Ypsigrock Festival returns in August 2023 (10-13 AUG 2023) for its 26th Anniversary at its stunning location: the imposing Castle of Castelbuono, in Sicily, Italy. The charming venue takes you back in time, inside the medieval town Castelbuono, nestled between the Madonie Mountains and the sea on Sicily’s north coast. Tickets are now available at our Tickets Page.
You need a valid festival ticket (festival pass or day tickets) to attend the live shows scheduled from 10 to 13 August. The shows start in mid-afternoon. The stages at Ypsigrock Festival are 4, but they don’t play at the same time, so each band performs without clashes.
OPENING TIMES OPENING TIMES
Box Office – 11:00 – 13:00 / 16.00 – 22:00 each day
Ypsi & Love Stage – Doors open at 17:00 each day
Mr. Y Stage – Doors open at 19:00 each day
Ypsi Once Stage – Doors open at 19:30 each day
Closing times are TBC.
Please note: Opening times and running orders are subject to change without warning, all changes will be shown at the Information Point, published in locations onsite and posted online.
AGE RESTRICTIONS AND TIPS
We welcome all ages to the festival. However, there are entry restrictions for under 16s. Anyone 15 and under must be accompanied by a ticket holder over 18 years old at all times. ID is required upon entry to the event. Together with the purchase of a children’s reduced ticket, it will be necessary to show a valid identity document confirming the age of the child for which the ticket is purchased. In the absence of the documents certifying the child’s age, the payment of the full ticket will be required.
Children 0-5 years don’t need a ticket and they are admitted free.
Children 6-12 years will need a Child Ticket (Child day ticket: 5€ + fees / Child festival pass: 10€ + fees).
Teenagers 13 and over must have a standard adult ticket.
All under 16s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is over 18 years old (and standard adult ticket holder) on entering and leaving the festival, and this adult must remain on site throughout the weekend.
Make sure to be mindful of the noise level. Protect your child’s hearing, please. Use hearing protection. Bring earplugs or ear muffs with you because there is potential for loud noise. This is a cheap, easy, and effective way to preserve kids’ (and adults’) hearing. Without these protective tools the admission of children to the concert area may be refused. Keep a distance from noise sources. Don’t let kids stand near speakers or other noise emitters. Leave if noise is enough to cause discomfort. Ringing and pain are signs that ears need a break. If your child is complaining, covering his or her ears, or seems uncomfortable, consider an early exit.
WARNING: strobe lights are used during some performances.
THINGS YOU CAN AND CAN’T BRING
Ypsigrock Festival will not tolerate any anti-social, violent, abusive, disruptive, offensive, inappropriate or illegal behaviour. Such action will result in immediate eviction from the venue without a refund. Additional action may include Police involvement and / or a venue ban.
Ypsigrock Festival reserves the right to refuse entry to any persons. Anyone suspected to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol will automatically be refused entry.
Below is the curated catalog of the things you can bring with you and the things you should leave at home if you plan to attend the Ypsigrock Festival.
You may be body and/or bag searched at the entrance. Persons suspected of carrying items that may be used in an offensive or dangerous manner, or carrying out illegal activities on site may be searched.
Please note: The security guards can refuse entry/possession of any items below at their discretion.
The following items WILL NOT BE PERMITTED onto the entire festival site (Ypsicamping and Concert Venues) by ticket holders:
alcohol in the possession of under 18yr olds;
any items which may reasonably be considered for use as a weapon (guns, toy guns, knives, scissors, helmets etc);
excessive amounts of alcohol;
excessive amounts of cigarettes;
excessive amounts of food;
any goods for unauthorised trading;
glass bottles, jars, containers;
all gas spray canisters of any size (only bug repellents are allowed);
aerosols over 250ml;
psychoactive substances – including nitrous oxide;
portable laser equipment and pens;
megaphones and air horns;
unauthorised audio recorders;
unauthorised professional photo or video equipment;
Chinese lanterns, fireworks and flares;
unmanned aerial vehicles (drones);
unofficial tabards and unauthorised reflective jackets;
any goods with unauthorised Ypsigrock logo;
The following items WILL BE PERMITTED ONLY onto the Ypsicamping by ticket holders:
alcohol (not contained in glass bottles) in the possession of over 18 yr olds;
aerosols less than 250ml.
The following items, although permitted onto the Ypsicamping, WILL NOT BE PERMITTED INTO THE CONCERT VENUES:
drinks bottles (other than sealed plastic water/soft drinks bottles under 500ml);
big bags, sleeping bags, tents or other bulky containers;
disposable BBQs and permitted cooking stoves (see above);
cigarettes and e-cigarettes are not permitted into enclosed public spaces.
No animals, other than guide or hearing dogs, are permitted on the entire Festival site.
We love animals and we believe that a festival is not an environment appropriate to their care. Noise and confusion in small and crowded spaces could make pets feel pretty bad, stressed and afraid and triggering unpleasant bad reactions. Health and safety of the animals and public is a priority.
THINGS YOU SHOULD BRING
Blanket to sit on
Rain gear (yep, sometimes it rains!)
Camera (no professional photo equipment)
A positive and friendly attitude!
We encourage you to carefully read the FAQs to find more information.
Reduced KID day tickets (6-12 years) – SOON AVAILABLE
PLEASE NOTE: Accessible tickets for individuals with disabilities (adults, children, and teenagers) who require a seated position are available on DICE. All accessible tickets (which have the exact same price as regular ones) are marked with the corresponding accessibility icon. During the purchasing process, please pay attention and select the correct product: if you do not need an accessible seated position, do not purchase the product intended for people with disabilities (seats on the accessible platform are limited). If you have mistakenly purchased an accessible ticket, promptly contact DICE customer support to have your ticket converted. Thank you for your cooperation.
For attendees with disabilities: If you have specific assistance needs, please fill out our accessibility form, only after you have successfully purchased your accessible daily ticket/full pass for the festival on DICE. Thank you for your cooperation.
TICKET VALIDITY Festival passes for Ypsigrock 2024 are on sale from 28th Nov 2023 3 PM. The Full Festival Pass for Ypsigrock Festival 2024 is valid from 8th Aug to 11th Aug (Camping is NOT included). Day Tickets for Ypsigrock 2024 will be soon available.
FULL FESTIVAL PASS
Festival passes give you access to the concert area from 8th Aug to 11th Aug and access to all show days. The wristband allows you unlimited re-entry to and from the site. Camping is not included in the Full Festival Pass.
FULL FESTIVAL PASS PRICES 2024 – TIER SYSTEM EXPLAINED Ypsigrock Festival operates on a tiered ticket system. This simply means that the prices for our Full Festival Passes start at a lower rate and increase over time. The tiers of pricing are set when the Festival goes on sale and will progress from TIER 1 to TIER 2 (full price). The sooner you buy, the cheaper it is. Purchasing early not only secures a lower price but also rewards our loyal customers. It’s important to note that, aside from the price difference, there is no variation in the Full Festival Pass you buy. Each tier has a limited allocation of tickets available.
– TIER 1: 110€ + fees from 28th Nov 2023 – a limited number of tickets will be released for sale and will be available at this price until sold out – TIER 2: 120€ + fees (FULL PRICE) – when Tier 1 tickets are sold out, tickets at this price point become available
All Sales Are Final No refunds or exchanges permitted. We will not be responsible for lost or stolen items nor damage to person or property. Full passes are valid for one person only and may not be transferred. Before entering the festival, you must first exchange your e-ticket for a festival wristband. A collection point will be situated at the main festival entrance. Wristbands must be worn at all times. No wristband, no entry, no exceptions. Please protect your wristband; you will not receive a replacement wristband if lost, stolen, or tampered with.
FULL FESTIVAL PASS AVAILABLE – (Camping is not included)
Regular adult Full Festival Pass (over 13 years): from 120€ + fees ONLY via DICE app
Reduced KID Festival Pass (6-12 years): 10€ + fees ONLY via DICE app
SINGLE DAY FESTIVAL TICKETS – DAY TICKETS
AUG 8 / AUG 9 / AUG 10 / AUG 11 VARIOUS LOCATIONS
The Single Day Festival Ticket allows you access to the festival program on either Thursday Aug 8, Friday Aug 9, Saturday Aug 10, or Sunday Aug 11 2024. Camping is not included in the single day festival ticket. The wristband allows you unlimited re-entry to and from the site. Opening times are subject to health and safety checks and so can sometimes be delayed, but please be rest assured that we will do our best to open on time. The Box Office is located at the concert area, in Sant’Anna street, near the entrance of Piazza Castello, Castelbuono (Palermo).
All Sales Are Final No refunds or exchanges permitted for personal reasons. We will not be responsible for lost or stolen items nor damage to person or property. The day tickets are valid for one person only and may not be transferred. Wristbands must be worn at all times. No wristband, no entry, no exceptions. Please protect your wristband; you will not receive a replacement wristband if lost, stolen, or tampered with.
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Camping passes will be SOON AVAILABLE. Camping passes give you access ONLY to the campsite from Thursday 8 August until morning Monday 12 August 2024. The prize is fixed to, no matter how long you stay. The wristband allows you unlimited re-entry to and from the site. Camping is not included in the full festival pass and not even in the single day ticket. Opening times are subject to health and safety checks and so can sometimes be delayed, but please be rest assured that we will do our best to open on time. Important! To avoid disappointment please book your accommodation early as places are limited.
We will not be responsible for lost or stolen items nor damage to person or property. Camping passes are valid for one person only and may not be transferred. Wristbands must be worn at all times. No wristband, no entry, no exceptions. Please protect your wristband; you will not receive a replacement wristband if lost, stolen, or tampered with. The Ypsicamping reception area is located at the entrance to the campsite, at the San Focà area in the middle of the Madonie Park, in Castelbuono (Palermo). Ypsicamping is located 6.5 km from Castelbuono centre, in the heart of the Madonie Park between the woods and the mountains that surround Castelbuono. Ypsicamping – located: 564 – Sentiero SS. 286 – Cozzo Paratore – Pizzo S. Focà, Castelbuono. There is a shuttle bus service connecting Ypsicamping and Castelbuono (you will need to purchase a special subscription for the shuttle bus, which available to buy only from the campsite).
Availability is limited, so please book well in advance.
The parking area is about 700m far from the campsite.
All tickets MUST be exchanged for a wristband on first entry once on site. Festival guests with the Ypsigrock Festival wristband can enter and exit the festival area during the event as they wish. Upon entry, the ticket is validated and the next time you enter you must be wearing the wristband. The wristband exchange point is near the main gate of the festival area. The Box Office is located at the concert area, in Sant’Anna street, near the entrance of Piazza Castello, Castelbuono (Palermo). Opening times: 11:00 – 13:00 / 16.00 – 22:00 each day You may be required to queue, so please arrive early to avoid disappointment. The wristband will be applied and tightened by Festival staff on the ticket holder’s wrist upon pick up. Therefore, the wristband cannot be picked up by anyone else but the ticket holder personally. The wristband is personal and it cannot be shared with anyone else, it must be worn during the whole time it is valid. An unattached wristband is not valid for entrance.
DO NOT REMOVE YOUR WRISTBAND.
Everyone on site must wear a wristband. If yours is damaged or lost you may not be able to enter the Festival and/or may be required to leave the site. Wristbands must be worn and visible at all times. No wristband, no entry, no exceptions – this includes campgrounds! 20€ replacement fee for any damaged or broken wristbands with proof of purchase and broken band. Full Festival Passes holders will receive one wristband for the entire festival. Do not remove it unless you are not returning to the festival or the campgrounds for the remainder of the event. Disorderly conduct and destroying of property will not be tolerated and is grounds for ejection. So here are a few tips on looking after your wristband. Ensure your wristband is secure. The clasp should be firmly in place and not slipping up or down. Do not tamper with your wristband in any way. The wristband will have has loose ends – do not remove these until after the festival. Do not tie knots or add anything to your wristband. All wristband are checked each time you enter the concert area and at various checkpoints around the site. If you are sensitive to the plastic on the clasp protect your skin with hypoallergenic tape. Keep your wristband safe. Even if a wristband appears secure it may still be lost or stolen – especially in busy areas. To prevent the loose ends snagging or annoying you, cover it with an elasticated sweatband or a long sleeved top with elasticated cuffs. This way you will keep it safe but you will still be able to show it at checkpoints easily. If you have a problem with your wristband, speak to a member of staff as soon as possible. If you are outside the concert area, go to the box office where someone will help and advise you. If you are inside the concert area, go to the entrance and, without leaving the area, ask for the supervisor who will be able to help. Wristbands remain the property of Ypsigrock Festival until 2pm Monday 14th August 2023.
There is no refund or exchange available – the event will go ahead regardless of rain etc. Please pack for all weather conditions. Ypsigrock Festival will go on rain or shine! However, if there are severe circumstances, we may postpone, evacuate, or cancel the event. Operating in poor weather conditions poses potential problems and safety concerns for Ypsigrock Festival organizers. While we do our best to proceed with all concerts, the safety of the entertainers, audience and staff/volunteers is our main concern. We do our best to avoid canceling in advance, as summer storms come and go quickly and can be difficult to predict. If weather conditions or other conditions represent a danger to attendees, the bands or the staff, the organization reserves the right to reschedule or cancel some performances, even without notice. Weather conditions less threatening may still cause changes in the program, in order to ensure the safety of all the attendees and everyone involved in the organization of the Festival. If a storm occurs during show time, rescheduling is not always guaranteed. All these exceptional circumstances are considered “Acts of God”, and do not include any refund. In case it occurs any of the adverse weather conditions below, the event may vary.
LOW THREAT LEVEL – GOOD CONDITION Ypsigrock Festival will take place regularly as planned.
MODERATE THREAT LEVEL – NOT IDEAL CONDITIONS The door opening may be delayed but the performances will take place as programmed. In this case attendees will have to prepare for a possible worsening climate.
HIGH THREAT LEVEL – POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS CONDITIONS (heavy rain, thunderbolts, lightning, cold and high winds) The Ypsigrock Festival program could be modified. The door opening may be delayed. The single performances may be modified, rescheduled or canceled. All attendees must carefully follow the reports spread locally and online in real time by the organization.
EXTREME THREAT LEVEL – EXTREME CONDITIONS AND VERY DANGEROUS (alarm whirlwinds, extremely severe convective storms, high risk of thunderbolts, fire, the Apocalypse! Or other severe conditions) The event will be canceled and all attendees will be invited to adhere strictly to the instructions set out in official communications of the organization.
From Palermo Distance to go: 90 Km (56 miles)
To get to Castelbuono by car it should take about 75 mins. Take the motorway “Autostrada A19” (Catania-Palermo) and follow it for about 40 Km, then change to the motorway “Autostrada A20” (Palermo-Messina) and take the exit to Castelbuono. Then follow the SS 286 for the next 14km and you will arrive to Castelbuono. Once you pass the sign “Castelbuono” at the beginning of the town at the entrance of the village of Castelbuono, take the direction of the Luigi Failla Stadium on your right into Via Mazzini, along the way and then turn right onto Viale Castello. We suggest you to parking your car here, behind the Castle, you’ll find a large public and free parking area.
From Messina Distance to go: 170 Km (105 miles)
To get to Castelbuono by car it should take 2 hours. Take the motorway “Autostrada A20” (Palermo-Messina) and follow it for about 130 Km, and take the exit to Castelbuono. Then take the SS 286 and drive along the scenic 14 Km of SS 286: a natural paradise, then you will arrive in Castelbuono. Once you pass the sign “Castelbuono” at the beginning of the town at the entrance of the village of Castelbuono, take the direction of the Luigi Failla Stadium on your right into Via Mazzini, along the way and then turn right onto Viale Castello. We suggest you to parking your car here, behind the Castle, you’ll find a large public and free parking area.
From Catania: Distance to go: 180 Km (112 miles)
To get to Castelbuono by car it should take 2 hours and 15mins. Take the motorway “Autostrada A19” (Catania-Palermo) and follow the signs to Palermo. At “km 153” take the exit to the motorway “Autostrada A20” (Palermo-Messina) and follow the signs to Messina-Cefalù. Toll payment. Continue on A20-E90. Take the exit “Pollina / Castelbuono” and drive along the scenic 14 Km of SS 286: a natural paradise, then you will arrive in Castelbuono.
Once you pass the sign “Castelbuono” at the beginning of the town at the entrance of the village of Castelbuono, take the direction of the Luigi Failla Stadium on your right into Via Mazzini, along the way and then turn right onto Viale Castello. We suggest you to parking your car here, behind the Castle, you’ll find a large public and free parking area.
BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT
BY AIR The nearest Airport is: “Punta Raisi – Falcone Borsellino Airport – Palermo”
From the airport there are regular shuttle bus to get to Palermo city centre, journey time to the final stop at Palermo central railway station is around 50mins. Next to the railway station you’ll find the bus station where you can take a coach to Castelbuono. Buses operated by S.A.I.S. depart from Palermo railway station (via Cefalù stop) and the journey takes 1hr and 40 minutes. From Punta Raisi – Falcone Borsellino Airport to Palermo by car It takes around 30mins to get to Palermo city centre. Follow the highway from the AEROPORTO PUNTA RAISI junction for 5.6 Km, then follow the sign CARINI/TORRETTA, turn right and go along the A29 highway for 19.2 Km in the direction to PALERMO. From here please follow the instructions described in the section “By car – From Palermo”.
BY TRAIN The nearest railway station is: Cefalù Station
It’s just 20 Km from Castelbuono, there are many coaches run throughout the day by the company S.A.I.S. Trasporti, from Cefalù to Castelbuono the journey time is approx. 30mins. For timetables and more info about S.A.I.S. buses, please follow the instructions described here in the section called “BY COACH”.
BY COACH The bus company S.A.I.S. Trasporti offers connection between Palermo and Castelbuono (via a Cefalù stop) from Monday till Saturday.
If you arrive by public transport (by plane, by train or by bus) to Palermo, and you don’t plan to rent a car to reach Castelbuono, you’ll need to use the services of the bus company S.A.I.S. Trasporti.
The S.A.I.S. Trasporti bus terminal is at the new “Terminal Bus Palermo” adjacent to Palermo railway station, specifically it is located in Via Tommaso Fazello, 16 90123 Palermo PA Italy.
The reference run is “Palermo – Castelbuono” by S.A.I.S. (the intermediate stop is Cefalù, at Cefalù railway station). The bus leaves several times a day. From Palermo to Castelbuono the average journey time is an hour and 40 minutes. Don’t wait for the last S.A.I.S. bus trip of the day to reach Castebuono. If you can, leave Palermo well in advance. The bus ticket can be purchased at S.A.I.S. box office at the departure stalls, or online at S.A.I.S. Trasporti website or on the bus itself before departure time.
WARNING: below is the official timetable communicated by S.A.I.S Trasporti on their website. Please note that S.A.I.S. Trasporti arrival and departure timings don’t depend on us and are subject to change. So please check their website closer to the opening day of the festival.
If you arrive from other Sicilian cities and you don’t want to stay overnight in Castelbuono, we suggest to arrange you arriving to Palermo or Cefalù, in order to take advantage of the connections of the S.A.I.S. bus service.
EXTRA Shuttle Bus Service Castelbuono ? Cefalù
To meet the many requests for support regarding the difficulty of finding accommodation in Castelbuono, we have decided to activate an extra shuttle bus service connecting Castelbuono to Cefalù during Ypsigrock Festival 2023 (10-13 Aug). This is to encourage anyone having difficulty finding accommodation in Castelbuono to refer to facilities and accommodation in Cefalù and its surroundings.
The service includes a night-time run after the end of the live performances on the Ypsi Once Stage (Piazza Castello) from Castelbuono (Spritz Bar stop) to Cefalù (station) – departure time approx. 2:30 am. By purchasing this service, those who need it will also be able to take advantage of a free bonus for the reverse route from Cefalù (station) to Castelbuono (Spritz Bar stop) for an afternoon service – departure time 16:00. The service for a single day is 10€ per person.
There is also the possibility of subscribing to the extra shuttle bus service covering all 4 days from Thursday to Sunday. Buying this subscription, those who need it can also take advantage of a free bonus for the reverse route, connecting Cefalù (station) to Castelbuono (Spritz Bar stop) on all four days (Thursday to Sunday) for an afternoon service – departure time 16:00. In this case, the cost of the subscription to the service is 36€ per person.
Places are limited. Online booking is required to reserve your place.
RECAP EXTRA SHUTTLE SERVICE:
CASTELBUONO – CEFALÙ | price: 10€/person – BOOK NOW
post-concert night run: departure from Castelbuono (Spritz Bar Stop): approx. 2:30 am expected arrival in Cefalù (Station): approx. 03:00 am
by purchasing this route you get a free afternoon ride bonus for:
CEFALÙ – CASTELBUONO
pre-concert afternoon run: departure from Cefalù station: 4:00 pm expected arrival in Castelbuono (Spritz Bar Stop): approx. 4:30 pm
Subscription x 4 night rides (from Thursday to Sunday)
4 x CASTELBUONO – CEFALÙ | price: 36€/person – BOOK NOW
4 post-concert night runs (from Thursday to Sunday): departure from Castelbuono (Spritz Bar Stop): approx. 2:30 am expected arrival in Cefalù (Station): approx. 03:00 am
by purchasing this subscription you get 4 free afternoon bonus for:
4 x CEFALÙ – CASTELBUONO
4 pre-concert afternoon runs (from Thursday to Sunday): departure from Cefalù station: 4:00 pm expected arrival in Castelbuono (Spritz Bar Stop): approx. 4:30 pm
Please note: this service is provided in addition to the daytime SAIS service in the area.
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