We’ll be allowing people to come on site on Friday March 10th 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.

• Gates will be OPEN 12pm-7pm on Friday March 10th for early arrival ticket holders.

• Gates will be open 9am- 7pm on Saturday March 12th for all weekend pass holders. We invite you to come as early in the day as possible to have time to set up camp 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.

2. Site Rules:

• No BYO alcohol.
• 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.
• Cash for food, drinks and merchandise.
• A reusable water bottle. We’re trying to phase out plastic water bottles. We’ll have a few points where you can cheaply re-fill your bottle with Mount Arthur Spring water.
• Blankets/rugs to lounge on.
• A torch.
• A few items of clothing for the great PANAMA clothes swap: you’ll receive more details about this when you purchase your ticket.
• A yoga mat. Yoga sessions have been organised on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

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. What we’ll provide:

• Camping.
• Parking.
• Drinks: 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.
• Some of the best bands in the world.

7. Liability:

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.

8. Environment:

Panama aims to be sustainable where possible and strives for continuous improvement.
We run our office using solar power, have wood-fired showers, we recycle and compost. We brew cider on site, grow our own vegetables, 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