Ignition Festival

11 - 18 January, 2021

Matamata, New Zealand




important info

Ignition is almost upon us! Here’s what you need to know. 


Monday: 8am to midnight
Tuesday-Friday: 10am to 10pm
Saturday / Sunday: CLOSED.


A few tickets are still available — click here to buy






Lube wrestling, chicken impersonation workshops, pest control strategic debates, craft beer tarot readings — if you can imagine it you can bring it to Ignition. Nothing is off the table. Surprise us, delight us, disgust us.  

We’ll work with event organisers to make sure everything meets our safety standards,  especially around consent, and R18 events will be held in spaces that can be kept private.  


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!



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. 

Sign up as a volunteer


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.