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Having started a new job where I had been working 58 hours a week in the building it was good to get some time off and the opportunity arose to get on the guest list for the stone sour gig at the birmingham arena which I jumped at to get some R&R as well as do something with my time off.

The opening act were the pretty reckless who I had not had the opportunity to hear before, so I was pleasantly suprised by the act coming out strong with some good tunes, the act did start with what can only be described as the lead singer’s sex noises climbing to climax before they came on, and the sexualisation continued in the music and the singers actions on the stage but this lead to a heated performance which the audience loved.

The music continued to be varied and keep up the pace which many of the warm up acts I’ve experienced before in the years of gig’s I’ve worked at often fail to maintain especially when coming out strong but these guys managed to do it and warm up the audience immediately.

When stone sour themselves came on stage they came out just as strong keeping the audience entertained without too long of a wait between setup. They played newer songs followed by some of the old favourites all of the crowd new encouraging people to join in singing along.

The usual crowd shennanigans were going on from the crush at the front to people trying to start up moshpits, albeit right next to the front which of course failed because it’s impossible to start a pit in the middle of the crush. I pointed out to those attempting to do so they’d have better luck doing so further back so they headed back and of course were successful in making one causing a wave of people to wash past. In the past I have allowed myself to be carried by the crowd however after an incident at download festival I now hold myself steady and unmoving when these waves pass and attempt to stop it entirely. The incident I speak of is when I was at the front crush maybe 3 rows from the front and a large fast wave hit suddenly knocking everyone sideways so much so that people were struggling to stay upright and this lead to me and another girl ending up on the floor under the crowd, where I was being pulled up by a guy on my left but I held out my hand to the girl on the floor as she said “don’t let go” after we were both stuck under the crush of the crowd unable to stand up. I could have allowed myself to be picked up but I wasn’t going to leave her on the floor, however as I was refusing to get up without pulling her upright the crowd lifted me vertically and crowd surfed me over the front barrier and I couldn’t hold on to her hand during all of that and I don’t know if she ever got back up, I do know she was never lifted out the front as she didn’t come over the barrier and the medics couldn’t see if she got lifted out. I did also hear after the festival that year that someone died trampled under the crowd so it does stick with me that perhaps I could have done more especially if I hadn’t let the crowd push me and as a result knock me and her down under everyone so I vowed never to let that happen again, so when someone says I ruin all the fun not allowing myself and others to get knocked down by the wave of crowd then they need to look at their idea of fun, because running people down with a motor vehicle might be just as fun to them but surely going to result in injury or death and not exactly enjoyable to those getting plowed down.

The show continued with an encore resulting in wild wacky wavy arm inflatables being deployed, perhaps upstaging the band when they were fighting for attention and slapping them in the face every time they tied to get up front and center, but it made part of the show just the same.

All in all they put on a good show and it is definitely recommended if you get the chance on the upcoming tour to go see either pretty reckless or stone sour while they are on tour.

This year I worked at Reading festival as opposed to leeds with the R&L2015 events, which meant not only different managers to I usually work for at barcode but also the staff I normally work with and a friend I got to signup to work at the events were all at leeds and I was on my own down in reading, and immediately it was noticeable just how different things were at reading compared to leeds.

The staff campsite for reading festival was located a good 40 minutes walk (and more if security were being pains not letting you walk down the exit to our campsite claiming it was for use by “emergency services only” as it was behind an emergency exit gate, luckily I was able to get out of the next emergency exit gate and use that path as opposed to the 1.5 hour walk it would be from the main exit, having walked that way on the thursday before working I knew just how far it was away. The main reason for the extra distance was that this is located pretty much inside reading city center itself as opposed to off in a field near to the town and a short bus journey away as most festivals tend to be. The staff campsite itself was located in a small football field just outside of the site, surrounded by barbed wire and concrete fences it definitely felt a little like Auschwitz with the confinement and having to line up our tents around the edge of the pitch where there was barely enough room for tents, this lead to rather cold nights without the usual guarantee of being surrounded by other tents to break the wind.

Of course I was one of the lucky few to actually take the staff boat in the morning, eliminating the long walk to the main bar, but this meant setting out early in order to catch said boat and as a result missing out on taking a shower before shifts, which were 12-15 hours depending on which bar you were set on, and with management not showing up on time the last night meant many staff were either late or missed out on lunch entirely, which despite arranging with the burger van (who held the lunches but could not release them to any staff without the manager) promising to ensure I got one, taking my name and bar number, I didn’t get a lunchpack.

The problems with the meals didn’t end there with dinner the first night being simply a burger with having my token taken at a stand which were rather stingy, thankfully this wasn’t a single stand deal like at V and using it at the pizza vendor the other nights meant a more reasonable dinner.

The event itself was actually a good atmosphere with good music, and people could get a good view of the stage without it getting really cramped, crowds maintained a fairly reasonable level even during the main acts so anyone could get a good view, and with the smaller stages there was always a small number of people watching, which also meant when I went to see black honey perform as promised I got to be right at the front despite only being out for my break to see them, and I got noticed being there by izzy who put on a really good performance.

There were a few covers performed at the festival, with limp bizkit obviously performing their usual repertoire of covers including killing in the name of which obviously goes down well, and panic! at the disco performed a really good cover of bohemian rhapsody, which made me wonder for a few seconds if queen were on stage (in their current lineup) there may have been more I wasn’t able to hear but I’m sure festival goers got their money’s worth out of the performances, not only with the live acts but also the special covers you don’t get to hear elsewhere.

Pete docherty was looking a little worse for wares on his performance and even took a break during the set, but I’m not going to follow the usual media thing of sensationalizing this as who knows the reasons behind something as it could be anniversaries of special things with amy winehouse that the public wouldn’t be aware of making him sad for all anyone knows.

Anyway on to the management of my bar, it was very different to I have usually come to expect from barcode, with 3 managers on the bar, one of which constantly marched up and down the bar shouting demoralizing propaganda (for the first day, taking it easier but still doing this saturday and to a far lesser extent on the sunday) Another bar manager constantly telling you to put your hand up and call every single customer passing to you, despite the fact that they’re funneled out of the gate system in the middle of the bar (where I was working) and pass down to the far windows to be served by those doing far less work, and thus depriving those people of doing any work and working 6 times harder myself when I have already chosen to work in the main window in order to work harder and do not need constant pushing to work harder than possible and deprive others of doing any work.

On the final day things took a different turn, with my ankle injury playing up I started working less hard and instead of getting the constant stick I constantly got praise about how hard I was working and how good a job I was doing, this felt like it was rewarding slacking off and taking it easier working while the stick was demotivating those who were working hard feeling like slave labour whipped to their extreme and beyond.

I also heard that 13 people were fired from the main bar alone, with 2 stealing £5k and £2k respectively from the tills on the bar, others fired for not turning up on shift, some drinking the stock and others I couldn’t possibly know.

Either way it just felt a little extreme, so if you’re choosing to work definitely choose leeds, there the staff meals were better when I worked there with kebabalon providing tasty large kebab portions in meat, fish and vegetarian varieties, huge stonebaked pizza’s and a far better situated staff campsite 10 minutes away from the main bars (confirmed by other workers) the site itself is much better laid out and less cramped, and the usual norther hospitality, which especially if you’re from elsewhere in the country you get welcomed even further.

The music is good though and the event is good so if you’re going as a punter and want a convenient location, you could easily walk to a hotel or train nearby if you weren’t up for the field tenting experience, but if you had the option I would always choose leeds over reading personally having experienced both.

Having worked at a number of uk festivals this year I decided to give a roundup of my experiences both as a bar worker and also of the festivals themselves and the acts I got to see during my working process, there has been a delay in putting this video up since filming due to an issue while recording and losing my main audio recording, hence why this video plays with only one audio side and isn’t the best quality audio.

This year’s festival season began at the isle of wight festival where the weather was so ridiculousely hot that being held in the staff campsite for the morning briefing and having not stocked up on water to be able to drink during this, and a rather extended wait of several hours I got a little heat stroke and spent half of the first day recovering, luckily there were no bands playing and I didn’t have to start work at this point so spent most of the day sheltered attempting to recover. Once my shift began however I jumped onto the serving side, avoiding using the MDU machines because I probably would’ve passed out doing all of the heavy lifting after spending the day recovering and still feeling a little whoozy.

The next day was rather a busy day working the entire day and having worked at festivals for a number of years I’ve learnt that if you seem to have been missed a lunch break by a certain hour you’re not getting a lunch break so I ensured after being missed that I got my lunch break, this process continued throughout the next day with missing lunch again and even missing being called for dinner and it being “too busy” for me to be able to leave for a dinner break, because I was working hard and being asked to cover the pop bar during other peoples breaks and also while other people slacked off not working hard or to sneak off and watch bands, it just seemed a little unfair so I moved from the center busy area (which I enjoy working but not to be taken advantage of without getting food and rest breaks as needed) and I took the first advantage to hop off to see the red hot chilli peppers to finish early on the final day, as the only band I got to see the entire festival it was good to be able to see thier only uk performance, and getting to go off with a few people I got on with on the bar it was fun. I wouldn’t mind as much working harder and having less benefits than others if it lead to promotional prospects but usually you get looked over because you work too hard and are too valuable a regular worker.

Then it was off to sonisphere with another agency, which was drafted in last minute by creativevents another company I use to work for until they lost the nec contract and as a result I didn’t have a job to work, some of the managers I recognise and they appear to have moved to london, I wouldnt’ve moved because birmingham is my home and the town that feels right for me, but it was nice to be recognised as a good worker. The event however was severely overstaffed which was unusual considering how last minute they called in other agencies, so there were 5-6 different agencies all with many staff sat around hoping for hours and many staff not even getting any hours and only those who persisted getting any. I got to see quite a few bands here and a couple of the noteworthy bands were babymetal who put on a good show with a cross of metal and jpop stage entertainment telling a story through song. I don’t think much of the audience understood due to how they began cheering along to the soundcheck thinking it was the performance, it was entertaining and the “metal gods” behind the j-pop girls did more than just play smiling and interacting with the audience drawing them into the performance.

Another Early morning performance which drew people in was ghost, where the main performance is around the stage presence of ghost who plays a demonic priest manipulating the band to play and acted the role very well, drawing people in with his heir of dignaty and had the presence of an overlord controlling everything around him. I can’t say I agreed with the lyrics being sung but the melodic nature and the stage act all tied in and it was definately an entertaining act, but possibly one that aids the incorrect negative image people have of metal fans. Sure you get some idiots who are violent sociopaths but you get that with every group, and on the most part metal fans actually tend to be kind natured caring people who just enjoy that music style and are outcast for thier looks and choice of dresscode.

I got stuck on a bar in the back end of nowhere for my actual shifts halfway between the dodgems and silent disco, there were a few customers but for the most part it was a little quiet and you couldn’t even hear the acts on stage from there so I couldn’t enjoy the festival while stuck there. After work there was a staff party, where all the people you’d been working with gathered. I got a sonisphere cup from one of the ladies who did the check in process, I really can’t remember if I promised her something if she got me one I have the feeling I may have promised things and completely forgot at the time (slipping my mind after a slow dragging shift) so if I see her again I’ll have to live up to promises, she didn’t ask but I guess people get shy to ask. Another minor regrett is not saying goodbye to the girl I’d been chatting with most of the time sat in the campsite waiting for work who describes herself as an outgoing doormouse, or something along those lines where she use to be shy but now she’s not afraid to ask for what she wants. She was nice but at the staff party I felt a little spurned when she decided to go off and chat to other people all night leaving me with the slightly offputting guy who attempted to use NLP on absolutely every girl “oh I don’t know why other people don’t think you’re pretty. I think you’re pretty” Who’s been saying that dude, nobody! seriousely don’t use NLP around me it seriousely puts me off you.

Anyway at the end of the party she came to say she was heading off to sleep, I should’ve said goodbye and got her number to stay in touch, but I was a little spurned and did think I’d see her at other events but it seems not as after this event they severely reduced numbers of staff to give people a fairer chance of working.

After this came the Ynot festival a small event with big bands, which this year got upgraded to a “medium” sized festival. I headed to the event a day earlier than the management of the event company I worked for because I would rather set up in the daytime (and travel on the shuttle bus) than arrive first thing in the morning and have to set up in order to work, and considering the travel required to get to the event it just makes it an impossible factor. Anyway having arrived the night before I got to enjoy the pre festivities which included goldie looking chain, usually frequent in the hidden garden of V festival unlisted they instead operated at this festival, and put on a good show drawing in the crowd. There were a few other acts on the first night and it was a fun start to the event.

My second day of the festival however was rather a dull one, considering I got shipped (literally) on to a bar on the side of the saloon bar which they had especially created as an experiment last minute as a shipping crate fast can selling bar, the lady the night before had found it boring on a short shift and I was in there the entire day on my own which was definate torture, a few of the customers came up intregued and thought maybe it was the secret area usually hidden within the festival, I had to point out my thoughts that it was in area 51 due to the layout of that area, still they persisted attempting some secret handshakes and passwords thinking it would get them somewhere, and a couple of leary people trying to steal the communications radio made the shift tougher than it needed to be but I got through.

The next day I insisted I couldn’t do that all weekend as they planned and I got moved onto the main bar where I had a good time and it was nice and busy, also the customers came up chatting to me who’d seen me in the fast can, and I was working alongside my EDS friend. I probably got her to make more drinks than I should’ve but having dated someone with EDS I get the feeling she wouldn’t want special treatment and she chose to operate the pouring of the stout, the next day she was helping in the office instead and I know she’d been to hospital recently for heart operations. I don’t know I’m not the most socially normal and we still chatted away normally and fine so I think everything was fine.

The last day while sat waiting for shifts they were trying to find someone to operate the fast can again, having used a rotating system the previous day and accidentally leaving someone in there on thier own with no stock and no radio unable to leave the till they decided to operate a two person system, I was asked by the manager of the main bar personally and my manager pointed out thats good to be asked personally, social awkwardness kicked in with me thinking “well I’m use to being asked for because I work hard” of course I didn’t say that and just sat with a strange look on my face. Anyway that day consisted of running around to cover every bar at the festival and missing my dinner break, and when I got back to the main bar I got sent on my break, but after finishing serving a customer, which happened to be 5 double spirit mixers, 5 jagerbombs and 2 stouts, so took a long time to pour. After serving this I went out to get my dinner which today was actually a decent cooked meal after an entire weekend of undercooked poorly made food. I got my food from the food vendor sat down and had one bite before being told I had to go back in to help work, needless to say I had a mini episode and probably blew any chance of being given a better role having spent the entire weekend being groomed by the bar managers and chatting and getting on well with thier closed knit group.

On the social side I also got to see a few bands and went off to the backstage area chatting with raggle taggle photography who I see there every year, who’ve still to put up the photo they took of me signing the guitar :-P and this year instead had a book to sign and remembered me well, I can’t say I checked to see if they’d put a photo of me signing the book with all of the bands but hey I don’t expect much after they promised to put up the photo of the guitar (or at least they could’ve sent me a copy if they didn’t wish to display it) and while waiting for my shift the second day I simply sat on the bails of hay on the bar and didn’t even attempt to socialise and made a friend who chatted to me who’s pretty cool.

Next weekend it was off to bloodstock where the staff I got on well with all went down to brighton for an event there while I chose bloodstock because it was closer and convenient and I knew people who would go as customers. I got a fair bit of time off at the event due to the fact that I was working from 8am-3pm so got to see most of the event, and while looking after the bar while the manager was off on lunch break I had uncle gio’s itallian joint came to the bar took plastic cups off the display and said “don’t worry come to me and I’ll give you pizza” after I stated we’re not allowed to giveaway stock. At this point I couldn’t really abandon the bar and it wasn’t worth tacling someone for some plastic cups so I just accepted it, however later when coming to claim the pizza for us all (and having checked with the 4 members of staff we had on the hobgoblin truck that nobody had claimed any pizza) he stated very loudly and harshly that 20 people had claimed pizza’s already and one person had 6 portions all to themselves, and pointing clearly that we were only 4 members of staff on our stand and nobody had claimed any pizza he refused outright to provide any, stating instead he would offer a £1 discount and “they were only plastic cups” which is besides the point, its about the honour and that he stated clearly he’d do a pizza for us in exchange, which in the spirit of trades shows that as a festival trader he and his stall are not to be trusted and you should never make any trades with them. Having emailed the company they state “trades are a regular part of festival work” and made no effor to apologise or put things right instead defending thier worker who clearly wanted to rip people off and probably made trades with other vendors not giving anything in exchange either so as a result are a company never to be trusted and you shouldn’t even purchase food from them due to thier shifty nature.

After this it was off to V festival, which is the one I’ve worked at for the longest, unfortunately due to the time I had to call the event from bloodstock to confirm my shift I ended up on the hidden garden rather than a main bar and ended up stuck on till with a very boring shift indeed. I did get to see some bands with all saints during one of my breaks, having to return and miss pure shores unfortunately, and getting to see the main headliners each day due to the closing time of the hidden garden. I also had a minor fanclub who thought my name was judas because of playing a name guessing game, and they even had pictures and signitures which was rather fun. I also ended up having to constantly shift my change out of the till onto customers due to the fact that they overloaded it with loose change and pound coins for how slow and hidden that particular bar was, which some of the other workers found a bit strange, but it was natural to get a better balance of change and notes for cashing up at the end of the day (and being able to close the till rather than having it overflow with coins)

All in all this year wasn’t as fun as usual but I got to have a good time and meet some new people, and I got a little more abuse than usual due to having put some weight on, but with the nature of people I would assume they would see I could excercise a little and lose the weight, so I plan to once I can sort my circumstances out and get back into shape and looking like me again, and I wouldn’t presume that was the reason I was on worse bars than normal, but we shall see how 2015 goes, and hopefully next year I will be able to get press permission to take footage and photo’s at the actual events to include in my roundup and reviews for next year, where I will more than likely return to seperate reviews because it makes more sense than having this overloaded single article. Time constraints and issues lead to this, and the less than professionally written article but I hope you still enjoyed reading and watching.

I found myself working at the ynot festival this year due to an unusual set of circumstances of flair having lost all of thier festival contracts, and creative (who I previousely worked for) having closed thier birmingham NEC branch requiring staff for the festivals in the area and hiring in flair staff to work at thier events. So I agreed to work and found myself at this event.

At the station I met a band who were travelling to the event and also found myself camping in the same area, so security photographers, press, bar staff and the bands were all mixed together in the same camping area which was quite a mix and created a civilised area for sleeping at night with the main partying occurring out in the public area’s of the site.

About the Event

The event itself consisted of 3 days of bands playing accross a number of stages, along with some art installations and a small selection of shops to purchase from.

For a festival that isn’t well known there were some major headliners along the lines of ash, electric six, the cribs, the darkness and the mystery jets amongst others. Along side this there were publicly voted in indie and unknown bands playing on the alotment stage which is where things really got interesting, although it was a small stage inside a tent some of the best music of the event was found inside this and any talent scout worth thier paycheck should have been inside this tent listening to some of the acts that played.

Surprise Highlight of the Event

For me the real surprise highlight was the band naymedici who opened up the saturday morning acts with a lively mix between viking melodic rock and irish sea shanties, and with the charisma oozing from the lead singer you couldn’t help but be mesmerised by the band, and the acts that followed had a hard enough time following such a unique and tuneful band.  Maybe it was following naymedici or the fact that the bands that played afterwards just weren’t my standard, including a very depressing act which came on after the following band that I had to leave the stage area to find a better source of music, if these guys had been given a better lineup position they would have blown the audience away and they would not be out of place at other popular rock festivals such as download and bloodstock where they would be very appreciated and draw in a huge audience.

Homegrown Talent

The allotment stage was of course the location for the up and coming talent of the country and another amazing act was located here on the sunday, parasight drew in a large audience and captivated those attending the stage with thier youthful energy and had skills that matched dragonforce coming out of the hands of a teenager which amazed me personally how such talent could be mastered at such a young age, these guys are definately ones to watch and I would not be surprised to see them signed up shortly as if these guys were to enter britains got talent they would surely win in my opinion.  Following these were chase the rain Another noteworthy act who again outshone some of the early morning acts on the mainstage the day before.  Thier music was much more mainstream than parasight but both were very talented acts.

Of course I had to return for blue sunday (worry I do not have a link at present) who I met at the train station as they were one of the bands who had to travel up on thier own accord as no transport was provided, they were good guys and very down to earth and also played again better than some of the main stage acts which were on at the same time and deserved a much bigger audience than came to see them at the stage.

Camping

Camping on the site was split into different area’s, with a family camping site, then 2 more campsites for regular visitors so partying would not disturb families, and also a campsite for artists and staff where I personally found myself alongside a photographer and a band, this of course led to me signing a rickety old guitar which was also signed by if not all of the acts at the event at least the majority of them courtesy of raggle taggle photography. who were very nice people and were very busy interviewing all of the bands and taking photo’s for the event and you should check out thier page to see for yourself some of the views of the site and what went down at the festival.

The feel of the event

Everything at this festival felt a lot more laid back than at more major events, with the capacity of the event being more than ample for the ammount of people there, so the stages never got crushed and there was plenty of room and very family friendly (with everyone remaining very civilised and polite even the children were very polite and not overactive) so everyone could enjoy the event no matter who and how old.

With the mix of unknown bands and known bands this would have been the ideal setting for bands to be a little more experimental and rather than play all of the well known songs or just play the albums through in some form, perform some remixes, B sides or even cover songs, or perhaps even some unknown and up and coming stuff.  But alas this didn’t happen.  There was some fun though with a UFO showing up crashed into the wall for the final day, and a morning ynot echo for anyone up early enough to recieve one for free with a one page newspaper of the events the day before.

Overall thoughts

This was definately a fun festival and I would definately reccommend that everyone should visit this at least once, it deserves more recognition and is a lot cheaper than some more well known events and gives the same full weekend of good bands and a lot of fun to be had, there is even a roller disco at £2 for 30 minutes which is amazing for a festival price. I don’t think you would even get that anywhere in birmingham.  Everyone is really friendly and laid back, the bands are good and if the not so good ones come on theres plenty of stages to go find (even one hidden in a wardrobe inside a bar like narnia) so you should definately explore everywhere as maybe you missed that, and who knows that person stood next to you might even be in a band.

Check it out for yourself you won’t regret it.

This festival season I was in the position to be able to work a few different events, I had to cancel T in the park because my tent had died at the isle of wight and I was in no position to purchase a new one in time to work at the event so the next event I was available for was V staffordshire at weston park.

Usually it would be full of familiar faces from previous years however this year it seemed most of the regular staff were nowhere to be found, of course I was placed on the Virgin “our house” and “hidden garden” bar so this was a little more closed off than the regular bars and not many staff were required on these however everyone would have still been on the staff campsite on the friday night none of us were working but I did not see anyone around. Add this to being taken advantage of by being placed on stock at regular barperson wages it made the event no fun especially as the A shift I would normally do was altered to be a longer shift rather than getting most of the event off. Talking to other staff members most people didnt find it very fun this year either so I’m not sure I will work further years unless there is more benefit or at least I wouldn’t be taken advantage of. Add to that the fact that the customer base is usually an older generation at V and this year it was full of 16-19 year olds it started to feel a little awkward and the staff base were mostly 18 this year also, I’ve never felt old or out of place but when everyones 18 and anyone over 20 is seen as old it gets a little wierd.

The next week however was leeds festival and only 9 of us were taken on for this because workers beer company did the actual alchohol serving and we were in charge of the pop tents, this event was a lot more fun and I got some time off to go see some bands, and was front row center dancing away in the dance tent during grimes’s set where she kept looking me in the eye throughout. I found her set really fun as rather than sing for most of it she did a setup where she used DJ decks to mix in the sounds and she looked like she was having a lot of fun dancing away up there. Having said that I got soaked in champagne being up front which was fun and cooling in the heat but going back to work on your non alchoholic bar at night stinking of champagne probably didnt give the best impression haha.

The first night was my one night off and I decided it was definately the night to go out and get drunk, we had the entire day off and although we were in at 10am the next morning I figured it was the best opportunity because other days I would be coming off shift as opposed to having the entire day to have fun. The alchohol I bought didnt last very long and the other flair staff decided to take an early night so I ended up staying up with the cantonese food truck people who were plying me with alchohol all night and we were all having a laugh, but when some dutch guys turned up and constantly were asking who I was things got a little wierd and I decided to turn in for the night, the 20th time you tell someone who you are does get a little awkward when we’re all staff from different places and these were the only people left awake and around the campfire.

Having said that I had a lot more fun working on these bars, though one of the guys I was working with was a bit of a dick and said “lets share tips” so I placed all of my tips in his cup throughout the day and at the end of it he just pocketed it all himself which was rather selfish considering he’d stated he was going to split them, but I couldn’t be bothered to get into an argument about it as he was being devious in his methods of serving anyway deliberately giving the drinks first then taking the cash and being slow in the hopes they would walk away before he returns with the change to go “oh you’re gone.. thanks for the tip” at least my tips were genuine tips not change that was mistakenly forgotten, I had customers even going “oh its £2.20.. not £2.50″ from where he had short changed them all.

There were some highlights working where random girls were wanting thier pictures taken with me and one even gave me a cake and wanted me to meet her after my shift, this lead to the other guys on my bar going into overdrive being right chavvy guys like builders going “ey up love, nice arse” and crap like that which more than anything scared customers away from the bar especially considering we were getting a lot of underage girls as it was a pop bar.

At the end of the day a number of customers would return with major shakes and I began to wonder why so i looked at the ingredients in the relentless energy drinks we were serving, many customers would have 5-10 a day and looking at the ingredients per can it would contain 50-59% sugar depending on the variety and 10% salt per can, also 160mg of caffiene and 100% of a few different nutrients listed so many people were on extreme overdoses of these or possibly crashing or having diabetic reactions due to the high blood sugar levels (considering they were sustaining these levels the entire weekend of the festival as well as eating and possibly even taking alchohol on board)

The bands on offer here were also the best selection of any of the festivals I had seen advertised and definately the best way to end the festival season, it included an all night DJ which allowed for all night partying to anyone so inclined, however on the last night the distinct smell of human waste and tents and airbeds being passed overhead were a danger to anyone wearing glasses and rather offputting to staying out the entire night. Luckily I was on the staff section so avoided the sunday night riots which are commonplace every year and walking to the shuttlebusses after the event you could see the number of raided tents which had been cut apart and abandonned and also burnt remains of previousely inhabited tents. Apparrently reading festival was more considerate and left thier tents behind for charities as a friend of mine worked there collecting the tents and also found some spare cash lying around (lucky her)

The next day a number of the staff were off to work at dorset steam fair, including kate who was at leeds with workers beer even though she worked for flair, however having worked at leeds and not been able to check my email i was unable to go which seemed like i missed out from photo’s I saw after the event however I was happy with the plans I had made to visit a friend while I was up in the area so I took a coach to york, a nice little town but on a bank holiday and not knowing the area asking for directions was difficult due to the number of tourists.

I managed to get to my hotel in suitable time and then head straight out to see my friend where we spent most of the night in a pub chatting away before heading back to hers to watch some shows and chat whilst drinking/smoking. Time got away from us and it was soon 3am and with her having to work the next day I went back to my hotel, one piece of advice is when you’ve got to wake up at 7am to have a shower and make breakfast I would not reccommend that you stay up all night drinking and smoking certain substances because you wont really want to get up, saying that though it was worth it as it was a hell of a lot of fun, and I do wish sometimes I lived nearer some of my friends so I could spend proper time with them more. After a nice breakfast it was time to catch the coach away from the north and back here.



Working at the Isle of Wight festival a lot of things went wrong for me personally, this video details what happened. Theres not a lot about the actual event as such more calamaties that happened to me, but since when was my life ever easy or anything ever go right. Another weeks already passed and I’ve done nothing, feels like Im waiting forever to hear from a friend who might not even message. Sometimes it would be easier not to care and not to feel but I dont have that luxury, unfortunately it matters to me nd if I’ve got close to them I dont want to lose them from my life, especially not over silly reasons

So I was working on the bars at the big chill as part of my tour of different festivals on the bars, I had a unique experience compared to most of the other staff as I was transferred to different bars all the time when others got busier so I got to see what different bars were like (if Id slacked off more I probably wouldve only been on the one but hey I was happy to be moved around made the days go quicker)

In my opinion main stage was the worst as most of the day there were bands nobody knew who they were playing and by the time the headliners got on they cranked the music so loud that all you could here was the thumping bass and could not here the tune or singing behind it, and we werent exactly far from the stage being directly opposite it too.  Amstel bar was good with party tunes all day long and a relatively busy environment.  Castle bar opposite castle stage was mellow and chilled with very unusual chilled versions of songs on mellow instroments if that makes any sense, was fun to play guess the song with the other bar staff there until I got moved back to main bar. 

For me the last day was the best bar in club 10(possibly meant to be club tent and I misheard it) the open air stage with comedy in the morning, then some really good dance music, the end of the night sucked a bit with dub step, so repetitive and boring I tell you. But a nice and chilled bar and we had far too many staff so could have a bit of fun and relax on the last day.

The worst part was when you werent working you have to sit in the workers campsite and do nothing all day, we were all commenting on how its like a prison campsite, there is absolutely nothing to do and if you start at 6:30pm you bake in the sun with about 10 of you left on the campsite waiting to start a shift and you cant even sleep as its so hot.

I guess it is really more of a festival to be enjoyed walking around and chilling out as opposed to actually going there and frantically rushing the stages to see bands, hence being called the big chill, and really the place was huge covering quite a lot of land, so it would be more of an event to enjoy with your mates and meet new people.  I would like to see it from a visitors perspective, I can see where the appeal would be and as a chilled out event for gathering people together to have fun I see the appeal, but as an event for the music there were a few issues with the levels for the actual enjoyment.  Maybe next year they will sort out the sound levels and things will be better.  I can tell you now, the music was louder at the big chill main stage than any of the other festivals I worked at and that includes bloodstock the heavy metal festival.