Surviving your first festival job: Tips and tricks for a great experience

Published on: Thu, 20 Apr 2023
By: Claire, redwigwam

You’ve snagged your first festival job. Roll on a summer of fun – enjoying a great festival experience – and getting paid for it!

Working at a festival can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but it can also be physically and mentally demanding.

If you're embarking on your first festival job this summer, it's important to be prepared and know what to expect.

Read on for some tips and tricks for surviving your first festival job.

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Stay hydrated

Festivals can be hot and dry, and it's important to stay hydrated to avoid heatstroke and dehydration.

Bring a refillable water bottle and make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Dress appropriately

Make sure to wear comfortable clothing and shoes that you can move in and that are appropriate for the weather conditions.

Be prepared for rain or sun, depending on the festival location and time of year.

It’s always sensible to check if there is a dress code – you’ll usually be told if so at the time of booking the job.

While it’s tempting to soak up the sun, make sure your head and shoulders are covered to minimise the risk of sunburn if the weather is good.

And never underestimate the power of comfortable shoes. Chances are you’ll be on your feet for much of the day, so wear shoes which don’t rub!

Take breaks

Festival jobs can be physically demanding, and it's important to take breaks to rest and recharge.

Take advantage of any downtime to sit and soak up the atmosphere, stretch, or even take a quick nap.

Bring snacks

Depending on your job, you may not have much time to eat during the day, so it's a good idea to bring snacks like energy bars or fruit to keep you fuelled throughout the day.

If you’re camping or staying over, make sure you have food with you – or money to purchase what you need when you’re not working.

Be prepared for long days

Festival jobs often involve working long hours, so be prepared to work hard and stay focused.

Try to get plenty of rest before the festival and pace yourself throughout the day.

If you’re working over 2 or 3 days and are allowed to join the festival when you’re not working, be mindful you are there to do a job and need to be recharged and ready for your next shift.

Be flexible

Festival jobs are sometimes unpredictable, and you may be asked to switch tasks or work longer hours than originally planned.

Be flexible and willing to help wherever needed.

Stay Positive and enjoy yourself!  

Festival jobs can be challenging, but they can also be a lot of fun.

Stay positive and try to enjoy the experience. You may have the opportunity to see some great live music and meet interesting people.

Learn from the experience

Working at a festival can provide valuable experience and skills that can be applied to other jobs or industries. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn new skills and make connections with other festival workers.

Working at a festival can be a challenging but rewarding experience. But by following our simple tips, you can survive and thrive in your first festival job.

Good luck and above all, have fun!

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