I was a well-seasoned member of the Festival Crew last year and was lucky enough to get to work at Download, Latitude and Reading.

It was hard graft. I worked the early shift and helped put loads of stock out and serve customers on the till – I lost count of how many meal deals I sold!

There’s a really good induction before you crack on, but I was terrified that I was going to get something wrong. I’d never worked in a store before, so it was all completely alien to me.

You really bond with the colleagues you work with. I think they could tell I was a bit nervous because I had people on my shift coming up to me saying ‘come and stand next to me and I’ll look after you’.

The people I met inspired me to apply for the other festivals after Download. Mucking in with colleagues from Insurance, Funeralcare and Life Planning and other areas of Food was great and we still keep in touch – it’s like being part of a little club.

I’d never been to a festival before, so it was great that I got to wander around during my break and after I finished at 3pm. I got to see The Killers and they were amazing, my favourite act by far.

I was so happy to read that we’re doing it all again this year, and that our pop-up shop is going to be at even more festivals, including Glastonbury.

I’d work at all of them if I could. You have such a laugh with colleagues and customers, it was like nothing I’d ever done before.

Make sure you apply by Wednesday 10 April. Who knows, maybe we’ll end up doing the conga down the aisles together.

Andrew Donkin
Technical Manager and 2018 Festival Crew member

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  1. I had to double take then – front page news! Couldn’t agree more Andy, hard work but what a way to bring colleagues from across the departments and the country together. Hope to see you and the rest of the crew at one of the many pop up shops again this year. Hat embellishing services may be provided.

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