Push Over 2011 - A survival guide
So you and your friends have a ticket to Push Over. You might be just about to pop your music festival cherry or you might've been before - either way there are a few things you should remember to ensure you have an awesome time.
It goes without saying that you should check the Push website (new window) and familiarise yourself with the rules, like what you can and can't do or bring. While you're there you can also download the timetable for the day so you can plan your day and not miss out on your favourite bands.
Arrange your transport in advance
Make sure you check the date, times and location. For the record it's on from midday on Sunday 13 March, at the Abbotsford Convent (1 St Helliers St, Abbotsford, Melbourne).
There are public transport options available, but be sure to stay safe and travel with friends if you decide to go with this option. To check public transport options, go to www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au (new window).
If you can get dropped off and picked up later, that's great. It's even better if you can car pool with mates.
A few things to remember before you enter
Firstly, don't forget your ticket! Check and double check you have it.
Bags will be checked at the entrance, so don't try to bring in anything that isn't permitted. Push Over is completely drug, alcohol and smoke free, and you may not be allowed in if you get caught with something you shouldn't have.
Although there will be EFTPOS available at the Merch Tent, there are no ATMs within the event area. There's an ATM located at the Convent, behind The Bakery Café, which you can visit before entering. Make sure you have enough money if you want to buy lunch or visit any of the market stalls.
Because the lovely organisers at the Push prioritise safety, there are no pass-outs. That means you cannot leave the event and re-enter. Get your stuff organised before you enter!
Ok, you're inside - now what?
Upon entry you will be given a map of the stages and a timetable for the bands. Use it as a reference throughout the day. You may want to designate a meeting point for you and your mates in case you get lost or want to see different stages.
The main thing to remember at Push Over, as with any music festival, is that it's going to be a loooong day.
Wear comfortable clothes - you will be standing around for hours, indoors and outdoors, perhaps even sandwiched up against fellow sweaty patrons. There's very limited seating available and by the end of the day many people just end up sitting on the ground, so don't wear anything you don't feel comfortable hanging around in.
Even more importantly - wear comfortable shoes! Think grass and concrete, and lots of standing. You'll probably find yourself moving between stages as bands change, so there will be walking involved too.
If carrying your bag around all day sounds like a drag, you can leave it at the cloak room for 50 cents.
Check the weather on the day and dress appropriately. If it looks like there's a chance of rain, bring a raincoat. You can always store it in the cloak room. If it says sunshine, bring a hat. A lot of Push Over happens outdoors (check out our sun smart guide to festivals for more music-in-the-sunshine tips - Ed).
You're going to get hungry and thirsty
There will be food stalls at Push Over, with hot food and vegetarian options. You're also allowed to bring your own food and a sealed water bottle.
There's a water fountain near the gate if you want to refill your bottle. Dehydration isn't cool - or emo - so drink plenty of water!
Moshing and dancing
While moshing isn't encouraged, keep in mind that there will probably be a few excited audience members who feel the urge to dance once the music hits their ears. Remember that people actually want to watch the bands without getting injured, so be responsible and watch out for each other. Give those who want to dance plenty of room.
Before you leave the mosh pit, look down. Are you wearing both shoes? Make sure you haven't left anything behind.
If you've been dancing all day you're going to come away sweaty, so be prepared - wear deodorant. The indoor stage will get hot and reek of sweat once the bands have finished, so if you value fresh air or are feeling overwhelmed, hang out near the door.
Look out for staff and security
There will be plenty of friendly Push staff and patrollers walking around. You won't be able to miss them in their bright orange vests, so if you need any assistance seek one out.
Security is there to keep you safe. They won't interfere with you or your dancing as long as you aren't doing anything dangerous or not permitted.
First aid workers are also available. Make a note of where they are located, or what festival staff look like (orange vests, people!) just in case.
The final word on surviving Push Over
All it takes to have a great Push Over is three things: have fun, look after your friends, and plan your day in advance.
Enjoy the show!
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