This is an important announcement with the rules of attendance for this year's event. Please read carefully and help us give you a safe and enjoyable party experience.
People under the age of 16
All participants (Norwegian and foreign) under 16 need to bring a signed statement from their parent or guardian allowing them to participate at the event. The consent form will be available later.
If you have any questions about this form, please contact Mats Frøiland, our participants' ombudsmann, at deltakerombud at gathering dot org.
Photo identification required
All party goers must show their identification before entry. This is necessary to allow us to have a complete roster of all party goers and for security. Accepted ID is driver's license, passport, postal ID card or other quality photo ID credentials.
No extra electrical equipment
No water boilers, fridges, waffle pans or other kitchen appliances may be connected to the TG power grid. There is only so much power for each person, and there isare simply not enough power for this kind of equipment. We'll have a designated area with power outlets, but it won't be possible to store your fridge there, sorry. If we find out that you're flouting this simple rule, we'll give you a warning or confiscate the equipment. (We suggest you try out our cool "beverage cooler" service.)
Sleep only in designated area
No sleeping is allowed near emergency exits, under the tables in the hall area or on pathways. Sleeping on shelves or on other constructions is also not allowed. Please sleep only in designated sleeping areas: On the stands around the hall, on the ground floor or in our heated sleeping tent outside the ship. See other information about this service on our website or on the information boards around the hall.
Do not leave your sleeping bags or other equipment behind in the sleeping areas, as this will make it difficult for other participants to sleep while you're not there. If you choose to ignore this and still leave your stuff behind, we might collect it and throw it in a big pile where you have to dig it out again.
Be advised that the designated sleeping areas will be cleaned twice a day at around 08:00 and 20:00, and that we might need to wake you up if you are sleeping there at that exact time. Don't get angry if we do.
No open flames are allowed indoors. Keep emergency exits cleared, do not smoke in front of them or block them in any way. Do not use the green emergency exits to go outside for smoking, they are connected to an alarm system. No smoking indoors. This includes electronic cigarettes as they are too hard to visually distinguish from regular cigarettes from a distance. This can cause confusion amongst both security and participants. Smoking will only be permitted outside the main entrance in a designated area. Please help us keep the area tidy and use the ashtrays. Don't put waste or garbage in the ashtrays, as this eventually will start to burn and stink up the whole town. Yuck!
Alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited in the party area, including the parking area. Any alcohol will be confiscated and destroyed. Attendants ignoring this simple rule will be asked to leave the party. Intoxicated persons will not be allowed inside the hall. People found to be intoxicated inside the hall may be kicked out of the party with no refunds.
Any attempt to enter the hall other than through the checkpoints is strictly prohibited. Security will patrol the outside areas of the hall, and this area is also under camera surveillance day and night. If we find out that you have a fake access badge we will be very upset. Don't do it - the money coming in from ticket sales are being spent on the party and on you.
No sale of caffeine drinks
Sale or marketing of caffeine drinks that are not legal for sale in Norway is not permitted, even personal sales. Confiscated goods will be destroyed. This also applies for caffeine tablets, drinks and foreign energy drinks with a higher caffeine level than the legal limit. What you bring for your personal use is your own business.
Information regarding personal sales
Sales of any items deemed to be commercial due to size or intent, requires prior written consent from the organisers. No network marketing or MLM business will be tolerated.
In case of emergency
Please locate the closest emergency exit to your seat. In case of a situation where everyone needs to be evacuated, go to the nearest emergency exit in an orderly fashion. Do not push, follow the flow! Do not bring your computer, as this will hinder an orderly evacuation. Assist others in getting out and follow any directions from the crew. Keep walking until you are down at the parking lot.
In case you should discover a fire, press a fire alarm button, call 110 on your cellphone or contact a crew member. Get people away from the fire. Follow directions from crew, fire marshals and the police. In the case of a fire alarm, turn off all music/sound and follow the directions given over the loudspeakers and/or megaphones.
Security will monitor the fire alarm system night and day and respond to any alerts immediately.
Theft of property
Please do not leave money, cameras, cellphones, external disk drives or other values visible. The Gathering rarely get reports of theft, but we do see that many people leave stuff unattended. If you are concerned about your computer equipment, make arrangements with your party neighbours to watch out for each other's equipment while you are not there. Write down serial numbers on a separate piece of paper in case something should be lost or stolen, so that we have a chance of identifying your stuff if we get it back. Contact Security if something gets stolen, or the Info:Desk if you lose something.
Change rooms for girls
The girl showers and change rooms will be locked with card readers in order to provide extra security. Females can borrow change room access cards from the Info:Desk. Please remember to return the access cards after each use.
Wardrobes for the disabled
We have a reserved change room for disabled participants. Access cards can be borrowed in the Info:Desk. You should be able to document your disability to be allowed to use these facilities. If you cannot document this you can talk to the Medic crew, who will consider your case. Please remember to return access cards to Info:Desk after each use.
In exceptional cases, the security staff can use network tracing or other methods as part of identifying persons and/or devices. This will apply to any suspicion of drug distribution or child/animal pornography, and after consultation with the police. Such cases will be handed over to the police, and could lead to exclusion from the event.
For more information
If you have any questions on security or medical concerns or have some information you'd think we would like to know about, you are welcome to come talk to us in the Security operations room (up the stairs near the ice skate), or go to Medic (look for the Red Cross banner near the crew area). You can also talk to someone with a security or medic uniform if you have a question about anything. We are there to help you.
For immediate emergency assistance, get someone to grab a hold of any crew member and ask them to radio for help, call Security on (will be updated soon!) (you should save this on your cellphone and leave the number with your parents), or call the national emergency number 112.
The organisers of The Gathering reserve the right to dismiss participants disputing our rules or Norwegian law, without any refunds of tickets or travel costs.
Breach of security rules
We hope you'll enjoy participating at the party as much as we will enjoy working hard in order to make it all happen!