Byron Bay Bluesfest

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Thursday 2 April to Monday 6 April 2015
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Volunteer Applications

Applications to volunteer at Bluesfest 2015 are now closed.


Since opening up Bluesfest volunteering applications in November last year we have filled over 700 volunteering positions.


Thank you to all those who have applied and have had their volunteering position confirmed and also to those who have expressed interest but have unfortunately missed out (we receive thousands of applications).


All our effort now turns to the festival and organising our volunteer teams and rosters so we will not be processing/requiring/accepting any more expressions of interest to volunteer at Bluesfest 2015, including at the festival.


If you are unable to volunteer then please let us know within a respectable time prior to the festival. Simply e-mail


We are unable to ‘substitute’ people/friends into an accepted position. Applications already received (but not yet successful) will be used to fill any vacancies that arise in the weeks prior to the festival.


Applications to volunteer at Bluesfest next year will open in November. Get your application in early!



For those who have had their volunteering position at Bluesfest 2015 confirmed, below is some useful information.





·         You must have received a confirmation of your volunteering position from the Bluesfest Volunteering Department to volunteer during Bluesfest 2015 (no confirmation... no work)

·         You must be on site on Thursday 2nd April 2015, 1 hour before your first shift & ready to work. You will be notified of your start time via a registration process e-mail (in March) which will be a time between 9am & 8pm.

(Live music starts on the Thursday at 4pm so early registrations has no advantage).

An e-mail with ‘all you need to know’ will be sent to you in March (ie. who will be your ‘team assistant’ (primary contact), what to bring, where to go, when etc.).

It is important that you read and follow our instructions so that the process runs smoothly.

Noting, at a minimum, to sign on/register you’ll need;

§    Closed in shoes (no shoes... no work... no volunteering)

§    Current photo identification and a valid credit card (for your Bond)

§    To have pre-read, understand and sign the Bluesfest Operational Health & Safety policy (this will be provided to you via e-mail prior to the festival)

·         You’ll work one 5 hours shift on each day of the 5 days of the festival (25 hours total).

·         Your shifts will alternate between morning (10am-3pm), afternoon (2.30pm-7:30pm) & night (7pm-12pm) shifts each day.

·         You will be allocated your roster preference and or the same shift times/team as people/applications you have ‘linked’ with where possible.

·         Your last shift will be on Monday 6th April.

·         All volunteers are required to complete all their five shifts.

Please note that ‘during festival’ volunteers are not provided meals and the 5 hour shift is continuous (no breaks during shifts)



·         You must have your volunteering position and roster assigned from the Bluesfest Volunteering Department to volunteer pre- and/or post- Bluesfest 2015

·         You will have been notified of your work roster in February and/or March.

·         Your 25 hour work roster will fall between Monday 16th March 2015 and Thursday 2nd  April 2015 inclusive (PRE-FESTIVAL) and/or Tuesday April 7th / Wednesday April 8th (POST-FESTIVAL). The majority of pre-festival shifts will be between Sat 28th March – Wed 1st April.

·         You must have your own transportation, your own accommodation offsite, work 25 hours pre-/post-festival and be flexible with work times & days.

To sign on you’ll need;

§    Closed in shoes (no shoes... no work... no volunteering)

§    Current photo identification

§    To have pre-read, understand and sign the Bluesfest Operational Health & Safety policy (provided to you via e-mail prior to the festival)

NOTE: Pre-/Post- Festival work is long hours and hard physical work!




Volunteers are able to camp on site for a reduced rate of $170 (volunteer’s camping), however places are limited and no vehicles are allowed.

The alternative is to purchase a standard Bluesfest camping ticket. There is no free camping.

Volunteer camping is purchased through the Bluesfest Office

Volunteer camping arrival is Thursday morning, 2nd April (There is no point planning to arrive earlier (eg. Wednesday) as nothing is open, facilities may not be connected, set up is hindered)

PRE-FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERING: There is no camping pre-festival. You must have your own accommodation offsite (living local preferred).


Unfortunately volunteering camping has now sold out.

There are alternative camping options;

·         Belongil Fields 02 6680 8999,

·         Mullumbimby Leagues Club 0405 198 866,

·         Mullumbimby Showgrounds 02 6684 1128.

Shuttle buses run from these areas to the festival and return.


There is no free camping and you will need a pre-purchased ticket to camp at the festival.



Bluesfest is held on Tyagarah Tea tree Farm, located 9km north of Byron Bay township.

Volunteers are required to make their own way to the festival site via their own transport, car pooling and/or public transport. Parking is free however can be some distance from the festival site and hence adequate time should be allowed to ensure a relaxed journey and to be on-site on-time.

During the festival (only) frequent shuttle bus services to and from the festival are run to various local centres (Byron Bay, Mullumbimby, Brunswick Heads, Bangalow and Ballina) for a fee.



Volunteers get to work in a fantastic team of over 600 volunteers and contribute to the operations of Australia’s premier music event. Volunteers gain valuable experience in a number of different operational roles across the festival which is recognised by a Bluesfest Volunteering certificate that can be used as a reference to seek other work in the industry (by request). When not on shift Volunteers get free access the festival and enjoy an enviable list of international & local live music acts as well as all the other fantastic experiences the festival has to offer. Volunteers are given a souvenir water bottle at their first shift to use during the festival and receive a Bluesfest T-shirt after completing their 25 hours of volunteer work. All volunteers are part of a team of up to 40 people and is assigned a volunteer team leader/assistant who is responsible for signing you on & off shift,  getting you to and from your work site and helping you through the process. Volunteers are able to camp on site for a reduced rate of $170.

Volunteers undertaking activities approved by Bluesfest 2015 are covered under the festival’s personal accident insurance policy.



Volunteers are required to commit to a $100 bond at first sign on in the form of a manual credit card swipe.

The bond will only be charged in the event of misconduct and you are removed from the volunteer team.

A bond commitment from volunteers helps to ensure we have a secure and honest volunteer team to help run the event and minimises disruptions for all.


Good conduct;

ü  Turning up 20 - 30 mins before your shift starts, with presence & patience during team sign-on

ü  Being prepared for your shift when signing on (wearing closed shoes, fed/hydrated, post bathroom/toilet)

ü  Signing on for your shift at the correct rostered time with your nominated team leader

ü  Fulfilling your duties in the role you have been assigned too, staying at your post at all times during your shift and/or following provided instructions

ü  Signing off at the end of your 5 hour shift without delay with your assigned team leader (not before or sometime after)

ü  Always adhering to Bluesfest volunteering process, conditions, Operational Health & Safety policy and the law

ü  Having fun, interacting & enjoying the festival!

As volunteers work together as a team and are experienced, misconduct is rare and easily identified. In a nut shell, if volunteering at Bluesfest doesn’t sound good to you we recommend you simply purchase a ticket and have a great time!



If you are unable to volunteer then please let us know within a respectable time prior to the festival (mid-March) so that we can back-fill your position. Simply e-mail

Unreasonable last minute cancellations and/or not showing after accepting a volunteering position may hinder prospects of volunteering in future years.



         Our primary communication to volunteers is via e-mail.


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