Yeah, yeah – Brisbane and Sydney have had their fun. Now, weekend two of Soundwave 2013 is kicking off, and what better place to start than the undisputed rock capital of the country, Melbourne?! More than 65,000 people are expected to converge on Flemington Racecourse for the totally sold-out event, easily the biggest Melbourne crowd in the event’s history – rightly so, given the stellar lineup spearheaded by Metallica, Linkin Park, Blink-182, Slayer and The Offspring. And thankfully for you, the punter, your pals here at Music Feeds have put together all the details you need for a killer day on this one handy page.
First things first – the all-important timetable. It’s been changed several times since it was first issued, following the “whingefest” about all the clashes which promoter AJ Maddah received through his infamous Twitter account. The final version is attached at the bottom of the page. But, be sure to stay alert for any changes on the day, in the event of something similar to what happened in Sydney last week.
Next is the map, which you can check out below the timetable. This will tell you where all the main stages are, and the merch tents, food outlets and the bars if you feel like slugging down an ale or two between sets. Allow at least five minutes to get between stages – and if you want a good spot to see one of the mainstage headliners, especially on stages 1A and 1B, I recommend getting there at least an hour early, and taking in a bit of the set from the act before them.
Finally, you can find all the info on transport to and from Flemington Racecourse below your maps and timetables.
Enjoy your day, folks, and we humbly suggest you bookmark this page for your peace of mind tomorrow!
Soundwave 2013 – Friday, 1st March Melbourne – Flemington Racecourse
The easiest way to get to Soundwave is by public transport. Be sure to have a valid Myki card loaded up with cash and ready to travel to the event. Visit http://www.ptv.vic.gov.au or www.myki.com.au for more information on getting a card if you haven’t got one already.
Trains are operating on a normal Friday timetable. There are special trains operating to get punters to and from Flemington Racecourse, leaving from Flinders St Station, most likely on platforms 9 or 10 (they’ll have instructions when you get there).
Trains will stop at Southern Cross and North Melbourne stations and then run express to Flemington Racecourse. The special train services begin at 10:18 am and run every 7 minutes from Flinders Street.
Return services from Flemington Racecourse to Flinders Street Station begin at 8pm, with trains leaving every 10-20 minutes. This will increase to every 6 minutes towards the end of the night.
Those on the Craigiburn line also have the option to walk tom nearby Newmarket station, and catch a train home from that direction. Trains run every 30 minutes, however extras have been put on towards the end of the night.
Trams are also running on a Friday timetable, with extra trams running to and from the racecourse. Route 56 trams will run from the corner of Flinders and Elizabeth streets (tram stop 1) to Flemington Racecourse on Epsom Road. Passengers can also take Route 57 trams to and from the event.
There will also be 3 special tram services running to the Racecourse from
the city and then 7 special tram services returning to the city from the
Expect services to run every 8-12 minutes at the beginning and end of the event.
V LINE AND COACHES:
For regional music fans, V/Line trains and coaches will run to a Friday timetable. Visit www.ptv.vic.gov.au for timetable information.
A taxi rank will be operating at Epsom Road – city end, near Smithfield St at the end of the event. A designated drop-off area for getting to the festival is located at Members Drive, Epsom Road.
Organisers advise the best pick up points are Union St to the north and Racecourse Road on the city side. Pick-ups are not possible on Epsom Road at the end of the event as the area will be closed to traffic for pedestrian safety.
Car parking is available at the Melbourne Showgrounds at the cost of $15 per car. Entry to the Showgrounds’ car park is via Gate 7, Leonard Crescent. Punters can then walk through the tunnel to the festival. Local streets will be designated as a permit zone on the event, and parking restrictions will be heavily enforced.
At the end of Soundwave, there will be free buses running from 9.30pm – 1.30am. All buses will departure from the RRL bus stop (back of Platform 2) at Flemington.
Until 11.30pm, all buses will run express from Flemington racecourse to North Melbourne Station. After this, the buses will run express to Southern Cross Station. From both of these stations, you can catch a train to take you to your desired destination.
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