Wicked Campers not welcome at Wollombi music festival

A music festival in northern New South Wales has taken a stand against a hire van company that courts controversy by painting offensive and degrading slogans on their vehicles.

Wollombi music festival described the vehicle hire company as “pathetically unfunny and misogynistic” and has banned them from this year’s event.

“We’ve actively discouraged people from hiring [Wicked Camper vans] and encouraged patrons to look elsewhere, but this year we’ve decided to ban them full-stop,” the festival organisers said in a statement. “Not just if a van has a demeaning slogan. If any Wicked Camper turns up at the fest they won’t be welcome.”

Wicked Campers court controversy with graffiti on their vehicles that is often derogatory to woman and the LBGTQ community.

“Disrespecting and degrading women isn’t funny or libertine, it’s just disgraceful. We look forward to being one of many festivals doing the same thing,” the festival posted on Facebook.

Wollombi music festival are not the only ones to take a stand against the company, which has received 70 complaints to the Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) since 2009, with Splendour in the Grass have discouraging ticket holders from arriving in offensive vans, and some politicians calling for local- and state-wide bans of the vehicles.

Speaking to The Guardian, ASB CEO Fiona Jolly said the system relies on advertisers respecting the judgments of the Ad Standards community panel.

“Wicked Campers is one of the rare advertisers in Australia that has chosen to operate outside the system and ignore determinations of the panel,” she said.