Sound Policy

The following policy was created to help ensure the greatest amount of creative freedom while also creating a collaboratively supportive event environment. We offer our thanks to the many producers, DJ’s, and interested parties in our community who helped us create it.

All YOUtopia Theme Camps bringing amplified sound intended to create an environment for gathering to dance, relax, or otherwise participate where music is the primary form of artistic expression are considered to be Sound Camps, regardless of the size, wattage, or volume of their system. All Sound Camps, regardless of their power source (private or municipal), must agree to abide by the sound policy in order to gain placement at YOUtopia events.

All Sound Camps agree to have a sound manager who will meet with placement crews prior to the event (generally during pre-event construction) to determine and set appropriate sound levels for their camp as well as the direction of their speaker setup, and each day during the event to review any issues from the night before (such meetings to be determined on-site by the participating parties). All camps will adhere to the sound levels so-established, with violators being subject to being shut down for the duration of the event. We recognize that appropriate sound levels are very dependent on placement, so we do not establish in-advance specific decibel levels or distance ranges for sound travel. These decisions are made on a case-by-case basis at each event. YOUtopia recommends the use of limiters or similar equipment to help manage Sound Camp sound levels. We also encourage the use of personal decibel meters for Sound Camps to random sample their own sound levels. No two camps are guaranteed the same levels for their sound; Comparisons should not be drawn from camp to camp.

SOUND CAMPS WILL BE DIVIDED INTO ONE OF FIVE CATEGORIES...

...prior to on-site placement: Large Sound Camps, Moderate Sound Camps, Low Volume Night Sound Camps, Art Cars, and Ambient, Live or Enclosed Sound Camps. Each of these five categories has specific requirements and limitations as listed below. It is vital that Sound Camps work closely with the YOUtopia placement team to properly identify and understand the designated scope of their camp for the event. Sound Camps performing at levels or times that do not correspond with their designated camp category will be considered to be in violation of the sound policy.

Large Sound Camps

will be permitted only within certain geographic areas of the event as determined by the placement team. Within these areas, Sound Camps designated as “Large” will be permitted 24 hours a day play with the requirement to reduce their volume to a level to be determined on-site at 2:00AM and remain at reduced levels until 10:00AM throughout the duration of the event.

Moderate Sound Camps

will be permitted in areas designated for large sound and moderate sound only. Moderate Sound Camps within the boundaries of large sound areas must still adhere to Moderate Sound Camp guidelines. Moderate Sound Camps will perform at volumes not to exceed those established during pre-event placement, and additionally, Moderate Sound Camps must TURN OFF ALL SOUND at 2:00AM and remain shutdown until 10:00AM.

Low Volume Night Sound Camps

are sound camps which specifically want to perform during quiet hours or are Moderate Sound Camps which transition into Low Volume Night Sound Camps during quiet hours. The goal of this sound camp designation is to allow some quiet ambient music that people can enjoy in the immediate vicinity of the sound camp and so that there are night options for fun aside from the Large Sound Camps. Volume levels MUST be highly controlled and the sound should not travel more than 10 feet from the border of the camp.

Art Cars

are a great way to get around the mountain and bring the fun with you. But because YOUtopia has different sound policies for camps based on their location on the mountain Art Cars need to take special care with their sound so that we do not disturb our hosts. Art cars may have amplified music but that music should not interfere with other sound camps. The music levels should be set to travel no more than 10 feet from the Art Car. Art cars stopped near other sound camps create a lot of musical competition. Therefore, anytime your Art Car is stopped near other camps that have sound, your music must be turned off. Finally no Art Cars may have amplified sound during quiet hours from 2:00 am – 10:00 am.

Ambient, Live, or Enclosed Sound Camps

will be permitted only within areas designated for moderate sound. Ambient, Live, or Enclosed Sound Camps will adhere to the same guidelines as Moderate Sound Camps, with the POSSIBLE exception of Enclosed Sound Camps (such as a situation where a music system is located entirely within a dome or similar structure that provides sound buffering). It is POSSIBLE that such camps will be permitted to play 24 hours a day, dependent on sound levels outside of their enclosure. Such exceptions will be determined on-site, pre-event.

IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR ALL AMPLIFIED SOUND

Transitioning To / From Quiet Hours

The transition time from quiet hours to daytime music levels is a major source of sound complaints. In order to mitigate this problem the volume transition should be gentle since the increase in noise is going to wake up both participants and the locals who live nearby. We recommend that this increase happen from 10:00-10:15am slowly ramping up the volume.

Pre / Post Event Sound

In the past we have had problems with pre/post event sound getting out of control and thus rules were put in place that prohibit ALL sound prior to the event starting at 10:00am Thursday and after 12pm on Sunday during departure. This year we are going to try to allow some low levels of amplified sound during build and breakdown so that it’s a more enjoyable experience for the people putting in all the hard work to build these camps. The big thing we need to avoid though is making sure that the party on the mountain doesn’t start until we officially open and ends at 12pm Sunday. This means that participants cannot be hanging around pre/post event dancing, partying, etc … It is up to each sound camp to police itself and its vicinity otherwise the music will need to be shut off completely and it cannot be turned back on.

After approval of your placement as a Sound Camp, a copy of this policy will be forwarded to you for your records, and a copy will be signed by your Sound Manager on-site at the event.

Sound Camps must comply with the directions of all YOUtopia City Planning team members and Event Co-Orchestrators on-site at all times. Due to the nature of our contract with the venue, La Jolla Indian Campground, all Sound Camps are subject to shut down at any time per the discretion of the YOUtopia Event Co-Orchestrators and San Diego Collaborative Arts Project Board Members.

Thank you for helping us to maintain our ability to have large sound at YOUtopia!

After approval of your placement as a Sound Camp, a copy of this policy will be forwarded to you for your records, and a copy will be signed by your Sound Manager on-site at the event.

Sound Camps must comply with the directions of all YOUtopia City Planning team members and Event Co-Orchestrators on-site at all times. Due to the nature of our contract with the venue, La Jolla Indian Campground, all Sound Camps are subject to shut down at any time per the discretion of the YOUtopia Event Co-Orchestrators and San Diego Collaborative Arts Project Board Members.

Thank you for helping us to maintain our ability to have large sound at YOUtopia!

SOUND POLICY PER AREA

Areas 1,2,3,4

These areas are quiet. No camps or art that produce amplified sound can be placed in the quiet areas. This does not mean no sound but that sound cannot bleed away from your camp, art, dome, tent, etc. This does not mean that there isn’t sound bleed from other areas such as the Hole or other camps East of the bridge.

Area 4B (just East of the bridge) & part of Area 5

This area can have moderate sound. Moderate Sound Camps will perform at volumes not to exceed those established during pre-event placement, and additionally, Moderate Sound Camps must TURN OFF ALL AMPLIFIED SOUND at 2:00AM and remain shutdown until 10:00AM. This does not mean no sound during those hours, but that sound cannot bleed away from your camp, art, dome, tent, etc.

The Hole

The Hole is in area 5, and can have 24 hour sound, so long as reduced volume at specified times is adhered to. Specific guidelines are given to the camp that is placed in this location.

Area 8 & 9

These areas can have moderate sound. Moderate Sound Camps will perform at volumes not to exceed those established during pre-event placement, and additionally, Moderate Sound Camps must TURN OFF ALL AMPLIFIED SOUND at 2:00AM and remain shutdown until 10:00AM. This does not mean no sound but that during those hours sound cannot bleed away from your camp, art, dome, tent, etc. *Special note for these areas* Can be 24 hours if in an enclosed space such as a dome and strict sound levels are observed – Area 9 has line-of-sight issues concerning the highway that make it poor placement for very large sound camps.

Areas 6 & 7

Areas 6 and 7 are designated as loud (24 hour) sound, but we still encourage reduced volume after certain hours.  Decibel levels in these areas are set higher than in others both for day and night times.

Moderate Sound Camps will be permitted in areas designated for large sound and moderate sound only. Moderate Sound Camps within the boundaries of large sound areas must still adhere to Moderate Sound Camp guidelines.