Where exactly is Willowbank?
Willowbank is on a private property on the banks of the Murray River in South Albury, about 5 minutes from the Albury CBD. It can be accessed by heading South on Schubach Street, then turning right onto Willowbank Road. Check out the map here.
When does it start and end?
By The Banks will run from 11:30am to Midnight, on Saturday November 24.
What time can we arrive?
Gates will open at 11am, and you are welcome to arrive at any time during the event.
Can we buy tickets when we get there?
Yes, we’ll have tickets available at the door, but as our capacity is limited, it is safer, and will be cheaper, buying online. You can pre-order your tickets here.
Can children come?
Absolutely, we want to expose all ages to the magic of intimate music festivals. Children 12 and under are free, and teenagers are $45.
Can we drive?
Absolutely, there will be parking on site. If you’re planning on driving, we recommend gathering a group of friends and carpooling.
If we drive, can we leave our cars there overnight?
Yep, but we do request that you pick up your car by midday the following day, Sunday November 25.
Is there a shuttle bus?
There certainly is! The shuttle bus will leave from the SS&A Carpark (East entrance) every hour on the hour from 11am – 11pm.
Could we walk?
We don’t recommend walking along the dirt road into the event site, as it is narrow and there will be lots of traffic. Plus, it’s a longer walk than many realise. The bus is definitely a better option.
Is there disability access?
Definitely, we have disabled parking and toilets with disability access.
Will we need to bring cash?
We encourage you to bring cash, however there will be a Hume ATM on site if you need it.
Is food, water and alcohol available?
Definitely! We want to make your day as comfortable as possible, and are also doing everything we can to promote local businesses, so we will have everything you need on site, including water, food from local vendors, and a bar serving a range of beers and wine.
Is it BYO alcohol?
Sorry, but definitely not. Our licensing does not cover BYO alcohol, so don’t do it. We’ll have plenty of alcohol available on site.
Do we need to print our tickets?
You can, but we are trying to be as environmentally friendly as possible, so we recommend having your tickets on your phone if possible, rather than printing them off.
Can we bring our own seating and blankets etc?
Absolutely, we’ll have some seating there, but if you want to bring your own, go for it! Just be mindful of the dancing spaces.
Can we leave the venue and return?
Sure thing, but there’s no pause in the music all day, and we don’t suggest missing anything
What time does it end?
We’ll be shutting down just after midnight.
Can we camp?
Unfortunately not. Camping is great fun, but our epic venue site is on private property that is regularly used for farming (try Willowbank pumpkins some time!), and we want to respect their land. If you drive to the venue and then drink, we recommend getting a lift home or using the shuttle bus, then collecting your car in the morning.
Can we swim?
Sorry, no. We know the Murray is a nice place for a dip on a hot November day, but swimming at the event is not allowed. We will make sure there are other ways of keeping you cool.
What happens if it rains?
Bring a rain jacket and umbrella. Dancing in the rain is good fun, and we have a plenty of shelter.
What happens if it seriously rains?
We have a back-up date. All tickets will be valid for this date, or are refundable.
Will there be other things happening apart from the Music?
Yes, as amazing as the music is going to be, we’ll have some other things going on. As well as the food vendors and bar, we have a selection of market stalls to check out, yoga sessions, interactive art installations, and some workshops run by local community members.
How can I get involved or ask any further questions?
If you like the sound of what we are aiming for with By The Banks Music Festival, and are interested in helping out in any way, or have any more questions, please shoot us an email.
What if we have a noise complaint?
Please call Vicki Gray on 0416 436 966.