Celebrate safe

Don't let this festival be your last one

Nothing beats losing yourself in the music, dancing in bright sunlight, being part of a large crowd of mad-keen revellers, dancing until your feet hurt, chilling down the water edge of the Defqon.1 Lake, flirting with beautiful people and celebrating the good life and sharing the love with all the merrymakers around you.

But you know what’s even better? Getting home safe and sound afterwards, in the very best of health, with the people you came with. In the light of recent tragic events caused by excessive consumption of drugs like XTC and GHB, we want to emphasise that a dance party or festival is not meant to be a battlefield to see whom of your group of friends will be the ‘last man standing’.

Sadly during the past years, various people within our community have lost their lives because of drug taking. Until there are proper drug testing facilities in place, you simply don’t know what you are putting into your body. And reality is, XTC pills in Australia are known as being the most dangerous pills in the world. They are pure chemical poison; fabricated by dealers in their backyard sheds who are using your well-earned money to put your and your friends lives at unnecessary risk.

Additionally, the use of illicit substances such as GHB is also incredibly dangerous, especially if you have any alcohol in your system. If someone in your group is feeling unwell or acting strangely - please take them immediately to our supportive medical tents. It's better to do this straight away.

Therefore, let the music be your drug at Defqon.1. And respect the effort of the promoter, who has spent a whole year on providing you the best possible party experience. Be a true weekend warrior, and make the wise decision, not only for yourself- but also for everyone else enjoying the festival with you, to ensure that we can all keep enjoying the amazing events we have for many more years to come.


Be Aware

In the light of recent tragic events caused by excessive consumption of drugs like XTC and GHB, we want to emphasise that a dance party or festival is not meant to be a battlefield to see whom of your group of friends will be the ‘last man standing’.

Sadly during the past years, various people within our community have lost their lives because of drug taking. Until there are proper drug testing facilities in place in Australia, you simply don’t know what you are putting into your body. And reality is, XTC pills in Australia are known as being the most dangerous pills in the world. They are pure chemical poison; fabricated by dealers in their backyard sheds who are using your well-earned money to put your and your friends lives at unnecessary risk.

Additionally, the use of illicit substances such as GHB is also incredibly dangerous, especially if you have any alcohol in your system. If someone in your group is feeling unwell or acting strangely - please take them immediately to our supportive medical tents. It's better to do this straight away.

Find your own information about the drugs you’re offered and don’t believe everything you’re told. You could be taking substances that are extremely harmful and possibly fatal. Partying till you drop is great, but know what you’re doing. The best nights are those where you feel just right. It’s perfectly possible to get that feeling without indulging in drugs.

Think for Yourself, Care about Others

At good events, crowds become one. There’s an atmosphere of togetherness, of sharing in a special experience. So do look after each other. Look after your friends, but look after other revellers, too, so that everybody gets to enjoy the party.

Don’t leave your friends, especially when you know they’ve taken something. It’s generally a good idea to agree on a meeting point beforehand – a place where you’ll find each other in the event that you become separated.

Are you on something? Then be honest and tell your friends because you don’t know what effect it will have on you. Don’t try to convince others to take something with you, and don’t allow others to talk you into taking something you don’t want to take. Don’t do something that would ruin your party experience. Be yourself and follow your instincts.

There is a first-aid tent at Defqon.1, and you can go and see the first-aid team just about anything, even if it’s just a blister pack you’re after. Just be nice to the persons manning the tent and be upfront about what you’ve taken. Remember: these people are here to help you!

And remember: these people are here to help you and all your personal information is kept confidential! If you decide to drive to the festival, be sure to appoint a designated driver beforehand, and remind him or her to remain sober!

Love Your Ears

A party without music is like a carbonated drink without fizz. But going deaf, or worse, having ringing in your ears that simply won’t go away, is a very sad memento of a good party. So go easy on your ears and be sure to wear earplugs if you feel uncomfortable with the sound levels at Defqon.1. We recommend purchasing a set of earplugs before the event, and bringing them with you to the festival. Dispersive earplugs will be available from the first-aid tent, however stock can’t be guaranteed to last. Also, dancing in front of a speaker is a spectacularly bad idea; even if you’re wearing earplugs.

Don't Push Your Limit. Be Responsible

You know your mother loves you, right? So do look after yourself. Decide in advance what you’re going to do, what time you expect to leave the party, how you’re going to get home, whether you want to take something or not, and be sure to discuss all these things with your friends. After all, excessive alcohol or drug consumption will ruin your and your friends’ experience, and can have fatal consequences. Don’t put your life at risk! By all means celebrate, live, dance and go crazy, but don’t go overboard?

Pace Yourself. Eat, Sleep, Rave

You’re not a robot. So no matter how much you’d like to be able to go on partying, you won’t be able to. Give yourself the opportunity to recharge your batteries. Of course you want to go on dancing forever while you’re having fun. But you know what? Sleeping feels pretty good, too, and your body needs it! So don’t forget to catch up on some much-needed sleep aſter the event. And treat yourself to a nice breakfast while you’re at it. You’ll have earned one, aſter a day’s raving. Be aware that dancing dehydrates your body. Therefore, it is vital that you drink enough water. There are plenty of water fountains spread out over the festival terrain. But drinking too much water is as bad for your body as drinking too little. So don’t drink more than 2 glasses of water or one bottle of water per hour. Take a little break from dancing once in a while and take a quick bite, thus replenishing your salt and energy levels. Trust us – it will help you go on dancing a lot longer.

Take Your Time to Chill

Of course non-stop partying and dancing is fabulous, but sometimes your body needs a little time to cool down. Especially on a hot day, your body won’t be able to get rid of its own heat and sweat, thus causing you to overheat. So take your time to chill every now and then. Chill. The word says it all: stop dancing for a bit and allow yourself to cool down. It’s the best way to prevent overheating. It beats drinking water. At regular intervals, spend some time at a cooler spot (for instance, a chill-out or shaded zone). Find yourself a spot where you can take a break, cool down and recharge your batteries. If you’re beginning to feel a little nauseous, stop dancing and find yourself a quiet spot away from the crowd, or go to the first-aid tent. Take some time to chill every once in a while, and you’ll be able to keep on going for longer.

The First Aid Team Is Your Friend

Are you feeling uncomfortable? A little nauseous? Or can you tell that one of your mates is not doing too well? Then don’t hesitate to bring a visit to the first-aid tent (location can be found on the floorplan). You can contact them for pretty much anything. Don’t be afraid you’ll get into trouble if you seek help. Always be upfront and honest about what you’ve taken. Remember: the first-aid team can’t properly help you if they don’t know what you’re on. So be sure to tell your friends what you’re taking in case it becomes necessary to communicate with our first aid officers. Our First Aid officers are not Police and are only there to help you.  Remember: you will not be legally prosecuted if you go and see the first-aid team aſter taking drugs. Nor will the person taking you to the first-aid.

If you can’t find the first-aid tent, or if you feel you won’t be able to make it there, ask a security guard or another crew member to call for help. And if you know someone else is feeling unwell, don’t leave them on their own. Of course, you can also see the first-aid team to get a paracetamol, a blister pack for that enormous blister you caught dancing, or just a glass of water in the event that you’re feeling a little shaky. Anything you discuss at the first-aid tent, and any treatment you may receive, will remain confidential.

Be nice to the first-aid team. They’re here to help you. They’re your friends. However, they’re also professional healthcare providers. Trust their professional opinions and show them the respect they deserve. They’re working really hard to help you.

Take the Train to Defqon.1

Defqon.1’ing and driving may as well be considered a crime in the rave scene. Especially seeing as your ticket cost includes free travel on Sydney Train services on the day and a free shuttle to and from Penrith Station, it only seems logical to leave the car at home! It’s a cheap and efficient option that’s way more reliable than waiting for a magical unicorn to take you home.

If you’ve had a few drinks or taken drugs, you are likely to overestimate the extent to which you’re still able to drive. You should know, though, that you’re a danger to yourself and other road users. So don’t do it. Don’t drive under the influence. It’s not only a felony which will see you losing your license, but it can also be deadly to yourself and more importantly also to others.

Also be aware of another danger to drivers, which is often underestimated: fatigue. There is only one cure for feeling tired aſter partying, and that’s sleeping. Energy drinks and other stimulants will not refresh you.

In other words, make sure you’ll be able to get home safely. Never get into a car with someone who is not sober. Use the free shuttle bus and train transport services that are included in your Defqon.1 ticket, and simply book an Uber or taxi if you need to cover a distance which is too far to walk in order to get back home or to your hotel from the station. If you wish to catch a Taxi or Uber, firstly catch the bus from Defqon.1 island, then order your Uber or Taxi from the Southside of Penrith Train Station, as no Taxi’s or Uber’s are allowed on the Defqon.1 terrain.

If you do decide to travel by car, be sure to appoint a designated driver and remind him or her to stay sober. And don’t distract your driver while he or she is busy driving. Keep your hands above your seatbelt and make sure you get home in one piece.

Be Prepared for any Type of Weather

The temperature on Defqon.1 Island can rise to over 30 degrees during the day, and drop dramatically in the evening. Please bring your sunscreen (in original and sealed package), and warm clothing. Cloaking facilities will be available. There will also be an extensive range of warm jumpers and hoodies available at the merchandise stand.