Friday, April 22, 2022
It's Earth Day! We're celebrating by sharing our top tips for reducing your environmental impact whilst having an awesome festival season!
This isn't just virtue signalling, we're always looking for innovative ways to reduce, reuse and recycle at Hotbox HQ...
For example, we've designed and built a custom system which reuses the heat generated by our company's IT equipment for heating the open-plan areas of the Hotbox Studios and Hotbox Events office. On colder days, rather than the heat generated by the IT equipment housed in our server room being pushed out into the environment and wasted, this heat is ducted into the open-plan office areas. The reuse of this heat has reduced the energy we use for heating the office by around 50%! ♻️
We've dramatically reduced paper usage before, during, and after the festivals we work with via our PAAM Web App. Created by Hotbox Events' sister company Hotbox Studios, PAAM is the system you use when applying to volunteer at festivals, how you access documents and info, find out your shifts, how we allocate kit to you when at the festivals and more! Following the release of PAAM 15 years ago it's helped festival and event companies worldwide with their staff and volunteer recruitment and management, and in turn helping the wider event industry to reduce its paper usage and be greener!
We reuse as much as we can from events each season – from banners and signage to wristbands and miscellaneous office supplies. We also make environmentally conscious decisions when it comes to suppliers, all the way down to things as small as the ink and method used to print our logo on tabards! 🦺
We hope you have a very happy Earth Day and look forward to seeing you for a green festival filled summer! 🏕️
To find out more and apply choose the festival you're interested in volunteering at, you'll then find all the info including when you'll need to arrive at the festival, how many volunteer shifts you'll do, how old you need to be to volunteer at festivals, the kind of things you'll get involved with when volunteering and loads more!
As usual, you need to pay a refundable security deposit to volunteer with us this summer.
When volunteering with Hotbox Events you only need to pay 1 deposit to volunteer at as many festivals as you like each summer!
Deposits are returned within 30 days of the last day of a festival, if you have volunteered with us before your deposit is discounted by 35%. There are no admin fees charged on deposits, so you receive your entire deposit back as long as you complete all of your shifts at the festivals!
Of course, if for any reason a festival does not go ahead, your security deposit will be returned to you in full.
Please remember that we cannot confirm your place until you have paid your deposit!
You can choose the shifts you prefer a few weeks before each festival and we will confirm your shifts in advance, so you know when you will be volunteering and can plan your festival schedule!
Shift preferences are allocated based on deposit payment date, so the earlier you pay your deposit, the more likely you are to get your top shift preferences!
If there is anything you would like to ask or you would just like to chat with us about volunteering, the easiest way is to...
On Facebook and in our Forum you will find new and returning volunteers chatting about what it is like to volunteer at festivals, arranging to share lifts, asking and answering questions about volunteering at festivals and making friends with other volunteers!
If you have not volunteered at a festival before and are wondering what it is like, check out some of our staff and volunteer interviews!
In the interviews you will get to hear from volunteers who have joined us talking about how they found their shifts, how they felt they were looked after by the Hotbox team, what it was like volunteering solo for the first time, taking on more responsibility year on year and progressing from a volunteer to staff role, and even how the experience and confidence gained has helped with career progression away from festivals!
Another way to see what volunteering is like is to check out some of our festival photos!
In our festival photo galleries, you will find thousands of photos covering our festival volunteering history over the past twenty years!
If you are thinking about volunteering but not sure about going alone, please don't worry! Every year more than half of those who volunteer with us do so on their own the first time and then return year after year to meet up with friends they have made whilst volunteering!
If you have specific questions about volunteering at festivals try our festival FAQs!
Our festival FAQs are regularly updated and packed full of answers to the questions we are usually asked, plus lots of handy hints and tips about volunteering at festivals.
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You can reach our office by phone on the numbers below...
Tel: 01252849600 (UK) select option 2 for Hotbox Events
Tel: +441252849600 (International) select option 2 for Hotbox Events
We cannot wait to welcome you to the Hotbox Events team for an amazing festival filled summer 😊