Things to know
Tickets to this event are sold via the private headfirst link. By buying a ticket you’re agreeing to the terms and conditions of this event. The organisers have taken reasonable steps to ensure the safety of everyone at the event. You attend the event at your own risk. The organisers accept no responsibility and are not liable for any harm caused to an individual on the festival site during the event. The organisers accept no responsibility and are not liable for any damage to or theft of personal property at the event.
We aim to create the most safe and secure environment possible. The welfare of all guests, crew and artists is always paramount. We’re doing a lot, but we also need your help too!
We’re planning the event on the basis that government restrictions do not prevent the festival from taking place. We will be taking extra precautions whilst planning the event to avoid having to cancel and to be able to refund your ticket if necessary. There will be additional precautions during the weekend to ensure the safety of all those attending.
The most important of these precautions is that everyone arriving at the site will have to prove their COVID-19 status with one of the following:
either a negative rapid lateral flow COVID-19 test or a negative COVID-19 PCR test from the last 48 hours before arrival.
proof of natural immunity based upon a positive PCR test taken within 180 days of the event (including 10 days self-isolation following the result). This can be shown via the NHS app.
Anyone who arrives without either of these will not be allowed entry to the festival site, nor will anyone travelling in the same vehicle as them, regardless of their test results.
We’ll be taking all reasonable steps to comply with any relevant guidelines intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and we will make sure you are aware of these measures. However, we cannot be responsible for the behaviour or health of other attendees. Accordingly, we will not be responsible if you catch COVID-19 at the festival.
To help us reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, we ask that you do not attend if:
You have tested positive for COVID-19 within the 10 days before Midsummer Groove.
You display any symptoms of COVID-19
You live with someone who displays symptoms of COVID-19 or who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the 10 days before Midsummer Groove
You’ve been told to self-isolate
What we already have in place:
Comprehensive risk assessment in place and events management process
Hand sanitiser stations will be available throughout the site
Cleaning regimes for touch points and services are in place
Additional training is in place for all crew
In addition to the above, we recommend you limit contact with others ahead of attending Midsummer Groove if possible.
Whilst hand sanitiser is available on site, we recommend you also bring your own hand sanitiser and cleaning materials.
If you have particular needs surrounding access, please contact the Midsummer Groove team at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how we can facilitate a barrier-free weekend of fun for you.
You can bring your own alcohol to the festival - however, glass is banned. If you're a cheeky so-and-so and sneak it in, it will be confiscated; this is to protect you, your friends and the beautiful countryside we are lucky enough to party in.
There will be chilled alcohol served at the bar at these unbelievably good prices:
Pints of ale £3.90
Lager cans £2.50
Cider cans £2.50
Gin + mixer £3.00 (single) £4.00 (double)
There is a zero tolerance policy on bad behaviour. We want Midsummer Groove to be a safe space for everyone. This means enjoying yourself, but never at the expense of others. We're taking it upon ourselves to make sure everyone is safe and happy.
“Check yourself before you wreck yourself.”
We'd like to emphasise that the festival is founded on collaboration and mutual respect. We want Midsummer Groove to be a safe space for everyone, inclusive of and celebrating all identities. We have a zero tolerance policy on racist, homophobic, sexist, misogynistic, discriminatory and violent behaviour. Any one who is found compromising this safe space will be removed from the site and not allowed back in. You can approach any steward (in high vis) to report an incident or if you need assistance in any way. Please see our Safe Space Policy to see our full procedures.
If you see anything that bothers you, tell us. You can find one of the stewards or bar staff in high-vis jackets or go to the tent at the main gate at the entrance to the car park if you are concerned about anyone or anything.
Camping and glamping
Camping is in the designated field next to the music field only. Please do not camp anywhere else. There will be clear signage to help you. Please take all your belongings with you at the end of the weekend, and make sure your rubbish is put into the bins provided.
You’re welcome to stay in your vehicle camper van, please note there is a specific section in the car park for camper vans, but no electricity or sanitary utilities available.
Glamping is available from https://www.devonbelltent.com/
You book and pay directly with the company. There are limited spaces available for glamping tents.
Open fires are not allowed. You may use a BBQ as long as it’s raised above the ground. Any BBQs that are found cooking directly on the ground will be extinguished and confiscated. There will be a fire pit in the courtyard for your thermal enjoyment.
Unfortunately, we cannot allow dogs to attend the festival.
Reusable cups will be available at the bar, however they will come at an additional charge of £2 per cup. We encourage you to bring your own reusable cup.
Tea (50p) and cafetiere coffee (£1) will be available on a self-service, honesty box scheme - you will need to bring your own reusable cup for hot drinks.
The bar will be a cashless affair!
Please ensure you have a contactless payment method or a chip and pin card to buy drinks at the bar.
HOWEVER, there will be pay-as-you-feel workshops, self-service tea, coffee and toast, as well as a number of other small items you can pay for with cash, so please bring a little physical cash to see you through the weekend.
If you have fewer than 3 people in your car (2 in a van) you will also need to pay a £10 fee in cash to park.
There are drinking water points around the site and drinking water is also available at the bar for free. However, recyclable cups from the bar cost £2, please remember to bring your own.
You'll need your ticket and photo ID (passport, bank card or driving license) to get into the festival. We can't make exceptions to this rule.
This is strictly an over 18s only event.
First aid is provided in the welfare tent, located in the camping field next to the cricket pitch. You can ask any steward in high vis to assist you with getting first aid. There will always be a steward in the tent next to the main gate at the entrance to the car park, no matter what time of day or night.
There will be a food stall providing hot food over the weekend. There will be no camp shop on site, so please bring everything you need to cook your own food.
Shepton Mallet is the nearest place to do a proper shop. There's also a small shop in Bruton, where the nearest train station is located.
See any steward to ask for help or information. There will always be a steward in the tent next to the main gate at the entrance to the car park. They’ll be able to give information, first aid, or just a hug.
There is an absolute zero-tolerance policy on NOS at the festival. Anyone found with a nos dispenser or canisters will have all the equipment removed and be subject to a further search. This is due to the environmental impact of the canisters and the risk they pose to the farmland. There are plenty of other ways to have fun.
You can charge your phone behind the bar for free. You do so at your own risk and the organisers accept no responsibility for damage, loss or theft of phones left behind the bar.
Air horns (or other very loud things!), illegal substances, Nitrous Oxide (NOS), anything that could be classed as a weapon, fireworks/flares/sky lanterns, unofficial hi-vis clothing/tabards, spray paint/marker pens, animals, laser pens, glass bottles (excluding make up), signs or materials displaying discriminatory, derogatory or offensive messages, slogans or images.
Tickets are non-refundable. If you can no longer attend, go to our Headfirst event page to add your ticket to the resale list. If someone joins the waiting queue, they will automatically get your ticket and you will be refunded your ticket cost.
Please make use of the ample rubbish facilities around the festival site. If you're caught littering you run the risk of being removed from the site.
Remember, everyone working at the festival is a volunteer, and probably also your friend. Any rubbish you leave will have to be cleared by them, in their own time.
Please enter into the spirit of the festival and help us keep the site clean.
Last time we received lovely messages from local residents saying how they had never seen anyone keep the site so clean with so many people - they were very complimentary!
Absolutely no smoking inside the Barn or at our second stage (inside marquee), or inside any other enclosed structure. Also, please please please don’t throw your cigarette butts on the ground - they are terrible pollutants, and there are animals on the land at other times of the year. Bins provided so please use them, and encourage others to do so too!
You can buy a portable ‘ash pouch’ for next to nothing on eBay which is a good investment if you are going to smoke! Link: https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=ash+pouch&_sacat=0
Please do not bring your own sound system - and if you bring a portable speaker then please be considerate of other campers around you. Remember - there is music running all day and night already!
There will be portable toilets and indoor toilets on site. We request that those who can, use urinals for their number ones to free up the cubicles.
Indoors there will be a all-gender toilet and a non-binary/women only toilet. The all-gender toilets do contain a urinal.
Please let a steward know if toilet roll runs out in any of the toilets.
(We’ll send you the exact details closer to the time of the festival.)
Cars - Parking is free if you bring a full car of people (3 people or more, 2 if in a van). If your car has less than 3 people it will cost £10 to park. We're doing this to make sure we can fit all the cars on site but also: the environment, people.
Trains - The nearest train station is Bruton - you can get there from Bristol in approximately 1 hour 15 minutes. It's a 15 minute taxi ride from Bruton train station to the festival site.
See any steward to ask for help or information. There will always be a steward in the tent next to the main gate at the entrance to the car park. They will be able to give information, first aid, or just a hug.
If you or someone else needs help of any kind, find a steward in a high-vis jacket. They will be sober and have been briefed on what to do in emergencies. Please do not attempt to help someone who requires medical attention yourself, always get a steward.