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.