Volunteering at Boomtown 2016

Lil aftermovie from my phone for me and my pals to remember this whacky weekend

Hi, me again another 6 months after my previous post as usual. I’d apologise as always but I think we’ve all pretty much accepted the fact that I’m not a ‘good’ blogger anymore, so I’m just gonna put that out there, but I do miss it so here I am – I’m just simply awful at time managing.

So 6-7 months ago (lols sorry I know, what am I like), me, Jake and my best friend Kat decided to volunteer at Boomtown festival as stewards, we started looking into it because we’d wanted to go really badly all summer but just could not afford a ticket, and volunteering actually seemed to be a good deal. There are two ways to volunteer with Boomtown, either through Oxfam or the festival itself – at the time we didn’t know very much about stewarding with Oxfam so we decided to go with the festival (we know a lot more now and have since volunteered with Oxfam at Bestival 2016 – and are applying for a handful for 2017).

The deal for volunteering to work at Boomtown (with the festival itself) is you work 3 x 8 hour shifts, and the rest of your time is free to do whatever you wish, you also get 3 food vouchers for when you are on shift for various vendors around the site, and access to a staff only bar in Mayfair. When you’re applying there’s a form where you can fill in your friend’s details that you are applying with and Boomtown try their hardest to put you on the same shifts patterns and in the same roles. You also get to select which roles you’re most interested in working, these include – gate, wristband, general stewarding, fire towers etc. We selected gate, wristband and stewarding. We got emails either the same day or the day after saying our application had been confirmed (we applied a month in advance, but we know people that have applied literally the day or so before and got it, on the same shifts as friends too).

When you arrive at Boomtown on Wednesday (one day earlier than the rest of the festival) you have to enter via a volunteer entrance and get signed in, get given your goody bags etc. (a tote with a Boomtown book, map, mug, bottle opener, lanyard and maybe some other things I don’t totally remember) and a sheet with your shifts on. We got pretty lucky with our shifts, we had to work:

Thursday 3.45PM-12AM (but we got off around 10PM as we were on wristband and gate and everything was closed up) so we looked around the festival until music stopped at midnight
Friday OFF 
Saturday 3.45PM-12AM (on standby in the volunteer marquee, ended up stewarding a Maisie Williams talk, a tightrope walker show and a gate a top the hill by Sector 6 stage), the festival finished at 4AM that night so still got to go and party
Sunday OFF
Monday 7.45AM-4PM (on standby in the volunteer marquee, ended up stewarding volunteer gate, leaving gate and around the site helping people leave)

So for a free festival ticket and all of that time off how can you complain? However, Boomtown is such a huge festival, so we did feel like we missed out on a lot even though we still saw SO much. We loved the whacky world of Boomtown so much we bought 1st release tickets to 2017 as we don’t want to feel like we missed out again… Overall the volunteering experience was so much fun, even if we got a bit agitated and bored working sometimes, it was all worth it – and the Boomtown volunteer team are just so lovely, I can’t praise them enough for how safe and comfortable they made us all feel, and how much fun we had working. I would recommend anyone debating doing it to 100% just go for it.

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