Working at Leeds Festival

As some of you may already know, I do a fair bit of event work, which started out as volunteering but I now end up doing paid event work across the UK.

However, this was my first time at a ‘major’ festival, but I still decided to see if I could get a job. In the end, I worked for Hotbox Events as a Zone Supervisor, supervising a team of around 10 volunteers each day. I worked the Early shift which was 9-5, Wednesday through to Monday, giving me enough time to grab something to eat after my shift, then head out to watch the bands.


I managed to finish a little early on the Tuesday, giving me enough time to. I decided to offer directions to my father, which was probably not the best option looking back, since I made us miss the turning. Anyway, we eventually navigated ourselves to the Blue Gate, through a farm/barn area, and down a track, which eventually led to a big open field for parking; conveniently placed right next to the Hotbox Events volunteer/staff compound!

Leeds Festival Blue Gate Production

I arrived on-site at Leeds Festival on the Tuesday night, with just enough time to get my tent setup before the 7pm briefing for volunteers & staff.


Leeds Festival 2014 Weekend Arena Crew wristband

Two wristbands – one to get me into the staff compound, with the other allowing me access to the crew area and rest of the festival. Here are a couple of photos showing our staff compound and the crew/production area of Leeds Festival.




My shift on Wednesday started at 9am.

After I finished, I figured I’d go for a wander to see how the production crew were getting on setting up the main stage at Leeds Festival. By Wednesday evening, here’s how it looked. Still quite a bit to be done, but it seemed to be all hands on deck!

Leeds Festival Main Arena Stage 2014

Shortly after, I decided to head over and grab myself some food. Here’s my first ever plate of ‘festival food’.

Leeds Festival 2014 Crew Catering food

Followed by a few more pics of the early birds!

Leeds Festival 2014 Piccadilly Circus

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By Friday, the Leeds Festival Main Arena/Stage had opened up, with the first acts appearing.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were the first act I managed to see after my shift.

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Blink 182

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Saturday night ended up in the Dance tent. Annie Mac, Wilkinson, Gorton City, finishing off with a live performance by Netsky.



The Arctic Monkeys were the main headliner of this year’s Leeds Festival, so I had to get there early to get a good spot and work my way forward.




I’m by no means an alcoholic, but managed to come away with just over 110 cans of various beers and ciders that festival-goers had left behind!

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It was a weird feeling leaving Bramham Park after having spent nearly a week on-site, but I was glad to be back home in the comfort of a proper bed!