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Temporary Jobs & Volunteering at Glastonbury Festival

Wednesday 1st June 2011

How to find summer jobs at music festivals

British summertime has now officially begun following the summer solstice this week, and of course, summer is the season for the annual music festivals. Glastonbury Festival opened its gates yesterday morning to thousands of happy campers after a full year of preparation. If you’re looking for a temporary job for the summer, but also want to travel and have fun why not consider finding a summer job working at the music festivals?

There are plenty of opportunities to work for the professional contract companies hired by the festival organisers if you have skills and experience in any of the following roles: event management, stage management, rigging and staging, sound, lighting, electrics, plumbing or a security. However there also festival jobs working in catering stalls, bar work, litter clearing and car parking too. Festival stall traders also hire staff for the event weekends and always hire help on a temporary contract basis. You’ll generally get free entry to the festival as part of your benefits, and hopefully have time after your shifts to go and enjoy the music and fun of the show.

Just like Glastonbury, many other UK and overseas festivals companies employ entertainment staff with skills for managing activities in marquees around the sites such as face-painting, creative crafts, musical instrument workshops, stilt-walkers and many other roles via the companies who specialise in these circus skills and entertainment. It’s a good idea to contact some of these companies much earlier in the year to get your name down for any vacancies that will be available at the festivals. If you’re lucky to live close to the site of an annual music festival then look about for opportunities with your local carnival clubs, parent teachers associations, sports clubs and voluntary groups for jobs as stewards and campsite wardens. Many charities regularly attend large and small music festivals and always recruit volunteers for summer jobs for the duration of the festival, so consider approaching the charity and offering to volunteer for them at the festival. You may not be paid an actual wage but you’ll get your festival ticket free, and have the opportunity to experience a fantastic time.