Festival jobs

  • Student Guide
  • 15 September 2008

Fancy being a roadie for a rock band or selling tickets to your favourite author? The festival season comes rife with possibilities to fill up your CV and your life.

Whether you are a music lover, dance buff or book worm, the festival season is never short of opportunity, for those hoping to find gainful employment. From bar worker and front of house to book seller and litter picker, year-round festivals needs literally thousands of paid and unpaid staff to help make their events a success.

DC Site Services help run many of the major festivals, so keep a close eye on their website www.dcsiteservices.co.uk for any opportunities.

Jobs such as stage management, rigging and staging, sound, lighting, electrics and event security tend to be run by experienced crew who return year on year, but there are often some opportunities for runners or assistant trainees. Check out their website and contact your festival of choice direct as far in advance as possible.

Many festival organisers will try to entice festival-goers with free tickets and minimum pay packages and in some cases you may be required to pay for the ticket in advance, and be reimbursed after completing your hours, if this is the case, make sure you sign a contract and know your rights.

Elsewhere, qualified medical staff can join a team of volunteers by applying (normally) directly through any festival website; tent stewards and campsite wardens are often recruited from local clubs, parent teachers associations, sports clubs and voluntary groups, so keep an eye on the local pin boards.

In the case of somewhere like Glastonbury, a company called Oasis Carnival recruit workers for stewarding. See www.oasiscarnival.co.uk for more details.

In the case of arts, books and food festivals, front of house staff are normally several months in advance, so contact any companies directly before the event.

Always remember to be prepared and flexible and don’t expect to be paid a small fortune: working any festival is largely about the experience.

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