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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



Ranting about the government and clarifying how the jobseekers system works at the request of a friend, stating what you have to do in order to maintain the jobseekers each week and how fragile the payments are and how easily they will cancel them, I also note how the government are incentivising councils to remove people from jobseekers by any means possible, and a side note about the euro and the eurozone along with how David Cameron left his eight year old child in a pub while he drove all the way home before realising. Look at what safe and caring hands we trust our society in

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.

I was going to call this 60 days later as a play on 28 days later as the last work issues post was 60 days ago, but yeah anyway…

I was confirmed as booked in for working the weekend at relentless nass on a bar down there, so that means travelling to shepton mallet from birmingham right, was on a train from 9am, get to castle cary, catch the bus to shepton mallet, cant find the people to sign in with so phone them up and they say “oh sorry we dont need you go home” and they refuse to pay the costs of my transport down south which as you can understand were quite considerable, end up getting back home at 11:30PM having spent the entire day on public transport and was going a little stir crazy by the end of the journey, quite frankly the company I am supposed to be working for take the piss and are absolute crap, its just finding a replacement job thats the thing which isnt easy in this climate in the slightest.

Working for creative events at the NEC the companies acceptable employment policy is that you will be happy to work from 7am no matter where you live up until 4pm with no break and no food, then have 20 minutes (or as long as it takes you to eat a tiny sandwhich a packet of crisps a kitkat and an apple) then have the supervisor come and say youve finished eating get back to work, where you are then expected to work for another 2 hours minimum up to 4 hours, or up to until 10pm or later sometimes on closedown days.

Or course for me to make it there that early I have to wake up at 4am and set out at 5am to make the transportation links to get to the NEC in time for 7am. All the time getting hungrier and lacking the energy to actually do a decent days work, of course I get comments about being one of the best barrista’s they have but it doesn’t matter that I’m being starved and I’m not exactly one of the biggest people in the world far from it, I actually need to keep my energy levels maintained at a reasonable level or I do get highly irritable.

Doing this as a daily job day in day out in the middle of winter being frozen in the mornings even though Im wearing 4 coats on top of things I still catch a cold, being weak from lack of food of course I was bound to get ill, but they don’t consider that so I guess Ill just find somewhere which actually understands that if you want someone to remain well and still do a good job you’ve got to treat them right rather than just a body to fill the space, no wonder I was one of the best workers, I actually made an effort rather than being a spaced out zombie lacking food, or stealing all the cookies to eat.

Besides isn’t it a legal requirement that you get 30 minutes break for 6 hours work, 45 for 7, an hour for over 8 hours work… hmmm I’m pretty sure I only signed out of the 48 hour working week, not all of my legal rights. But hey the law doesn’t care everyone seems to break it even ITC who are supposed to keep your tv clean before 9PM dont care anymore.