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Volunteer operation will weather Glasto absence

Infrastructure News
18 March 2018
Sandy Reid

A COMPANY that provides volunteers to festivals says it can ride out the absence of Glastonbury (cap. 140,000) this summer, having grown by about three events per year since it was founded 10 years ago.

Festaff Event Staffing now works with 19 festivals plus the six concerts at the 65,000 capacity British Summer Time (BST), according to founder Sandy Reid. He says it expects to provide 3,000 volunteers to customers this summer including Creamfields (70,000), Oxford and Southampton’s Common People (25,000) and Standon Calling (15,000).

“We usually work with festivals when they reach a certain size,” says Reid. “My advice to young events is handle the volunteer programme yourself because you don’t want to spend money on things you can’t afford. We come in after about five years when with the need to manage volunteers and other tasks mean a festival might be losing focus.”

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