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- learndirect reveals how to work your way into the summer’s hottest events -

With the festival season kicking off this weekend, summer has finally arrived! But getting your hands on tickets for events like Glastonbury, V Festival, Live 8 or even Wimbledon, is near impossible. Glastonbury tickets sold out within three hours this year and more than two million text entries were received for the 150,000 tickets available for the Live8 concert. But what if there was a way to guarantee entry to the hottest summer gigs and events?

Every year, thousands of people are needed to work behind the scenes at the festivals. For example, of the 150,000 tickets issued this year for Glastonbury, approximately 34,000 are allocated to cover passes for those working at the festival. For those with the right skills, there are all kinds of jobs available, from on-site caterers and stewards to stylists, lighting technicians and stage-crew. So if you fancy potentially earning yourself a dream ticket, why not consider retraining for the opportunity to bag a fabulous, flexible, festival-friendly job? learndirect can offer advice on how to break into your chosen occupation and can help you find a local course to get you one step closer to the action!

Gareth Dent, head of the learndirect advice line, commented, “There are some fantastic opportunities for many to use their skills and work the festivals. While you may not be able to perform alongside your idols, learndirect can offer you advice and guidance on how to train for a variety of jobs available within a number of industries linked to the festivals and help you find a suitable, local course. And even when the festival season is over, these skills could be your ticket to a host of gigs and events throughout the year.”

So, while you are tuning into the sounds of Oasis or cheering on Henman from the comfort of your living room, why not think about whether you could use your skills to get closer to the action? learndirect has access to thousands of courses in the UK that may enable you to earn your admission to the biggest festivals. From an NVQ in catering, an HND in Theatre Sound, or a BTEC in Performing Arts, the learndirect advice line can help you make the fest of your job prospects.

Outlined below are just a handful of jobs that could potentially be your ticket to a fun, flexible job that allows you access to the hottest festivals and events around the country:

Sound Engineer
Working for a touring company can involve extensive travel. Work can be both outdoors at live concerts/gigs or in theatres.
Sound engineers can earn between £9,000 and £25,000 per year

What does it involve?

Use of specialised equipment, such as loudspeakers, amplifiers and computers, to create a sound mix and balanced sound.

Skills needed:

Responsibility for maintenance and repair of this equipment.
An interest in electronics, music and sound equipment
Computer literacy
Patience, as rehearsals can be long and arduous

Stage-hands help the performances run smoothly and so are crucial to festivals.
Full-time stagehands could earn between £10,000 and £25,000 per year.

What does it involve?

The work involves loading and unloading equipment; helping carpenters to construct and erect scenery; moving scenery, furniture and heavy equipment during performances; opening and closing curtains; operating automated stage machinery and clearing and cleaning the stage and backstage area.

Skills needed:

An interest in all aspects of theatre
Physically fit to carry scenery and props
Versatility to be able to tackle a large number and variety of jobs

Entertainer/Variety Performer
Performers are needed at a variety of outdoor events all over the country.
Part-time or occasional entertainers may earn between £50 and £200 per performance/session
Entertainers working regularly may earn between £8,000 and £30,000+

What does it involve?

Entertainers include cabaret and nightclub singers and dancers, musicians, acrobats, jugglers, contortionists, street entertainers, children's entertainers, mime artists and illusionists.

Skills needed:

Skill-up in your chosen performance areas
Outgoing, self-confident and lively
Enjoy performing in front of different types of audiences in different venues and conditions

Chefs and caterers are needed in all capacities at festivals from food stalls to VIP catering.
Chefs can earn between £9,300 and £26,000 per year

What does it involve?
Chefs are responsible for the preparation and cooking of food, using a variety of cooking techniques.
Tasks include menu planning, dealing with suppliers

Skills needed:
Ability to work under pressure and cope with multiple tasks
Desire to work as part of a team, with good communication and leadership skills
Creativity and imagination for food presentation

Make-up artist
The job can involve travelling with clients to several destinations, gigs, festivals, shows and more.
Freelance make-up artists can earn between £15,000 to £25,000 a year, according to experience and reputation.

What does the job involve?
Make-up artists apply make-up and arrange hair for presenters and performers appearing on stage. Make-up artists liaise closely with producers, directors, costume designers, hairdressers and the performers themselves.

Skills needed:
Creative imagination and strong visual sense
Have confidence and tact to suggest changes to benefit an individuals appearance
Ability to work under pressure

Most aromatherapists are self-employed, meaning that their work is flexible.
Aromatherapists earn between 15,000 and 50,000 per year

What does the job involve?
Aromatherapists use a blend of essential aromatic oils that have unique healing properties that can either improve their client's sense of well-being or treat specific medical conditions.
Aromatherapists are empolyed in the Green Fields at Glastonbury

Skills needed:
Comfortable with close contact with clients
Ability to recognise when to refer clients to a qualified medical doctor
Commercial skills to help you run a business

If you’re thinking of re-training or would like to learn new skills, then learndirect can offer advice on a range of courses. To find out everything you need to know about a festival of opportunities, from working hours to earning potential, just phone free on 0800 100 900 and speak to a trained advisor. Alternatively, visit

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For more information, contact Daniela Pinto/Jodie Long at Consolidated Communications on 0207 287 2087 or email

* According to Glastonbury website, ‘Supporting documentation to licence application for Glastonbury Festival 2002

Notes to editors

* learndirect is a registered trademark of Ufi Ltd.
* The national learning advice service offers information on almost 1 million courses from hundreds of learning providers nation-wide
* The advice line is open seven days a week from 8am to 10pm on freephone 0800 100 900.
* This information is also available online through the learndirect website at
learndirect careers advisers can give free, impartial and confidential telephone advice on learning options and funding to callers who want to develop their careers, choose a new career or get back into the workplace
* The advice line has taken over 6 million calls since 1999 from people wanting to know what they can learn and where
* learndirect advisors can also offer advice in Sylheti (08000 93 1444), Punjabi (08000 93 1333), Somali (08000 93 1555), Gujarati (08000 93 1119) and Urdu (08000 93 1118)

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