When we go away on tours the norm for the campsite seems to be 12ish then turn the music down a bit and there's no need to be ranting on to all your mates at 4 in the morning like there over the other side of the camp
Having done all the rtts etc in the past I get its a show, trust me I do but yes a family camping area would make it viable for a weekend for us again. Too over tired kids and wife doesn't make for the best of show days.
I haven't been to shows for a while now, always went to Billing ( ugh) for the landy shows.... The last time i went they had a blanket no noise after midnight ban. No gennies,music,engines etc and no vehicle movement. Yes it did curtail some enjoyment from some ( myself included on the first night when you've met up with friends etc) but on the second night when you want/need some sleep, you could see why the need for restrictions.
They did have loads of security though to 'enforce' it ....
There is supposed to be a midnight curfew - no running of engines, no music, and no loud behaviour, although its a bit hard to enforce someone talking at 4am, the security has to sleep at some point!
I don't recall any of the associated literature explaining there was a family area. Certainly we were first to camp and started at the paddock end - or at least the part nearest the paddock, as security wouldn't let anyone camp on the flat area at the paddock end of the orchard before it dipped down. It would certainly be a good idea to make that the family area.
The problem with the paddock end being the family camping area is that it is the most travelled part of the site, what with the paddock, Saturday evening stuff, generator buzzing, toilets and water being up that end. The far end of the field is in theory quieter in general terms, but is also furthest from the loos (which I'm guessing families won't want to be) and the house on the corner which means it makes more sense for that to be the less quiet camping zone. There is a curfew on all of the things that make noise at midnight on Friday and 11pm on Saturday. In terms of humans making noise we hope that people are relatively respectful of their neighbours, and security have in year's past asked people to quieten down when it has been late/early, which has then kicked off a bunch of drama because people feel entitled to do what they want when they've had a few beers in them. So we just ask that people be considerate of their neighbours and it seems to work to a point.
We will review if there is a way to do a quieter area now that we're sure the middle entrance to the field works, which has changed the shape of the field a bit for us, but don't think we've not considered it already.
I mentioned it in the litter/bellend thread that we had some folk playing what I have since learned was a Linkin Park album loud enough to distort the van door panels at gone midnight, but they swiftly turned it down/off after I politely but firmly asked them to, so no major issues as far as I was aware. Yes it would be even nicer to not have to ask, but realistically it's very unlikely