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Laketown Shakedown FAQ
I need help with ticketing, who do I contact?Simply log into your Laketown Shakedown account to purchase camping or tickets online, or contact Front Gate Tickets Customer Service at 1-844-736-7469.
Do I need a special wristband to access the campgrounds?Yes. In order to access the campgrounds at Laketown Shakedown, you must have the relevant single day or weekend festival wristband AND a camping wristband. Laketown Shakedown is a music festival that features camping, it is not a camping only event. Wristbands may be purchased online in advance of the festival, or at the Box Office in Laketown Flats over the festival weekend.
What are the Laketown Shakedown Hours of Operation?
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- Box Office - Thur 4pm to 9pm & Fri to Sun 12pm - 10pm
- Camping Load-In - Friday 2pm to 9pm & Saturday/Sunday 12pm - 9pm (Thur/Fri Early Entry Campers, be sure to only show up for your scheduled time)
- Concert Bowl Gates - Friday 3pm - late & Saturday/Sunday 12pm - late
- The Lawn - Friday to Sunday 3pm - 12:30am
- The Pit - Friday to Sunday 3pm - 12:30am
- Lake Night Stage - Friday to Sunday 5pm - late
- Flats Stage - Friday 4pm - 1am, Saturday/Sunday 2pm - 1am
- VIP Lounge - Friday 4pm - 12am & Saturday/Sunday 3pm - 12am
- Guest Services - Friday to Sunday 12pm - 9pm
- Showers/Ice (Lower & Upper) - Friday to Sunday 8am - 8pm
- Camping Check-Out - Monday, June 29th by 11am
What is the 'no re-entry after 8pm' policy?As a result of changes initiated by BC Liquor Control, our insurance provider, and supported by the RCMP and Laketown Shakedown Management, our policy for Laketown Shakedown is: “no re-entry into the main festival bowl after 8pm”.
The majority of our fans are responsible and know their limits with alcohol, but we have to be mindful of ALL Shakedown fans on-site. When guests leave the bowl in between sets and drink at their campsites, then re-enter the festival bowl, this poses a risk to all guests. Over intoxication of patrons is a safety issue for all.
As well, fines and/or the loss of our liquor license would have a major impact on the entire festival and all our responsible fans. Guests returning to the bowl, along with new arrivals at the gate, also leads to excessive lineups and wait times that security and the RCMP must negotiate.
The security checks required have changed for everyone’s safety, including our artists, and it takes time to do properly. Waiting at the gate and missing part of the show is not enjoyable for anyone.
Our Insurance provider has also expressed concerns regarding these issues and the festival promoters cannot risk losing insurance for events. Laketown encourages all Shakedowners to plan accordingly and bring a sweater as well as any personal items you may need for the last 3 hours of the show. Please note this policy is common at most large venues and we are now being held to the same standard. Do we make exceptions? Yes - See a Laketown Ranch gate director and explain your situation.
Do children 12 and under get in for free?Laketown Shakedown is a family friendly event and we provide FREE admission to the Hillside area for kids 12 and under. This ticket does not grant access to the Reserved, Stage Pit or VIP sections. Upgrades are available onsite for purchase.
Children must be accompanied by a guardian with a valid festival wristband.
How much do showers cost?$5 per person.
Is there First Aid on site?Yes. Our Field Hospital is open 24 hours a day and provides medical services and harm reduction. First Aid is located behind the Flats Stage. Look for the medical sign on top of the flag pole.
- Soft tissue/fracture assessment & management
- Medication administration and prescription refill
- Cardiac monitoring
- Glucose monitoring
- Asthma & allergies medications and management
- Drug overdose intervention and monitoring
- Arranging all ambulance calls on site
- Peer to peer outreach
- Reconnections & information
- Sexual health information & supplies
- A safe place/sanctuary
- On site mental health incident assessment & intervention
- Substance use support information
On-site security is available 24 hours a day throughout the weekend. The security contact number is 250-510-4923
Where is the Lost & Found?Head over to the Guest Services building, where our Lost & Found is located. We have great volunteers there who will do their best to reunite you with anything you’ve lost. Please secure your valuables throughout the weekend.
Post event, items are held on-site until 5pm on Monday then transferred to the Wideglide Entertainment Ltd. office in Duncan. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
How do I become a vendor?Please tell us about your business and your products by filling out a Vendor Application. Approved vendors will be chosen based on products/services, VIHA requirements, insurance compliance, menu offerings and many other factors. We limit the number of booths selling the same items so our patrons can have a variety of options.
How do I become a volunteer?We are looking for fun, friendly and reliable Shakedown fans that want to be part of our team. Fill out our volunteer application.
How do I become an artist?Are you ready to play the Laketown Shakedown stage? Apply to be an artist. Applications will be open until February 16th
How do I become an art installer?Are you an established or blossoming visual artist that wants to paint or build something amazing at Laketown Ranch? Apply to be an art installer.
Can I bring a chair or blanket?The Lawn and Hillside (GA) areas are where you can put your chair down. Please remove it at the end of each night. Chairs with umbrellas, awnings or footrests (including “zero gravity” chairs) should be left at home. Chairs are not permitted in The Pit.
Please see Acceptable Chairs and Not Acceptable Chairs.
Am I allowed to bring my own food and drinks on to the festival grounds?A small personal sized cooler for food is permitted. No outside liquids of any kind are permitted in the concert bowl or licensed areas. For the safety of police, security, and our guests, all bags and belongings are subject to search. Please feel free to bring a refillable drink container (no glass or metal) to use at our water filling station.
Can I use my credit or debit card to purchase food and merchandise?You can use your credit and debit cards at the ATM’s located throughout the site. Unfortunately vendors cannot take credit or debit cards.
Will I be able to use my cell phone on site?Yes. There is cell phone reception on site.
Is there a shuttle service available?
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Friday Shuttle Schedule - Duncan to Laketown Ranch
- Depart Island Savings Centre Duncan starting at 3:00 pm and then every 45 minutes until 12:45 am
- Departs Laketown Ranch starting at 2:45 pm and then every 45 minutes until 2:00 am
Saturday/Sunday Shuttle Schedule - Duncan to Laketown Ranch
- Departs Island Savings Centre Duncan starting at 2:00 pm and then every 30 minutes until 1:00 am
- Departs Laketown Ranch starting at 2:45 pm and then every 30 minutes until 2:15 am
Shuttle Cost from Duncan to Laketown Ranch is $10 each way, or $15 round trip, and is payable at Laketown Ranch to our shuttle greeters.
Victoria to Laketown Ranch Shuttle:
Private Shuttles and Hotel PickUps:
The local shuttle is running on a continuous loop from Laketown Ranch to the Riverside Inn in Lake Cowichan. Operation times are Friday to Sunday 2:00pm to 2:00am. The fee is $5 per trip and is payable upon boarding.
**Please note that traffic/road conditions may affect shuttle schedule.
Do you have day parking?Yes. And any vehicle arriving with 5 or more guests, all in seat belts, can park for FREE. The day parking rate is $15 per day for a standard-sized vehicle and is payable upon arrival in the lower parking lot.
Large passenger vans/busses parking available for fee.
What is the best time to arrive?Please see our Hours of Operations above. Laketown Shakedown is a large-scale event; Treat entry into the concert bowl like an airport and give yourself lots of time to get through security. Our staff and volunteers will do their best to get you in as quickly as possible, but please give yourself 30 minutes to an hour of lead time.
When must generators be turned off?Generators must be turned off between the hours of 12am – 8am.
Does Laketown Shakedown do charitable work?Giving back to the community is part of who we are at Laketown Shakedown. It is so important in fact, that we have an incorporated benevolent society. Our legacy of community alliance spans over a decade, donating over $1,000,000 to over 50 charities, non-profits, schools, community partners and causes.
To learn more about the Laketown Ranch Benevolent Society, go to www.laketownranch.com.
What are grounds for ejection?
- Invalid, tampered with, fraudulent or absent wristband (civil and/or criminal charges will be sought)
- Rowdy or disrespectful behaviour
- Excessive noise and/or noise after curfew
- Excessive garbage in campsite
- Sales of any unauthorized or illegal materials
- Possession of fireworks, weapons or illegal drugs
- Contributing to underage drinking
- Speeding on roadways
- Throwing cigarettes on the ground, or smoking in the forest
Be respectful of yourself, other guests, staff, volunteers, vendors, security, RCMP, and the beautiful natural environment around you.
Are there refunds?Sorry to hear you can’t join us this year! As stated on our website and at the time of purchase, we do not offer refunds.
SCAM ALERT: Beware of tickets being resold, they could be fake and you will not be granted access to the festival.
Laketown Ranch and Wideglide Entertainment Ltd. assume no liability for personal loss, injury, death, property damage or any other harm suffered by participants, spectators, site owners, lessees or others who may be adversely affected by any event held at Laketown Ranch.
All patrons entering Laketown Ranch may have their image or likeness reproduced for promotional and/or other purposes of Laketown Ranch or any event held on-site. By entering the grounds, patrons agree to allow such use of your image and/or likeness.