Byron Bay Bluesfest

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Volunteer Applications

Volunteers are such an important part of making Bluesfest such a special event.

Bluesfest needs highly motivated, energetic & enthusiastic volunteers, aged 18 years and over, to assist with festival operations, both for pre-festival setup and during festival operations.

If you have a passion for working as part of a team in a dynamic, outdoor, festival environment, you are interested in music, event management and the environment, and have something special to contribute to Australia’s premier music event then you should apply to volunteer at Bluesfest 2015 for an amazing experience that will have you wanting to come back year after year!


Please read, understand & agree to the following conditions before applying;



DURING FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERING: You must be available for the duration of Bluesfest 2015 over the Easter long weekend, from Thursday 2nd April 2015 until Monday 6th April 2015 inclusive and work 25 hours, one 5 hours shift on each of the 5 days of the festival which will alternate daily between morning (10am-3pm), afternoon (2.30pm-7:30pm) & night (7pm-12pm) shifts.

PRE-FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERING: You must be available to work during the day between  Wednesday 18th March 2015 and Wednesday 1st April 2015 inclusive, have your own transportation, your own accommodation offsite, work 25 hours pre-festival and be flexible with work times & days (living local preferred).

75% of positions (~100): Monday 30th March – Wednesday 1st April




You must be over 18 at the time of the festival to be a volunteer. There is no upper age limit although you will need to be relatively fit as you will be in the elements, working multiple back to back days, there is a lot of walking involved & some roles can be quite physically demanding.


For your application to be successful you must;

  •     Be able to work in a team with energy and enthusiasm
  •    Be friendly, flexible & patient
  •    Have a temperament to help and be mindful of others
  •    Be committed
  •    Be healthy and have a good level of fitness (volunteering at Bluesfest is very physically demanding)
  •    Be reliable, punctual and have a mature work ethic
  •    Have a current & valid visa (if not an Australian resident)
  •    Be accepting & compliant with Bluesfest volunteering process, conditions and Health & Safety policy
  •    Be over 18


We literally received thousands of applications with only limited places to fill so not every application will be successful.

You will be notified if your application is successful  via e-mail when we’ll be seeking your acceptance and commitment to being a volunteer at Bluesfest 2015!

Your application is kept on record and activated when a position becomes available so acceptance of an application can occur any time between November 2012 right up to the start festival.



DURING FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERING: 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.

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



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 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 to 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 are assigned a volunteer team leader/assistant who is responsible for signing volunteers on & off shift escorting volunteers to and from their work site and helping volunteers through the process. 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 at the camp site (the alternative is to purchase a standard Bluesfest camping ticket).

Please note that Volunteers are not provided with meals and the 5 hour shift is continuous (no breaks during shifts during the festival).

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



You will be required to commit to a $100 bond as a volunteer when you sign on for your first shift 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 us all.


Good conduct;

  •   Turning up 15 - 30 mins before your shift starts
  •   Being prepared for your shift when signing on (wearing closed shoes, fed/hydrated, post bathroom/toilet)
  •   Signing on for your shift at the correct rostered time with your team leader
  •   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.
  •   Signing off at the end of your 5 hour shift without delay with your team leader (not before or sometime after)
  •   Always adhering to Bluesfest volunteering process, conditions, Health & Safety policy and the law
  •  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 then simply purchase a ticket and have a great time!




We will do our best to match your experience, skills & talents to the tasks at hand however you may be required to perform one or varying roles when volunteering during the festival (one 5 hour continuous shifts per day, alternating daily between either a morning (10am-3pm), afternoon (2.30pm-7:30pm)  or night (7pm-12pm) shift.)

         Office administration – Helping with office administration duties, assisting with Vollie HQ cloak room, Vollie HQ cleanliness & maintenance & assisting vollie team leaders around the Vollie HQ.

         Re-stocking of bar fridges – Under instruction from the Bar Managers, carrying stock from cool room containers into bar areas and ensuring bar fridges and ice baths are stocked at all times

         Media assistant– Assisting with co-ordination of media staff.

         Disability Services assistant – Working with Disability Services to provide assistance to people with disabilities as required.

         Production assistants – assisting back-stage with production operations.

         Merchandise assistant – stacking, folding, re-stocking and assistance with merchandise sales.

         Information booths – Provide information to festival attendees at the Information Booth(s).

         Kids club assistant – Monitor, entertain and provide assistance to children at the KidzClub

         Cloakroom assistant – Assist in the running of the festival Cloakroom. Tagging, retrieving and storing of bags etc.

         Customer feedback/surveys – Engage with festival attendees and collect customer feedback information via survey forms

         Crowd and bus guidance – Assist with guiding festival attendees coming to and from the festival

         Traffic guidance – Assist with guiding festival traffic coming to and from the festival

         Parking assistants – Assist with guiding festival traffic in parking areas

         Camping assistants – Assist with co-ordinating festival campers ingress

         Water & coffee stall assistant – Assist with operations of water stalls and coffee shops

         Gates assistant – Assist at the festival gates, checking wristbands, bag inspections etc

         Catering assistant – Assist in the catering kitchen, dish dashing & food preparation

         Recycling & Food Hall assistant – Assist festival waste management contractors with festival recycling and festival cleanliness

         Signage/décor assistant– Assist with festival signage and décor in VIP areas.


Pre-festival work is generally very physically demanding and requires you to be of a fit/athletic build & ready to get in a work hard. You must have your own transportation, your own accommodation offsite, work 25 hours pre-festival and be flexible with work times & work days (living local preferred).

The days are usually 8 hours+ and are generally concentrated in the 4-5 days before the festival starts (Sat 28th March – Wed 1st April).


         Bars stock load-in

         Catering/Kitchen stock & equipment load -in

         Décor load-in

         Dressing rooms load-in

         Production scaffolding construction

         Production site set-up and maintenance

         Stage hand labour

         Site: Food hall table construction

         Volunteer HQ



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So if this all sounds good to you then submit your application and I hope to see you at Bluesfest 2015!



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