South West Four Weekender 2014
Saturday 23 August
Sunday 24 August
SOUTH WEST FOUR OPENING TIMES ARE: 12.00 TILL 22.30
THERE IS NO ENTRY TO THE EVENT AFTER 21.00
BARS AND CATERING CLOSE AT 22.00
VIP ENTRANCE CLOSES: 19.00
South West Four is an 18 and over event. If you are lucky enough to look younger than 18, please make sure that you have ID which you can provide on request.
We are operating a ‘challenge 21’ policy at the bars so any person who appears to look younger than 21 may be asked for ID. If they cannot provide suitable ID, the bar will refuse to sell them alcohol.
Please note that the drinking age for the ‘challenge 21’ policy is actually 18.
Theft / Pickpocketing
SOUTH WEST FOUR, like any event that draws large numbers of people, can occasionally be attended by pickpockets who are looking to steal mobile phones and other valuables from the crowds. Becoming a victim of crime will make your night out memorable for the wrong reasons. Being careful and taking some simple precautions will reduce your risk of being targeted by those looking to take advantage of fun loving visitors like you . Here are some steps to help you have a safe and enjoyable festival:
- Avoid displaying you phone and valuables unnecessarily.
- Don’t keep cash, cards and valuables in one place. Spread them out among your pockets and clothing using pockets secured by zips/buttons or in pockets inside jackets where possible. Be aware that in a crowded environment, where contact with other people is unavoidable, thieves will try to unzip/unbutton pockets and bags.
- Be aware of the behaviour of those around you. Report anything suspicious to a security guard or police officer.
- Stick with your friends and identify a suitable meeting point so if you do get split up you can find each other even if someone has lost their phone or had it stolen.
- As soon as you realise that any of your property is missing, inform both the venue’s security and police immediately. Do not wait until you get home. South West Four has a clearly marked lost property area located next to the main entrance.
- Contact your network provider to ask for the SIM card and handset to be blocked. Telephone numbers can be found on http://www.nmpcu.police.uk/network-numbers.php
- Register your mobile phone IMEI number and the serial numbers of other valuables for FREE on www.immobilise.com or similar property registration sites
- Activate you phone’s security code so that the phone can only be used in-putting this code.
- Back up all your contacts and data before you leave home.
There is a zero tolerance to drugs at SW4. Offenders will be handed over to the police and drug dealers will be prosecuted. Those caught in possession of personal drugs will be evicted from site whatever the circumstances.
There will be drug searches at the front entrance as well as sniffer dog patrolling the queues.
No alcohol or food is allowed to be taken into the event by visitors.
Buying tickets from touts
As everyone is aware; every year, all festivals are plagued by touts.
Do not buy tickets from anything other than a bona fide ticket agency or seller. If you do otherwise, you run the risk of having bought either a forgery or a stolen ticket.
Since 2008, we have installed a state of the art ticket scanning system. This resulted in nigh on 1000 forgeries being discovered at the entry gate to the event that year. Encouragingly considerably less were evident from 2009 onwards.
These people were not allowed in and some got quite upset about it. At the end of the day, the only people that gain from this are the touts. Whatever your excuse, you will not gain access to the event with a forgery. Please also be aware, that as tickets are all barcoded, stolen tickets can now be cancelled and again if your ticket is identified as having been stolen you will not gain access.
So once again, we strongly advise that you only buy tickets from established agencies or genuine ticket sellers. If in doubt, contact the organisers on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you do get refused entry to the event as your ticket is a forgery or stolen, please do not come crying to the organisers. You are an adult and as such should know better than to take this risk by buying a ticket from anyone that cannot prove to you that they genuinely represent this festival.
How to get to and from the South West Four Weekender 14
Please see below, information on how to get to and from South West Four this year.
Clapham is an easy destination to reach. There are 2 tube stations on the actual Common both on the Northern Line. Clapham Common is the closest to the event site. There are also numerous bus routes that service this area. Scroll down for more info. Clapham Junction station where both trains and Overground pass through is 25 minutes walk. There is also an Overground station on Clapham High Street.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT GETTING HOME FROM SW4: we must point out that Clapham Common tube will be closed from 21.45 on each event evening. With this in mind, we suggest that you consider carefully ALL potential options available to you to get out of Clapham and start your onward journey.
In order to make your journey home as easy as possible, please consider carefully how you will get back. The event will be directing people to Clapham South tube. This route will be signed posted through the Common and lit up. However, there is no doubt that due to the volume of people heading that way, there will be queuing time both outside and inside the station. You need to take into account that trains stop running fairly soon after the event especially on the Sunday. See below for more details.
So, if there is another way for you to leave Clapham then we strongly suggest you take it. Options that can be looked at are trains from Clapham Junction, London Overground trains from Clapham High Street station or the local bus system. More information on all these can be found if you read on. Alternatively, Brixton tube on the Victoria line can be reached by foot in 20 minutes. There are various routes to get there so check out a map and find one that suits you.
The nearest London Underground tube station is Clapham Common and Clapham South on the Northern Line (Zone 2). Please note that Clapham Common tube will be closed when the event finishes. The best Tube options for getting home will be Clapham South which is around 8 minutes walk or Brixton Underground on the Victoria Line which is 20 minutes’ walk from the event.
Clapham South Underground - Northern Line
Last train North leaves at 00.14 on Saturday
Last train North leaves at 23.22 on Sunday
Brixton Underground - Victoria Line (only runs north)
Last train North leaves at 00.26 on Saturday
Last train North leaves at 23.45 on Sunday
Plan your journey: www.tfl.gov.uk
By London Overground
The nearest London Overground station is Clapham High Street. The station is located on the Overground from Clapham Junction to Highbury & Islington via Peckham and Whitechapel.
Plan your journey: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk
The nearest National Rail station is at Clapham Junction. Trains run to and from London Victoria or London Waterloo as wellas outwards to South and West London and further afield. London Overground services run to Willesden Junction. Please note that Clapham Junction is 25 minutes’ walk from the festival site. There will be some sign posting showing the way but we strongly suggest that you check out a map before coming to the event so you are clear on the route.
Plan your journey: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk
Routes: 35, 37, 50, 88, 137, 155, 249, 255, 345, 355, 417 and G1 run near to the Common as well as . Night buses N35, N37, N155, N137, N345
Plan your journey: www.tfl.gov.uk
Security at South West Four Weekender 2014
Request to all ticket holders
Due to the constant terrorist threat existing in London as well as an increase in pick pocketing, event security will be thoroughly checking all bags belonging to ticket and pass holders entering the event site.
This is however a time consuming job, therefore can ticket holders aim to arrive to the event site earlier than in normal circumstances as well as cooperate fully with all requests from the event security staff.
The promoter reserves the right to check any bag or person that it may deem suspicious. They will also be profile searching individuals on entry in our battle against pick pockets.
Please accept the promoters’ apologies should you experience longer than usual queues. Safety checks will be undertaken for the good and safety of all present at the event.
Information for Disabled Visitors
The festival is fully accessible to wheelchair users. Please note though that being situated on a green field site it is basically parkland and maneuverability is limited as such. The ground is notoriously hard but, of course, dependent on weather conditions.
Each of the main toilet blocks in the festival includes disabled toilets, as will the disabled person’s viewing platform.
This disabled person’s viewing platform is for the Main Stage and will provide a great sight line above the crowd to see the acts on stage.
There will be a fully equipped medics’ tent located on site throughout the event.
If you have any enquiries regarding disabled access and facilities at the festival, please contact email@example.com
Cloakroom / cash point machines
Please note that there are no cloakroom facilities at this event. Please only bring with you what you are happy to carry.
However, there are ATM machines onsite. These accept debit and credit cards. Transactions are subject to surcharges
Within reason, we aim to collect, log, store and return items of property that are deemed to be genuinely lost by patrons on the South West Four event site and likely to be sought by the original owner.
Enquiring after lost property
The Police will collect and retain mobile phones. They can be contacted from Brixton Police station. You can contact them on 020 8649 2025
If, after the event, you have an enquiry about other lost items, please email firstname.lastname@example.org putting Lost Property in the subject line. Enquires can also be made in person at the event site via the Security personnel located at Fire Exit E situated off Long Road on the Monday immediately after the event between 0900 and 1700.
When emailing us, please include a full description of the item including size, colour, unique features, brand (where applicable), key tags or other details that will help us with identification. It may also be necessary for us to request specific information pertaining to certain items including a description of contents for bags, wallets and purses, distinguishing marks or engravings on jewellery and passport/ID card/driving license specifics like unique identification numbers.
If any found items has clear contact details, we will endeavour to use this to information to communicate with the owner.
Other than credit or debit cards, items that are handed into us will be kept within a secure location for thirty (30) days after the event. Perishable items will be kept for the date of the event only. Credit and debit cards will be held for 7 days after which we will shred them.
Once we have established an owner, they must pay any applicable postal charges required to reconnect them with their property either by the provision of a stamped address envelope of suitable size to accommodate the item or by the arranging of a courier to pick the item up. Alternatively we can provide an address for in person collections.
Anything unclaimed will be disposed of responsibly. All personal data will be removed and securely destroyed.
In the unlikely event that the festival site has to be fully evacuated, the event would not continue on that particular day. If the reason for the evacuation falls under the heading of ‘force majeure’, there would not be any refunds. Adverse weather conditions or an act of terrorism are classified as an act of God.
If a full evacuation occurred and you wish to complain please do so by contacting us through our web site.
Music levels at all events on Clapham are a very sensitive issue.
Lambeth Council set licensing conditions which include music sound levels. The organisers do everything in their power to maximise the situation by employing the best PA companies and noise consultants. Added to the set levels, other influences such as atmospheric conditions and wind conditions can make it extremely difficult to get the high music sound levels that some may expect. Should the levels not be to your liking, we can only apologise and rest assured that we have the best people working on it. However, we are restrained by conditions set on us by the Council.
As we all know, the weather in this great country of ours is unpredictable to say the least. Please therefore keep an eye on the weather forecast for the South West Four Weekender and, should it look like raining, bring suitable apparel to keep dry…. if you so wish. There are tented arenas on the site but these can only accommodate half the audience at a push.
So if rain is likely bring your brolly and put on your wellies! Nothing stops a good party.
Food and drink
No chairs, tables, BBQs or other such articles may be brought into the event site.
Alcohol and food are not allowed into the event site. Food, alcohol and drink will be available for purchase within the event.
Soft drinks in glass or cans will not be allowed into the event site.
You may however bring in soft drinks in plastic or paper containers under 500ml for personal consumption.
Exposure to loud music can cause injury to your hearing
Strobe lights and smoke machines may be in use within event site
Pick pockets operate at all large attendance events nowadays and specifically target mobile phones. Please be street wise and keep your personal belongings somewhere safe. Only bring to SW4 what you really need to have a good time and in order not to make life easy for pick pockets keep all your belongings well hidden. Make sure all hand bags are closed at all times. Do not become a victim of crime.