Frequently asked Questions and IMAGE GALLERY!
- CAMP ADDRESS: 4722 Mellow Rd. White Hall, MD 21161 at Camp Hidden Valley. See this a map of the grounds here.
CONDITIONS OF ENTRY: This is an outdoor festival in a natural environment. There are certain risks associated with these activities and by attending you agree to accept full responsibility for yourself and your actions. Every attendee must sign a waiver of liability. Please download, print, sign and print to the fest. That said, the Festival rules listed below are also conditions of entry and failure to observe these rules may result in eviction from the festival.
- FESTIVAL TIMES
- The festival gates open at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13. You must exit the camp by 11 AM on Sunday, Sept. 16. Pack out all trash. Music begins Thursday at 6 p.m. . On Friday and Saturday, music starts at noon. Outdoor music ends all days at 10 p.m. Music continues indoors in the Hall after-hours. Specific workshops, locations and times TBA.
- AGE RESTRICTIONS
- Shadow Woods Metal Fest is 21 +.
- Advanced tickets are REQUIRED and the PREFERRED method of enty to Shadow Woods Metal Fest. The ticket link is here. Credit card and paypal are accepted. We would prefer not to sell any tickets at the gate. Save everyone time and buy your tickets in advance. If you would like to pay for your ticket by cash or check, please send an email to Shadow.Woods.LLC@gmail.com and we will work something out.
General Festival Rules
NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL OF ANY KIND. We have a full bar to serve you. Coolers will be subject to search. Drink responsibly. Do not drink and drive.
NO ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES
NO GLASS BOTTLES, CUPS OR CONTAINERS
NO WEAPONS OF ANY KIND (Stage props need to be pre-approved)
- NO PERSONAL GENERATORS
NO INDIVIDUAL CAMPFIRES. There is a total fire ban in the camp sites. You can, however, bring propane camp stoves. We will have several main bonfires in approved fire rings. Also, don't bring any outside wood, there is enough on the ground to feed the flames.
NO SMOKING OR VAPING INSIDE ANY CAMP BUILDING. Also no lit candles inside any building.
NO UNAUTHORIZED VENDING; if you want to vend please pay the vendor fee (email to email@example.com for information); unregistered vending is not permitted and is grounds for ejection
No ATV or dirt bikes
WEAR YOUR WRIST BAND AT ALL TIMES. Wristbands allow unlimited re-entry, however please minimize your travel to and from the fest. If your wristband is lost or damaged, it will not be replaced.
DO NOT INTERFERE WITH WILDLIFE
DO NOT WANDER ONTO PRIVATE PROPERTY
NO GAMBLING, NO WEAPONS (INCLUDING ROLE-PLAYING ITEMS) AND OTHER CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES
DO NOT DRIVE INTO THE CAMP. Only certain authorized vehicles (such as vendors and bands) are pemittted to drive into the camp. The speed limit is 5 MPH on festival grounds. SLOW THE FUCK DOWN.
- PARKING IS LIMITED; CARPOOLING IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED! We have two parking lots: VIP inside the camp ($20 per car, tickets on the ticketing page) and FREE PARKING in the grassy lot near the entrance. RV camping is discoraged, There are NO RV hookups.
You may park first and carry your camping gear in OR you may drop your gear off near the supervised area near regisration, park your car and come back to retreive it. Driving into the camping areas in prohibited. You may camp practically anywhere on the grounds--from open fields to forest. Camping passes are $30 per person for the entire weekend and can be purchased on the ticketing page. There are no single day camping passes. Please be aware of wildlife and use a shovel, rake or a branch to clear your camping area of leaves. Stay clear of access roadways. No indidvidual campfires. Propane camp stoves acceptable. Car camping is permissible in a designated area of the VIP lot with BOTH a parking and camping pass. NO CAR CAMPING IS PERMITTED IN THE FREE LOT. RV camping is discoraged, There are NO RV hookups.
- There are four bunkhouse style cabins; each can hold up to 24 persons earch. There are 12 twin-sized bunk beds in each cabin. Cabin bed ticekts are $60 per person for the entire weekend. Single day cabin beds are not available. Cabin bed tickets are availble on the ticketing page. You must bring your own blankets, pillows and sleeping bags. You may also want to bring ear plugs and an eye mask. There are a few limited outlets in the cabins and each has overhead lighting.
RESTROOMS AND SHOWERS
- There are two bathhouses at the camp: one located near the cabins and one located in the pool house on the field. Both have mens and womans bathooms with flush toilets, sinks and several shower stalls. You must provide your own towel, soap and shampoo. There is hot water for the showers but with many people bathing, it can disappear after a while. Shower early or late for the best results! Just a heads up, there are no mirrors in the bathrooms! There are also multi-stall restrooms in the HALL. Several additional portable toilets will be on site for your convenience. Bring hand-sanitizer.
You may bring on your own food. Small propane camp stoves are permitted. NO individual campfires are permitted. There are no grills onsite and charcoal grilling is not permitted. We will have food vendors on site with vegan, gluten-free, omnivore and coffee selections. Food vendors will have breakfast, lunch and dinner available beginning Thursday evening. There is no reason to leave the camp to find food.
- Our First Aid Station is located in the Security Headquarters Building closest to the main bon fire. Two members of our security staff are certified EMTs. If you have a medical concern, contact security and someone will either meet or transport you to First Aid. The closest 24-hour pharmacy is Walgreens at 2016 Rock Spring Road., Forest Hill MD 21050 and the closest hospital is the University of MD Upper Chesapeake Medical Center at 500 Upper Chesapeake Drive Bel Air, MD 21014; 443-643-1000.
- Watch out for one another. If someone looks like they are hurt, in trouble or in distress alert security immediately. Our security team are experienced in festival situations. They are not police. Do not hesitate to seek them out to assist with any situation. Lock your valuables in your car. Respect other people's space and property.
- PACK OUT ALL YOUR TRASH! Please care for and respect Camp Hidden Valley. We are all gathering to share a beautiful space and following these simple guidelines will help make this possible. We want to respect the property that our venue owners are letting us use. If can can’t return it to them in as good or better condition than how we found it, we cannot have this festival here again. Carry out what you carried in. PICK UP ALL THE CIGARETTE BUTTS AND BEER CANS! RESPECT THE FEST, THE PROPERTY OWNERS AND THEIR NEIGHBORS, MANY OF WHO ATTEND THE FESTIVAL.
- Although most Shadow Woods attendees camp onsite, there are many hotel chains located within a 30 minute drive to the festival grounds. If you would like to explore those options, we suggest using a website such as Expedia and searching for hotel closest to the camp address. Click here for some suggestions.
FIND US ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Friends of SWMF Facebook Group: Make a friend, share the ride. One way to find out about rides and ask other fest related questions is to join the Shadow Woods Attendee Group on Facebook. Go to this link and request to join.
- Be considerate of people's privacy and of the performers when using camera equipment. AVOID FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY. Speaking of photography, WE DO NOT OFFER PRESS PASSES but anyone is welcome to take photos during the fest as long as the persons being photographed are aware and the bands have not expressly prohibited it.
WHAT TO BRING
The key to an enjoyable time outdoors is a little forethought and planning. Although we put a lot of work in to making Shadow Woods Metal Festival as safe as possible, the reality is, you are ultimately responsible for your own comfort and safety. Taking all the right things along can make the difference between an awesome and a difficult weekend. Furthermore, there is an art to setting up a great campsite, and you'll definitely notice some pro campers at the festival. But you don't need to wait until you arrive onsite to figure out what you should have brought.
Tent - sleep is important and there's nothing like heading back to your comfy spot after a day of head-banging.
Inflatable Mattress - Why not be extra comfy !!
Blankets - the nights can be cold and blankets can be handy for daytime picnic chill spots, too.
Flashlight - your best friend at nighttime.
Water; vendors will also be selling it
Hat & Sunscreen – the sun is still out in the fall
Tarp & Poles - make a shady space to chill out and hang with friends
Raingear if it looks like it is going to be wet
Spending money (food stalls, vendors etc.) - there is no ATM’s on site!!! Some vendors will take credit cards.
Portable ashtray & trash bags for your campsite; don't toss your ciggy butts on the ground! REPEAT, we can leave NO CIGARETTE BUTTS ON THE GROUNDS. Pack out your trash and put it in the dumpster on your way out. Security will have extra trash bags if you need them.
Toilet paper, just in case we run out in the bath houses
Bug spray (never needed any before, but who knows)
Camp chair(s), hammocks
Swim suit/float for the creek weather permitting. THE POOL WILL BE CLOSED.