Festivals - Hire Learning
- Anna Millar
- 5 June 2008
Whether you are a music lover, dance buff or book worm, the summer season is never short of opportunities for those hoping to find gainful employment. Anna Millar clocks on
From bar worker and front of house to book seller and litter picker, the festival world 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 www.dcsiteservices.co.uk for any opportunities.
Food and drink are big business at any festival, with stalls and carts carrying burgers or beers all over the sites. Market traders regularly require staff and often recruit people who live nearby or people they know, so ask around your local area in the weeks running up to the event.
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. Contact your festival of choice direct as far in advance as possible.
Many 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 normally by applying directly through any festival website; tent stewards and campsite wardens are often recruited from local clubs, parent-teacher associations, sports clubs and voluntary groups. In the case of somewhere like Glastonbury, a company called Oasis Carnival recruit workers for stewarding. See www.oasiscarnival.co.uk for more details.
For arts, books and food festivals, front of house staff are normally recruited in June, in time for training, so contact any companies directly early on in the year. In many instances though, they are still recruiting book sellers or occasional front of house staff right up to curtain up, so check venue websites daily for opportunities and postings.
Always remember to be prepared and flexible and don’t expect to be paid a small fortune: working at any festival is largely about the experience.