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What it’s like running a business in an industry you love! – The Festaff Story with Sandy Reid Featured

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15 years ago Sandy Reid was set the task of rounding up a handful of volunteers to help out at T in the Park Festival, and Festaff was born. Fast forward to today and over 26,000 people are on the Festaff database, with 5,000 plus volunteers placed across over 35 events up and down the UK each year.

With events now including Glastonbury, Bestival, Download, Isle of Wight and many more Festaff offers both music fans the ideal way to cheaply enjoy music festivals and give something back, whilst providing organisers with staffing solutions without which the music festivals simply couldn’t run!

We caught up with the man himself, Sandy Reid, to see how he built his dream and what it means for you music fans…



3 Top Tips from Sandy

Getting a job in the music industry is about getting yourself out there

Sandy’s dream job has evolved over the years and came about almost by a chance meeting; “my break came from a gig in Dundee; I got speaking to a guy at the back and he just happened to be the guy promoting the event. I went to see him the next day – and the day after I was selling t-shirts out the back of a van and everything’s stemmed from there!”

That man was Stuart Clumpas (founder of T in the Park), and Sandy was quickly asked to round up some friends to help steward the fledgling festival… However it’s not all luck “if you go to enough gigs, maybe it’ll happen… it’s one of those things I say to bands, keep turning up and you’ll find your audience.”


The passion for music never dies!

You might think that working at music festivals all year round would mean your excitement would start to wane… but according to Sandy when your job is your passion, you can never have too much of a good thing! “I probably spend more on music now than I ever did before! I would love to go to every festival and I try to cram them all in… but my love of music; that grows by the day!”


Advice for volunteers

With nearly 2 decades in the game Sandy knows what makes a good volunteer, and simply put it’s someone who’s willing to get stuck in with a good attitude for fun; “be up for it, be proactive, that’s all we ask. It’s pretty straightforward stuff; its wristbanding, stewarding it’s talking to people. Come with a smile on your face”.

And the rewards of volunteering is far greater than just a free ticket – there’s a great community and group of friends around it too; “some people want to save money, some people want that little back-stage peak, some people want to feel part of the event, and some people just enjoy it; they just love interacting with other people!”

Finding new groups of friends is a massive attraction of volunteering; “we get a lot of people who are nervous about coming on their own to begin with. What we find is the first year they come on their own, then they keep coming back year on year with more and more of their friends they make each time.”


If you fancy attending music festivals for free, meeting amazing like-minded people, and ultimately being an integral part of the festival itself – check out the Festaff website now, we can't recommend it more highly! 

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