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How was it?
I'm likely to be working the Cambridge Folk Festival this year.
but did you mean music?
Free entry, food*, and civilised camping area uphill with a view of the Pyramid stage in exchange for sutin like 5 sessions of three hours of litter picking.
*absolutely delved into the industrial catering sized bucket of marmite one morning at breakfast thinking it was nutella. which came as an awful awful surprise. only went back to try marmite last year and absolutely love it.
used to do unpaid Wristbanding for Festival Republic (who no longer do it sadly) as a back up for when I didn't get tickets through more traditional means. It was great and piss easy. I think you were meant to do 3x8 hour shifts over the weekend but in the 4 years I did it I think I only once worked a "bad" shift which was Sunday morning and they let us go about 4 hours early. Rest of the time worked Wed and Thurs then was freee. Got pissed on shift, took advantage of the total lack of security searches on the way in as you get there a day early, met some babes, etc etc. Well worth doing if you're in the situation where you don't have to take time off work for it or anything (usually there a day before festival at least)
Bar work - AVOID.
Would do it all again tbh, like being at a festival but getting paid.
which was surprisingly harrowing
did some other small shit festivals i've forgotten the names of
for free entry to Lovebox one year. Didn't work out well because the flyering was in the daytime which ended up being the time when the bands I wanted to see were on. Was alright though, people just didn't care, and most just took the flier and threw it on the ground straight after just like I would.
That was well good. Probably the most fun job I've had. I was supposed to be just holding cables and doing dogsbody work but me and a mate volunteered to go over to the 2nd stage, and all the camera guys there were lazy bastards who wanted to dick about and do coke in a portaloo which meant the two of us became full-fledged camera operators. When we weren't working it meant that, for example, I could stand in the photographers pit for My Vitriol's first show in however many years (this was 2007, and they were already talking about that album they're just barely scraping together). But also I got to camera op for Infinity Land-era Biffy Clyro while wearing my Blackened Sky-era Biffy t-shirt like a massive nerd, and shoot a ridiculous show by Korn where they had like 4 drummers. Fun times. Plus we were in special roped off backstage VIP camping and I got to go and stand on the side of the main stage watching whoever I wanted. I always wondered how those people got up there.
None of this is relevant to the conversation, really. I'm just bored.
If I couldn't afford to do that, it'd take a fucking incredible line up to make me work so I could attend. In fact I'm not sure such a line up is possible.
Before it really took off (2007 I think?) - was a piece of piss, my first 2 shifts were before the bands started and my last one was just walking round the campsite making sure no one was doing anything ILLEGAL!!!!11! with 2 other people and we took turns to go to see the bands we wanted to see that afternoon.
and really enjoy it - you get to camp in a better spot with access to a cheaper bar, and if you want you can generally switch shifts with people. Plus the guy that runs it is officially a Good Guy, so that helps.
Overnight shifts not so much, though.
Have also done Truck stewarding, but it used to be my mum running that so that's a whole different thing. Trying to get some work at end of the road, but I don't fancy my chances.