Health & Safety

  • Please be advised that there will be elevated security measures in place for Inkcarceration.  Please carefully check the list of prohibited items and arrive very early to allow extra time for screening.  All entrances will have metal detectors; please plan accordingly.  
  • Inkcarceration reserves the right, without refund to refuse admission or to eject any person who fails to comply with the rules of the venue, local, state or federal law, or whose conduct is deemed illegal, disorderly, or offensive.
  • Attendees assumes all risks of personal injury incidental to the event, whether occurring prior to, during, or subsequent to the event.

Your safety is our top concern at Inkcarceration. If you see something, say something to one of our team members on grounds or a Public Safety Official.  

Health & Safety FAQs

Inkcarceration is a rain or shine event, however, there are instances in which we would pause, evacuate or cancel the show due to severe weather, including (but not limited to): lightning, thunderstorms, high winds, hail, flooding, or as directed by local emergency personnel. Festival management is constantly monitoring weather conditions in consultation with the National Weather Service, as well as a private weather service to ensure the safest event possible.
In the event of a evacuation due to severe weather, fans who drove to the event will seek shelter in their vehicles. Fans who are camping will return to the campground via shuttle and seek shelter either in their vehicle or a designated shelter location. Fans who arrived via Rideshare or do not have access to a vehicle will be instructed to shelter in place in the Reformatory.  Fans will be informed of any emergency situation via audio and video announcements from the stages, the INK App push notifications and social media.  We recommend fans download the INK app and follow our socials to stay up-to-date with festival communication.  
To allow the necessary time to safely evacuate the festival grounds, the evacuation notice may occur before any weather conditions are viewable.  We request that all fans follow the directions of festival staff and local law enforcement.
If the Evacuation is Temporary, Seek Shelter
Please be advised that tents, the VIP viewing platform, and temporary structures are not a safe places to shelter.  Safe shelter instructions are below.  Your designated shelter location is based on how you arrived at the festival.  Festival staff will be available to assist you.
Fans who parked:  Fans who parked in the Green Lot, Red Lot, or Orange Lot will return to their vehicle to seek shelter.  Routes to return to each lot will be color coded by corresponding lot color to assist you.
Fans who arrived by Rideshare or drop off:   Fans who do not have access to a vehicle will seek shelter in the Reformatory.  There are Evacuation Entrances to the Reformatory on the far east and far west sides of the building (doors are on the backside of the building).  The entrances and routes are marked on the festival map and evacuation route signage will be available for assistance.
Fans who are camping:  Fans who are camping will return to the campground via shuttle to seek shelter either in their vehicle or a designated shelter location. These locations are marked on the camping map and signage will be posted. Campers should not shelter in their tents.
Fans with disabilities:  Fans that may require additional time or assistance to evacuate are asked to check in at the Access Center upon arrival to the festival for additional information.
After a Temporary Evacuation
When fans are advised to seek temporary shelter, our intent is to restart the festival if weather permits.  Fans will be advised if/when it is safe to return to the festival.  Fans will be given ample time to re-enter the grounds before music will resume.
If it is determined that, after a temporary evacuation, the festival is not able to re-start due to Inclement Weather, fans will be notified that the festival is cancelled and asked to exit the grounds for the remainder of the day.
If the Festival is Cancelled Due to Weather
If the festival is cancelled for the remainder of the day, fans are asked to safely exit the festival grounds.  Fans who may not be able to easily exit may seek temporary shelter in the Reformatory.
Prepare in Advance
All Inkcarceration fans are asked to have a personal safety plan .  Your personal safety plan should include:
  • Reviewing the festival map in advance
  • Knowing your exits
  • Knowing where to go if shelter is required
  • Making a plan with everyone in your party on where to meet up in the event of an evacuation.
  • If you are parking at INK, please remember where you parked. We recommend that you pack and leave extra water in your car.
  • If you use a rideshare service or get dropped off at INK, please note review the shelter entrances to the Reformatory.
  • If you are camping at INK, please place all non-tethered items in your vehicle before departing for the festival.  During inclement weather, campers should seek shelter in their vehicle and NOT inside a tent. There are permanent structures available at the campgrounds that are designated as a safe place to shelter.  These locations are noted on the camping map. In the event of inclement weather or any other emergency, campers will be notified via the campgrounds PA system and staff will be available to direct campers as needed.
What Is Moshing?
  • Moshing occurs when a group of patrons run at and slam into each other during a show. It often takes place in a loosely organized circle within a general admission crowd (a “mosh pit”), although it can be as simple as two people repeatedly running into each other during a show and bouncing off in another direction.
    • Moshing can occur in any area of a general admission crowd, including directly in front of the stages.
What’s the big deal about Moshing?
  • Moshing can be dangerous to both participants and bystanders.
  • Moshers can suffer bruises, cuts, sprains, and broken bones, especially where some participants are bigger than others, are moshing more aggressively, or if someone gets hit when they’re not ready.
  • Moshing is also dangerous for non-participants standing nearby.  A mosher who breaks through the circle can seriously injure a bystander who is just watching the show and not bracing for impact.
I don’t want to Mosh!! What can I do?
  • Be aware of your surroundings!  If you see a Mosh Pit forming near where you’re standing and are uncomfortable being in the proximity of such activities, find an alternate location from which to enjoy the performance!
What is Crowd Surfing?
  • Crowd surfing occurs where a patron is lifted up onto the hands of other patrons, who then pass the surfer along the top of the crowd.  Surfing can take place anywhere in a general admission crowd.
    • Crowd surfing most commonly (but not always) occurs in the areas directly in front of the stages.
    • Surfing most commonly (but not always) travels from the back of the crowd TOWARDS the stage.
What’s the big deal about Crowd Surfing?
  • It is dangerous for both the surfer and other patrons.
  • Crowd surfers have virtually no control of their bodies once they are above the crowd.  Surfers can be groped, hit, or dropped.  Although crowds experienced with surfers generally try to pass them towards the stage, there is no guarantee where or how the ride will end or how the surfer will find their friends in the crowd once they come down.
  • Most of the audience is looking at the Stage!  Surfers literally put their health and safety in the hands of people they don’t know who are paying attention to something else.
  • Surfers also endanger other people.  A crowd surfer struggling to stay aloft can kick someone in the head or poke them with their hands.  Surfing is especially dangerous during an artist’s set, when most patrons are facing the stage and the surfer is being passed from behind them.
I don’t want to Crowd Surf!!  What can I do?
  • Be aware of your surroundings!  If Crowd Surfing is taking place near where you’re standing, and you are uncomfortable being in the proximity of such activities, find an alternate location from which to enjoy the performance

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any place where people gather. By attending Inkcarceration Festival, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to Covid-19 and agree to waive all claims and potential claims against the City of Mansfield, County of Richland, the Ohio State Reformatory, Danny Wimmer Presents, LLC and their affiliated companies relating to such risks.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! You may bring in one factory-sealed bottle of water, an empty reusable plastic water bottle into the festival each day, and/or an empty hydration pack (1.5LT, empty upon arrival, and limit to two pockets). Refill throughout the day with water at the FREE hydration stations. Water & non-alcoholic beverages will be for sale at all concession stands.

Our team strives to provide a fun and safe atmosphere at Inkcarceration. It is your job to be responsible while having a good time. Underage drinking is prohibited as well as drugs of any kind (incl. cannabis, cannabis products). If you plan to drink alcohol on grounds, please also keep hydrated. Water stations are FREE, utilize that option! 

While there will be security onsite, Inkcarceration cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items. When leaving your campsite and/or vehicle, please take valuables with you and lock your vehicle. Lockers are available in General Admission and VIP.  Lockers are available to reserve currently, HERE. A detailed list of what is and is not allowed in the festival grounds can be found on our FESTIVAL INFO page.

Employees, contractors, vendors, artists, and guests are encouraged to report any interaction that makes them uncomfortable in any way. If you see something, say something. Security exists for the safety and well-being of all Inkcarceration participants. Flag down the nearest staff member, medical professional, or security guard if anything feels out of place or suspicious.
All of us are responsible for our own safety!  Have a great time at the show and take care of yourself and others!


For additional information while on site, please visit the information booth just inside the main entrance or email