Auckland City Limits: Important Information
We’re roaring back and ready to go! Gates open at 11am on Saturday morning and Western Springs will be packed with bands, bars, cars and all manner of good times. Here’s a few pointers for your day at Auckland City Limits.
Tickets and wristbands… you’ll need BOTH. Please bring that Ticketmaster ticket along to the show, even if you have had your wristband delivered already. If you don’t have your wristband yet, we’ll issue one to you at the gate.
If you want to avoid queues on the day, head down to the festival box office at Western Springs by the Bullock Track corner. It’s open from 12 noon to 6pm from Wednesday to Friday next week to issue wristbands and Cashless top-ups. The box office opens at 9am on the day of the show.
Cashless… is the magic process for all money transactions that will speed up everyone’s day at City Limits. RFID technology in the wristband everyone wears will enable you to top-up from stations around the site (using cash, eftpos or credit cards) to spend at all bars, food outlets, merch and market stalls. Remember this is the ONLY way you can purchase anything at ACL. No vendors will accept cash or cards.
You can refund your unspent wristband balance at the end of the day or after the festival. Details ataucklandcitylimits.com.
Bringing the kids? Great, they are gonna have a ball. We need to wristband them too at our tag-a-kidtent at the gate, prior to entry. If your child is ten or under but looks older, make sure you bring some ID for him or her. But remember the important bit is that we are letting kids 10 and under in free.
Speaking of ID. If you are 18 and over and planning to drink alcohol, you’ll need some ID too because our site is like a huge pub. There are three R18 zones – VIP, Tokyo Dry and Golden Dawn – but the rest of the site is like a giant open air family friendly beer garden with incredible food and absolutely mindblowing music all day long.
What are you drinking out of? It’s a Globelet. Everyone is drinking out of Globelets at City Limits. These are eco-friendly hard recycled souvenir cups, not squishy cracking plastic beer-spilling vessels that make the dolphins cry. There is a $2 deposit you can get back from the bar if you want. Or you can take them home as a souvenir to prove that you were at Auckland City Limits.
Pass Outs? You may be able to leave and return from the festival site during the day but this is at the promoter’s discretion only. Our pass out facility is intended for the benefit of parents taking kids home early and returning to the festival. Bring that cardy with you if you feel like you might need it when the temperature drops later on as there is no guarantee that staff will allow you out to collect “something from the car”.
How can I plan my day? The Auckland City Limits festival app is available in the Apple and Google stores and is the perfect tool for planning your day around our schedule. Our friends at Spark have also produced an info packed mobi-site and by texting 332 on the day you can access that and even win prizes.
What can you bring? Heaps of things actually. Kids, phones, ticket, ID, sunblock, folding chairs, small snacks if you really have to. Check our website where it tells you what NOT to bring, including those dreaded selfie sticks.
What’s free? Water, kids, art, love.
What can you buy? Drinks, food, including many vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options, merchandise, interesting little items (food, arty bits, clothy things) from market stalls.
Need Assistance on the day or seen something going wrong? Text the festival helpline on 260 and type the word ASSIST and then what you need assistance on/what you are reporting.
How should you get there? Western Springs is in a city neighborhood, parking is limited and road closures are in place. There are numerous public transport options to get to ACL though on trains and bus – your ACL ticket enables you to ride on free event buses running to and from the transport hub at Quay St in the city. Or you can ride your bike. Bring a lock and you can secure it at the bike racks at the festival gates.
For further information including mobility access, see the festival website aucklandcitylimits.com
City Limits Full Line Up:
BECK, JUSTICE, FUTURE, GRACE JONES, PHOENIX, PEKING DUK, TASH SULTANA, GEORGE EZRA, THE LIBERTINES, THUNDERCAT, THE HEAD AND THE HEART, THE AVALANCHES, OH WONDER, THE D4, CAR SEAT HEADREST, THE STAVES, SIGRID, SCRIBE & P MONEY, AARADHNA, HEAD LIKE A HOLE, KATCHAFIRE, SWIDT, DRAX PROJECT, JESSB, ALIEN WEAPONRY and the return of the GOLDEN DAWN @ ACL WITH FABULOUS/ARABIA, DISASTERADIO, SCOTT MANION (TOKEY TONES), MAGIC FACTORY, THE BETHS, JON LEMMON, HEAVY, TOURETTES AKA DOMINIC HOEY, DJ TINA TURNTABLES, DJ LINDA T AND MC PAUL AMOS & THE TALK SHOW, TELL COMEDY GANG and Auckland Kiddie Limits including; CLAUDIA ROBIN GUNN, CHANELLE & FRIENDS, CHRIS LAM SAM’S MUSICAL MAYHEM, CAPTAIN FESTUS MCBOYLE’S TRAVELIN’ VARIETY SHOW, LE CIRQUE DE JP – CIRCUS & MAGIC SHOW AND ITTY BITTY BEATS
Eats Line Up:
THE BLUE BREEZE INN, FARINA, CAFÉ HANOI,
HAWKER & ROLL, LOWBROW, SATYA