Thursday, 28 August 2014

Working a Festival Season - 2014

You're probably sick to death of hearing about festivals this summer, but bear with me. This post is not intended to be about festival fashion, bands reviews or anything else along those lines but an overview of my personal lifestyle this summer. Despite being a partial lifestyle blog, I don't really feel like I share enough about myself, how I make a living or what I regularly do with my spare time on here. So as we come to the end of festival season, I thought I'd change that. You're most likely to find out about snippets of my life through my Instagram, where I post snapshots of my everyday life and what I'm up to, so going forwards if you'd like to know more then feel free to follow me there. But for now, I'm going to give a little update through this post.

working festival season
I left my fashion digital marketing and PR job back in November 2013 to go off and spend some time snowboarding in the Swiss and French Alps, ventured off to Thailand for 2 months to relax before starting a summer packed with hard work but lots of fun too. Josh is Operations & Logistics Manager for Headphone Disco, a large silent disco company based here in the UK and over in America too. The summer is a really busy time for the company, with loads of festival bookings both here and in the US. I work for Josh as event manager on site, assisting with the logistics of setting up on site plus managing the staff and the shows themselves. It's hard work, but an amazing opportunity and I get to see some really cool festivals, plus everything that goes on backstage too! I've also been lucky enough to DJ to an 800 strong crowd at Boardmasters festival, which has to be one of my highlights of the summer. It's such a crazy feeling to be up on stage and hear all those people singing along and dancing to your set.

UK festivals
I've been lucky enough to attend 10 festivals in total this summer, including a couple as a customer instead of working. 10 festivals across the summer, mostly between mid-June and the end of August, is quite a lot to squeeze in so I've been a bit of a nomad, living in a tent from site to site. It's not the most glamorous of jobs, but the perks definitely outweigh the slightly less attractive elements!

UK lifestyle blog
My top working highlights of the summer 2014 festival season have been:
- AAA at Creamfields festival plus an Artist wristband meant we were able to bump into 2/3rds of Swedish House Mafia backstage, plus catch glimpses of Paul Van Dyk, Paul Oakenfold, Skream and watch my favourite dance act, Above & Beyond, play from the very same stage they were performing on
- DJing to 800 festival goers on the Sunday night of Boardmasters festival, as mentioned above
- Managing a 5,000 capacity tent at Creamfields for the World's biggest Headphone Disco!
- Getting to know and spending time with some amazing people, most of whom have worked for us over the past couple of months

If you're interested in seeing what the Creamfields Headphone Disco was like, take a look at the video below :)


I've had the best time over the last few months, travelling around the country with Josh and doing everything we've done couldn't have been much better [vom alert]. This might be the only chance in my life to cram this many festival in one summer, next year I might well be back in a full time, regular hours, job so might not have the time, holiday leave or ability to move around as freely as this year. I wanted to write this to give a little bit more of an insight into my personal life, my current job and the experiences I've had, for you guys to get to know me a little more - but I also wanted to document it for myself. Writing this will keep it documented online, remind me what I've achieved so far this year and the amazing opportunities, experiences and time I've had.

As for now, festival season 2014 is now over for us. We're heading to Southampton for Josh's sister's wedding this week where I'm a bridesmaid so that's exciting! They're having a festival themed wedding, so there's still really one festival to go but we'll be able to properly enjoy it and celebrate with family and friends! Following that, we'll be taking our Headphone Disco kit on a 3 week tour of the UK Student's Union venues and clubs, for fresher's week in September, then heading off for another winter of travel to South East Asia, NZ and Australia. After that, who knows.

5 comments:

  1. Wow! Erm, can I have your life please? I can't believe 'festivaling' is your job? I love that idea. I mean I'm sure it has its cons, as any job, but come on, that is so cool.
    I sit at a desk all day scheduling & marketing promos for TV. Zzzzzz. Can we swap jobs? Haha! And you got to DJ too? Awesome.
    I left my job to go off travelling too, but somehow ended back in it 18 months later. Haha. But I'm looking for something new, maybe I'll venture down the path of (... I want to say Silent Disco's but not sure people would understand) events! :) Really glad I found your blog
    x tink x
    allabouttink.co.uk

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  2. Omg can I have your life, what an incredible summer. You're living the dream girl :)

    Sophie x

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  3. This sounds absolutely amazing and it's so great that you can make a living from something so exciting, even if it's just for one summer.

    I've found myself panicking if I find myself leaning to more than one festival a year because of work constraints so I think you're quite right to take the opportunity while you can.

    Unfortunately I didn't manage to make it to any festivals this summer, which will be a first for the last five years so I guess I'm really envious because of that too. Still, it's so wonderful to really take what life has given you and go for it. Djing for that many people sounds nothing short of awesome.

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  4. What an amazing job/summer! It looks like so much fun and you're totally right, best to make the absolute most of it while you can! I've never actually managed to get to a festival but it is HIGH on my to-do list for summer 2015 haha

    Bxx
    b-jolly.co.uk

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  5. This post is amazing!
    Keep in touch xoxo :)

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