the heart of Solfest is the people.

Solfest is on the lookout for enthusiastic people to perform a variety of different roles to get Solfest 2021 up and running.


Is Art is your thing? Join our Site Art & Decor Team.


Got the gift of the gab? Be part of our PR Team.

Fancy yourself a handy(wo)man? Help build and/or break down the festival site with the Build and Break team.

We have loads of other roles to fill too, click the link to see everything available.

Some of the benefits of volunteering are free weekend crew ticket, free/discounted children's tickets, free meals, crew camping, crew social area + more.

Volunteering faq

Pr Team Info

PR Team members to help spread the magic of Solfest throughout the North of England and beyond . Involving putting up posters, handing out flyers, talking to folk – this will give you the opportunity to get into a number of gigs and festivals in return for helping out.

crew catering Info

Don't want to deal with the Great British public? You'll only be helping the crew. This runs through build and break and over the weekend of the festival. You will be required to help the Chef with the preparation and service of 3 meals a day.

Build & Break Info

Working on the construction and deconstruction of the event – this includes but is not limited to painting, constructing stages, marking campsites, road building, erecting and dismantling marquees, creating car parks, fencing the arena and perimeter. It is physically taxing and may involve the use of power tools. We’ll be camping on site from just over a week before until about five days after the festival itself but you’d be welcome to join us on any of the days. You will be provided with the necessary tools for any work you’ll be doing, but if you want to bring your own tools to help you then please do, they will be your responsibility to keep safe over your time on site. You will also have access to some transport to local towns during your stay on site. Build and Break Volunteers dont work over the festival weekend so this is a great way to see the whole festival.


Early Bird Stewards - 3 x 6-hour shifts between Monday and Thursday Stewards – 3 x 6-hour shifts from Friday morning Venue Stewards– 3 x 6-hour shifts from Friday morning Traffic – 3 x 6-hour shifts from Friday morning till Monday morning Crew Catering – 3 x 6-hour shifts from 17th Aug till 5th Sept Info tent — 2 x 8-hour shifts Photography — 500 images Artist Liaison – 3 x 6-hour shifts from Friday morning Driving – 3 x 6-hour shifts from Friday morning PR Team – 18 hours before festival Build and Break –at least 4 days work in total between the 17th Aug – 5th Sept (excluding the duration of the festival between 12 noon on the 28th to the morning of the 31st ) All other volunteering roles are subject to discussion with the Solfest team.


Sleeping bag and roll mat or any other bedding Tent Waterproofs Wellies or waterproof boots Sun cream and a hat Plate, cutlery, cup for your meals Fancy dress – the theme will be announced soon! Midge repellent Food (you need enough to keep you happy and well fed the rest of the time and snacks for while you are on shift)* Camping cookers are allowed *There will be several bars and food stalls on site so don’t forget to bring some pennies!

Venue stewardingInfo

This is an artist, crew and public facing role. It involves stewarding the backstage entrance, stewarding the venues sited within the inner arena area. You will need patience, a diplomatic and assertive attitude and must be comfortable dealing with a high pressure environment.

Traffic Management Info

This is an active role that requires directing site traffic towards backstage areas and public towards their car park/ live in field. You will also be responsible for keeping the fire lanes clear.


We would love for you to be able to do shifts with your friends, please note their name(s) in your application and we will try our best for you to be on the same shift pattern as them!

bar staff Info

You'll be dealing with the public, which will include dealing with drunk people. A friendly, outgoing attitude and the ability to pay close attention to detail will greatly help. This role will involve a moderate amount of physical activity including some heavy lifting of stock. Experience in bar work is essential.

Artist Liaison + Driver Info Info

These roles are artist-facing, and requires attention to detail and admin skills. You will offer a great first impression to artists arriving at the festival. You must be discreet and try not to get starstruck. Drivers require a full clean licence.

Stewarding and Traffic Management Info

This is an active and social job that involves communicating with festival visitors – directing foot traffic and campers into the camping fields and arena. Experience with the general public and working at outdoor events experience will be useful. The role is public facing, involving customer care, giving instructions and information to festival goers, You may be required to use a radio and will possibly be on your feet for long periods and in a noisy environment.

Site Artwork & Decor Info

This role is non-public facing but does involve team work before and after the festival (not during) with other artists and creatives who may have different mediums of work, offering you the opportunity to learn new styles and teach your own. Some use of power tools may be involved. Creative spirit and artistic experience is good, but we’re also looking for skills like carpentry and basic painting.


Absolutely! All of our volunteers are absolutely welcome and required help with the smooth running of the festival and we will do whatever we can to make sure you enjoy your time at Solfest. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this.


A crew wristband to the festival. 3 meals over the weekend (one meal per shift)* Access to crew showers Crew social area Camping in crew camping area PLUS the all important experience! Working at an event like ours gives you experience of a unique work environment which can look great on your CV! *Weekend volunteers are provided one meal per shift; Build and Break volunteers are provided with three hot meals per working day and if you do 7+ days of work you can get meals throughout the festival weekend too! All other volunteering roles are subject to discussion with the Solfest team.


There is a volunteering role for everyone on site, the only thing we ask is that you are enthusiastic and hard working. Please let us know if you have any specific skills though – we need everything from admin and customer service to driving and putting up marquees!


18 or over. Although if you’re younger than 18, you can volunteer alongside an over 18-year-old guardian who’ll be legally responsible for you the entire time you’re at the festival, including when volunteering and off duty – the Solfest Crew Coordinator will have to agree that your chosen guardian qualifies as a legal guardian before your application is accepted – contact us on if you’re in this position.


To volunteer at the festival, a deposit of £60 is required to show your commitment. This will be refunded to you after the festival if you turn up to shifts on time, in a fit state and complete all your shifts. If you have any queries about paying a deposit please contact us


Deposits are returned at the completion of your shifts from the office onsite.

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