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Working as a steward

Discussion in 'Workers' Camp Fire' started by Mina24, Feb 9, 2010.

  1. Mina24

    Mina24 New Member


    I am looking into applying to work as a steward this year and I was wondering if anyone could tell me some of their personal experiences. Are this organisations trustworthy? Did anyone had problems with them? Advices?

    Thank you in advance for all comments. :D
  2. I have worked as a steward at every Glastonbury since about 1997 or 8 and it is brilliant! My experience is limited to Dance Tent (now a Dance Village) which I admit wouldn't suit everyone but I love it! I also have mates who work in the Cabaret Tent (easy life!) and John Peel who do it every year.

    I have to say that if you are only now looking into it, you may be too late as recruitment is well under way for Dance and I imagine other areas will be much the same.

    As for the organisations being trustworthy, I would say yes in my experience and far more trustworthy than some of the stewards! However, they always accept more volunteers than there are places because there are always a few that drop out. You have to attend a training course (usually a few hours on a Saturday or Sunday) and if you have been trained you always stand a chance of getting work on site, even if it isn't with the lot you volunteered for. In my experience, everyone who has trained with us has been offered work with us.

    Shifts vary across the site. Last year, we did four shifts, each of 4 hours. Cabaret did 6 shifts, each of 3 hours. Shifts are non-negotiable so be prepared to miss stuff you want to see!

    Worst experience? In Dance, we probably get more medical incidents than most other places and I have had to deal with a few severe cases (deal with as in call in medics, escort ambulances through a busy field full of revellers high on various substances, keep the public away, etc). Thankfully, such incidents are rare (maybe two or three a year) considering how many people there are and the intense atmosphere around Dance at times. My mate in Cabaret has NEVER had an incident in the five festivals he's done.

    Best experience? A couple of years ago, I helped a young lady on crutches get on the disabled platform (strictly speaking, limited to special badge holders but it wasn't too busy so I let her on). She came back last year, fully recovered, recognised me and insisted on buying me a drink to say thanks. Made me feel ten feet tall!! We still keep in touch.

    I could write loads more but I hope that helps. Please feel free to ask more questions, I am very happy to answer them. But no, I can't get you a ticket!
  3. akicif

    akicif Member

    I worked 2007 and 2008 on the fence: both years with SLS; the first year at one remove through a small company that raised funds for charitable causes by taking on volunteer stewards, the second (after the other company went broke due to not having been paid for work done for another festival) with SLS directly. The experience was pretty much the same both years, except we got paid the second time round.

    The way it worked was something like this: you turn up on the Tuesday to the stewards' camp site (there's a bonus straight off: hot water showers, clean toilets and a surprisingly good canteen tent with points to recharge mobiles and things at), get the introductory training session and allocated your shifts (when I did it, it was three by eight hour shifts between the Tuesday and Monday mornings - but beware, your eight hours is your time in position and some locations are a fair distance round the perimeter - so you turn up early for the landrover or minivan thatt takes you there, and you hope there aren't too many delays for the pickup at the end).

    Anyway, we were signed up and sorted by six, so - as we were off duty until the next morning, we could wander into the festival: it's quite odd seeing the whole place empty and being set up.

    Shifts: as I said, three of these - an early one (about seven to three), a middle one (three-ish to eleven or so) and a night one (go on, guess). These could be either at entrance/exit gates or more or less randomly located around the peri-track (which people have to be kept off for health and safety reasons). You're always at least in a pair, with a radio and a torch when necessary, and the packed meals (subsidised even more than the rest of the canteen food) aren't too bad - there's also a tea/sweetie van that comes round once or so a shift.

    It's not very taxing work, and some of the track locations are quite lovely (plus if the wind's right and it's towards the end of the week, you can often hear one of the stages).

    Shifts are very fairly allocated: if I remember right, once you've had your first shift it's about 30 hours until your next.

    Would I do it again: oh, yes.

    Why am I not doing it this time round: I've got a better job now, and managed to get a ticket....
  4. Glasto-worker

    Glasto-worker Volunteer since 1989

    Please note I am not a steward but have worked at festivals the past twenty years in the bars as a volunteer. The list below will help you .

    in general if you go as a volunteer you need to give them a deposit { say ? 200 or ? 250 } and provided you stick to the shifts you will get it back { although it may take a few weeks to process }

    In general you may not have a choice of shifts so you have to be flexible .

    The facilities will vary - some groups will have better facilities than others but in general it should be far safer than camping in the ticket holder area.

    I work for the WBC and we have a excellent camp - great bar and food tents - loads of showers and toilets and very good security and its a great crowd of people but there will always be a few who show up - complain about the shifts - stand about and not really keen to work - its dead simple - they will not get the chance of working with the WBC in future .

    Lucky enough I run a very experienced Team so I don't have to watch them like a hawk but I do know that some less experienced Teams may get let down by one or two and this affects all their team mates.

    Its a great way to be at a festival but you have to keep in the back of your head that if you are getting a free ticket etc etc they do expect you to do your duties.

    if you are only thinking about it now then you are going to have to get your skates on as jobs go very fast - good luck.

    if you play fair with them - they will play fair with you.

    ------------- a short list --------

    Oxfam provide entrance gate stewards. Oxfam recruits its stewards primarily from past stewards and Oxfam supporters.


    employ car parking staff between the Sunday before the Festival until the Monday after the Festival ? staff are required to work a minimum of four 12 hour shifts


    employ staff to assist with running the campervan and caravan fields. They also supply checkers at vehicle gates and staff the onsite vehicle chaperone service.


    provide stewards to man the pedestrian and vehicle gates in 8 hour shifts - work is paid.


    recruit stewards to work before, after and during the Festival.


    recruit for stewards and coach park workers.

  5. Chelsea

    Chelsea New Member

    I am also looking to do some work onsite, but I am wondering if you have to be 18 and over? I am 16, and am trying to get a job which includes a ticket to Glastonbury Festival. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know. Or is it to late to apply? Thanks.
  6. Glasto-worker

    Glasto-worker Volunteer since 1989

    I have replied to your pm .

    Now I know for a fact that Oxfam will not accept anyone who is under 18 and I suspect all the others will be the same. { although they will accept a person who is 17 for training but they have to be 18 before they can work at any event }

    Yes I know its a pain but its due to Insurance Companies who will not hand out cover for anyone under 18.


  7. http://www.greenstewards.com/

    Ive worked for them for 10 years, they do paid work in watchtowers and also unpaid work in the festival, they ask for a deposit but dont keep your deposit for months and months like dc or oxfarm .

    very nice people

    And Ive worked for oxfarm and dc their ok too but Id prefer green stewards
  8. subtitlesonly

    subtitlesonly Glastoveteran

    I have worked for DC SITE SERVICES in the past, both at Glastonbury and a number of other festivals. The work is paid (probably min wage) and the shifts are normally between 10-12 hours, depending on what you are doing and whereabouts on or off site you are working. Meals are provided while you are on shift. I was fortunate enough to be working by the Pyramid stage on all my shifts, but bear in mind you might also be working on some obscure entrance tucked away miles from anywhere. If your going to see bands, then this is probably not for you. The shifts are long and can be tiring, and leaves little time for socialising or enjoying the rest of the festival. (Depending on how much sleep you need) The duties for which DCS are responsible probably change from year to year, depending on festival requirements. My advice would be to work with a friend, I'm sure it will add to the experience, and they are pretty accomodating in allowing you to work together. I am glad I had the experience of working, you really do see another side of the festival. But sadly not for me again, it takes away too much of the enjoyment. Needless to say, places go pretty quick, so register with DCS as soon as possible.
  9. pookabelle

    pookabelle New Member

    Can anyone tell me how to get stewardin or an other work at glastonbury? thanks
  10. stinkywitch

    stinkywitch Mrs Mashed Matt

    If you read up through this very thread then your question is already answered. Some people have taken ages to write this information and it will take you just 5 min to read it. :spank:

    Oh and welcome to the forum. Just try to have a search before posting cos most questions are answered somewhere. If you cant find it then ask and we will be happy to help. :yes:
  11. pre-s-ton

    pre-s-ton Die Hard Glader

    ive done oxfam stewarding for a few years now, ive never actuly owned a glasto ticket! tho i have held many working on the gates. Oxfam is well easy and the people are super nice, and they dont only recruit previous stewards or oxfam supporters, i jus applied one year and got it straight away. only downside of oxfam at Glasto is 90% of the roles are on the ticket gates wich means u dnt see much of the festival (when u r working). tho i was lucky enough to get shifts in the remaining 10% last year so i was in the circus field market area, a very entertaining place to be! so i wud highly recomend oxfam aside from the fact that chances are u will be on a ticket gate, but u still get to meet loadsa ppl n stuff so all round its prob as good as any other company.... u do 3 x 8hr shifts between wed-mon, free tea/coffee, nice showers, clean toilets, secure camping, the perks make up for giving up a bit of ur weekend.
  12. kevintate

    kevintate Banned

    looking desperatly for work

    hello I am wondering if anyone can help me i am really desperate to try and get work at glastonbury but having not much luck i am wondering if anyone has any suggestions on who else i can try as it seems im running out of ideas.

    failing this i am willing as im an affiliate marketer and run my own websites www.virtualclubz.webs.com i have earned the ticket price but will not get this payment until May 2011 i am willing to donate this amount to a local charity that takes me on for the duration of the festival.

    please is there anyone out there who can help or have a word with their orgainser for me please get intouch.
  13. pmcmahon

    pmcmahon New Member

    sls security, mentioned previously, still have open applications.

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