Ignition Festival

11 - 18 January, 2021

Matamata, New Zealand






Ignition 2021 is going to be a feast for the senses, and we’d love your help to make that happen! This year, we’re moving away from large-scale flammable structures to focus on fully immersive sound and light experiences.


If you have an insatiable desire to create, to bring something to life, this is the place for you. We welcome art of all forms, but serious bonus points go to any artists who use light and sound.


Artist applications are now closed; for further info email arts.ignition@gmail.com


Theme Camps

When a group of people get together and create a space at Ignition, that’s a Theme Camp. Whether you want to run a sound stage, offer workshops, host events, provide a chill-out space, or whatever you love to do – we’d love to have you!

How does it work?

Fill in the form below with your camp’s details, or as many as you know for now. Then start planning and scheming and building, and we’ll be in touch!

>> Register Your Interest Here


Help us bring Ignition 2021 to life! Ignition is a volunteer-run community, and we need your help to make it happen.

No matter your skill set or persuasion, we have roles for you. And you. And you. Everyone gets a role! You could help scan tickets at the gate, greet people on entry, pack in, pack out, keep everyone safe as a Ranger – the choices are endless.

Volunteering is a fun way to give back to your community, make new friends, and immediately makes you three times cooler. 

Volunteer applications are closed for 2021 — see you on the paddock! 


Where is Ignition Festival?

Ignition will be held in Matamata, on the same beautiful site as last time. The address will be provided to participants before the event.


Ignition is inspired and guided by the 10 Principles of Burning Man, which we encourage you to read on Burning Man’s website. Ignition is independently produced and not affiliated with Burning Man Project.

How much does it cost?

Tickets to the 2021 event will be $180

When will tickets go on sale?

We’re working on that currently, and will let you know as soon as we can.

Can I get a free / discounted ticket?

Everyone pays to attend Ignition, including artists and volunteers, so there’s no free tickets, discounts or comps. It’s a community and we all contribute 🙂

Will Artists / Theme Camps / Volunteers get reserved tickets?

Yes! We will be opening up the Directed Group Sales before the Main Sale, to give Theme Camps, Volunteers and Artists a chance to secure their tickets first. 

However, there is only a limited number of tickets available, so if we get more signups than tickets available, preference will go to those who apply early.

There’s a maximum cap on the number of tickets available to each camp through the DGS scheme (this will be determined by the number of camps who register), so your camp members should also volunteer or contribute as artists to secure their tickets.

I'm a DJ / Band, can I perform?

Yes, absolutely! We love acts of all types. But we’re not the kinda festival with bookings and stage managers. If you wanna perform – bring your gear, set it up, and have at it! You could also jump in the Ignition Facebook Group to chat with the community and see if any theme camps could host you. Or why not start your own Theme Camp???

Can I Buy Food & Drink at Ignition?

There’s no food or drink for sale here. The only thing we sell is ice, for health reasons. You’ll need to bring everything else you need to last the entire week.

I'm a vendor, can I sell my food / drink / item?

Not here sorry. We’re a decommodified event, which means there’s nothing for sale, and no sponsorship or commercial exposure of any kind.

What should I bring?

You should bring absolutely everything you need to survive a week in a paddock. We’ve started compiling a list to help, but it’s by no means exhaustive.

Definitely Bring:
  • Your ticket and Photo ID.
  • Food & Drink – enough to last you and your crew for the full 7 days.
    We recommend 4-6L of water per person per day. You’ll be checked at gate to make sure you’re carrying enough.
    Dried/tinned food is a good choice too – fresh fruit and veges can go off after a few days.
  • A water bottle to carry around with you.
  • Your own cup/bowl/cutlery. You’ll want a portable drinking vessel to carry around too – as you never know when you’ll receive offers/gifts of something to drink!  Handy hint – tie an old bit of fabric to your vessel so you can attach it to your beautiful self; no worries about losing it!
  • Warm clothing, the evenings could be a little nippy.
  • Water-proof clothing – ’cause who knows what the weather gods will bring.
  • Shelter – I mean, this should be obvious, right? Both to keep you dry and to keep that harsh sun off during the day.
  • Rubbish & Recycling bags.
  • Torch or headlamp, and some spare batteries.
  • Sunscreen – the NZ sun can be a harsh mistress!
  • Other sun protective goodies – a sun hat, long, light clothing, sunglasses, etc.
  • Bug repellant. There might be some bitey creatures…
  • First Aid kit.
  • Medicines, medical needs, contact lenses & solution.
  • Fire extinguishers if you’re going to be working with/using fire.
A few more ideas:
  • A raincoat and/or umbrella.
  • A cooking stove if you’re contemplating warming food or liquid.
  • A chilly bin (or cooler box or esky for our international friends. Not the polystyrene type). We will have ice for sale to keep your food and drink fresh.
  • Earplugs! Not everyone will want to sleep when you do.
  • Watertight protective bags for clothing, cameras or electronic gear.
  • Smokers – bring portable ashtrays to collect your cigarette butts and ash! A mint tin or film canister, etc
  • Rope, string, tie-downs – we’re in against the Kaimais and fierce wind can come outta nowhere
  • Bright ribbons or markers to help identify your ropes and strings and tie-downs!!
  • Tools to help set up camp – e.g. hammer, scissors, pliers.
  • Lights for your person or camp – they’re handy and beautiful!
  • Duct tape/cable ties – always handy.
  • Extra tent pegs (preferable sturdy ones like 12 inchers).
  • Gifts to give to new friends.
  • Musical instruments, props, decorations!
  • Lotions, lip balm, after-sun care, skincare products.
  • Handy wipes/wet wipes, spare toilet paper, hand sanitiser.
  • Extra set of car keys, especially if you’re the type of person (me) who tends to lose them.
Definitely don’t bring:
  • Feathers, glitter (including biodegradable glitter). These get everywhere are are impossible to clean up, and even if we could tell the difference between eco glitter and normal crap, it still takes years to break down.
  • Disposable cups/cutlery. Bring something reusable, don’t be lazy! The planet will thank you.
  • Glass bottles/jars/containers of any kind – where avoidable. Broken glass sucks, and it hurts in your foot. Transfer your liquids to plastic, and buy cans of beer/cider instead.
  • Excess packaging from foods, e.g. remove outer layers, boxes.
  • Styrofoam/polystyrene.
  • Explosives, fireworks, aerial flares, rockets, firearms of any kind – including BB guns, air rifles, or paintball guns.