2023 NOW!


SMS goes Cashless

Our festival is cashless - that means, you pay all drinks and food, the merchandise, your purchases at the stands or the showerworld everywhere and without exception with the festival ribbon. The only exception to this is the parking fee, which is charged at the entrance to the festival area.

Why the whole?

It offers many advantages

- Fast payment shortens the waiting times
- Losing cash is history
- There is no need to carry a wallet anymore
- Without cash eliminates the annoying recount of change

High transparency: All your transactions are traceable. The sales staff can show you the debited amounts and the remaining balance on your ribbon immediately after a transaction.

Charges of the credit on the ribbon are possible everywhere, even before the festival in the online shop.

What happens to my data on the chip?

Your chip at the festival band is used exclusively for payment at the festival. It will not store any data about you or collect or evaluate any movement data.

How does it work?

At our ribbon exchange stations, on presentation of your ticket you will receive your festival ribbon in which the chip for cashless payment is integrated.

If you have already charged your balance via the online shop before the festival, it will automatically land on the ribbon. That's why it's important that you really go with your own ticket to the ribbon exchange!
If you have not yet charged any credit, the next step will take you to a charging station (top-up station).

There you can in cash and with all major cards (EC, or credit card), load your credit in a few steps on the ribbon: You choose the amount, pay him with card or cash and hold your ribbon to the appropriate contact point. It is advisable to recharge not too small amounts, rather one or two times higher amounts and then pay off the remaining balance after the festival free of charge.

What's next?

With your ribbon you can now pay for everything you need during the festival's everyday life. And not only in the festival area, but also on the campsite, which means that you also pay for using the Showerworld, for example, or your shopping at the many stands & bars.

If you are no longer sure how much credit you have on your ribbon, you can have it checked at all points of sale and top-up stations.

What should I do if my ribbon does not work or I lose it?

That does not happen, but if it does, then you should get on the way to our support staff. You can get help from the info point. Where these points are exactly, you can see on our maps.

How does that work with the remaining balance after the festival?

Remaining credits can be transferred to your account problem-free and free AFTER the festival. That works until the 31 AUG 2022 in our on-line Shop. Within a few days, your remaining balance will be credited to you. The email address for questions about repayment is: cashless@sonnemondsterne.de
There will be no payout at the festival.


Save Your Beach 2.0

Save Your Beach

Saalburg and its beach are undoubtedly some of the most beautiful places in the republic. And that should remain so please! Help us to reduce the amount of garbage and keep the campsite clean! Slightly more sustainability when celebrating does no harm and is feasible for everyone with just a little effort.

What you can do:
Dispose of your waste
Dispose of it in the right places
Possibly. brought household goods, you take with you on departure please again
Keep your own camp clean - who likes to party in the trash?

Cleaning the camping areas without residue is one of our biggest tasks. Especially small-scale garbage makes this difficult.

Please refrain from confetti and discarded cigarette butts (after extinction) in the trash.

In order to minimize waste disposal, large collection points are set up in all camping areas. In addition, our SMS.Trashtrucks are on their way for the first time. These run during the day from Wednesday to Sunday on the campsite. So you just have to keep your eyes and ears open and as soon as one of the cute garbage eaters comes along, just put in the garbage bags!

Save Your Beach!

Please do not let us forget the environment when celebrating. We owe it to Saalburg, the agricultural companies that manage the camping grounds for the rest of the year, and above all, we owe it to ourselves and our claim to a reasonably civilized celebration.

Come to the beach


Shuttle Service


Anyone arriving by train can use their festival ticket from Thursday 11 AUG 22 on the free bus shuttle from Bad Lobenstein train station to the festival site ... and back on Sunday.

The free shuttle between Camping SUPERLEISE (Pöritzsch) and the festival runs continuously back and forth from THU 11 AUG 22 10 a.m. to SUN 14 AUG 22 until 11.30 a.m.

To the festival …

THU, 11 AUG 2022

Bad Lobenstein
Bus Stop
1:00 pm1:20 pm1:30 pm
3:00 pm3:20 pm3:30 pm
4:05 pm4:25 pm4:35 pm
5:00 pm5:20 pm5:30 pm
6:05 pm6:25 pm6:35 pm
7:15 pm7:35 pm7:45 pm
9:05 pm9:25 pm

9:35 pm

FRI, 12 AUG 2022

Bad Lobenstein
Bus Stop
1:00 pm1:20 pm1:30 pm
3:00 pm3:20 pm3:30 pm
4:05 pm4:25 pm4:35 pm
5:00 pm5:20 pm5:30 pm
6:05 pm6:25 pm6:35 pm
7:15 pm7:35 pm7:45 pm
9:05 pm9:25 pm9:35 pm
11:05 pm11:25 pm11:35 pm

From the festival

SUN, 14 AUG 2022

Bus Stop
Bad Lobenstein
10 am (1)10:15 am10:45 am
10 am (2)10:15 am10:45 am
12 am (1)12:15 am12:45 am
12 am (2)12:15 am12:45 am
14 am (1)2:15 pm2:45 pm
14 am (2)2:15 pm2:45 pm
16 am (1)4:15 pm4:45 pm
16 am (2)4:15 pm4:45 pm


Behavior in case of storm

Please follow the instructions of our staff. — The safest place is your car. — Please avoid places like tents, trees and water in case of storm. The tents on the festival site will be closed then. — Emergency exits will be advised by our staff. — In case of storm the organizers are allowed to interrupt or to stop the program.

Please help the people around you!


Can I bring my foto camera to the venue?

Generally, you are free to bring your small camera for snapshots. However it is not allowed to bring professional equipment that can be used for audio and video recording. We have to point that all kinds of recording are strictly forbidden. We kindly ask you to respect the rights of the artists.

Please note that it is up to our security personnel to decide whether your camera is professional equipment or not. Please accept their decision and keep in mind that they are probably are no "foto-pros".

What can I take with me to the festival area/venue?

Larger backpacks and bulky things such as baskets and cooler bags, large women's handbags are not permitted.
Fanny packs, as well as jute & gym bags (approx. A4 format) are allowed.

What is the distance between the camping ground and the entrance to the venue?

All camping fields and car parks are located alongside the venue and you can go by foot. Bus shuttles are not necessary for this reason.

Facilities for disabled people

There are two adapted toilets on the festival site. Companions of disabled people get free entrance.

Where can I find medical aid?

In case of emergency you´ll find the First Aid Service next to the Main Entrance. 

Do I have to pay for re-entrance, camping and garbage deposit?

Tickets are almost all inclusive and we do not want to charge you with any hidden costs. The share of camping you can find on the ticket. The only exception is a fee of 30 € for each car and 50 € for each caravan, car with trailer and minibus.

How does the garbage deposit works?

Garbage return Friday/Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Garbage stations located at each shower island and at the mobile garbage trucks as well. You will get your garbage deposit back if you 1. have paid the garbage deposit and 2. the returned garbage bag is at least 3/4 full. Raffle tickets are not entitled to a garbage deposit.

Which camping field is closer to the venue?

The louder one is a bit closer to the venue.

How much does the usage of the SMS.Showerworlds cost?

A single visit at the SMS.Showerworld costs 4 €. There’s a SMS.Showerworld-Flatrate which allows the unlimited usage of the SMS.Showerworld during the complete festival weekend for 18 €. The flat rate can easily be purchased in the SMS shop or from the employee at the Showerworld entrance.

When does the festival begin and when does it end?

The festival starts on Friday at 6 p.m. and ends on Sunday at 4 p.m.

Will the venue stay open all the time?

Generally the venue stays open around the clock. On Saturday noon we will close the area partly to clean it. The beach and snack bars remain open all time.

How about age restrictions?

According to legal requirements for all events, on SonneMondSterne minors under the age of 16 and under 18 must bring a responsible adult in order to stay at the venue after midnight.

Is there a Bus Shuttle from the festival to the train station?

If you travel by train, our charge-free shuttle bus will take you on Sunday from the SMS festival site to the stations of Bad Lobenstein and Neustadt/Orla and the bus station of Schleiz.
Information concerning the timetable will be published in the Latest Infos.

What is the address of the festival?

For those with satnav/GPS: Festivalwiese, Wetteraweg, 07929 Saalburg-Ebersdorf, Germany


50.507699, 11.721522‎

+50° 30' 27.72", +11° 43' 17.48"


Are one-day-tickets available?

No, sorry. Neither in the pre-selling nor at the venue´s box-office

I bought my ticket on the black market.

Not good. We highly recommend to buy tickets via the official pre-sale under www.sonnemondsterne.de. We also advise everybody not to buy tickets at the festival’s car parc as they are mostly faked. These tickets will be collected at the entrance without any refund.

When can I change my ticket against a wristband?

The ticketchange starts on Wednesday 1 pm. So please make sure to change your tickets against your wristband in time to avoid trouble at the entrance.

Wed, 1 pm to 11 pm
Thu, 10 am to Fri, 0 am
Fritz, 10 am to Sat 3 am
Sat, 11 am to Sun, 2 am


What is the fee for parking?

For each car a fee of 30 € has to be paid. The parking of greater vehicles like caravan, car with trailer and minibuses costs 50 € per each. 

What are the opening hours?

The car park opens on Wednesday at 10pm and closes on Monday morning. In this period it will remain open all the time. Please respect our position advisers!

Is there day parking?

There is a paid day car park, it is located near the festival bus stop.


Find all important facts about camping at SMS.Festival here:

SMS.Parental Consent

If you are under age you will have to bring a parental consent. Please print this document and let your parents fill in the form: