FAQ for the Swell Crew

As this year’s Swell Music & Arts Festival quickly approaches, we have been getting a lot of queries by those attending and interested in coming.

So we have put together some frequently asked questions (FAQs) that will hopefully assist you!

It’s a beautiful day in Donegal today and we hope it continues all the way into the weekend. Have you got your tickets for Swell, yet? Click here and book them now and come enjoy an amazing weekend on Arranmore!

Are day tickets available?
YES! Day tickets are available to purchase from the website or from the box office on the day.

I am under 18, can I come to the festival alone?

NO! All under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult over 25 years of age with a valid ticket.

Do children have to buy a ticket?

All children 12 years of age and under are permitted FREE ENTRY to the festival providing, they are accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket.

Are there shower facilities?
NO. There will be some cold water available from a tap, but there will be NO shower facilities. Festival regulars recommend bringing lots of baby wipes and make sure to bring spare toilet roll and pocket tissues. We try to stock the port-a-loos as best as possible, but please be safe.

Can I light a fire or BBQ on the campsite or anywhere on the island?
NO! We would ask that you don’t light any fires anywhere on the island in respect for the generosity of the locals for allowing us to have our festival on their beautiful island. You are permitted to use a disposable BBQ in the campsite but you must tidy it up afterwards and refrain from littering.

What time does the festival finish each night?
The main scheduled acts finishes at midnight each night but there will be some pre-arranged cabaret and shenanigans til the wee hours if you wish to partake.

Can I bring my own alcohol into the festival?
We really don’t mind if you want to bring a sensible amount of your own alcohol into the campsite. Please do not bring glass bottles as they will cause a hazard if broken. This is a family festival, so please drink sensibly and refrain from over-indulgence.

NB: No bottles or containers are allowed past the main front gates into the festival site.

Is there a bar at the festival?
Yes, there will be a bar at Swell!

Is there food and drink available at the festival?
Yes, there will be a selection of vendors with different kinds of food and beverages available throughout the weekend.

What about parking camper vans?
While there is no official camper van parking, an area by site can accommodate limited parking. Names have been taken already and the rest will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Can I bring my car/van onto the island?
You may bring your vehicle although there will be a surcharge by the ferry company as we don’t offer car crossing with any ticket. Should you wish to do so you must book your crossing to guarantee your place, otherwise you may be delayed. Parking is at your own risk, there is no parking available on site and any vehicles causing an obstruction will be moved as we must respect the needs of islanders, as well as ensuring that emergency vehicles have access if required.

How far is the festival from the campsite?

The campsite is next to the main festival site.

How far is the festival site from the pier?

The festival is located at The Rannagh, home of Arranmore United FC, which is in Aphort, on the west side of the island. It’s about 7km from Leabgarrow Pier, but there will be shuttle busses running, €2 per trip, hop on, hop off.

Can I buy tickets on the island?
YES! When you arrive on the island you will be able to buy tickets at our ticket/registration office at the festival site.

Where do I check-in my ticket?

When you arrive on the island you will be able to check-in and receive your armband at our ticket/registration office at the festival site. Entry to festival site WILL NOT be permitted without your Swell armband. DON’T FORGET to bring a printout of your pre-purchased ticket with you!

How do I get to and from the island?
www.arranmoreferry.com (red ferry) and www.arranmorefastferry.com (blue ferry) have details of all crossings online. For anyone who has to leave on Sunday, the Arranmore (Red) Ferry has confirmed a late ferry on Sunday night/Mondaymorning, 1am. Cars must be booked in advance, limited to 7 cars, foot passengers can walk on. If you decide to bring a vehicle, you must book your crossing in advance to guarantee your place, otherwise you may be delayed as space on each ferry is limited.

Please note: While the Swell Festival is working alongside the ferry providers to accommodate the festival goers, it is ultimately the responsibility of each individual to organise their own travel plans to and from the island.

When does the festival start and end?

The festival gates will open on Friday, July 27 at 6pm. On both Saturday and Sunday mornings the gates will be opened from 10am til after midnight. The festival closes at midnight on July 29.

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