General Info

Date and opening hours

The world’s largest harder styles festival annually takes place during the 2nd or 3rd weekend in September. Check back later for more info regarding the 2019 event. 

Location & Address

Defqon.1 Festival takes place at the Sydney International Regatta Centre and transforms this breathtaking venue into the ultimate party island. The address is: Old Castlereagh Road, Castlereagh 2749 NSW, Australia.

No Lad Policy

Lads and Lad clothing will not be allowed into the event. TN's are fine, as long as you don't classify as a LAD.

Zero Tolerance Drug Policy

Our highest priority is to create a memorable and above all safe Defqon.1 experience for everyone who comes to party with us. We want to make you aware that the use of illicit substances carries a range of health risks including the possibility of death, and is strictly forbidden at this event. There will be a strong police, drug dog & security presence upon entry into the event to ensure everyone’s safety and wellbeing. If you are caught carrying illicit substances you will risk a jail sentence.

Q-dance have made 3 essential (short) videos for your your preparations for the event, to contribute to an unforgettable and above all; safe Defqon.1 experience. Share them with your fellow Warriors, and look after your mates during the weekend to ensure you have the best possible time and travel home together again safely afterwards. 

Video 1: we are all one family

Video 2: stay hydrated and re-fuel timely

Video 3: party hard, but party safe

First Aid

Please remember: if you or someone around you needs help, it is important that you tell our staff. First Aid staff is there to help and never judge.


We have carefully crafted a brand new and exclusive Defqon.1 10-Year Anniversary merchandise collection in celebration and honour of our landmark event in Hardstyle history. Score your favourite item now in the official Q-dance store. We recommend getting in headfirst, to avoid missing out!


Everyone can bring a camera to Defqon.1, with the exception of professional recording and video equipment, camera stands (tripods) and mega zoom lenses. GoPro's are allowed (no extension arms). Professional equipment is only allowed if you have written permission from Q-dance. When posting your pictures on social media use the hashtag #Defqon1.