Hosted by Hold It Down, we welcome you to Exeter’s premier music and culture Festival. Borne out of a passion for creativity in the Arts, and a desire to hijack the most idyllic and intimate locations around, Hijacked is your perfectly formed outdoor party, designed to welcome the Summer.

We pull together the best in emerging tastemakers; from dance music producers, to painters, designers and engineers, to cooks and butchers. We’re keen to give young people the perfect platform to showcase their talents to a far wider audience. Add to this a few household names from the global dance music scene and you have something very special indeed.

For 2018 we are excited to return to where we first hit the outdoors, the Double Locks. Only a short walk from central Exeter, this canal-side site is the ideal setting for the fifth edition of Hijacked Festival. Intimate, leafy, and only 15 mins from our after party venue back in the heart of Exeter.

What are the festival opening times?

Gates open at 1pm, with the main stage bill beginning at the same time. If travelling by foot or private taxi, please do not arrive before 12.30pm. The festival curfew is 11pm sharp, at this time all attendees must disperse from the venue.

Can I attend Hijacked if I am a wheelchair user and/or have a disability?

Provisions can be made for attendees with disabilities. So we can cater to specific people, please notify us of your exact needs in advance by emailing laurence@hkdmusic.com

Can Under 18s enter the festival, and do I need to bring ID?

Hijacked Festival is strictly 18+. Please bring a nationally approved form of photo ID, e.g. Passport or Driving Licence. You may be denied entry without valid identification, and you will not be refunded.

What can’t I bring into Hijacked Festival?

  • Alcohol or Food, except a single 500ml sealed bottle of branded water
  • Illegal substances, Legal Highs, or No2 Canisters (Balloons)
  • Glass
  • Fireworks, Flares, or any Pyrotechnic
  • Products for sale without express permission (e.g. tobacco, food, glow sticks, merchandise)
  • Unauthorised sound systems
  • Unauthorised professional recording equipment
  • Anything that may be used as a weapon or to commit criminal damage (Including pocket knives, spray paint, permanent marker pens, or (at security discretion) umbrellas and selfie-sticks)
  • Vehicles of any kind, except wheelchairs. There is no parking at the event.
  • Laser pens
  • Animals, except guide dogs.
  • Hijacked Festival takes place in a licensed venue- as such ticket holders are not permitted to bring alcohol into the event. Your bag will be searched upon entry, and you may be frisked. All searches are carried out by SIA accredited personnel of the same gender as the attendee being searched.

How much cash do I need to bring?

No cash machines will be available, and bars will only have limited ability to accept debit or credit card. You can expect a Pint of Lager to cost you around £4 and hot food to cost between £4 and £8. To ensure convenience, we recommend bringing enough cash to last the entire event.

Where do I pick up my wristband?

You will need to bring your e-ticket or paper ticket with you to the festival. You will then exchange this ticket for a wristband at the gate. Do not remove this wristband, if you do so you may be ejected.

Coach ticket holders will receive a SEPARATE coach ticket wristband at the door of the coach.

What do I do if I feel ill?

If you feel unwell, or injure yourself in anyway, please notify the nearest steward or security person immediately. They will direct you to the first aid tent. Alternatively, if you feel anxious, overwhelmed, scared, or upset during the festival for any reason whatsoever, our friendly and professional welfare team can offer support in the welfare tent. Please see a steward for directions.

Can I camp at Hijacked?

No. Unfortunately no camping is available. All attendees will be required to leave the site after the event at 11pm.

Additionally, please make sure you carefully read through our Terms of Entry


Simply choose your departure time and receive an open return included in the price. Coaches depart from the bottom of Stocker Road/Forum Hill, at the centre of the University campus. Return coaches in the evening will drop in the centre of town. Please only use the official Hijacked coach service to guarantee your safest and closest drop off to the site. There will also be a coach that will specifically drop you off at Move if you are attending Hijacked Night.

Purchase coach tickets


The Double Locks is approximately 45 minutes from Exeter City Centre when travelling by foot. Please AVOID walking home alone at night, and talk to a steward if you are having trouble finding your way. When returning home by foot, you will be directed to the safest routes, please follow these instructions.


Local taxi firms will be instructed to drop your party on Grace Road South (a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order will prevent the usual access to the Double Locks). The festival venue is a 10 minute walk where they will drop you – directions will be clearly displayed.

Please note

There is ABSOLUTELY NO PARKING at Hijacked Festival. If you attempt to park near the venue, you will be denied access under rights granted as part of a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order.

It’s simple. Work half the day, enjoy the other half at the festival for free. You receive free travel, t-shirt, and a drink on us. It’s an opportunity to gain event industry experience and meet great people. Email us at info@hkdmusic.com to get involved.

Hijacked simply couldn’t operate without our friends and associates. If you would like to get involved, then please get in touch.