Big Sleep Out - 7th December

The Gabba, Australia

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The Brisbane event will take place at The Gabba on the 7th December 2019. 100% of the funds raised from this event will go towards registered charities helping homeless and displaced people.

The on-stage appearances include a bedtime story read by Trent Dalton along with performances from Leonie Kingdom, Angus Gill and MC'ed by Mick Goldman. 


will support the local organisations listed below.


will go towards supporting people displaced internationally.

Local Charity Beneficiaries

  • Mercy Community

    Mercy Community provides vital services that enable vulnerable young people, refugees, and individuals and families experiencing domestic violence to live with dignity by assisting them to find a safe place to call home.

    Through our Romero Centre in Brisbane, we provide support to people seeking asylum and refugees who have become marginalised, impoverished, homeless or at risk of homelessness and provide them with the skills and resources they need to make a successful transition to life in Australia.

    We also provide a home for children who are unable to be placed in foster care, and help individuals and families experiencing domestic violence with the support they need to help them to recover from trauma. We believe in a society where individuals, families and communities are strong in spirit, healthy and connected; ensuring every person has a safe place to call home is a great place to start.


  • How do I contact the event organisers?

    You can contact the local event organisers by emailing [email protected]

  • Are there fundraising resources for the event?

    You can find useful resources to help you with your fundraising here.

  • Event Date

    Saturday 7th December 2019

  • Event Location

    The Gabba Brisbane

    Gate 2 Stanley St

    Woolloongabba Q 4102

  • Event Open Time

    4pm: Impact village opens at with a variety of displays and buskers will be on display at the lawn area in front of Gate 2

    5pm: Gabba Gate 2 Opens

    6:30pm: Official proceedings begin

    7pm: Doors closed with access available until 10pm - No admittance after this time

  • Show Starts

    6:30pm: official welcome and the evenings proceedings commence

  • How do I get there?

    Public transport is the best way to get to The Gabba. Use the Translink’s Journey Planner to make travel easy.

    There are no public carparks at the Gabba. Find out more about parking restrictions around The Gabba on the Brisbane City Council website.

    First bus on Sunday 08 December will start at 6:00am. Please check TransLink’s Journey Planner to plan your journey.

  • Who can attend?

    Only participants who have pre-registered and raised sponsorship may attend with the ticket issued in their name. We will not be able to admit anyone without a ticket who hasn’t registered, we will take registrations at the Gate 2 which will incur a late fee of $50 donation.

  • When will I receive my ticket?

    You will receive your email ticket by 5th December 2019. Please check your junk mail if you haven’t received the ticket confirmation by this date.

  • Can I leave and re-enter the Sleep Out?

    Yes, but you will need to keep the following items with you:

    1. Your ticket
    2. Your wristband
    3. A pass-out card
    4. and ID

    You will need all these items to re-enter, and you will require a bag check and for security to be able to identify you. You will be provided with a wristband on entrance to the event that will need to stay on during the duration at the event.

    You will only be allowed in if you are wearing this wristband. Family members will be given a different wristband as you can sleep within the family zone if you wish.

    Anyone under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian before leaving the venue.

  • Will bags be checked?

    Yes - each patron will be subject to a full bag search on arrival. Items confiscated at the gate may collect those items from the same gate when exiting the ground. No alcohol confiscated will be returned to patrons. Patrons lodging items that have been confiscated will be issued with a ticket that they are required to present when collecting their items on their departure from the venue.

  • What is the arrival procedure?

    • Bag search
    • Ticket check-in
    • Wristband issued
    • Directed to concert viewing and sleep zones

  • What is provided on site?

    • Toilets
    • A range of snacks and drinks for purchase at the food and beverage outlet near the    sleep zones at Gate 2 will be available from 5pm until 9.30pm. Light breakfast and      coffee will also be available in the morning from 5:30am – 7am.
    • Medical services
    • Overnight security

  • What are the age restrictions?

    The event is open to participants from 12 years and over. Those aged 12 and 17 must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. Those aged 18+ do not need to be accompanied

  • What if I need extra assistance to access?

    Please advise the organisers in advance if you require any special access/ PWD access.

  • Why is alcohol not permitted?

    This is a DRY event. No alcohol will be permitted at any stage of the event or in the venue. Any patrons caught with alcohol will be evicted.

  • Can I bring food in?

    Participants may bring homemade food items to the venue if they are packaged appropriately, and the items can be viewed by security if requested. (no refrigeration available and please no eskies/coolers). Deliveries and product from external caterers and commercial outlets are not permitted and will be confiscated and disposed of upon entry to the venue. This includes Uber Eats or equivalent deliveries.

  • Can I bring in non-alcoholic beverages?

    All beverage items must have an unbroken seal and must not be contained within a glass container or within a can. Plastic or cardboard containers are suggested forms of beverage containment. Thermoses containing tea and coffee are allowed. These may be checked by security for liquor licensing reasons.

  • Can we leave outdoor kit behind?

    Yes. Please leave sleeping bags that you would like to donate to those less fortunate at Gate 2 on your way out of the venue on Sunday morning. The donated sleeping bag will be dry cleaned and fit for purpose for those who are sleeping rough.
    Please throw all your trash away in the bins provided and take all your other belongings with you.

  • Is there somewhere for lost property?

    Please hand in and reclaim all lost property at Gate 2. The event accepts no responsibility for lost or stolen property. All lost property items will be handed to the Mercy Foundation after the event.

  • What if it rains or the weather is bad?

    Unless there is an extreme weather event the WBSO event will go ahead. Our on-site team will monitor and assess the weather and will only cancel in the event it is deemed dangerous to proceed. The benefit of sleeping at the Gabba you will be located on the concourse which is undercover, and you will have some protection from the elements. No sleeping on the field of play under any conditions.

  • What is the event programme?

    Full talent line-ups and stage times will not be announced pre-event. Once you arrive you will be directed to the concert viewing area where a live show will commence at 6:30pm. The live show will conclude at 9:30pm and then it’s time to go to sleep at 10pm until morning.

  • Will we have access to the field of play?

    Participants will have limited access to the field of play. Please note that no one has had the chance to be on the field of play for longer than 5 minutes.
    Please ensure that you do not bring any of the items on the field of play:

    • Flat shoes must be worn on the field of play at all times. NO heels. You are more than welcome to bring a blanket or yoga mat to sit on.
    • No food or drink
    • No glass or metal items
    • No chairs, tents or structures
    • Patrons must remain within event areas; under no conditions can patrons access closed areas of the stadium. At all times, patrons must follow directions of event staff.
  • Will there be a refund if the event is cancelled?

    No tickets will be refunded, and the proceeds will still go to the charity. We will endeavour to put on an alternative event within a reasonable timeframe.

  • Will there be a refund if any of the artists cancel?

    Tickets are for the event and not for one specific artist. The promoter will endeavour to present the line-up as advertised, but the line-up of artists cannot be guaranteed. Should one or more artists cancel, the event will go ahead as normal. Refunds will not be given in these circumstances

  • How can I donate to WBSO?

    Head to and click donate in the top right corner. Donations will also be taken onsite on event day.

  • Is Smoking allowed at the event?

    Smoking is not permitted at the event. Smoking on the premises violates the Conditions of Entry of The Gabba.

  • What Shall/Can I bring with me?

    There are several items you should bring to the WBSO event; however, we encourage you to only bring what is necessary. There are a few essential items below that we must insist you bring, such as a sleeping bag, appropriate clothes and photo ID, without them WBSO reserves the right to ask you to leave the event for your own safety.

    The following items are permitted:

    • Closed in shoes are preferable – no high heels or shoes that may cause damage to the playing surface
    • A black bin bag for your trash
    • All beverage items must not have an unbroken seal and must not be contained within a glass container or within a can
    • Foam ground mat
    • Comfortable clothing suitable to high temperatures (don’t forget you’ll be outdoors in a QLD summer)
    • Good Quality sleeping bag – essential (sleeping bag suitable for summer)
    • Photo ID - essential
    • Reusable water bottle (must be empty there will be water available at the bubblers to fill your bottles inside the event)
    • Easy to eat food & snack items are allowed (energy bars, sandwiches etc. No Commercial foods, food must also be of the individual sized packaging and not bulk). Please note to preserve the grass at the Gabba there will be no food or drink consumption allowed on the field of play, consumption of food must be on the concourse or in the seating bowl
    • Any essential medication you will need while you are at the event – please ensure that these are always kept on you (i.e. not left unattended at your sleeping area).
    • Each participant that brings personal effects into the venue at their own risk and neither Stadiums Queensland nor WBSO will be responsible for any damage to or loss or theft of a patron's personal property.

    The following is NOT permitted at any of the World’s Big Sleep Out events:

    • Alcohol
    • Tent/shelters or mattresses/inflatables
    • Musical instruments/loud hailers etc
    • No high heels or footwear that will damage the playing surface
    • Animals (except for assistance dogs)
    • Aerosol cans, crockery, unsealed bottles, cans, glass containers, dangerous or illegal substances, flares, drones, fireworks or laser pointers
    • Flags or signs that display political messages
    • Potential weapons as determined by security and police – e.g., knives, chains, studded belts
    • Any item that could be used as a projectile or could create litter – e.g., pizza cartons, streamers, confetti, tickertape
    • Any item, which in the opinion of Management has the potential to cause injury or harm to another patron
    • Any items, which in the opinion of Management, has the potential to cause damage to the venue and its facilities.

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