FAQ

Due to Coronavirus SUNANDBASS can not happen physically at San Teodoro in Sardinia this year. We decided to create a virtual SUNANDBASS  – Beyond Beaches – instead. Read this FAQ to find out how and what we invite you to support and how to join our adventure.

When is SUNANDBASS  2020?

Meet us for a virtual SUNANDBASS  from 5th-12th of September 2020.

What is SUNANDBASS  2020 virtual edition?

SUNANDBASS  Beyond Beaches is a new experience for us all. We are incredibly lucky and thankful to have such an amazing international fanbase and a team of incredible artists who all come together every year to make SUNANDBASS  so special. This virtual festival allows us to gather as artists and fans together, for 8 days and all the while ensuring that we will make it back to San Teodoro, strong and healthy. But, we do not want this to be just another artist live-stream, this will be a new SUNANDBASS  experience for us all. Exclusive interviews, food & drink recipes and roaming scenery of San Teodoro will help transport us to Sardinia while we party from the safe space of your own four walls, no matter where you are.

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By the way, thank you for asking this! Actually we really want to encourage this discussion. You should ask why there is free live-streaming, who’s paying for it – short-term and long-term.

We are aware a lot of music is streamed free of charge. There’s a lot of other things we offer for the virtual edition, it’s not just a live-stream. But our virtual SUNANDBASS home needs your financial support, as we pay artists and crew, as well as the infrastructure, tax and fees with it.

Furthermore, it’s not even a financial question foremost, this is a matter to us all – it defines our social identity, personal dignity, self-esteem, our relations – because how and what we do affects not just ourselves and our community, but all others, locally and globally.

By the cancellation of all other festivals, musical tours and club nights our artist’s calendars have been wiped clean. Pretty much anyone whose work depends on them being in front of an audience is seeing their livelihoods evaporate. Artists, video- and photographers, journalists and writers already depended on a network of mostly under-resourced organizations, in the past, now these too are in crisis.

The music and art scene is inextricably linked to other sectors, like the service and event-production industries, and the loss of creative livelihoods has been compounded by the closures of clubs, bars, restaurants, and coffee shops, and the cancellations of large events. Day jobs and night jobs disappear at the same time.

We are at the heart of one of the most fragile sectors and the lockdown restrictions are intensifying our built-in vulnerability. As well, our financial losses are not to be won back, there’s no sustainability plan or bail out to expect. Pursuing a living that falls outside the social safety net, in a job you might actually like, is widely regarded to be a play-at-your-own risk endeavor.

Yet, everyone can experience right now, under lockdown, that we are the lifeblood of our communities. Have you noted, how much is silenced along the suspension of events?

Hopefully society will be able to evolve positively and directly address the vulnerabilities of independent contractors and the self- employed.

What we want is consciously giving our time, our resources and advocacy for a better situation now, not tomorrow – and we chose fighting for it by offering a sustainable, independent event, which does not further exploit artists with COVID-19, but steps in and offers instant solidarity and respect.

Let’s find out if we all consider it worthwhile to meet in September 2020 for a SUNANDBASS Beyond Beaches – we’ll see the response in sold wristbands for a fully digital SUNANDBASS.

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How much will a SUNANDBASS 2020 wristband cost?

We wish not to ask more of our community then we need, therefore there will be a reduction in the price as more wristbands are sold. First, we’ll be asking you to be prepared to pay 75 EUR for a wristband. But the price we charge can be as low as 35 EUR for everyone, depending on how many people support the digital project. Regardless of you being the first or the last supporter, the ticket price will be the same for everyone and an email notification will be sent to you, before the final price is charged. You might find a lowering price quite unusual, it really is.  Over the past years, the festival always sells out. Now, without physical restrictions we have no limit, but we also need to do a corona-virus-crisis-rain-check: is SUNANDBASS  Beyond Beaches as interesting for you as our Sardinia event?
By lowering the price, as more of you sign up for a wristband, we can all together find out in real time if we’re in few, in many or best case, as many as at a physical SUNANDBASS night, by checking this gradually decreased price.

I have already bought a wristband, what happens if the price gets lower?

Once you sign up to buy a wristband through TheTicketFairy the full amount of 75€ will only be “reserved” on your credit card. Regardless of you being the first or the last supporter, the price for everyone is lowered the more tickets are sold and will be the same for everyone. In case of a successful campaign we’ll send you an email and charge the hopefully much lower ticket price from your account.

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How much will a SUNANDBASS 2020 wristband cost?

First we’ll be asking you to be prepared to pay 75 EUR for a wristband. But due to our ticket price reducing with sales, the price we charge can be as low as 35 EUR for everyone, depending on how many people support the digital project. Regardless of you being the first or the last supporter, the ticket price will be the same for everyone in the end and an email notification will be sent to you, before the final price is charged.

Why and when do you lower the price of the wristbands?

We are lowering the price as more of you sign up for a wristband, this way we can all together find out in real time if we’re are few or many or best case, as many as at a physical SUNANDBASS night, by checking this gradually decreased price.
You might find a lowering price quite unusual, it really is. We invented this, because we wish not to ask more of you then we need.
Over the past years, the festival always sold out. Now, without physical restrictions we have no limit, but we also need to do a corona-virus-crisis-rain-check: is SUNANDBASS  Beyond Beaches worthy of your support?

How can I pay for my SUNANDBASS wristbands?

As usual our wristbands are sold online via our partner THETICKETFAIRY who added brand-new features to make the price of the wristband decrease for everyone, given the amount of sign ups for it. THANK YOU GUYS; THAT’S AMAZING! They only accept credit card payments.

I’m experiencing difficulties buying tickets. What can I do?

The wristband sale will only start on 31st of May 2020, we’ll announce this in our newsletter and on our social media.
Please subscribe to our mailing list here and we will keep you updated.

For any problems regarding the online purchase and payments of tickets please contact THETICKETFAIRY support: support[at]theticketfairy.com. You can also register at THETICKETFAIRY and preselect your favourite payment option to make a faster and proven sales process.

I have already bought a wristband, what happens if the price gets lower?

Once you sign up to buy a wristband through TheTicketFairy the full amount of 75€ will only be “reserved” on your credit card. Regardless of you being the first or the last supporter, the price for everyone is lowered as more tickets are sold and in the end it will be the same for everyone. In case of a successful campaign we’ll send you an email and charge the hopefully much lower ticket price from your account.

Where and how can I pick up my wristband?

Once we confirm the event, Your SUNANDBASS 2020 festival wristband(s) will be posted to you, in time for a diy-check-in.

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Our good friends at TheTicketFairy have developed a community pricing system specially for us. This means the SUNANDBASS 2020 Beyond Beaches wristband will begin selling at €75, BUT as more people sign-up for a wristband and once we hit our target of 800, then the price will begin to decrease for everybody for a limited time. You will not be charged until the final price is set. We do not want to ask for more than we need to support our artists and produce Beyond Beaches.

So how does this work? The wristbands go on sale on Sunday May 31st 2020 at 22:00pm Central European Summer Time. The community pricing will last for only 5 days ending on Friday June 5th 2020 again at 22:00pm CEST. At this time, the price will be set for us all. Tickets will still be available at this price afterwards but we strongly encourage you to sign up before Friday June 5th so that we all pay less together as a drum and bass community.

 

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We’ll use this income directly for producing our digital event ‘SUNANDBASS  Beyond Beaches’ – it’s basically three equal parts: Compensation for our artists, the production crew and infrastructure cost.

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You could consider to enjoy your holiday in San Teodoro, with the social distancing measures in place and support the small business owners. You also can access the virtual holiday, and a very small group of us might be there.

All hotels and apartment agencies we collaborate with, are offering cancellations, airlines have differing rules of compensation implemented – please contact them directly. There’s decisions on this from the EU that providers are requested to follow for all bookings done before 8th of March 2020.

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Will there be a Virus-safe small edition of SUNANDBASS in San Teodoro?

There cannot be parties. Instead we invite you to support our idea of a virtual SUNANDBASS  from 5th to 12th September 2020 in the safety of your home.

Why is there no physical festival in 2020?

Due to the spread of COVID-19, it’s probable that restrictions of international travel for tourists, mandatory quarantines and bans on bigger gatherings, especially club events, will still be in place in September. Social distancing will still be the only preventive measure available against the spread of the virus and therefore events like SUNANDBASS  will officially be illegal. The simple truth is, our events are packed, sweaty, full of love hugs and high fives. Think about the booth inside Ambra Night and you know what I mean.

Packing dozens of people into a club during this outbreak is like dropping a lit match in the woods during fire season. Who knows how far the damage will spread? It is not only a threat to our communities worldwide, but we would be risking to harm Sardinia, which is our second home.

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Will there be a festival in 2021?

That’s what we hope and aim for. Nothing will ever match the real physical experience.

Does my wristband get me priority access for 2021?

Your support in 2020 means a lot to us. It will also be counted as a year participation for the loyalty tickets. We don’t know when we will be able to gather in big groups again, but we would love to throw a special thank you party, once we can go back!

Does SUNANDBASS have a future?

Honestly, we don’t know, we’re on uncharted territory here. We can promise, we’ll try our best to keep us going. But only pretending SUNANDBASS is important to all of us will not be enough to go on.
And once started on imagining what we can actually influence, from that very moment on we were deeply immersed in the wonderful task of creating a temporary virtual home for us. Hence, we hope you are with us in this new quest, to keep SUNANDBASS running, strong and healthy. Once we’ve assured ourselves that we‘re all solving this new challenge together, we are confident to once more deliver memories that live up to our legacy.
Also, we want you all to be safe and sound, which is the most important thing.
Finally we’re plain grateful for the incredible journey that lies behind us, for all the things we could share over the past 17 years and we will remain optimistic, as things between us often turned out better than anyone could have hoped for!

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How can I volunteer at SUNANDBASS?

Since SUNANDBASS is free of fences we don’t need as many volunteers as other festivals. We don’t offer a ticket in exchange for shift-work. We are however looking for fully committed and reliable staff for our production team (six full days of work). Ideally you’d be a fan of drum and bass with an appreciation of other genres and what it means to produce live events. You must be a capable English and Italian speaker, with a basic understanding of German desired.

If you’re interested in gaining some experience with us get in touch by emailing your CV and a cover letter to info[at]sunandbass.com

Can I sell my handmade stuff, teach yoga or bring my food truck to SUNANDBASS?

Please understand we want to stay true to our beliefs of a social and ethical economy and have a respectful relationship with the Sardinian community. SUNANDBASS is heavily immersed in bringing a touristic infrastructure to San Teodoro, therefore we wouldn’t promote services that are already being offered in the area.

Is it possible to apply for a DJ slot?

Our booking is a closed process. Therefore we do not take outside requests to play at the festival. Please refrain from sending mixes or applications to play at SUNANDBASS. Thanks for understanding.

How can I participate further at SUNANDBASS?

You can just drop us an email at info[at]sunandbass.net to tell us about your ideas. We’d love to hear from you!

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How can I travel to Sardinia?

The island of Sardinia can be reached from most major cities within Europe by plane. If you’re traveling by car, we recommend taking one of the many ferries commuting between mainland Europe and Sardinia.

What is the nearest airport to San Teodoro?

Olbia Costa Smeralda is the nearest airport (30 km) to San Teodoro so we recommend you land there if possible. Please see our Travel section for airlines and destinations from mainland Europe. Alghero is the second nearest airport but it’s about 200km away. The ride to San Teodoro can take some time so consider renting a car. The airport in Cagliari is the furthest away but connections are good and it costs between €20-30 to make a road trip across the island.

How can I get to San Teodoro from the airport in Olbia?

Local Bus

The cheapest method of transport is to catch a bus directly from Olbia Airport. There are two companies servicing San Teodoro: ARST which will drop you in the city center, and Deplano, which will drop you just outside of San Teodoro. You can check the bus schedules on the Olbia Airport website and Google Maps. Busses depart from the right side of the parking lot when you exit the airport. You can buy tickets directly from the driver for about €4.

SUNANDBASS airport shuttle provided by San Teodoro Beach Bus

Our travel partner San Teodoro Beach Bus offers an airport shuttle for SUNANDBASSguests. If you book in advanced and mention that you are a SUNANDBASS guest you’ll receive a 50% reduced ticket on your return journey. Comfortably you’ll be dropped at the ARST bus stop in the center of San Teodoro. Click here for more info and to book your seat now.

Airport transfer

If you plan to arrive later a more convenient option would be to book an airport transfer service before you arrive. It’s quite affordable when you travel with a larger group. Contact details on airport shuttle services can be found here.

Taxi

You can also book a taxi directly from Olbia airport. Prices vary and it can start from around €50.

Car rental

There are also several car rentals at Olbia Airport if you want to rent a car for your stay.

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What kind of accommodation is the best choice for me?

There are three basic types of accommodation available in San Teodoro. Depending on your budget and whether you are traveling on your own we would recommend an apartment/villa, hotel or camping. Please check our accommodation page for further information.

What should I pay attention to when booking accommodation?

Make sure to compare different offers of different agencies to get the best deal. Most importantly check the exact location of your apartment/hotel to make sure it is located within walking distance to all the SUNANDBASS venues. Ask your agency for the detailed address and cross check the location on our map or just drop us an email in case you’re not sure. Please make sure you are aware of hidden costs and ask about any in advance.

We try to put everything into organising SUNANDBASS so we have a wonderful time together. We really don’t want your time spoiled by walks off the beaten track or expensive cab rides.

What does the SUNANDBASS Apartment Package contain and how does it work?

The Apartment Package provides accommodation of your choice that’s booked via one of our local affiliated partners and allows every person lodging there to secure a Full Week Pass, even before the official ticket sale starts. Once you’ve booked your accommodation with one of our partners you will receive an exclusive link to the regular ticketing purchase from the accommodation and booking agency.

Please be aware that only the contract for the ticket purchase is concluded exclusively between SUNANDBASS and you. The accommodation contract is concluded exclusively between the accommodation agency and you.

This offer will become available in April.

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When will the line up of SUNANDBASS be announced?

The full line up will be announced in the second half of August. We know that some of you would like to have the list of confirmed artists much earlier, however we take the time to make it as special as we can. We can guarantee you a diverse mix of international headliners, local heroes, underground talent and promising newcomers. We’ve gathered more than 100 artists to create the perfect SUNANDBASS soundtrack for you.

We are proud to feel that our festival as a whole is what defines our success and take great solace in knowing that the overall shared belief in this event is what allows us to fully fulfill an extraordinary of week of great music.

How is the line up being put together?

In 2014 we have introduced the concept of Curators to SUNANDBASS. Each floor (usually two per-night) calls upon a curation from a well-respected auteur to put forward some suggestion of what artists they want to see on the line up. The result is an eclectic and free display of drum and bass from highly regarded and groundbreaking DJs and MCs. This year’s Curators line up to be announced in August.

When do you release the running order?

Running orders will be released the day before the event takes place. We hope you catch more than what you already know and want to see!

Is it possible to apply for a DJ slot?

Our booking is a closed process. Therefore we do not take outside requests to play at the festival. Please refrain from sending mixes or applications to play at SUNANDBASS. Thanks for understanding.

Will there be any afterhours?

Our daytime program is full and organised so we do not throw any after parties. We want to give our guests the chance to cool down and chill out in the mornings. We would like you to shy away from the idea of after-hour-parties at your accommodation if you are in proximity to fellow holidaying families in San Teodoro.

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