Working at Festivals
Places are limited – please register early
Applicants must be 18 years old or over for Steward positions and 21 years old or over for SIA positions. All applicants must meet all our requirements.
The work is rewarding and enjoyable but can be physically demanding – you will be on your feet for most, if not all of your 12 hour shift BUT you can attend the festival at any time when you are not on duty.
Shifts are all 12 hours. If you have a preference for day or night shifts we will do our best to accommodate your preference, although there are no guarantees. Positions will be allocated on-site.
Rates of pay vary depending on experience, and will be discussed in further detail upon application.
All staff are required to complete an application form and to read and sign our terms and conditions, which we will send you once you have registered your interest.
We will provide
- A private campsite within the grounds
- Private basic toilets and shower facilities
- An off-duty seated rest area
- 2 hot meals a day from private caterers (these will be provided once you have begun your first shift, so make sure you can support your meal requirements beforehand).
- Wristbands to enter the festival once you are off-duty (a deposit may be required)
You must provide your own black combats / trousers and appropriate black footwear (no open-toe shoes). We will provide you with a tabard, t-shirt and jacket. Please bring sufficient warm clothing to wear beneath your uniform and waterproofs, and your own jacket for when you’re off-duty.
Items of uniform must be handed back in at the end of your last shift. Charges for missing items may be deducted from pay.
You will need to provide
- Your own camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, etc.)
- Sufficient pairs of black combats / trousers
- Practical black work boots / shoes (no open-toe shoes – it’s a good idea to bring wellies)
- Warm clothing to wear under jackets (especially on night shift)
- Waterproof clothing (jacket and trousers recommended)
- Off duty clothing (You cannot wear uniform when entering the festival off duty – please provide your own jacket)
- Creature comforts (especially spare toilet roll for off-camp, drinks and munchies – bottles can be filled with water on-site)
- Insect repellent
- Sun cream
- Hat (plain black or dark in colour)
- Antihistamine (for hay fever sufferers)
- Ear plugs (for light sleepers)
Professionalism and Conduct
Within the conﬁnes of our private rest area you can relax and enjoy ourselves as if you are regular festival-goers. We want our staff to enjoy the event.
We are not opposed to anybody having fun and like to think that our staff will go to work with a happy and friendly attitude.
We do, however, expect our staff to bear in mind at all times that whether you are on or off-duty, you are representing Gainsborough Events Management and to act accordingly.
How to Apply
To apply for summer festival work in UK with Gainsborough, please download and complete the application form and appropriate tax form below, and return them by post to:
Gainsborough Events Management
The Little Barn,
i) Pages 5-7 are for your information only and need not be submitted.
ii) To ensure you are assigned the correct tax code, please complete a P46. If you are a student, please complete a P38 instead.
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My husband and I would like to thank members of your security and welfare team for their help and kindness.
We attended the YCS Yugioh event at the London Excell in Hall S7, from the 25th to the 27th October with our son.
On the Saturday morning our son felt unwell while queuing outside. My husband took him to the front of the queue and explained they needed to get to the bathroom urgently. They were helped through by one of your team Michelle, who was one of the Welfare Officers that day.
Throughout that day and for the rest of the weekend, Michelle regularly checked up on us, checking that our son was ok and ensuring we knew where to access help if needed. Her professionalism, friendliness and kindness was much appreciated.
I am a Registered General Nurse with 30 years experience, including working in the army and the prison and I was very impressed with how your team supported the Yugioh event. There were over 2,500 players attending on the Saturday, 700 who I believe had to be turned away due to there not being enough places for them. Despite the added pressure this must have caused, (plus the 100,000 that were attending the Comic Con walking through too!) your staff were pleasant, smiling and made efforts to ensure that the event was kept safe. I’d like also to thank Phil, who we have seen at this YCS event for the last 3 years, who always says hello to us.
Michelle’s number on her hi- viz jacket was 491, apologies, I can’t remember Phil’s but he is always on duty in the YCS event hall.
I do hope that you can relay our thanks to your staff. Their timely help and kindness ensured that the weekend was as stress free and as fun as possible for us and our son.
MCM Comic Convention
Thank you so much. You guys will be my first port of call for any security needs for future events that I’m running at TP.
Please thank your guys for their absolute professionalism and good humour throughout the night. Your team were integral to the smooth running of the event and the positive response we have received from the management at Tullett Prebon and our brokers and clients this morning is owed to them as part of a slick operation!
Nadia CocklinMarketing and Communications | Tullett Pebon
Just wanted to thank you for looking after Olly and Stacey at last week’s boat show. I will be in touch if we take Olly down to the Sunseeker factory, be great for you to come along too. Maybe sort something out later in the Spring after the tour?
Should be going to Glastonbury also, so no doubt see you there!