Music Only Tickets are only available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and requesting them.
Before contacting Jamie, please read the T&C’s of purchase of these tickets below:
Music Only Tickets cost £25 + £5 booking fee, they provide access to the festival for the enjoyment of the music only.
Music Only ticket holders will only have access to M.O. Designated Areas near each stage where each musical performance can be heard.
Music Only Ticket holders must wear a blindfold and be led by a Doune Steward at all times.
The Doune Steward will lead the Music Only Ticket holder to any M.O. Designated Areas of their choosing where a musical performance is occurring, where the ticket holder must continue to wear a blindfold at all times but may listen to and enjoy the music.
Where the musical performance is occurring inside a marquee, the M.O. Designated area will not be inside the marquee or under any form of cover.
Dancing will not be permitted for Music Only Ticket Holders wearing a blindfold due to the Health and Safety issues arising when sighted persons are dancing blindfold in a crowd of other sighted people who are also dancing and wearing blindfolds. An additional blindfold removal pass of £50 will be available to those who wish to enjoy the visual elements of the festival (and dancing!) and ensure the costs of our impressive visual display are covered, which is not limited to:
- the amazing decor; which takes months of preparation by our devoted decor team.
- the lighting, which costs a lot to hire and requires skill and ingenuity both on-stage and across the site to perfect.
- the site itself, which is a stunning location and is only available for hire at a premium, must be kept clean and free of litter, not to mention that ground damage and generation of mud must also be prevented at a huge cost involving almost 1.5km of temporary tracking mats!
An additional charge will also follow for the following services:
Toilet Facilities: There will be an additional charge of £5 per visit to any of the toilet facilities, which covers the extraordinary cost the festival has for hiring toilets into this rural location, a huge amount to dispose of the waste thereafter as well as the cleaning, servicing and maintenance of these units over the weekend.
Marquee Access: To be allowed into any marquee at the event, a marquee charge of £25 must be paid to cover costs of marquee hire as well as any heating and lighting therein. You’re also paying for health and safety of the space to be managed as a marquee is a unique environment in terms of various types of health and safety and fire risk.
Workshops: A Blindfold Removal Ticket will be required before access to any of the Workshops is available due to the potential health and safety risks the unique issues our Workshops pose to sighted blindfolded people. There will be additional costs varying (depending on the workshop you wish to attend) from £15- £50, to cover the cost of materials, expertise in teaching, the marquees to house the workshops, the generators and distribution needed to power the internal lighting and any equipment necessary, hire of any seating/furnishings and someone to manage the space.
Cinema: A Blindfold Removal Ticket will be required before access to the Cinema Tent is available due to the potential health and safety risks the unique environment of the Cinema Tent poses to sighted blindfolded people. There will be additional costs, price varying from £15 -£50, depending on the film you want to attend, to cover costs of the marquee for the cinema, the generators and distribution needed to power the projector and internal lighting, hire of the screen etc, as well as any seating/furnishings and someone to manage the space.
Spoken Word: A Blindfold Removal Ticket will be required before access to the Spoken Word Tent is available due to the potential health and safety risks the unique environment of the spoken word tent poses to sighted blindfolded people. There will be additional costs, price varying from £15- £50 depending on the spoken word performance you wish to attend to cover performance fees, expenses of performers, hospitality for performers, the marquee housing the performances, the generators and distribution needed to power the PA and internal lighting, hire of the stage etc, as well as any seating/furnishings and someone to manage the space…
Kids Area: A Blindfold Removal Ticket will be required before access to the Kids Area is available due to the potential health and safety risks posed by lots of (normally) sighted adults walking around lots of children blindfold. Access to the Kids Area/Family Zone will be available for an additional cost of £40 to cover the careful management of the space and giving access to all the well-advertised amenities that lie therein.
Showers: There will be an extra cost (on top of the discounted £3 fee for full ticket holders) of £7 for a shower visit (£10 total) to cover the generator hire and diesel required to fuel the shower, as well as the cost of installation and management of the system.
Bars and Dining Areas: A Blindfold Removal Ticket will be required before access to the Bars and Dining areas is available due to the potential health and safety risks posed by lots of (normally) sighted adults attempting to order food, eat and drink while blindfold. A Bars and Dining Pass will be required to enter any of the bars or catering units available on the site. The £20 pass will cover the costs management of these services, their erection and maintenance throughout the weekend, the generators and distribution needed to power the catering equipment, coolers, and pumps, as well as internal lighting, any seating/furnishings and staffing costs.
Camping: A Blindfold Removal Ticket will be required before camping is available due to the health and safety risks blindfold camping poses to sighted people. In order to cover the costs of setting up the campsite, including cutting the grass, reeds and thistles down in a 9 Hectare field, removing unsightly animal droppings, making it secure, lighting the campsite, patrolling the campsite with security at pertinent times throughout your stay, for unfettered access to campsite toilets, and access to the discounted shower price of £3 available to full ticket holders, an additional ticket costing £40 will be required for access to the campsite.
Live In Vehicle Tickets: A Blindfold Removal Ticket and a Camping ticket will be required before a Live In Vehicle Ticket can be purchased by a Music Only Ticket Holder.
Car Parking Tickets: A Blindfold Removal Ticket and a Camping ticket will be required before a Live In Vehicle Ticket can be purchased by a Music Only Ticket Holder.
Any other activities, apart from accessing the available audible musical performances at an M.O. Designated Area, may be subject to a charge at the discretion of the organisers. These Terms and Conditions May be altered at any time.
In the case of a medical emergency or incident requiring the holder of a Music Only Ticket to do so, accessing our First Aid facilities will always be provided free of charge.
If you really want to go for this pick n’ mix festival approach, then by all means email email@example.com who will arrange your bespoke pass. However, it would be much easier to simply purchase the nicely discounted all-inclusive tickets available from WeScanTickets and other outlets.
This is mainly designed to show PRS how unreasonable their standard rate licensing fees are for social enterprise festivals (like us!) in the modern world. We don’t deny the good work PRS does in licensing other areas. However, without a Music Only ticket option available, PRS would want to charge us 3% on 75% of our total ticket income for the event, to ensure that the artist who wrote the songs being played are paid for their work being performed in public, which is a noble and worthy aim that we would support if it were not administered in this unbalanced and unfair manner. This blanket fee, applied to all festivals from Glastonbury to us(!), regardless of size or the commercial/not for profit nature is outdated and doesn’t reflect the reality that most artists are now paid very well for festival appearances due to the decline in revenue from record sales raising the bar for performance fees, nor, and most importantly, does it recognise the intricate differences in overheads from smaller, social enterprise festivals to larger, commercial festivals and the not-for-profit nature of many smaller festivals. In addition, applying a blanket fee to the revenue of the event from ticket sales completely misses the fact that there are so many things (outlined above) that the event needs to pay for, covered by the ticket price, which are not at all music related and in our case they make up well over 25% of the cost of the event for the customer, as the PRS charging system would suggests they cost. PRS need to revisit their charging systems for festivals to take into consideration the changing global landscape of performer’s fees, and the large, growing number of non-profit festivals, refining their charging matrix to be fairer for smaller, social enterprise and charity events and those festivals which focus significantly on more than just music. Our income is not 75% music-related and a charging system based on 75% of our ticket revenue feels punitive and short-sighted in an environment where artist’s performance fees have increased year-on-year at a dramatic rate. By having a separate Music Only ticket available, we clearly define the music elements of our event at a fixed rate that reflects our income related to our music programme at £25 per head at a maximum capacity of 3250 people.