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Frequently Asked Questions

How will I navigate the festival grounds?

With this handy dandy festival map: DOWNLOAD

+ Info on parking and shuttles: DOWNLOAD

How do I purchase festival passes?

To purchase tickets for Solid Sound 2017, click HERE.

3-day Regular Weekend Pass – $159

3-day Kids Pass (ages 7-10) – $50 advance / $55 doors

Kids 6 & under get in free.

What should I bring?

  • Sealed or empty water bottles
  • A good attitude
  • Dancing shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen

You’re also welcome to bring strollers, blankets, umbrellas and backpacks into the festival grounds. However, these larger items are not allowed inside the MASS MoCA galleries, and must stay outdoors.  Small back folding chairs are only allowed in Joe’s Field, however chairs & blankets will be restricted between the mainstage and Soundboard area. Chairs are not allowed in Hunter, Courtyard C or D. 

There is a bag check on-site.

What is not allowed at the festival?

  • Glass
  • Pets
  • Alcohol
  • Hard Coolers
  • Picnic baskets
  • Smoking

What about food?

There will be plenty of food available. We have hand-picked some of the best food trucks and vendors in the Berkshires to fulfill any craving. To accommodate special diets, you may bring food into the venue in small, soft sided coolers. Please, NO GLASS OR ALCOHOL OR HARD COOLERS. Water bottles must be sealed.

Where does Solid Sound take place?

MASS MoCA
1040 Mass MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247

How can I get to Solid Sound?

North Adams is approximately 140 miles west of Boston, 160 miles north of NYC and 45 miles east of Albany.

Travel by air: Nearest airports are Albany and Hartford/Springfield (77 miles).

Travel by bus: Peter Pan Bus services to North Adams from Boston & NYC within a workable timeframe for Solid Sound, and the station is just a 6-minute walk to MASS MoCA.

Travel by rideshare: Need a ride? Skedaddle is the easiest way to get to MASS MoCA. Via its website and mobile app, Skedaddle allows you to start professionally driven van or bus rides directly from your neighborhood to Solid Sound. Check out routes from NYCBoston/Cambridge and Albany, or start your own to ride direct to the festival. Use code SOLIDSOUND10 for $10 off your ride.

Travel by car: If you’re driving to the festival, details on parking here.

What’s the parking situation?

There is limited parking in the immediate vicinity of MASS MoCA and throughout downtown North Adams. Ample, easy-to-access designated off-site parking lots will be serviced by free shuttles. We encourage carpooling, public bus transportation and biking. (Convenient bike valet services provided at the main entrance.) Handicapped parking is available on the museum property, with proper handicapped license/sticker.

Is there lodging and camping on-site or nearby?

Yes. Official Solid Sound campsites are also available, with shuttle service to/from MASS MoCA:

Solid Ground – Tent Plot ($135) SOLD OUT

Camp Aggie – Tent Plot ($135), Show Serpa ($425) & RV Plot ($159)

MASS MoCA and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) provide festival lodging at the Hoosac Hall Residence, located within walking distance to the Solid Sound Festival and museum, and convenient to downtown merchants, bars, and restaurants.

Book Now  SOLD OUT

  • $405 per room (handicap-accessible) / Check in: Friday, June 23 + Check-out: Monday, June 26
  • Maximum of 2 people per room. Must be over the age of 18.
  • Each room is equipped with two extra-long twin beds, a mini-fridge, dressers, and desks.
  • Linens are $20 per bed and available by calling the box office at 413.662.2111 x1.
  • Showers are free and available for guests.
  • Rooms are smoke and drug-free.
  • Alcohol is permitted for those 21 and older.

Camping check-out deadline is 11:00am on Monday, June 26.

What time does the festival start / end each day?

Box Office Hours:
Friday: 11:00am-10:30pm
Saturday: 10:00am-10:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am-6pm

Gate Times:
Friday: 5:00pm
Saturday/Sunday: 10:00am

Can I bring my kids, and do they have to pay?

Yes. Children are welcome and admission is free for those 6 and under with an accompanying adult. There is a reduced price of $50 for kids 7-10. Please note that certain venues will not be able to accommodate strollers.

Will there be dedicated activities for kids?

Yes. There will be some children-specific programs in addition to many kid-friendly activities. In addition, MASS MoCA’s Kidspace will be open from 11 A.M. to 6 P.M. on Friday and 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. on Saturday and Sunday.

Are cameras allowed at Solid Sound?

Yes. Digital cameras are fine but we ask that you refrain from using your cell phones, updating Facebook, checking your e-mail, texting your friends, etc. both while driving and during the live performances at Solid Sound as they are disturbing to both patrons and performers.

PERMITTED: Polaroid, SLR, point and shoot, pocket and phone cameras for personal use*.

NOT PERMITTED: Professional rigs, Long-range lenses, Flash photography, tripods and video of any kind**.

*Fan photography is limited to personal use. Selling photos is prohibited.

** Photographers with intent to publish must obtain a photo pass through our media department in advance of the festival.

Will I be able to get into all venues?

The mainstage and most outdoor courtyards will accommodate all. Some venues are relatively small, will not accommodate everyone in attendance, and are first-come, first-served.

What if it rains?

You’ll probably get wet. This is a rain or shine event.

I’m a journalist on assignment. How do I obtain media passes?

Email your request to deb@tmmchi.com & crystal@tmmchi.com

How do I inquire about volunteering at Solid Sound?

Email volunteer@massmoca.org if you’re interested in volunteering.

Solid Sound volunteers enjoy free admission to the full three-day festival in exchange for working as event staff, parking attendants, gallery guards, and more.

Please note that volunteers will primarily work outdoors, in all weather conditions, and will be asked to stand for extended periods of time. We will do our best to accommodate our volunteers with special needs or limited mobility.

Can I submit my band, comedy act or artwork for consideration?

No. Thank you for your interest but we are not currently accepting submissions for the festival.

What’s the best way to stay informed about schedule changes and pop-up performances?

Sign up here to receive our e-mail newsletter, and follow Solid Sound on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for real-time updates.

Is VIP seating/access available for purchase?

No, but we’re known for our egalitarian practices. In other words, everyone’s a VIP at Solid Sound.

Can I buy merchandise ahead of the festival?

Absolutely, right here in the Solid Sound webstore.

What about late night in North Adams?

The curfew will be extended to 2am for local bars, so grab some fest friends and head downtown.

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