• UPSURGE Festival - Bay of Islands Arts Festival
  • UPSURGE Festival - Bay of Islands Arts Festival
  • UPSURGE Festival - Bay of Islands Arts Festival
  • UPSURGE Festival - Bay of Islands Arts Festival
  • UPSURGE Festival - Bay of Islands Arts Festival
  • UPSURGE Festival - Bay of Islands Arts Festival

How To Book And Buy Tickets



Please choose your tickets carefully as they cannot be refunded, transferred or exchanged. A trans­action fee of $2.50 per booking applies for all bookings made via the iticket website, this is capped at $7.50 per order. There are no fees for over the counter bookings. Buy your iticket here.

Phone Bookings

Over the phone tickets are available at 0508 iticket (484253) at $7.50 per order.

Delivery Options

You have a range of delivery options for your ticket, eTicket to print or keep on your phone is FREE of charge. To post is $1.50 per order. To courier non-signature required is $4.00 per order. To Courier signature required is $5.00 per order. Courier – Rural address is $9.00 per order.

Door sales

These are usually available from the theatre or venue, one hour before the show, if not sold out. Please check the website to see if tickets are still available.

Early Bird Discounts

Be sure to get the tickets to the shows you want to see and make fantastic savings with the Early Bird discount of up to $4 per ticket. This offer is available until 8 March or until Early Bird allocation has been sold. See show pages for details.

Festival Lover’s Pack

$140 (plus Service Fee). This is for serious Festival Fans! Get tickets to four shows and pay only one set of service fees. Giving savings of up to $52.

Please note: Festival Lover’s pack excludes Dame Anne Salmond trip on the R. Tucker Thompson.

Limited availability, so be quick as shows will sell out! Available only in person from The Turner Centre.

Important Information

General Admission (GA)

If the phrase General Admission is used, no specific seats are allocated. Tickets are issued according to the venue capacity and patrons must select their own seat after admission.

Usher Assistance

The friendly Festival ushers are fully trained in all areas of theatre activity including safety procedures. They are available prior, during and after a show and are your first point of contact if you have any special requirements. They are also on-hand to direct you to your allocated seat.


All Festival venues are physically accessible. Please advise the Turner Centre’s Box Office staff when you are purchasing a ticket if you have difficulty with mobility or if you require a wheelchair space. Our Box Office staff will supply you with tickets to a suitable area and seat. Mobility information is passed onto our theatre staff so that we can plan for your arrival. Our ushers will look out for you and assist you to your seats.

Show time & Latecomers

We recommend you arrive at the venue at least 30 minutes before the start of the show. This will give you enough time to get a drink from the bar, and to find your seats before the performance starts. Some performances have a very strict lockout policy. Lockouts are decided by the company performing and mean that any latecomers may not be admitted to the theatre until a suitable break in the performance. This is at the discretion of the company performing, and in some instances can mean latecomers will not be admitted until the interval. Arrive early to avoid disappointment. Announcements will be made advising you when to take your seat.

Photos / videos / devices

The use of mobile phones or other similar devices is not permitted during shows. The use of cameras or other recording devices is strictly prohibited. Please remember to turn your mobile phone off.

Parking and Transport

There is onsite parking for Turner Centre patrons and at most other Festival venues, however, this fills up fast, so where possible, consider carpooling with friends.

Purchase your ticket

Tickets can be purchased at the Turner Centre Box Office, which operates from the Turner Centre

43 Cobham Road

9am to 4pm
Monday to Friday

Eftpos is available, MasterCard and Visa card payments are also accepted.




To our wonderful sponsors & supporters

The Festival simply would not be possible without the support of so many generous sponsors, funders, patrons and supporters. It takes a huge amount of energy and money to plan and deliver a festival of this scale and we are truly grateful to all of those who have seen the value of what we do and helped make it all possible.