Volunteering at a festival of any kind can be a very rewarding experience. It's a way to enjoy the magic of a music festival without the hefty price-tag that can come with weekend passes and camping passes. It's also a way to get a behind-the-scenes look at the operations of the festival, it's a chance to meet really cool people, and be part of the team that makes the magic happen.
When volunteering at a music festival, there are some things you should definitely be prepared for before you sign-up to volunteer.
1. The days can be long, so be prepared. Some festival jobs might leave you in the shade or inside an air-conditioned room but a lot of them will have you outside in the sun. You might be cleaning up the grounds, helping with traffic & parking or checking wristbands. Either way, when you're outside for 6 hours in the hot sun you need to make sure you are drinking plenty of water and wearing sunscreen. Especially since as soon as you're done with your shift you'll likely have the rest of the day/night to enjoy your favorite bands.
2. Don't drink before your shift. As much fun as a music festival is, the role of a volunteer is extremely important and the festival is relying on you to be able to handle your job. Even though the vibe of a festival is laid back you should treat it like a job when you show up for your shift.
3. Bring a positive attitude to whatever you do. You are as much a part of the festival as anything else happening during the weekend. If people ask you for help you should be a positive light that they remember, be nice, fun and try to be helpful!
4. There are all sorts of perks to being a volunteer. Don't go into it expecting them or you might be disappointed, just be happy to be a part of the fun and you'll be pleasantly surprised.
5. Take off a day or two around the festival and expect to stay up there a little earlier or later than the festival dates. You might be needed to help tear down or for set-up of the festival - it's also a fun way to get to know the other people working with the festival and a chance to see the property outside of the festival. Plus you can probably expect to have some fun with the crew during those days!
If you want to get involved as a volunteer for Same Same But Different Fest this year we are still accepting applications here.