5 European Festivals to Volunteer at this Summer

5 European Festivals to Volunteer at this Summer

I thought I’d follow up on 3 Summer Music Festivals in America Looking for Volunteers with something similar in Europe. Typically the rewards of volunteering at a festival are a free ticket and better camping away from the common riff raff that paid to get in.



Volunteer to work at the Spraoi FestivalSpraoi Festival

Waterford, Ireland. July 30 to Aug 1
Started in 1993 this street theatre and outdoor music festival attracts over 80,000 visitors to Waterford. Though the festival is free many volunteers donate their time simply to enjoy the craic. Volunteer roles include crowd control, act liaison and construction.

Lorient Interceltic Festival

Lorient, France. August 6 to 15
Cities and towns in Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall, the Isle of Man, Brittany, Galicia and Asturias take turns to host this festival celebrating music from the Celtic fringes of Europe. This year it’s the Bretons that will welcome headline band the Cranberries. Volunteers are needed for ten days and housing is provided. Along with other jobs, fluent English and Spanish speakers are wanted as interpreters.

Oya Festival

Oslo, Norway. August 11 to 14
As I know one (swear) word in Norwegian it is a little difficult to summarize the requirements for volunteers. Distribution, pizza and burgers play a part somewhere, ‘bar’ I’m guessing means the same in Norwegian as it does in English and there is mention of the Delta Force. Acts include The xx, MIA, Miike Snow, La Roux, Casiokids, Yeasayer, Marina & the Diamonds, The Gaslight Anthem, Air, Paul Weller, Iggy and the Stooges, and a load of people who I’m sure are very famous in Norway.

Spirit of Burgas

Burgas, Bulgaria. August 13 to 15
In its third year, this festival is set on the beach. Acts include The Prodigy, Unkle and pioneering DJ, Grandmaster Flash. Volunteers should be over 18 and speak English to work as stewards, receptionists, campsite assistants, back-stage assistants and artists hosts.

Electric Picnic

Loais, Ireland. Sept 3 to 5
Festival volunteers can see Leftfield play at Electric Picnic in IrelandVolunteer positions are awarded on a first come first serve basis and a limited number of ‘Advancer’ and ‘Weekender’ positions have become available to replace cancellations. Advancer and Weekender volunteers work 4 x 6 hour or 3 x 8 hour shifts. Comprehensive details and application forms are available online. The line up for 2010 includes Leftfield, The Horrors, Massive Attack, LCD Soundsystem, Eels, Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip, Fight Like Apes, Mumford & Sons, Seasick Steve and The Fall.

Image courtesy _CitizenKane_

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. eva

    Can I get the information about how to join as a volunteer, I am an Asian, living in Indonesia. Thanks for the information

    1. Hi Eva, this information is two years old now but – assuming each of these festivals is running this year – the first place to start is on the ‘Volunteers’ pages of the festival websites.

      To start you off, information on volunteering at the Electric Picnic in 2012 can be found at http://electricpicnic.ie/volunteers

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