Festival Jobs and Work
You can work at the UK's best festivals by joining our festival team!
Hotbox Events works closely with festival organisers; recruiting and managing festival staff, paid stewards and volunteers for UK festivals.
Our festival staff, paid stewards and volunteers play a big part in creating a good atmosphere and helping the festival goers to get the most out of their festival experience. By joining the Hotbox Events team you can help continue to achieve this!
Applying to work at festivals
If you've not worked at a festival before, we'd recommend you first try volunteering with us. Volunteering is a great way to gain experience in the festival industry; enables you to add valuable, transferable skills to your CV; make festival contacts; and most importantly see if festival work is right for you!
Many of our festival volunteers progress to join us in staff positions once they have gained some experience working at festivals, with some even going on to work for big music festival management companies like Festival Republic and Live Nation directly! So volunteering at festivals is a great way to start a career in the festival industry!
Applying to volunteer at a festival is also the best way to secure your position at a festival as we receive hundreds of applications each year for the limited number of festival jobs we have available at each festival.
To find out more about volunteering at a festival head over to our festivals page and choose the music festival you're interested in volunteering at. There you'll find lots of info including when you'll need to arrive at the festival, how many volunteer shifts you'll do, how old you need to be to volunteer at music festivals, the kind of things you'll get involved with when volunteering and loads more!
Paid Steward jobs at festivals
If you're looking for paid event jobs at festivals, our paid steward jobs could be for you! We have paid steward roles at Latitude Festival, Camp Bestival Dorset and Camp Bestival Shropshire.
Our paid stewards work more shifts than volunteers but still get to enjoy the amazing festival environment when off-shift! Paid stewards also get loads of other awesome benefits too, like a secure crew camping area with crew car parking, unlimited hot water, tea and coffee, charging points for phone charging, crew toilets and showers and discounted crew catering!
The tasks our paid stewards do depends on the festival - you can find more information and apply to join us as a paid steward on our events page.
Festival jobs and work with our festival staff team
When working onsite at a festival we employ a team of between 20 and 50 festival staff.
Our festival staff jobs include:
- Festival Site Managers
- Festival Event Coordinators
- Festival Project Managers
- Festival Staff Supervisors
- Festival Arena Supervisors
- Festival Campsite Zone Supervisors
- Festival Gate Supervisors
- Festival Accreditation Staff
- Festival Office Managers
- Festival Multi-Agency Communications Control Staff
- Festival Buggy Drivers
- Festival 4x4 Drivers
- Festival Minibus Drivers
If you're not interested in joining us as a volunteer or paid steward and only wish to be considered for a role as part of our paid festival staff team please email us using our contact page. A member of our festival recruitment team will then get in touch and request that you send through your CV showing details of your previous experience and any relevant qualifications.
When recruiting festival staff we look for relevant festival or event experience - this doesn't necessarily need to have been with us but if you have volunteered with Hotbox Events at a festival or event in the past this will help with your application.
When we begin the festival staff recruitment process for the year - usually a month or so after we start recruiting volunteers - we'll get in touch. Those shortlisted will need to be available for an interview either over the phone or face-to-face.
If there is anything you would like to ask or you would just like to chat with us about working at festivals, the easiest way is to...
Connecting with other festival staff
On Facebook and in our Forum you will find new and returning staff chatting about what it is like to work at festivals, arranging to share lifts to festivals, asking and answering questions about working at festivals and more...
Watch festival interviews
If you've not worked at a festival before and would like to see what it's like to work at festivals before applying - make sure you check out our festival staff and volunteer interviews!
In our festival interviews you'll get to hear the experiences of festival staff and volunteers who have joined us, talking about how they found their shifts, how they were treated by the Hotbox Events team at the festivals they've worked at, what it was like working at festivals for the first time on their own, taking on more responsibility year on year and progressing from a festival volunteer to staff role, and even how the experience and confidence gained working at festivals has helped with their career progression away from music festivals!
Photos of festival teams
Another way to see what working at festivals is like is to check out some of our festival photos!
In our festival photo galleries, you will find thousands of photos covering our festival history over the past twenty years!
Working solo at festivals
If you are thinking about working at festivals but not sure about going solo, please don't worry! Every year more than half of those who work with us do so on their own the first time and then return year on year to meet up with friends they have made whilst working at festivals!
Questions about festival jobs
If you have specific questions about working at festivals try our festival FAQs!
Our festival FAQs are regularly updated and packed full of answers to the questions we are usually asked, plus lots of handy hints and tips about festival jobs and working at festivals.
We usually send an email newsletter about once a month, if you would like to keep up to date you can subscribe!
The Hotbox festival community
If you'd like to hear and see more from those who have worked at festivals with us in the past please head to our festival community!
On our festival community pages you can get an idea of what it's like to work at festivals with Hotbox Events by browsing our festival photo galleries, hear from staff and volunteers who have joined us by watching some festival staff and volunteer interviews, chat with returning and new staff and volunteers in our festival forum, and read feedback from those who have joined us on our feedback page!
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For myself, I enjoyed the fact that as a paid team member I did a variety of things - wristband supervising for a couple of days then arena stewarding for the final 2 shifts - as I normally just do the fire towers. What I liked the most was the sincere thanks I/we received from the festival public, it made everything feel very worthwhile (inc. the 6 hour drive to get there, ha, must check where the festival is next time!)
On the subject of thanks I'd just like to add that the Hotbox team there also made it clear that they appreciated the effort we all made to help everyone enjoy their time at Camp Bestival. So, finally, I would just like to thank them for their hard work and patience across the long hours they work to keep the organisers happy.