FAQ




How much does it cost to attend the LIVE in Barnsley festival?
The LIVE in Barnsley festival costs nothing it is free. All you need to do is turn up.
How should I get there?
With large crowds expected, we would urge you to use public transport and not to bring your car into town. The council run parking sites that are available, and are FREE on a Saturday. We will be announcing some partnerships soon hopefully with hoteliers, taxi firms and public transport agencies – to make traveling a bit easier.
Taxi’s
Please use only licensed taxi services. A licensed driver will be able to produce a driver licence ID card to passengers on request, which contains Barnsley Council’s logo, the driver’s photograph, licence number and expiry date. If you’re not sure the vehicle is safe, don’t get in. Please don’t hire from someone on social media who cannot prove they are licensed. https://www.barnsley.gov.uk/news/stay-safe-be-aware-of-unlicensed-vehicles/
Proof of age
If you can’t provide photographic identity when asked, you will not be served at the bar. So if you are lucky enough to look under 18 please make sure that you bring an acceptable form of proof of age ID. This includes; a photo drivers license, a passport (not a photocopy), A PASS (Proof of Age Standards Scheme) proof of age card. Many venues operate the Challenge 21 policy. If you are in any doubt about admittance, please contact the venue direct. Entry is entirely at the discretion of the landlord
Public transport advice
Please try to use public transport to beat the traffic and plan your journey from any address in Yorkshire by contacting Travel Line on 0870 6082608 or visit yorkshiretravel.net or nationalrail.co.uk for timetables journey planner and services. Trains and Buses will stop at Barnsley Interchange, exit on to Eldon Street and the first venue is directly opposite, and your festival experience has begun. The council run car parking sites are FREE on a Saturday. However, while the One hour only parking sites are also free, they remain ONE HOUR ONLY, and you may get a ticket if you park for longer. So be careful.
Artist performance times / Programme
We suggest you get in early to see all the bands. You wouldn’t want to miss out on seeing the next big thing now would you? The first acts on stage are at 12:00hrs, in most venues the last band will take the stage at 20:30hrs and finish at 21:00hrs with the festival headliners on at approximately 21:15hrs in the largest venue at that years festival. A festival programme containing all the band times, info about the bands and a map to help you find your way around the festival, will be available for purchase for only £2 from festival staff on the day. Previous festival programmes have already proved to be a great souvenir of the festival. Each venue will also have band stage times publicly displayed. Any changes to the line up and stage times will be notified via local press and social media. As ever when organising an event of this size, line ups are subject to change.
Families advice
We welcome music lovers of all ages, LIB is a great destination for families wanting to share that first festival experience. Children are welcome in all venues up to 18:00hrs. We do however ask that under 18's are accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. A reminder also that no one under the age of 18 will be served alcohol and all venues reserve the right to refuse admission. Anyone attempting to buy alcohol for themselves or other that are under the legal drinking age will be barred from the festival and may be reported to South Yorkshire Police. Anyone found to be using fake ID will have this confiscated and handed to the Police. After 6pm ALL the licensed venues will operate 18+ entry only policies. Performances may feature material and language unsuitable for young children that we are unable to predict and classify due to the nature of live performance. We suggest pushchairs/buggies or young children are not positioned in the area directly in front of the stage due to the larger crowd densities and the possibility of crowd surges in this area. You are also reminded that repeated and prolonged exposure to amplified sound may cause permanent hearing damage.
Can I get tickets in advance?
To keep costs to a minimum there are no tickets, just come along on the day.
Will I get in all the gigs?
LIVE in Barnsley is spread over a number of venues in the town centre area. With a free festival and no tickets, there is really no way of guaranteeing entry to any venue. Every venue will have a capacity that they need to manage from 100 to 650. With a bit of patience and planning, you should be able to see most of what you want. The message is simple though, if there is a really popular band you want to catch, GET THERE EARLY.
Can I bring my own food and drink?
You are free to eat and drink what you wish outside of the venues, however, you are not permitted to bring alcohol or food into any of the venues. There may be bag searches by venue security on the way in. Some of the venues serve food also, so keep an eye out for any festival special promotions. There are plenty of food outlets, cafes, restaurants and take-aways in the town centre. It would be great if you use them as it all goes to help the local economy. Anyone caught smuggling drinks in to a venue will be barred from that venue and the festival.
Can I bring my kids?
Kids are welcome during the day time and many of the venues will be serving food and have areas for them. After 6pm ALL the licensed venues will operate 18+ policies. Alcohol will not be served to ANYONE under 18 at any time during the event. Anyone attempting to buy alcohol for themselves or other that are under the legal drinking age will be barred from the festival and may be reported to South Yorkshire Police. Anyone found to be using fake ID, the ID will be confiscated and handed to the Police.
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