On behalf of the Workers’ Beer Company (“WBC”), the Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council (“WB&DTUC”) organises teams of local trade unionists to work on bars at music festivals to raise our funds for our campaigning work.
Over the last 17 summers, WB&DTUC volunteers have raised £35,000 by working at around 60 festivals. In summer 2015, £2,000 was raised. WB&DTUC itself gets £7/hour for each worker, from the Workers' Beer Company. This income is spent by WB&DTUC on trade union campaigning.
For places at festivals, WB&DTUC has to apply in March 2016 – so it’s not too early to put your name down for Glastonbury and/or Latitude 2016.
Watch the server guide video here to see what it's all about.
- No experience needed.
- If you offer to volunteer to be in the team, you must definitely be available
To work shifts on a bar serving pints, for every day of the festival
- Shifts are between 4 and 8 hours
- Shift times vary: volunteers should expect to work 3 late shifts over a 5 day event, and 2 late night shifts over a 3 day event
- The rest of the time you can enjoy the festival with the other volunteers
Tips are shared communally.
You'll also need a tent, though WB&DTUC does have some spares
What volunteers get
- free entry to a festival (which would cost often £200+)
- 2 meal vouchers for each day on which the volunteer is rostered to work, which may be exchanged in the canteen located in WBC/EBC Camping Village.
- 2 drink vouchers for staff to exchange at the end of their shift at an agreed WBC/EBC outlet.
- subsidised bar, open after hours
- secure camping with hot showers and flush toilets
- prior to their first shift in the bar, all volunteers get on-site training of bar operation and Health & Safety
- rest breaks during working hours, to be taken during ‘off peak’ times in conjunction with Tent management – 20mins if working up to 6 hours, 30mins if rostered for longer.
Over the last few years everyone who applied for a festival worked it – apart from Glastonbury, which is always the most popular. There is an agreement to run the main eight bars at Glastonbury until 2017. There will be no 2018 Glastonbury festival.
Due to the popularity of these events, there is no 100% guarantee of a full allocation of all the places requested.
Volunteers should know one way or another about a month before each event.
WB&DTUC only recruits local trade unionists prepared to support its aims and campaigns.
Dates required to travel/be onsite = Tuesday 21 June through Monday 27 June
Days onsite = 7
Volunteers are required to work a shift of 4 to 8 hours per day of the event.
Travel to Glastonbury site by free coach.
Tickets for the general public were sold out weeks ago, but as bar workers the TUC will have tickets) but there is much more chance of getting place at other festivals so don't be too disappointed, but apply anyway.
Latitude festival 2016 (on Suffolk's Sunshine coast)
Dates required to travel/be onsite = Wednesday 13 July through Monday 18 July
Days onsite = 6
WB&DTUC teams have worked the festival for the last 5 years. It’s an excellent smaller, arty festival.
Car share from Wolverhampton to & from the festival.
Free to the beach!
Leeds Festival: WBC no longer runs bars at Leeds.
If interested in working at festivals, the following information must be supplied to Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council
- full name
- mobile number
- e-mail address (information is only sent out by e-mail)
- passport style, head & shoulders photograph in. jpeg format (preferably 640x480)
- date of birth: must be over 18 years of age to serve alcohol
- a contact number in case of emergency
- confirmation of the “right to volunteer”, as per UK Border Agency guidelines
- name of the trade union of which a member (only trade union members are eligible to apply). A reference may be sought from that trade union.
Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council
PO Box 2917
07538 045 376