Sounds From The Other City

Volunteer at SFTOC

Volunteer at SFTOC 2016
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There are opportunities to work in a wide variety of roles, ranging from site set-up, artist liaison, wristband exchange, accreditation and the all-important site clear-up! You must be over 18 to apply.All our volunteers are a vital part of running the event and work alongside the core SFTOC Team. Most roles take place on Saturday 2nd May but some could involve lending an extra hand in our set-up and take-down days.

We love our volunteers and we aim to ensure you are all well supported and briefed by our team and receive good breaks to enjoy the festival, a fun and friendly atmosphere, some free food and drink and an SFTOC T-shirt.

PLEASE NOTE: You will be required to come to a volunteer briefing at Islington Mill on Monday 20th April before you can work on the festival, even if you have volunteered with us before. If you’re unable to make it, please contact our Volunteer Manager, Becca, at


The roles are:

Gates and Wristband Exchange: Wristband Exchange is the first part of SFTOC that our audience experience and is perfect if you love to engage with people. You are the welcoming face of the festival and will be meeting and greeting over 500 people as they arrive at the festival. No skills required, just happy faces under a tiny bit of pressure.

Artist Accreditation and Liaison: There are a multitude of roles involved here from assisting the Artist Liaison Manager to make sure all artists are happy, welcomed and know where to go across the site, to assisting the crew caterer to ensure each and every artist has the best day possible.

Stewarding: This is one of the most important roles. You’re the people on the ground and the eyes and ears of the festival. This role suits informative, enthusiastic people who love seeing people have the best time. Within this role you will be flexible to a multitude of jobs from guiding people around the site, to handing out souvenirs, to assisting some performances to litter picking and everything in between. A true festival role.

Art Direction Support: In this role you’ll be helping to connect all of our venues and festival areas by supporting our festival art directors, M3 Industries. You’ll need to be good with yours hands and physically capable of working with staging and props, able to follow direction and be a creative troubleshooter where necessary. This role will mean helping on the set up day (or days) in the lead up to the big event and potentially with packing it down afterwards.

Technical and Stage Support: Working with our Audio and AV teams, you will be assisting the stage technician and stage manager for one of the stages to ensure everything runs smoothly and that all performances take place on time. Roles can include everything from setting up kit to moving fencing and finding performers. A can do attitude is essential for this and some previous experience is required.

Set Up & Pack Down: Want to get a real sense of what it takes to put on a festival? This is the role for you! In the two days leading up to the event and the day after, we require hands to turn various parts of the site into a music festival and back again. This is where the real magic happens; be prepare to be lugging furniture, clearing the site, painting stuff, moving stuff and generally being on hand to help the Sounds team get everything ready. Creative Hands are also encouraged as we do a fair few bits to animate the space and ‘Soundsify’ it. Just check off your availability if you want to help out!

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