What/When/Where is ValeFest?
ValeFest is a charity music festival run by students at the University of Birmingham on the Vale Student Village. This year ValeFest 2017 will be on Saturday 3rd June!
Where does the money raised go?
As a non-for-profit student organisation, 100% of all the proceeds is donated to our chosen charities, which change each year. Each year the Vale Festival organising committee invite charities, students and committee members to pitch charitable causes deemed worthy of support. The causes pitched are then put to discussion, and once a cause has been chosen the committee will choose a number of charities to support. This year, we are proud to be supporting BasicNeeds and RSVP West Midlands.
What are the festival timings?
The site opens to the public at 12:00pm. and live music continues until 10:30pm, at which point there is an after party with live DJs held in the Duck and Scholar bar onsite until 2am. All guests must be off the main festival site by 22:30 after the headline act has finished. If attending the afterparty at the Duck and Scholar, all guests will be asked to leave at 02:00. The Wristband Exchange at both the Main Entrance and the Guest List entrance will close promptly at 21:00.
Can I come if I am not a student at the University of Birmingham?
Absolutely! Although the festival is run by students, it is very much a community event and we welcome members of the public of all ages and occupations to attend.
What happens if it rains?
ValeFest is an all-weather event like all other festivals. While we hope for good weather, we advise you to dress appropriately.
Can I bring food and drink in? Where can I buy food?
There is also a selection of quality food stalls and beer tents on site and Costcutter, the Melt, Infusion, Hungry Duck and JC’s will be open as normal on The Vale Village. However, you are allowed to bring a sensible amount of food and drink in, but please note that glass containers are not permitted onsite.
What provisions do you have for disabled access?
ValeFest is currently working towards the Bronze award with Attitude is Everything and our overarching aim is to continue to make our site and festival as accessible as possible. Please have a look at our accessibility page here. If this page doesn’t answer your question, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Are children/dogs allowed?
Children are welcome, those 12 and under go free if accompanied by a ticketholder over 18 at all times. Dogs are allowed but they must be kept on a lead at all times and owners are responsible for picking up foul.
I’m a student at the University of Birmingham, can I get involved?
Of course! Message our Facebook here for more details, but generally we meet in the Murray Learning Centre every Wednesday at 6PM.
When and how can I buy tickets?
Tickets are up! Go up to the top and click on the Tickets link! Be advised there are separate tickets for Halls of Residence, so click on the right one.
How can I pick up my ticket?
Wristbands can be picked up in the days leading up to the festival. Please bring your student ID and your order number given on your confirmation email. Pick up times and locations will be announced here on the website as well as on our Facebook and Twitter. You will also be able to pick up your wristband on the day, although this is not advised, as there have been very long queues in previous years.
Can we volunteer on the day?
We always appreciate the help of stewards on the day! If you work a hour and a half shift, you will get a half price ticket, and if you work three hours you get your ticket completely free! Register your interest by heading to our stewarding page!