Event Info Q & A
Your general Sign of the Times questions answered
Sign of the Times Festival was conceived as an effort by a group of promoters and music lovers, to deliver first-class quality entertainment, from sensational recording artists, and at a great price!
We're fans ourselves and want to see live music remain as accessible as possible to everyone, which is why we keep our prices as low as possible, for such brilliant line-ups!
After a fantastic first 2 years, Sign of the Times is back on 16th and 17th June 2023 and will bring you a diverse range of legends from rock, indie, blues, new wave, folk-punk and more, and all across two big stages - one outdoors and a second stage in a huge big top.
As well as two stages of great music, there will be a number of licensed bars serving a great range, and food from all over the globe and we will be increasing the range of food and drink available in 2023.
Parking is FREE and upon your arrival, our Stewards will direct you to the appropriate parking area. VIP Arena ticket-holders will have access to a separate parking area even closer to the event.
There's a camping option in a picturesque setting, right next door to the music arena with Weekend Camping tickets offering you the chance to stay and party and not worry about how to get home at night!
New for 2023 are our VIP Camping and Glamping options. Scroll down this page to the camping section for full details.
If you've never seen a great line up of legendary bands and artists like this - now's your chance! It's all here for you and join us for a unique live music event.
Each attendee can bring a small bottle of water or soft drink up to 500ml, if it remains sealed as bought. Free drinking water will be available at points throughout the festival, so you can bring an empty reusable plastic or aluminium bottle to the event for water refills. Alcohol cannot be brought into the event.
Any person with specific dietary requirements can inform us in advance and where suitable options aren’t available on site, we will give dispensation to bring suitable food to the event. Personal picnics are also permitted into the event, upon arrival, but no metal/glass utensils or cool boxes, for safety and security reasons. Further take away food cannot be brought in during the event. We will have a wide choice of caterers who will be very reasonably priced.
Please note, to allow time for security bag searches, we are operating a 'no big bags policy', so no large rucksacks or bags, are permitted. Only small rucksacks/bags with length/width dimensions approximately no larger than a piece of A4 paper, can be brought into the music arena.
Certainly! Sign of the Times is a family friendly event and children of all ages are welcome! Tickets are available for age groups 14-17 and 5-13. Under 5's are free and do not need a ticket. Under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible ticket-holding Adult aged 21+ Children 5 and under are free and do not require a ticket.
Sign of the Times Festival's 2023 VIP option will have further revamps and improvements, to ensure the 2023 VIP will be the very best VIP experience possible.
- A top-quality BBQ, offering a range of meat, vegetarian and vegan options, accompanied by a variety of accompaniments and salads plus a range of sweet choices.
- The food will be served on the Friday between 6.00pm and 9.30pm and on the Saturday between 4.30pm and 8.30pm.
- Posh toilets for exclusive use of VIP only.
- Separate parking and a fast track separate entrance.
- Dressed marquee, heated, with table seating and soft furnishings.
- Dedicated cocktail bar with trained mixologists and premium drinks (ice buckets, etc.).
- Welcome drink of your choice included on arrival
- Waiter table drinks service.
- Guest DJ in the VIP marquee.
- Outside beer garden seating area, with excellent stage views.
A VIP ticket for either day (Friday or Saturday) or the full weekend, can be purchased, including the standard entry ticket, or at a separate time, after purchasing the original tickets, if you choose at a later date to go VIP.
It is very important to us, as the organisers, that we ensure that the event is accessible to everyone. This includes the availability of accessible parking, toilets, including disabled toilets, and designing the site so that it utilises level, flat routes, to make the event as accessible as possible for wheelchair users
There will also be a dedicated viewing area for wheelchair users to view the event, though it does have a capacity and will be first come first served to wheelchair users and their companions.
The free Disabled Facilities Access Permit is for those who require accessible facilities or additional support to accommodate disabilities, only, and can be accessed by booking the free Disabled Facilities Access Permit in addition to all normal purchased camping tickets (per person) and Motorhome/Caravan permit, if required. If NOT camping it can still be ordered if use of the secure disabled facilities in the music arena are required. Kindly note the Disabled Permit is NOT an entry ticket and is additional to the camping or non-camping tickets per person.
For 2023 the disabled toilets will remain separate in a secure compound with steward monitoring, to ensure that only our disabled guests with the disabled facilities access permit have access to them.
Any person with additional needs who requires a free accompanying ticket for a carer or assistant, can email Sign of the Times Festival via our Contact page or at firstname.lastname@example.org where we will make provision for this directly.
If you have any other specific requirements, let us know via our Contact page and where at all possible, we'll endeavour to help.
Yes, Sign of the Times Festival 2023 will have camping next door to the music arena for tents, motorhomes and caravans. The vehicle parking will be next door so there'll be no long walks with your camping gear or to the music arena.
Camping tickets are for the full weekend only and the camp sites will open from 9am on Friday 16th June until 2pm on Sunday 18th June 2023. For 2023 there is also a new early Thursday evening arrival option. For no extra charge you can arrive on the Thursday evening (15th June 2023) any time between 5pm and 10pm to get pitched up and settled in early, ready for the weekend, at no extra cost to camping ticket-holders.
The camp site facilities will include:
- 24/7 security
- Toilets, showers and drinking water supplies
- ELSAN waste disposal point
There will be 5 main camping sections, all of which are close to the music arena, so no long walks. Each campsite includes camping areas for:
- Motorhomes and caravans
- Car parking for campers with tents
- VIP Camping option (new for 2023 - for full details please scroll down to the Camping Q&A section, below)
- Glamping option (new for 2023 - for full details please scroll down to the Camping Q&A section, below)
There is a Disabled Camping Section and Quiet and Family Camping area, both of which will be clearly signposted on the weekend.
Further camping details are in the Camping Q&A section, below.
The Event gates will open at 2.00 pm on the Friday (16th June 2023) and 10.30 am on the Saturday (17th June 2023). Car Parks will open 30 minutes before the gate opening times on each day.
The camp site opens for campers at 9am on the Friday and there is an extra early Thursday evening arrival option where camping ticket-holders can pitch up on Thursday (15th June 2023) eveningm any time between 5pm and 10pm.
The music is scheduled to finish at 11.00pm each night.
Once you have presented your tickets for entry you will get a wristband and can then enter and leave the festival at your leisure.
We're fans as much as you are and know the importance of the basics at these events. For this reason, we're making sure that not only do we have lots of toilets available at the event, but we will also have a team of cleaners to ensure that the toilets remain clean and stocked throughout the day.
We will be further increasing the toilet numbers in both the music arena and campsite in 2023.
Folding chairs, blankets, etc, can be brought into the event. There will be a huge open-air viewing area with great views of the stage and screens from all parts of the site. If using a folding chair we would respectfully ask that they are not located near the front of the stage for safety reasons as this is the area where people stand.
There is no ATM facility on the festival site but all the bars will accept credit and debit cards, including contactless.
Dogs, kept on leads at all time, are allowed into the festival and camp sites. There will be dog waste disposal points located in the music and camp sites. For their welfare, however, we would request that they are not exposed to long periods of loud music near the stage.
Sign of the Times Festival is a family friendly event and the team run a number of festivals around the UK. Our Security Provider are specialists in Live Music Events. Sign of the Times supports it's provider in ensuring that our zero-tolerance approach to anti-social or disruptive behaviour maintains a calm and enjoyable atmosphere for everyone.
Also available on site are a team of professional medical staff to assist with any problems.
We also have comprehensive safeguarding policies including a professional approach to dealing with lost children to ensure that all possible steps are taken to keep everyone as safe as possible.
Covid Safety Info
Covid is creating a rapidly evolving landscape for events in the UK. The roadmap gives the go ahead for outdoor live events and festivals in the UK but our team, like most, are planning a series of comprehensive safety measures to ensure that public safety and specifically Covid-19 safety is of the utmost importance.
We will fully comply with any requirements in place linked to NHS Test and Trace, as well as any subsequent requirements to demonstrate proof of recent negative tests. We expect that it is likely that everyone may need proof of a recent negative test to enter festivals this summer, though persons fully vaccinated may be exempted from this requirement. We will react swiftly to any further changes to requirements or legislation and keep customers fully informed of this and all other steps that we are taking to ensure that the safety of our customers is not compromised in any way.
We will also be ensuring that a dedicated team of trained cleaners are providing regular and thorough deep cleaning of all commonly touched items, toilets, tables, bar surfaces etc. There will be ample hand sanitiser and disinfectants available and customers will be readily encouraged to make frequent use of these facilities.
Exit at Junction 27 (Cambridge, Stanstead Airport, Harlow) and merge on to the M11 North-bound. Leave the M11 at the A120 (W) exit (B. Stortford) and take the second exit to join the A120. Continue over roundabouts following the A120 route until you arrive on Hadham Road, A120 from where signs will be visible to direct you into the appropriate area of the Festival.
Exit the M11 at Junction 8 (Stanstead Airport, Colchester A120, B. Stortford Services) and take the 4th exit onto the A120 (Hertford A120). Continue over roundabouts following the A120 route until you arrive on Hadham Road, A120 from where signs will be visible to direct you into the appropriate area of the Festival.
Exit the A1 at the exit signed A507 (Baldock, Stotfold), at the roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A507. Continue on the A507 until the roundabout with the A10, here take the 3rd exit to join the A10 (Hertford A120, Stanstead Airport). Continue over roundabouts following the A120 route until you arrive on Hadham Road, A120 from where signs will be visible to direct you into the appropriate area of the Festival.
Food and Drink
Sign of the Times will work with a national festival bar specialists, enabling us to offer very competitive drink prices. We will be offering a good selection of lagers, ciders and beers (draught and bottled), alongside great real ales, cocktails, spirits, wines and a range of soft drinks.
There'll be a huge main bar and specialist separate real ale, premium and can bars. The bars will open on Friday @ 3.00 pm and Saturday @ 11.00 am and will close shortly before the music ends on each night.
Sign of the Times Festival operates a strict Challenge 25 policy. If you're lucky enough to look younger than you are, please remember to bring ID and don't be offended if our staff ask to verify your age.
With a large number of caterers, there will be a great variety of British and World foods available to ensure there is something available for everyone.
We will also be working to ensure that there are Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten-free choices available. More details about these options will appear on this site in the next few weeks.
Not all dishes served by caterers will be suitable for specific dietary requirements, so please check to see what options are available.
Using a tiered system, each standard ticket gets full event access, but those purchasing earlier will definitely get the best price. The initial Early Bird price will be THE cheapest ticket available at any time for Sign of the Times Festival and the Early Bird allocation will run for the first two months on sale.
All Prices are subject to Booking Fee. As each allocation nears sell out, we will make announcements on social media and our web site, before the next allocation is released.
Due to strictly limited numbers for the 2023 festival, and the popularity of the event, we expect Sign of the Times to sell out well in advance.
Before the festival day, you can buy tickets from this website using a debit or credit card, such as VISA or MASTERCARD. Tickets are emailed electronically to you immediately after your purchase, so please enter your email address accurately.
Tickets for Sign of the Times Festival will be released in tiers containing a pre-determined allocation of tickets. When each tier, sells out, the following tier becomes available at a new price. There will be announcements on the website and social media before each tier is due to sell out.
We can guarantee that the initial Early Bird price launched will be THE cheapest tickets available at any time for the Festival.
We expect Sign of the Times Festival to probably sell-out in advance (the event has a set capacity determined for safety reasons), but in the unlikely event that there are any non-camping tickets remaining (as we expect camping to sell out well in advance due to limited numbers), they would be available to purchase on the day at gate prices.
There are no discounts for our disabled visitors, but the festival has full disabled facilities. If you are accompanying a cared-for person who has a ticket, we will issue you a free complimentary Carer ticket to ensure that you are able to fully assist them throughout their visit. Simply email us via our Contact page or at email@example.com.
We will ask you to show some carers ID or a blue badge for the person requiring assistance to ease the transition at the entrance and allow our security to correctly identify you as a person who should be in possession of the free ticket.
Children aged 5-13 and 14-17 qualify for tickets at a reduced price.
Children ages 5 and under are free and do not require a ticket.
Under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible ticket-holding adult aged 21+.
Tickets are automatically emailed electronically to you, two weeks before the event. If you can't find your tickets please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or using the Contact page, confirming the details of your ticket order (name and email address) and we will use these to find your booking.
If you're interested in applying for a trade stall at Sign of the times, please email us full details via our Contact Page and include information on what you sell, what other festivals and events you've traded at, stall dimensions and a photo.
If a pitch is available we will confirm a pitch price quote and would require proof of liability insurance, risk assessment, etc.
We welcome applications from bands and artists. As we are full this year, applications for 2023 will begin from September 2022. When applying, please email us as many details as possible and tell us about your music, where you've played and why you'd like to play at Sign of the Times.
Please include live footage links and email us via the email on our Contact Page
All applications are given full and fair consideration.