The Sidmouth Folk Festival
29th July – 5th August 2022
We are delighted to be involved in the planning of a full Sidmouth Folk Festival for the first week of August 2022. Sincere thanks to everyone who has supported the festival over the last year or two, and for your feedback on how you’re looking forward to the next festival.
Much has changed since our last full live festival and we’ll be doing everything possible to ensure your comfort and safety, with well-ventilated venues, plenty of fresh air and adherence to any current guidance.
Depending on which team and how many days you are available, will determine how many hours you are asked to help as a volunteer steward. Most volunteers come for the whole week to get the most out of the festival. This involves helping for approximately 35-45 hours throughout the week in return for access to events when off shift*. If you can’t commit to the whole week, opportunities to get involved may still be available.
*Please note admittance to events is subject to space available and does not include Ham evening concerts.
This years festival volunteering teams will be as follows:
Admin Office – provide accurate and timely financial data. Experience in banking/accountancy/mathematics helpful.
All Saints Hall –Staffing fire exits, cleaning between events, checking and selling tickets, following H&S/evacuation procedures when and if necessary.
Anchor Gardens – Assist bands entrance and exit to the venue and stage, introduce bands. Good time keeping required, keep note of approx. audience attendance. Lunch Times and afternoons only.
Artist Housekeeping and General Admin – Facilitate self-catering accommodation for artists, change bed linen and general help in office eg photocopying artist info packs.
Artists Liaison – Roves all the concert and ceilidh venues checking all is well, passing on information and dealing with artists’ needs.
Artists Reception – Responsible for meeting and greeting artists as they arrive, dealing with their queries through the week. This team will be situated at Sidmouth College in 2022
Artists Liaison Transport – Collecting and returning artists from station or airport and between their accommodation and venues. – a clean driving licence with D1
category and motor insurance cover for business is required.
Betsy’s Lounge – Late night chill venue. Selling/checking tickets, manning fire exits, managing queues, following H&S/evacuation procedures when and if necessary.
Blackmore Bar- Set up, run and dismantle bar in Blackmore Marquee. Blackmore Dance Marquee -Staffing fire exits, cleaning between events, checking and selling
tickets, following H&S/evacuation procedures when and if necessary.
Bulverton Venue – Staffing fire exits, cleaning between events, checking and selling tickets, following H&S/evacuation procedures when and if necessary. Includes Car Park duties.
Bulverton Car Park – Manage car park, sell tickets, liaise with Bulverton VM for assistance.
Campsite Box Office – Issuing the correct Festival Passes & Wristbands and deal with ticketing enquiries
Campsite Team – Welcome and site campers into the right areas of the site. Check wristbands and passes
on the gates, make sure fire lanes are kept clear.
CD Sales – The Ham – Selling CD’s and artist merchandise at specific times during the week.
Children’s Festival – Support artists and workshop leaders within one of the childrens’ venues working the same time slots each day throughout the week. Collecting and helping with the Torchlight Procession on the last day.
Collections – To go where things are happening with a collecting tin to actively raise money for the festival.
Festival Box Office – Checking pre-booked ticket confirmations and issuing the correct Festival Passes and event tickets to customers. A good knowledge of the town and festival is preferable.
Kennaway House/Cellar – Managing queues, ticket checking, setting the room, moving chairs and tables.
Manor Pavilion & Arts Centre – Staff doors, check tickets and set room and liaise with artist and MC’s.
Merchandise – Sell official Festival Merchandise, take a pride in the display of goods. Accuraterecord keeping of sales.
Methodist Complex – Staff doors, check tickets and set room and liaise with artist and MC’s
Processions Team – Help with organising the Morris/dance teams at processions and other events programmed around the town during the week.
Royal Glen – Staff doors, check tickets and set room and liaise with artist and MC’s
Rugby Club- Staff doors, check tickets and set room and liaise with artist and MC’s
Scout Hut – Staff doors, check tickets and set room and liaise with artist and MC’s.
Site Art Team – Looking after the install and then derig of the site art across the Festival. Bring new ideas to the festival in regard ‘site vibing’ and enhancements across the sites.
Site Maintenance – A team that can solve problems as they go. Much of the work is physically demanding and outdoors.
Site & Tech Build/Derig Team – Combination of Site Team and Tech Setup Team to assist with the build and derig of the festival. Much of the work is physically
demanding and outdoors.
St Teresa’s Hall – Staff doors, check tickets and set room and liaise with artist and MC’s
Tech Operations Team – Provide technical support (sound, lighting and stage management) Requires experienced sound engineers familiar with digital desks, and lighting people with some experience of stage lighting.
The Ham – Staff doors, check tickets and clean venue and food court and manage performers parking.
Woodlands Hotel – Staff doors. check tickets, set room between preformances and liase with artists and MC’s