All you need to know about SD21

Below-mentioned you find all important information about the Shutdown Festival. If you have questions please check the info below first and if there is still something outstanding contact us via contact form.

General Information

The cut with a spade of the nuclear power plant in Zwenendorf happened on the 4th of April 1972. It took four years to finish the building - vain endeavor because the nuclear power plant was never activated, ever! This NPP is a part of Austria´s contemporary history and an unique memorial pointing on the strong national will. The country was split up by the NPP - on one side the nuclear power opponents and on the other side the powerful ones: federal chancellor Bruno Kreisky, the trade union, the industrie and the chamber of commerce. Expecting an approving result, Kreisky decided to hold a plebiscite about the start-up of the nuclear power plant in Zwentendorf - but the outcome was quite different to prospect. 

1.606.308 people voted "no" for the nuclear power plant, thats 50,47% (!) of the attended votes. Shortly thereafter the parliament enacted a law prohibiting the use of nuclear fission in Austria to supply energy.

40 years later, though, the power plant provides 100% environmentally friendly power for Austria´s households via a photovoltaic system. Furthermore the nuclear power plant welcomes nuclear technicians as training center, offers a solar energy research park and is a desired location for events, guided tours and movies. In the meantime nature stretches out its fingers and turnes the sorrounding area into a beautiful oasis next to the danube.

Soon, the Shutdown Festival 2021 brings you the harder styles in all facets back to Austria. 40 artists, 4 stages and 12 hours of hard dance party at its best.

You have probably heard it already: The Frequency Festival in St. Pölten had to be cancelled by the organizers. Maybe your first thought was: WTF ... Frequency is cancelled, what happens to the Shutdown Festival?

The Shutdown Festival will quench your thirst for festival feeling! In order for us to finally be able to party at 140BPM in the decommissioned Zwentendorf nuclear power plant again, we have done everything in preparation to ensure a safe festival for all of us. 

As of today, the Shutdown Festival will take place as planned on Saturday, 07 August 2021 - in compliance with the current decreed rules and in close coordination with the authorities.

Why the Shutdown Festival will take place in 2021:

✅ The Shutdown Festival will take place on only one day and last only 12 hours.
✅ No camping.
✅ There will be a maximum of 15,000 visitors.
✅ We have a well-thought-out Covid-smart event concept that has been coordinated with the authorities and which we will implement consistently.
✅ The applicable 3G requirements (More info) must be met by every visitor. The requirements will be digitally checked on site.

We promise you:

✅ Hard dance at its finest!
✅ Consistent entrance checks according to the applicable 3G regulations.
✅ Simple ticket swap or ticket refund (excl. service fees) should the Shutdown Festival 2021 not take place due to Covid-19.

You can be sure - we keep our promises! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our support team.


  • tested (antigen 48h or PCR 72h)
  • vaccinated or
  • recovered

- is considered an entry requirement for the Shutdown Festival according to the current status of the Federal Ordinance for Events; the necessary requirement for any contact tracing is fulfilled anyway by the current personalisation obligation of tickets. The PCR test obligation, which was published on 15.07., currently only applies to Nightclubs and discos.

There are several ways of travelling to the Shutdown Festival but please think eco-friendly and make use of public transport possibilities and car pools. Save time & money, avoid jam and travel by public transport! Please find all information about your journey to Shutdown Festival at Travel.

You are planning your own bus tour to Shutdown Festival?
To guarantee you a smooth arrival please let us know and send a mail to [email protected]

The payment system at the SD is CASHLESS.

You can load your desired amount onto your SD21 festival band on site or in advance. 

 More information here.

Do you have questions or problems? Please send an email to [email protected]



The Shutdown Festival conducts an absolute zero tolerance policy with regard to drugs! It is prohibited to use, deal or be in possession of drugs.

There will be controls on forbidden objects, passports and your ticket at the entrance at the festival area. 
Please understand that the securities will check your bags. Do not lose your wristband - no replacement will happen. All forbidden objects are listed at "Forbidden Objects" below.

You´re hungry? That´s no problem. Our food corner offers a delicious range of different meals and cool drinks. Payment only with cashless. It is not allowed to bring your own food and drinks to the festival area.

People with disabilities can also join the Shutdown Festival. Please simply contact us via email at [email protected]. Once we receive your email we will get back to you.

You need general information about the festival or want to protect your ears? No problem at all - you get all relevant information about the festival but also train & bus time tables and earplugs at our Info/Lost&Found Point.

All leftover finds will be given to the municipal office Zwentendorf on Monday after the festival.
E-Mail: [email protected]
Phone: +43 (0) 2277/2209

Opening hours:

Mo: 07.00 am - 12.00 pm & 01.00 pm - 05.00 pm

Wed: 09.00 am - 12.00 pm & 01.00 pm - 07.00 pm

Fr: 09.00 am - 12.00 pm

If you want to work at Shutdown Festival please applicate via our Recruiting Plattform. We are looking forward to you. :)

The minimum age limit to enter the festival area is 16 years. Even if accompanied by an adult, people 15 and under will not be permitted entrance. The Lower Austria Youth Protection Act applies, as amended. The security will monitor and control everyone in the area and your identification will be checked at the entrance.

Accepted: official identity document (e.g. passport or driver's license)
Not accepted: student cards

Your identification will be checked at the entrance.
Accepted: official identity document (e.g. passport or driver's license)
Not accepted: student cards

As last year, you can rent a locker to store your valuables and jackets. You can easily rent the lockers online at TruckLock. You can also rent a locker on site - first come, first serve!

If you need to bring medicine to the festival please bring a medical confirmation with you. There is no possibility for cooling, 

Merchandise will be for sale on the festival ground - payment with cashless only.

There is enough parking space but keep in mind that each vehicle needs a parking ticket. Parking tickets are available in our ticket shop. Your car is monitored until the end of the festival. Sleeping in your car is not allowed because of safety reasons. Exit possible until Sunday 14h00.

A Hardstyle festival is the most amazing place in the world - clearly, we agree without doubt, but you should keep a few things in mind to stay safe and get back home well.

Please check the weather forecast for the area of Zwentendorf and bring adapted clothing with you. Especially wear proper shoes as we don´t want you to have hurting feet after dancing the whole day. If the sun is shining please bring and use sunscreen and a headgear. Forgot Snapback ?! No problem! In our merchandise store we offer various models in Shutdown Style. Just as important as sunscreen is the proper hydration during a weekend like this - and by that we mean anti-alcoholic drinks ;)

Shaking at the stage and party hard with the world's best Hardstyle DJs requires a lot of the human body  - often we need more energy than we realize. Therefore you should not forget to take a break and eat something. Our food corner offers a delicious range of different meals and cool drinks that provide enough power for the next hours of beats and dancing.

The police and security staff keep a watchful eye on any criminal activity on the camping and festival grounds. Unfortunately it not avoidable that here and there things get stolen. Therefore we advise you to leave your valuables either in the car or wear them tight to the body.

If you are hurt there is first aid to take care of you. Please check the map for the position. If this takes too long please ask the nearest security for help.

There will be  enough sanitary facilities at the festival area. Using toilets is free of charge.

At the tap water station our visitors can buy a tap water bag and then refill it as often as they want. Empty SD tap water bags can be brought along and filled-up as well.

If your are looking for a hotel room in the area please check out: https://www.zwentendorf.at/Freizeit_und_Tourismus/Tourismus/Unterkuenfte

  • Bags bigger than DIN A3
  • Camelbag
  • Firework
  • Flying objects (drones, balloons, chinese lantern etc.)
  • Glass
  • Any grillers (gas cooker, camping grill etc.)
  • Private stock food and beverage
  • Laser pointer
  • Loose wires
  • Soundsystems 
  • Powder or coarse-grained materials
  • Slingshot
  • Bulky objects
  • Power sets
  • Car batteries
  • Animals (except guide dogs)
  • Dry ice
  • Sugar / Icing sugar
  • Weapons (in accordance with the Austrian weapon law) or other objects that may be used as weapon
  • Objects with discriminating or provocative text or rather terms.
  • Any objects that may endanger safety and health of fellow humans.
  • Any objects that may be considered dangerous by the organiser.

Independent Event GmbH 

Urstein Süd 19/1/601 

5412 Puch bei Hallein, AT



The police and security staff keep a watchful eye on any criminal activity on the festival grounds. Unfortunately it is not avoidable that here and there things get stolen. Therefore we advise you to leave your valuables either in the car or wear them tight to the body.

More info here: