jobs at festivals

The Indispensible Festivals Guide

published: Tue 29th Apr 2014

No major festival could function without the stewards, security, catering and other staff that help events run smoothly. If you are looking for a temporary job over the summer, like working at large outdoor events and enjoy working around large numbers of people then working at a festival could be for you.

There are many different ways you can work at a festival. A lot of the work is voluntary, and often stewards will work for their tickets instead of getting a wage - often to the benefit of a charity such as Oxfam.

For more information about working at festivals, check out our guide to working at festivals.

Currently recruiting for their 2014 dates...

Green Stewards offer volunteer steward jobs at some of the UK's greatest festivals, including Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Altfest, Beautiful Days, Shambala, Wilderness, Galtres and Somersault (+ more). At some events, we have opportunities for paid work. We also give stewards the opportunity to gain a Spectator Safety NVQ in the course of their volunteering. If you have never done stewarding before, it’s a great way to experience a festival. Stewarding is sociable and can be really rewarding – it has to be one the best festival jobs! Whether you come as a group or alone, you’ll find Green Stewards to be one of the friendliest organisations to work with. See http://www.greenstewards.com for more information.

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Festaff offer volunteer opportunities at Premier UK Music Festivals and allow you to attend Gigs and Festivals without breaking the bank. In return for a set number of working hours (usually 16 hours total) Festaff provide a ticket for the Festival, a place to camp and food and water whilst on duty. Volunteers are engaged in stewarding, wristbanding, and other social based tasks that generally involve talking to customers, being friendly and smiling. Shifts are arranged to allow people ample free time to enjoy and soak up the whole Festival Experience with their friends.

Current clients include Glastonbury, T in the Park, Bestival, Download, Sonisphere, Isle of Wight, Creamfields, Kendal Calling, V Festival, Camp Bestival and more! See http://www.festaff.co.uk for more details.

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Oxfam provide stewards for a number of events.

Oxfam stewards must be over 18 and be willing to volunteer for 3 x 8 hour shifts usually over the days of the festival, with the rest of your time free to enjoy yourself. Roles vary from ticket checking, and campsite patrols to arena venues and disabled access platforms. You are also asked to pay a fully refundable deposit which is returned to you after the festival. See the Oxfam website for more details.

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Complete Wasters provide litter picking and recycling services at Festivals and Events such as No Direction Home and Summer Sundae and rely on volunteers to help maintain their high standards. This active and satisfying role, not only gets you entry into the event and usually a meal or two, but a real sense of achievement in keeping the site clean, tidy and limiting the environmental impact as much as possible. With a big part of the work usually being focused on the end of the festival, there can also be the opportunity to enjoy more of the event than perhaps with other voluntary roles. Deposits to ensure shifts are completed are required. Check out the Summer Events Diary on the volunteer section of their website www.completewasters.co.uk.

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VSC/Workers Beer Company Would you like to get free entry to festivals such as Glastonbury, Latitude, Tolpuddle, Reading and Leeds - and at the same time help raise crucial funds for social causes?

VSC will again be joining with the important labour movement organisation Worker's Beer Company (www.workersbeer.co.uk) and will be organising volunteers at a range of festivals. As a volunteer, you get free entry, and at those where you need to camp, you stay in a reserved 'village' with toilets and hot showers plus soem free food and drink. (You need to bring a tent and a sleeping bag). There is also free transport to some festivals from London and sometimes elsewhere. In exchange you will work a bar shift (6-8 hours) for which VSC will receive £6.50 per hour - funds which are crucial to enabling our solidarity campaigning throughout the year. To register as a potential volunteer please contact vscassistant@yahoo.co.uk with the names of the festivals you would like to volunteer at, including an indication on whether you are prepared to do waiter/ess service at the festivals if necessary. For queries contact VSC on 0207 420 8963 or vscassistant@yahoo.co.uk.

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