Things to Know

Tectonic SHIFT Festival is a 5-day campout gathering in the ethos of TTITD. We aim to create a culture of fun and appreciation for art, music, and self-expression.

Ethos

 Participate:

  • Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate
  • Be yourself!  Express! Share! Art!
  • Help your neighbors.  Ask if they need help.  Ask for help.
  • Be kind to each other.

Decommodify:

  • No vendors/food sales (except ice)
  • No financial sponsorships

Respect:

  • Ask before touching. Consent is mandatory.
    • Consent is freely given, mutual, revocable, enthusiastic, mandatory, and sexy!
  • Practice consent by being a conscious bystander.
    • If you see someone who looks uncomfortable or in a potentially hazardous situation, check in on them! If a situation seems like too much to handle alone, get a friend or notify staff or a Grass Guardian.
  • Sobriety is required for full consent.
  • Discrimination isn’t cute! Stand up against sexism, racism, transphobia, and homophobia! We love you all <3
  • Public Displays of Affection: In the spirit of consent, please remember that SHIFT is an all-ages event, and we want people to feel comfortable and safe to express themselves and enjoy their surroundings. If you plan to express your affections past a PG-13 level, please take it somewhere where you have explicit consent to do so (i.e. a private space). The beach, a theme camp’s bar, and the dance floor are not appropriate locations for engaging in acts of lovemaking. Please use discretion and take the consensual Rated-R fun back to your camp.

There will be NO ticket sales at gate. You WILL be turned away.

  • SHIFT is an all-ages event and everyone must have a ticket and wristband.
  • Kids 12 and under are free, with adult supervision at all times. You must purchase a free 12 and under ticket online.
  • Kids 13 and over require a paid ticket.
  • Kids 0-16 welcome with adult supervision at all times
    • Yes, kids must be supervised, especially at the beach!
  • Want tips on how to have a great time bringing your kid to SHIFT? Read this Parents Guide written by festie parents in our community!

What to Know

  • Fire Safety: SHIFT is held in a desert in July! Staying fire-free is our #1 priority. Read this section 5 times!
    • DO NOT EVER throw cigarettes (or anything!) out of your window on your way to the event. Be ready to ash your cigarettes inside your vehicle!
    • No open flames, no wood burning, no candles, no incense.
    • Camp stoves are OK if elevated at least 3 ft from the ground or inside RVs, campers, and trailers!
    • Drive only on mowed areas; do not drive off designated lanes.
    • Do not idle your vehicle at all! If you pull over on the drive out or on the event site, immediately turn your vehicle off.
    • Do not go in the tall grass, even inside the festival site.
    • All smoking must be in designated smoking areas only. This will be enforced. If you are a smoker, consider vaping for the weekend of the festival. People found smoking outside of designated areas with have their wristbands cut and be asked to leave the event.
    • Want to bring your propane-based art? Fill out this application.
    • For info on fire spinning, please see below.
  • There is a beach! The beach at SHIFT is one of your favorite things about the event. But remember…
    • Be wary of those around you. Double check before jumping in the water. Keep an eye out for your fellow participants.
    • Swimming in the dark or while intoxicated is dangerous. Be careful and be smart. Do not swim at night.
    • Be prepared to Leave No Trace! Clean up after yourself and your friends.
  • Bring bug repellent! Essential oils work great!
  • The venue is in a high desert (wide open rolling hills with mountain views and little to no natural shade)
    • Bring shade! Get creative!
    • Look out for ticks, ants, snakes, and leeches. Don’t stand in the mud at the beach.
    • Pack layers – it gets cold at night
    • Stake it down – there’s a strong breeze in the afternoon
    • Bandanas & scarves are handy!  Your feet will surely kick up some dust on the dance floors.
  • Camping Options: Walk-in camping is included in your ticket price. If you’d like to camp inside your RV/trailer or next to your car, you must purchase an RV/Car Camping pass from the Tickets site.
    • If you elect to “walk-in” camp, you’ll be able to drive up to unload your belongings, then swiftly move your car to the nearby parking area before setting up camp.
    • RVs and car camping will be interspersed with tent camping. Some areas are off-limits to RV/car camping.
    • SHIFT is a music festival with three stages and premium sound provided by Tectonic Soundsystem. The main stage goes all night and into the morning. The further you camp from the main and live stages, the quieter your camping experience will be (head east).
  • Trash/Recycling: There is no trash collection onsite.
    • You must take away everything you brought in to SHIFT.
    • Leave No Trace! Pack it in, pack it out. Bring extra trash bags. Pick up MOOP: “matter out of place”
    • Clean up after yourself!  Heck, be a good neighbor and clean up after others too!
  • Phones: There is some cell phone reception, but always print or screenshot tickets and directions before you leave home. While you’re at the event, please consider leaving your phone back at camp and living in the moment.
  • Photography: Please ask before taking a picture and practice your best judgement when sharing photos publicly.
  • Drones: Drones are prohibited at SHIFT without express, advance, written permission from the event. Email info@shiftfestival.com for more info.
  • Official Photo/Video: Be on the lookout for our official professional photographers, videographers, and drone operators to capture the magic of SHIFT for us all to enjoy for years to come. You will recognize them by their SHIFT name badge. Pose & smile, or kindly signal that you would not like to be photographed.
  • Supplies: Pack as if you are not going to leave the festival site. Get your last-minute supplies at the Grass Valley Country Market or in The Dalles, about an hour from the event.
    • Closest gas is Biggs Junction (from the North) and Madras (from the South). Last chance to fill up!
    • Bring all of your prescription medications, including epipen, and a full first aid kit.  Be responsible for your own self-care before visiting our professional medical team.
  • Water: You must bring enough for you to drink and clean with.
    • That’s at least two gallons of water per person per day; more if you plan to bathe yourself (but don’t dispose of your gray water on site!)
    • Bring more water than you think you’ll need.  The dry, hot breeze will wick away moisture, and you will need to drink more water than normal to stay hydrated. Stay hydrated, hippies!
  • Ice: We will be selling ice on-site. Please arrive with more than a day’s worth of ice. Ice will be sold Thursday-Sunday from 10am-6pm for $4.00 per bag.
  • Generators: We discourage the use of generators at SHIFT Festival. They are noisy, polluting and most importantly, cause a severe fire risk. If you do bring a generator, please ensure it is a quiet “inverter” type of generator. It must be operated at least 6″ off the ground or on plywood that completely isolates it from the grass. Gasoline must be stored in the shade at all times. This will be enforced.

What to Bring

  • Food and dishes/cup/utensils/cooking implements/coolers/ice
  • Reusable cup to stay hydrated and cut down on waste
  • Shade (Tectonic will have a few shady spots, but there are very few trees/bushes; bring a pop-up or canopy for your camp, a big beach umbrella for chillin’ near the water — get creative!)
  • Shelter (Tent, yurt, spaceship, etc)
  • Water
  • Clothes – lots of layers! (it gets cold at night)
  • Sun protection gear/Sunscreen/Aloe
  • Bug repellent — go natural!
  • Headlamp & body lighting
  • Toiletries & medications
  • Towels & picnic blankets
  • Pool toys! Beach umbrellas!
  • Sturdy trash bags (Leave no trace!)
  • Decorations!
  • Extra stuff/gifts/resources/talents/instruments/toys to share
  • …anything else you need to take care of yourself for five days

What to Leave at Home

  • Pets (they wouldn’t like the heat anyway)
  • Firearms/weapons
  • Fireworks, sparklers
  • Anything that causes an open flame: candles, firewood, incense, etc.
  • Glass
  • Stuff to sell
  • Unregistered fire art
  • Renegade sound systems (small units for your camp OK!) (read more here)
  • Anything overly MOOPY: Feathers, Glitter, etc.
  • Anything that could harm yourself, other attendees, the festival, or the surrounding environment & community

Fire Spinners

  • No fire spinning outside of designated areas: you’ll have space adjacent to the main stage. Look for the lit-up fire circle.
  • SHIFT will provide a fuel depot and dip station. If you bring fuel please leave it in the fuel depot where it can be safely managed.
  • SHIFT will provide safeties, but please check in and have a safety assigned to you before you spin.
  • SHIFT will provide duvies, water, and fire extinguishers.
  • Please check in with the fuel depot before spinning to have your props checked out for safety.
  • Thank you for staying safe and spinning fire at SHIFT!