General Information About MugStock

What is MugStock?

MugStock is a Festival of Music & Merriment. It used to take place at Mugdock Country Park (hence the name), and from August 2024 will be based in the stunning, larger and more accessible new site, Strathallan Castle.

Visitors can expect camping, glamping and live in vehicle pitches, a huge variety of live music across a range of stages and venues, independent traders, locally sourced food and drink, activities and workshops for all ages, and a range of extraordinary occurrences, including SmugStock – an opportunity to watch bands on the main stage whilst enjoying a massage.

Conceived as a more chilled out alternative to larger events, MugStock promises a plethora of under-discovered and emerging talent, a safe and relaxed atmosphere, and a reasonably priced bar supporting Scottish independent brewers.

As a Not For Profit Festival, MugStock’s mission is to make people happy by creating a safe, authentic, and uplifting environment to be enjoyed by and to inspire a diverse audience.

MugStock is a Registered Charity

Dates / Times

Friday 2nd August

  • Box office and campsites open 12pm.
  • Flashmob Bootcamp 3pm (only open to weekend guests)
  • Arena and Bars Open 4:30pm
  • Music: 5pm – 1am
  • Bars close 1:30am

Saturday 3rd August

  • Box Office opens 9am
  • Music Starts 10am
  • Bars Open 11am
  • Music Finishes 1am

Sunday 4th August

  • Box Office opens 9am
  • Music Starts 10am
  • Bars Open 11am
  • Music Finishes at Midnight 
  • Bars close at Half Midnight

Monday 5th August

  • Monday Warmdown with Live Music, Coffee and Food: 11am – 2:45pm
  • Campsite closes 5pm

All times are subject to license

Location / Getting Here
MugStock has a new site for 2023. You can find us in the palatial grounds of Strathallan Castle, near Auchterarder in Perth & Kinross. It’s extremely easy to get to from anywhere in central Scotland and there are plenty of great public transport options. Visit our location / travel page for more info
Dogs
We are a proudly dog friendly festival, however our new site is home to some livestock and wildlife who are less well disposed to our canine pals. We’re pleased to have permission to allow dogs on site, however we will have to enforce a very strict policy of dogs on leads at all times (other than in a designated exercise area). Dogs will need a ticket, which you can buy at the same time as your own.

For more details see: www.mugstock.org/dogs

Concessions

a 30% discount is available to a wide range of people including Students, Over 65s, people in receipt of benefits. To check whether you are eligible please visit www.mugstock.org/concessions for full details.

Under 18s
Under 18s may only attend MugStock when accompanied by a responsible adult aged 25 or over.
Camping
  • All weekend ticket holders can camp at no extra charge.
  • Day ticket holders can add camping to a day ticket.
  • There will be at 4 different campsites to choose from depending on what sort of weekend you’re after. General, Family, Quieter and Access campsites are all free to access. 
  • Pre-pitched bell tents are available at an additional charge in our Glamping Field.
  • Live In Vehicle passes are available for those with their own campervan / caravan
  • All campsites will be within easy walking distance of the event arena, car parks and bus stop / drop-off area.
  • All campers aged 18 or over will be asked to pay a £5 environmental deposit when they arrive at the box office. You get it back it back for being a responsible camper.
  • No personal campfires or BBQs are allowed
  • No sound systems or generators please. Unamplified musical instruments and wee portable speakers are fine. Respect your neighbours
  • Festivals can be noisy places. Pack earplugs for a tranquil night sleep.
  • Drinking water will be available
Live In Vehicles
  • At our new site we have more room than ever for campervans and caravans.
  • Cars can be left next to caravans.
  • You can book pitches at www.mugstock.org/tickets.
  • There is no guarantee that there will be space for live in vehicles available to those who have not booked before the event.
  • If you have an oversized vehicle please let us know by emailing [email protected] and we’ll do our best to accommodate you. There’s an option to pass this information on during checkout of your live in vehicle ticket.
  • Live in vehicle areas will be within easy walking distance of all attractions.
  • You can set up a few (and we mean a few!) tents behind your vehicle so long as you don’t spill into other plots or block fire lanes.
Accessibility

With our new site featuring unparalleled facilities, we aim to make MugStock 2023 our most accessible festival yet.

There will be an access campsite near the main arena entrance with dedicated parking nearby and accessible toilets available.

In order to make our festival as accesible as possible we will have a dedicated team available to support people with access requirements.

We are offering several services which can be booked in advance or requested at the box office on arrival.

Pitch booking for accesible camping.
If you plan to use the access campsite it would be helpful if you could contact our access team with details of your party and camping setup. This will help us ensure we make enough space for everyone.

Meet and Greet.
Your party will be met at the box office and shown to your pitch.

Set up Buddies
Our Access Volunteers will be on standby on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning to provide any support needed to get set up.

Accessiblity hub
Available in the access camping field where mobility/medical devices can be charged and medications can be refrigerated.

MugStock 2023 Access Whatsapp Chat

To chat directly with our access team and others who plan to use the access campsite you may join our Whatsapp chat. Please note that this is a normal Whatsapp group, so when you join your phone number will be visible to other group members. Join at: https://chat.whatsapp.com/C0FWs4lKSXrJZ5cpWiUinv

MugStock takes place on farmland. There will be uneven surfaces and grass fields to traverse but there are hard standing paths in between the arena, car parks and campsites. There will be no steps to climb on site.

If you need personal assistance from a carer in order to get the most out of attending you can book a free carer’s ticket. You can book this at the same time as your own from our tickets page.

If you have any questions please contact our Access Manager Claire at [email protected]

Perform / Contribute / Volunteer

If you’d like to perform at or otherwise contribute to MugStock, we’d love to hear from you. Applications are open for those interested in performing, running a workshop or in some other way bringing a bit of magic to our festival. Visit www.mugstock.org/perform for more details.

MugStock also needs at least 100 volunteers to fulfil a huge variety of roles at the festival and all year round. Visit www.mugstock.org/volunteer for more information.

Traders
Have something tasty, useful or intriguing to sell at MugStock? We’d love to hear from you. Applications are now open for traders at www.mugstock.org/traders
Sponsorship
Wondering if there’s a way your business can get involved with MugStock? We’d love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] and we’ll have a chat. We are keen to work with companies who can add something to MugStock and make the festival better for our community. There are many possibilities including advertising, employee discounts and hospitality. Let’s talk!
Fair Work Policy

MugStock is a small charity which mainly relies on the support of volunteers and freelancers for the operation of its annual flagship music festival. Since 2022 we have also employed a small number of staff, and since becoming an employer have adopted the principles of fair work as outlined below.

This policy has been developed in association with our present staff team.

  1. All employees (including apprentices) are paid a minimum of the Real Living Wage
    1. The present rate is outlined at: https://scottishlivingwage.org/what-is-the-real-living-wage/
  2. All employees are provided with support and supervision from a designated line manager.
  3. The insight, expertise and opinion of our staff is crucial to the development of our charity and event. Line managers provide opportunities for feedback via regular support and supervision. An annual contributors survey sent to all staff, volunteers and subcontractors includes an invitation to feed back on all aspects of the event.
    1. From 2024 this will incorporate a specific request to feed back on the operation of the company, including communication and line management.
  4. Exit interviews with departing staff will provide another opportunity for employees’ voices to be heard.
  5. We will issue clearly worded contracts outlining employees conditions and rights.
  6. Zero hour contracts will be used only by mutual agreement that this would be the best option for the employee (e.g. because they have requested the flexibility).
  7. MugStock oppose the use of fire and rehire practices.
  8. As a family focussed organisation, we will make all reasonable adjustments to allow parents to work flexibly.
  9. Out-with the logistic necessity of having staff on site during event production periods, and for premises focussed staff to be on site during public opening hours, flexible working will be available to all staff, with hybrid working being the norm for most.
  10. Our recruitment processes are underpinned by our Equality and Diversity policy.
  11. People of all genders will always be paid the same rate for the equivalent work.
  12. MugStock recognises the value of building a diverse workforce representative of the society in which we operate, and will work to help people to succeed as part of our organisation regardless of any protected characteristics.
  13. MugStock recognises the value and role contributed by Trade Unions in promoting workers’ rights and best practice. We warmly support our staff joining, and seeking support and advice from Trade Unions.
  14. MugStock will proactively support workers to develop their skills, knowledge and networks.
  15. As MugStock grows, we aspire to employ more people, more regularly and more permanently. As we do, we will continue to improve our Fair Working practices.
Covid 19

MugStock will take place in August 2024.

We will be following Government guidelines on best practices for our festival’s health & safety in relation to Covid 19.

Hot water and hand washing facilities will be available on site.

Keeping our community safe is our top priority.

E-Coli

For one glorious weekend we all get to call the fields of Strathallan home. But the rest of the year its main residents are sheep. Our woolly friends go on holiday at least 4 weeks before any event, at which point the good people of Strathallan Castle give the fields a bit of a spring clean in readiness for you all. So the ground should be clean of sheep poop, but as with all grazing land there is a risk of E. Coli 0157 infection from contact with soil, animal droppings and mud. To prevent infection please take these precautions:

  • Always wash hands after animal contact and before eating, drinking or smoking
    • preferably hot running water, soap and clean towels
    • sanitising gel can help but only if your hands are already “clean”
    • Hand washing facilities with hot water are available in the main arena and campsites facilities area
  • Keep children supervised – especially those under 5
    • don’t let them put anything in their mouth which has been dropped
  • Before leaving – check and clean footwear, buggy wheels etc.
    • if not possible, keep apart and clean carefully at home

 

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