Frequently Asked Questions
When is the WUMB Music Fest?
Sunday, June 5th, from Noon-7pm. Activities will also include a children's activities area, as well as food and crafts vendors.
Where is the WUMB Music Fest going to be held?
The Festival will again be held at the UMass Boston Campus. Directions are available here.
Where do I purchase tickets?
You can purchase advance tickets for the Festival online or by phone. More information on purchasing tickets can be found by clicking the "Buy Tickets" link at left, or by phoning 617-287-6911. Advance purchase guarantees you a seat at the lowest price.
Can I get to the festival by public transportation?
Yes. Take the Red Line to the JFK/UMass stop. Included in the cost of your ticket is a free UMass Boston shuttle bus that will take you directly to the campus and to a special bus stop for the festival. The buses will run until 8PM on Sunday.
Can I park at UMass Boston?
Yes. You will be directed to the proper area by signs and/or personnel. Parking is free Sunday for the Festival, and is located closer to the Field Stage than in previous years. Valet parking is not available. You park your own car and will have direct access to it at all times. Please try to remember where you parked. Please obey all "No Parking" and "Handicapped Parking" rules and signs. Parking rules are enforced.
Can you describe the venues?
There are three festival venues: The Field Stage, the Lipke Stage, and the Coffeehouse Stage.
The Field Stage
The Field Stage hosts music from Noon to 7PM. The Field Stage is a tented outdoor venue located in the center of the Athletic Field behind the Campus Center and Science Buildings.
GENERAL SEATING: The Field Stage has unreserved seating. Chairs will be provided. You may bring your own chair or blanket for sitting outside the tent. All seating is on a first-come, first-served basis (gates open 10AM). Indoor bathrooms are also available in the Science and McCormack Buildings. A handicapped-accessible area and a handicapped-accessible porta-john will be available at the Field Stage. The Festival Store will offer artists' CDs and festival merchandise for sale.
PATRON SEATING: A limited number of reserved/restricted seats with tables and chairs are provided for your use while at the Festival. To upgrade in advance of the festival to Patron Seating, call 617-287-6911. Or, at the festival, go to the Box Office. Food and craft vendors will be nearby, as are outdoor porta-johns.
The Lipke Stage
The Lipke Stage will have music from Noon to 5:30PM. Indoor venue located in the Lipke Auditorium on the 2nd Floor of the Science Building, with seating for 500 people. Seats are general admission except for the Patron reserved area. Indoor bathrooms are available nearby.
The Coffeehouse Stage
The Coffeehouse Stage will have music from Noon to 5:30PM. This is an intimate stage with seating for 250 people, set up like you'll find at most local area coffeehouses. It is located indoors, in the Ryan Lounge on the 3rd Floor of the McCormack Building. The Coffeehouse Stage has chairs and the seats are general admission (unreserved) except for the Patron reserved area. Indoor bathrooms are available nearby. Snacks will be available.
What are the children's activities?
A children's area will be open from Noon to 5:00PM at the rear of the Field Stage field. As in past years, you will be able to hear the Field Stage music from this area. It will consist of music-related arts and crafts. This area is designed for children accompanied by adults. Children may not be dropped off. There are no childcare services at the festival.
What will happen in the case of rain?
In the event of rain, all activities will take place in their original location. The outdoor Field Stage has a tent that completely covers the audience.
I've paid for my tickets in advance. Where do I pick them up?
Tickets purchased in advance will be mailed out from May 9th through May 27th. Tickets purchased after May 27th will be held at the festival Box Office, which will be located near the entrance to the Field Stage.
May I tape or photograph performances?
Unless authorized in writing by Festival management, video taping, audio taping, and photography of any events at the WUMB Music Festival are strictly prohibited as a result of contractual agreements with the performers. Your recording/photo equipment will be confiscated. Media assigned to cover the festival must obtain clearances in advance of the festival.
Is smoking allowed?
No. There is no smoking in any area designated as a festival venue. There is also no smoking inside any campus building.
Will alcoholic beverages be sold or allowed?
No. Alcoholic beverages will neither be sold nor allowed anywhere on campus
What type of food will be for sale at the festival?
A variety of dishes will be offered by festival vendors, including international fare, hot dogs, burgers, salads, vegetarian burgers, and other items.
Can I bring my own food or beverage cooler?
You are also welcome to bring a cooler with food and drinks, but please plan to dispose of all waste materials properly or take them with you when you leave. Look for recycling and trash bins at the Field Stage area.
Can I purchase music by festival performers?
The Festival Store at the Field Stage will sell performers' CDs and festival merchandise (tee shirts, hats, and other items). The store accepts cash, checks, and credit cards.
Are pets allowed on campus?
No pets are allowed at any of the stages or on campus, except as required for disabled persons
What kind of accommodations are at the festival for the handicapped and/or hearing- or vision-impaired festival goers?
All sites are fully wheelchair-accessible. If you have a problem with accessibility at the festival, please check with the nearest festival staff person or volunteer for help. All stages will have an area designated for handicapped seating. Cars with handicapped stickers should park in designated "Handicapped Parking."
If you require an interpreter or other special assistance, please contact us no later than May 17, 2011, so that the festival can try to accommodate your needs. We do not expect to have unassigned interpreters available the day of the festival.
For information on any accessibility issues, contact UMass Boston Customer Service at 617-287-4000.
What type of restroom facilities will be available?
Porta-Johns, including a handicapped-accessible unit, will be the most accessible facilities near the Field Stage. Indoor restrooms will also be available inside the Science Building and McCormack Buildings.
Is camping permitted on site? Is lodging available?
Camping is not allowed at UMass Boston or on any adjoining property. Check the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism Web site (www.mass-vacation.com) or call (800) 227-MASS for nearby camping sites or lodging.
Food for the homeless collections
Please bring canned edibles, pasta, rice, or other items with you to the festival. We will be collecting donations for area food banks. The collection site will be at the Information Booth near the entrance to the Field Stage.
Other Festival Regulations:
- Children under 16 must be with their parents or guardians at all time. There are no childcare services.
- There are Bank of America ATMs in the McCormack Building on the 1st Floor.
- Motorcycles must be parked in campus parking areas.
- No open fires, grills or stoves are allowed.
- No amplified music is allowed (acoustic jam sessions in out-of-the-way locations are great though!).
- Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated!
- Unauthorized selling, distributing or leafleting is prohibited.
- No refunds or exchanges on tickets for any reason.
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