Festival Jobs and Work
You can gain free entrance to the summers' best festivals by joining our festival team!
Hotbox Events works closely with festival organisers; recruiting and managing festival staff and volunteers for UK festivals.
Our festival staff and volunteers play a big part in creating a good atmosphere and helping the festival goers to get the most out of their festival experience. By joining the Hotbox Events team you can help continue to achieve this!
Applying to work at festivals
If you've not worked at a festival before, we'd recommend you first try volunteering with us. Volunteering is a great way to gain experience in the festival industry, enables you to add valuable skills to your CV, make festival contacts, and most importantly see if festival work is right for you!
Many of our festival volunteers progress to join us in staff positions once they have gained some experience working at festivals.
Applying to volunteer at a festival is also the best way to secure your position at a festival as we receive hundreds of applications each year for the limited number of festival jobs we have available at each festival.
You can find out more about applying to volunteer to work at festivals on our apply page.
Festival jobs and work with our festival staff team
When working onsite at a festival we employ a team of between 20 and 50 festival staff.
Our festival staff jobs include:
- Festival Site Managers
- Festival Project Managers
- Festival Staff Supervisors
- Festival Arena Supervisors
- Festival Campsite Zone Supervisors
- Festival Office Managers
- Festival Multi-Agency Communications Control Staff
- Festival Buggy Drivers
- Festival 4x4 Drivers
- Festival Minibus Drivers
If you're not interested in volunteering and only wish to be considered for a role as part of our paid festival staff team please email us using our contact page. A member of our festival recruitment team will then get in touch and request that you send through your CV showing details of your previous experience and any relevant qualifications.
When recruiting festival staff we look for relevant festival or event experience - this doesn't necessarily need to have been with us but if you have volunteered with Hotbox Events at a festival or event in the past this will help with your application.
When we begin the festival staff recruitment process for the year - usually a month or so after we start recruiting volunteers - we'll get in touch. Those shortlisted will need to be available for an interview either over the phone or face-to-face.
I was a CAT at Reading 2012. I got the opportunity to meet new people from both Hotbox Events and from talking with festival goers while on shift and this was great. The staff campsite felt safe and secure with plenty of decent facilities and this was really great as I wasn't worrying so much about my tent and its contents while on shift. It was also great to get free staff parking - and I knew the parking would be secure because I knew there were CATs working there. The staff were really friendly and helpful too. It was definitely worth getting to enter the arena through staff entrances and to see all those amazing bands for free.