Frequently Asked Questions
How will I keep up with all the amazing things going on?!
We’re glad you asked. At the door, a program will be available (thanks to paper generously donated by Mohawk, who fun fact: use to have a production plant in North Adams!). We love a physical guide. It’s a free momento! And this one will include the weekend’s schedule and map of the grounds and more. Find one!
If you prefer digital, we’ve got you covered with the official Solid Sound app. Which is available now to download in the Apple Store and the Google Play store, thanks to our sponsor Berkshire Bank. Hot tip: Turn notifications ON for a heads up on secret pop-up performances, weather updates and more.
How will I navigate the festival grounds?
As the festival approaches, we will create a handy dandy digital festival map. Check back!
Is proof of vaccination required?
Yes. Solid Sound Festival is following MASS MoCA COVID-19 requirements for all guests. These requirements could change between now and May 27, so please check back. Currently, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is required to enter the festival ages 5 and over. (accompanied by a photo ID for visitors over 18). Photo of Vaccination card is acceptable.
You can find more info here.
How do I purchase festival passes?
Tickets for Solid Sound 2022 are on sale now and can be found here!!!
Currently available: Early Bird 3-day passes for Adults and Kids + and single day tickets for Friday May 27, Saturday May 28 and Sunday May 29.
What should I bring?
- Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
- Sealed or empty water bottles.
- Proof of full COVID-19 Vaccination, Photo of Vaccination card is acceptable.
- Rain gear.
- Bug spray.
- State ID if you plan to drink.
- A good attitude.
- Dancing shoes!
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 into the festival?
- Hard Coolers
- Picnic baskets
- Glow sticks
- DLSRs, Professional rigs, long-range lenses, flash photography, tripods, detachable lenses and video of any kind (unless you hold an approved media pass)
What If I can no longer come to the festival?
We’ll miss you. But if you’re left with tickets that you need to get rid of, we have you covered.
What time does the festival start / end each day?
– Friday & Saturday: 10a-10p
– Sunday: 10a-6p
– Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 10a-6p
– Friday: 3pm
– Saturday & Sunday: 10a
What about food?
There will be so much of it, and it will all be delicious!! We hand-pick the best food trucks and vendors in the Berkshires to fulfill any craving. A full list is available here.
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, the largest museum of contemporary art in the country
1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, Mass. 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, NY and Hartford/Springfield, CT (77 miles).
Travel by car: There is parking. We’re working on a parking map and will upload that ASAP.
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 service is provided at the main entrance.) Accessible parking is available on the museum campus, with proper accessible credentials. A detailed parking map is available here.
Is there lodging and camping on-site or nearby?
Yes. Official Solid Sound campsites are available, with shuttle service to/from MASS MoCA:
Solid Ground – (directly across from 387 State Street North Adams MA 01247) Tent Plot
Camp Aggie (2 Orcutt Street Adams MA 01220)- Tent Plot, Show Serpa & RV Plot
Can I bring my kids, and do they have to pay?
Children are welcome and admission is free for those 5 and under with an accompanying adult. There is a reduced price of $59 for kids 6-12. Age should be determined based on May 27, 2022. Please note that certain venues will not be able to accommodate strollers.
Will there be dedicated activities for kids?
Yes. Solid Sounds is a family-friendly event! There will be some children-specific programs in addition to many kid-friendly activities. In addition, MASS MoCA’s has a Kidspace that will be open during the festival.
Are cameras allowed at Solid Sound?
Yes. Small point and shoot digital cameras, polaroids, and phone 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. Some museum exhibitions prohibit photographs.
PERMITTED: Polaroid, point and shoot, pocket and phone cameras for personal use*.
NOT PERMITTED: DLSRs, Professional rigs, long-range lenses, flash photography, tripods, detachable lenses 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.
What about tapers?
Because of obstructed views caused by taping rigs, we no longer allow tapers. The good news is, you can get an official copy of Wilco’s Solid Sound sets here.
I’m a journalist on assignment. How do I obtain media passes?
Email your request to email@example.com.
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.
Is there dedicated ADA viewing?
What if it rains?
You’ll probably get wet. This is a rain or shine event.
How do I inquire about volunteering at Solid Sound?
Email firstname.lastname@example.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 is the best way to stay informed about schedule changes and pop-up performances?
Can I buy merchandise ahead of the festival?
Absolutely, right here in the Solid Sound webstore.