Superheroes Wanted…

If you’d like to apply to volunteer at Elderflower Fields 2018 and become part of our awesome family of superheroes, please complete the form at the bottom of this page. You can also join our Facebook Group so that we can all get to know each other better – lovely!

Elderflower Fields is a rather special little festival. We take real pride in crafting a magical weekend which is inspiring, safe, exciting and diverse. It takes a lot of planning to keep everything running smoothly and all of our customers safe and happy, but we couldn’t do any of it without YOU – our wonderful volunteers.

In 2018 the festival takes place from Friday 25th to Monday 28th May. We ask that, as a minimum, volunteers commit to being on site from 6pm on Thursday 25th through to 6pm Monday 30th. This may mean you need to arrange some time off work or college.

We’ve got quite a diverse range of volunteering opportunities at Elderflower Fields. Here are some of the roles we’re looking to fill (click on the role title for a longer description):

Field Teams

Our Field Teams are the eyes and ears of the festival. General stewards and supervisors work together to be responsible for one specific area of the festival. We rely on you to know your area inside out, support the activities which take place there, keep it looking beautiful and make sure the customers are having fun and being safe. You’ll be in radio contact with HQ, reporting any incidents and feeding information back to staff and the public. Field Teams make up the core of our volunteers and it’s a great opportunity for anyone interested in getting into event management with real, on the ground responsibility at a large arts event.

Information Team

The Information Team is based at Elderflower Fields HQ and has two main jobs. Firstly, acting as a central hub of information for festival goers – answering questions and pointing out where things are. And secondly, keeping in contact with the Field Teams and the festival production team to update the programme with any changes and communicate this to staff and the public. If you love organising and creating calm from chaos, this could be the role for you!…

Ticketing Team

Our ticketing and accreditation team is normally the first contact our guests and performers will have with festival staff once they arrive, so it’s a super important role. You’ll be working in the main ticketing tent or in the accreditation office, welcoming customers, crew and performers, scanning tickets and issuing wristbands. The work can be hectic at times, but you’ll be led by an experienced manager and it’s great fun meeting all the smiling customers and bands!

Production Support Team

The Production Support Team does pretty much what it says on the tin. You’ll be assisting in a diverse range of activities which makes it perfect for those looking to gain first hand experience of running a large arts event. Production Support is sort of like the glue which sticks the whole festival together – which means you could be doing anything from welcoming bands and helping them move their gear to chaperoning vehicles across the site or helping the tech crews on one of the stages.

Drivers Team

We’re looking for friendly, confident volunteers to drive our fleet of festival minibuses. These will be doing three main jobs over the weekend. Running the Friday afternoon and Monday morning luggage service from the car parks to the camp sites. Running a weekend long festival bus service. And transporting artists and their equipment from the car park to the crew camping and production compound. You’ll work the same total hours as other volunteers. You must be over 25 for this role and ideally you’ll have some experience driving minibuses or transit vans and driving with trailers, though you will be given specific training before starting work.

Arts Team

We need a magical team of creative festival artists to beautify the site before we open. This role requires that you are available to come to site for at least two shifts between Monday 21st May and Thursday 24th May 2018, and one or more shifts after the festival between Tuesday 29th May and Thursday 31st May 2018. It may also require that you join some meetings in the weeks and months before the festival to liaise with the arts team and the site arts director.

We ask that volunteers complete a maximum of 3 six hour shifts, one or more of which may be before or after the public are on site. The ambition is to reduce this to 4 or 5 hour shifts but it depends on how many volunteers we get, so invite your friends! In return, you get free entry (obviously), plenty of time to relax and enjoy the festival and we’ll feed you a hot meal once per day (normally in the evening).

You’ll be camping in the crew & performers area with access to loos, showers and sinks. But most importantly, you’ll help create an amazing experience for all the families, experience great camaraderie, learn lots and have a really fun few days. We also encourage all staff to stick around on the Monday night after the festival for our private after show party!

Before filling out the application form, please ensure you’ve read our volunteer terms and conditions – click here.

If you’re interested in any of these roles, please fill out the form below, or if you have any questions, please email Stuart at volunteer@elderflowerfields.co.uk.

Bringing your family

Children of volunteers are welcome to join you at the festival, free of charge. Please indicate on the application form the names and ages of children you are likely to bring. You must arrange suitable child care for the times that you are on shift. If you would like to bring your partner and they do not want to, or aren’t able to volunteer, they must buy a festival ticket, but we will be able to give you a discounted rate. These will be available to purchase in the autumn.

All volunteers – please fill out this form