The Big Day Out music festival in Sydney provided a strong reminder to music festival organisers of the importance of adequate event risk management planning for public access to shade and water. Temperatures at the festival this year exceeded 40 degrees. It was reported in the SMH that after Day One of the festival, six people were transported to hospital for injuries, dehydration and intoxication. By midday on the first day of the festival, ambulance officers stated that they had treated 180 people by midday for symptoms relating to dehydration. Free access to adequate water and shade is an important consideration for patron health and safety at outdoor events, particularly during the summer events season.