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HEALTH & SAFETY

  • Please be advised that there will be elevated security measures in place for Bourbon & Beyond.  Please carefully check the list of prohibited items and arrive very early to allow extra time for screening.  All entrances will have metal detectors; please plan accordingly. 
  • Bourbon & Beyond reserves the right, without refund to refuse admission or to eject any person who fails to comply with the rules of the venue, local, state or federal law, or whose conduct is deemed illegal, disorderly, or offensive.
  • Attendees assumes all risks of personal injury incidental to the event, whether occurring prior to, during, or subsequent to the event.

Your safety is our top concern at Bourbon & Beyond. If you see something, say something to one of our team members on grounds or a Public Safety Official.  

What happens if there is inclement weather? 

Bourbon & Beyond is a rain or shine event, however, there are several instances in which the festival may be paused, evacuated, or canceled due to inclement weather, including (but not limited to): severe thunderstorms, lightning in our festival radius, excessive wind, hail, flooding, or as directed by local emergency personnel. Festival management is constantly monitoring weather conditions and consulting with the National Weather Service, as well as a private weather service to ensure the safest event possible.

If an evacuation due to inclement weather becomes necessary fans will either be advised to temporarily seek shelter or that the festival is cancelled for the remainder of the day.  This notification will be made by audio and video announcements from the stages, the Bourbon & Beyond Mobile App push notifications, and social media.  We recommend fans download the Bourbon & Beyond Mobile App and follow our socials to stay up to date with festival communication.

To allow the necessary time to safely evacuate the festival grounds, the evacuation notice may occur before any weather conditions are viewable.  We request that all fans follow the directions of festival staff and local law enforcement.

If the Evacuation is Temporary, Seek Shelter

Please be advised that tents, the VIP viewing platform, and temporary structures are not a safe places to seek shelter.  Safe shelter instructions are below.  Your designated shelter location is based on how you arrived at the festival.  Festival staff will be available to assist you.
 
Fans who parked:  Fans who parked will return to their vehicle to seek shelter.  Routes to return to parking will be posted to assist you.
 
Fans that arrived by drop off or Rideshare: Fans that do not have access to a vehicle will seek shelter in Freedom Hall, located on the North End of Freedom Way. The entrance and routes are marked on the festival map and evacuation route signage will be available for assistance.
 
Fans who are camping:  Fans who are camping will return to the campground to seek shelter either in their vehicle or seek shelter in Freedom Hall. These locations are marked on the camping map and will have signage. Campers should not shelter in their tents.
 
Fans with disabilities:  Fans that may require additional time or assistance to evacuate are asked to check in at the Access Center upon arrival to the festival for additional information.
 

After a Temporary Evacuation

When fans are advised to seek temporary shelter, our intent is to restart the festival if weather permits.  Fans will be advised if/when it is safe to return to the festival.  Fans will be given ample time to re-enter the grounds before music will resume.
 
If it is determined that, after a temporary evacuation, the festival is not able to re-start due to Inclement Weather, fans will be notified that the festival is cancelled and asked to exit the grounds for the remainder of the day.
 

If the Festival is Cancelled Due to Weather

If the festival is cancelled for the remainder of the day, fans are asked to safely exit the festival grounds.  Fans who may not be able to easily exit may seek temporary shelter in Freedom Hall.

Prepare in Advance

All Bourbon And Beyond fans are asked to have a personal safety plan in place.  Your personal safety plan should include:
  • Reviewing the festival map in advance
  • Knowing your exits
  • Know where you are to go if shelter is required
  • Making a plan with everyone in your party on where to meet up in the event of a festival evacuation.
  • If you are parking at Kentucky Expo Center, please remember where you parked. We recommend that you pack and leave extra water in your car.
  • If you use a rideshare service or get dropped off at Kentucky Expo Center, note the route to Freedom Hall for shelter.
  • If you are camping, please place all non-tethered items in your vehicle before departing for the festival.  During inclement weather, campers should seek shelter in their vehicle and NOT inside a tent. There are permanent structures available at the campgrounds that are designated as a safe place to shelter.  These locations are noted on the camping map. In the event of inclement weather or any other emergency, campers will be notified via the campgrounds PA system and staff will be available to direct campers as needed.
What is Crowd Surfing?
  • Crowd surfing occurs where a patron is lifted up onto the hands of other patrons, who then pass the surfer along the top of the crowd.  Surfing can take place anywhere in a general admission crowd.
    • Crowd surfing most commonly (but not always) occurs in the areas directly in front of the stages.
    • Surfing most commonly (but not always) travels from the back of the crowd TOWARDS the stage.
 
What’s the big deal about Crowd Surfing?
  • It is dangerous for both the surfer and other patrons.
  • Crowd surfers have virtually no control of their bodies once they are above the crowd.  Surfers can be groped, hit, or dropped.  Although crowds experienced with surfers generally try to pass them towards the stage, there is no guarantee where or how the ride will end or how the surfer will find their friends in the crowd once they come down.
  • Most of the audience is looking at the Stage!  Surfers literally put their health and safety in the hands of people they don’t know who are paying attention to something else.
  • Surfers also endanger other people.  A crowd surfer struggling to stay aloft can kick someone in the head or poke them with their hands.  Surfing is especially dangerous during an artist’s set, when most patrons are facing the stage and the surfer is being passed from behind them.
 
I don’t want to Crowd Surf!!  What can I do?
  • Be aware of your surroundings!  If Crowd Surfing is taking place near where you’re standing, and you are uncomfortable being in the proximity of such activities, find an alternate location from which to enjoy the performance!

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any place where people gather. By attending Bourbon & Beyond, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to Covid-19 and agree to waive all claims and potential claims against the City of Louisville, Jefferson County, the Kentucky Venues, Danny Wimmer Presents, LLC and their affiliated companies relating to such risks.

There will not be a requirement for attendees to be masked, vaccinated, or tested to attend Bourbon & Beyond.  However, we do encourage fans to stay safe and will have increased sanitization stations throughout the festival.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! You may bring in one factory-sealed bottle of water or an empty reusable bottle into the festival. Refill throughout the day with water at the hydration stations.  Water & non-alcoholic beverages will be for sale at all concession stands.

Our team at DWP strives to provide a fun and safe atmosphere at Bourbon & Beyond. It is your job to be responsible while having a good time. Underage drinking is prohibited as well as drugs of any kind (incl. cannabis, cannabis products). If you plan to drink alcohol on grounds, please also keep hydrated. Water stations are FREE, utilize that option! 

Louisville Metro Government and Emergency Ops Center has a program called “LENSAlert” that allows users to opt in to Emergency Messaging and Severe Weather Notifications. If you would like to receive notifications, please TEXTBOURBON” to 67283 to start receiving emergency notifications.

While there will be security onsite, Bourbon & Beyond cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items. When leaving your campsite and/or vehicle, please take valuables with you and lock your vehicle. Lockers are available in General Admission, Mint VIP, & Beyond VIP, and can be reserved now HERE. A detailed list of what is and is not allowed in the festival grounds can be found on our FESTIVAL INFO page.

Employees, contractors, vendors, artists, and guests are encouraged to report any interaction that makes them uncomfortable in any way. If you see something, say something. Security exists for the safety and well-being of all Bourbon & Beyond participants. Flag down the nearest staff member, medical professional, or security guard if anything feels out of place or suspicious.

All of us are responsible for our own safety! Have a great time at the show and take care of yourself and others!