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Volunteer

ABOUT VOLUNTEERING

If you live in the Gainesville area (or have volunteered for PRE-FEST or FEST and did a stellar job) and want to help out and be a part of THE FEST 20, here is your chance!

THE FEST is looking for kickass, friendly and serious volunteers. Volunteers are always needed to help run FEST. We offer a free FEST 20 pass to anyone who works one (1) shift the weekend of FEST 20. You will also get a SPECIAL FEST 20 SHIRT for being part of the team. This is a design that no one else can buy and will truly be a unique design just for you.

A shift runs about 6-8 hours depending on the job/venue/day and is anything from working registration, helping with the door/entrance at many of the venues, helping bands load equipment, stage/barricade security, and being a rockstar stage manager.

If you have moved away from Gainesville and have volunteered for FEST/PRE-FEST before and did a good job you can still volunteer without coming to an info/sign up meeting. If that is the case please email thefestvol@gmail.com for more info and to make sure we have your current contact info. We would love to have you back to help make FEST 20 awesome!

To help ensure the safety of attendees and performers we will be requiring all FEST staff, performers, and volunteers to show proof of being fully vaccinated from COVID-19. If you have a religious objection or serious health issue that does not enable you to get the COVID-19 vaccine then we ask that you wear a mask at a volunteer meeting and speak privately with one of the FEST main staff before or after the meeting to discuss alternative options.


FEST 20 VOLUNTEER SIGNUP / INFO MEETINGS

ALL MEETINGS WILL BE HELD AT:
CURIA ON THE DRAG (AT DAD’S BAR OUTSIDE AREA)
2029 NW 6th St, Gainesville, FL 32609

Volunteer Sign Up Meeting #1 – Wednesday September 14, 2022 @ 7PM
Volunteer Sign Up Meeting #2 – Tuesday September 27, 2022 @ 7PM
Volunteer Sign Up Meeting #3 – Monday October 3, 2022 @ 7PM
Volunteer Sign Up Meeting #4 – Thursday October 13, 2022 @ 7PM
Volunteer Sign Up Meeting #5 – Wednesday October 19, 2022 @ 7PM

EVERYONE WHO SIGNS UP MUST ATTEND THE MANDATORY TRAINING MEETING:

Mandatory FEST Volunteer Training – Sunday October 23, 2022 – Time & Location TBD

YOU ONLY HAVE TO ATTEND ONE SIGNUP MEETING. SPOTS FILL UP FAST SO THE SOONER YOU SIGN UP, THE MORE SHIFTS WILL BE AVAILABLE.

** Remember, you MUST be a Gainesville area resident in order to volunteer. **


WHAT TO BRING TO SIGN-UP MEETINGS:

1) FEST WAIVER
2) Picture ID
3) Fully filled out COVID-19 vaccination card
4) $8 cash / venmo/ paypal ($10 XXL or larger) to purchase your limited edition FEST 20 volunteer shirt. We will also take PayPal or Venmo.
5) Your positive-can-do-anything-take-on-the-world attitude!

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JOB DESCRIPTIONS

STAGE MANAGER

Stage Manager is a position where you are in charge of the stage, the bands and the volunteers for the day. This is a position for someone who is not shy and has no problem running a team. You do not need experience to do this job, but you do need the confidence to pull it off. You will mainly be in charge of keeping the bands on time and organizing their load in and load out with the help of loaders. You will also be our representative of FEST with the venue we are using. You will have (2) door volunteers and (2) stage hands to help the bands load in and out.You will not be left high and dry though. You will have a FEST HEAD REP that will be there at the start of your shift to show you the ropes and to check on you throughout the day. It is a bit more of a challenge, but the folks who have done it have truly enjoyed their shifts and have come back year after year to do it again at FEST!

HOURS:Longer hours. 7- 10 hours usually.

WHAT YOU GET: STAGE MANAGERS get (2) passes to FEST 20 for being so kickass. You can do whatever you wish with your bonus pass but the person you give the pass to must follow our COVID-19 protocols to pick up their pass at registration. Limited Edition SHIRT for FEST 20. These are only for volunteers and DO NOT SAY VOLUNTEER on them so you can wear them the rest of your life without feeling like a big dork.

STAGE MANAGER ASSISTANT

Think the Stage Manager position sounds interesting but just not ready to dive in yet this year? Well, this is pretty much what it sounds like. For the larger venues we give our stage managers an assistant and these stage managers will be very well seasoned with years of stage managing under their fanny packs. You will pretty much do whatever they need you to do, but you will also learn a ton and use that to run your own stage next year, we hope.

HOURS: 8 hours or less

WHAT YOU GET: (1) pass to FEST 20. Limited Edition SHIRT for FEST 20. These are only for volunteers and DO NOT say VOLUNTEER on them so you can wear them the rest of your life without feeling like a big dork.

STAGE HAND

You will be at the command of the Stage Manager. You will be helping the bands load on and off stage. Since we only have 20 minute change overs, it is crucial that you swoop in with the quickness and help the bands out. You do not need to be the biggest bull in the yard, but you have to be able to help someone else move a guitar cab and carry drum gear. You will also sometimes help the stage manager with stage control. Keeping people on the side of the stage back behind the viewing line, or in smaller venues you are just helping the stage manager make sure the stage is free and running smooth. You will also help the stage manager grab waters, towels, etc. Fun job for sure since you are right on stage helping some of your favorite bands get to play the best shows of their lives.

HOURS: 8 hours or less

WHAT YOU GET: (1) pass to FEST 20. Limited Edition SHIRT for FEST 20. These are only for volunteers and DO NOT say VOLUNTEER on them so you can wear them the rest of your life without feeling like a big dork.

DOORS or FRONT GATES

You will be working the door/ front gates.  The stage manager or FEST manager will show you most of the ropes and check on you throughout the shift. We do these shifts in pairs of two. Your main job is to be alert and check to make sure people are wearing FEST wristbands. If we have a WALK UP DOOR COVER then you will be taking the money as well and issuing paper wristbands for that show. The VENUE WILL CHECK IDs. You will never have to check attendees IDs for proof of age. You may have to check attendees IDs if they have purchased a ticket in advance or are on the band’s guest list. If there is someone being a jerk all you have to do is be patient and let the venue staff know. It is that venue bouncer at your side’s job to deal with any issues you have with bad folks.

*Bo Diddley & Heartwood Front Gates staff will work in teams so you will rotate positions throughout the shift. These spots may also include having to help with bag check.

HOURS: 8 hours or less

WHAT YOU GET: (1) pass to FEST 20. Limited Edition SHIRT for FEST 20. These are only for volunteers and DO NOT say VOLUNTEER on them so you can wear them the rest of your life without feeling like a big dork.

TICKET SALES/WILL CALL

This job is just offered at Bo Diddley Plaza and Heartwood. You will be sitting in pairs at the front gates of either venue. There you will take money if someone wants to attend the show but does not have a FEST 20 pass. They also may have pre-purchased a ticket to that day at that venue. If they did, they will let you know when they show up. You will check their ID vs. the WILL CALL LIST. If they are on the list, then they get a paper wristband just for that day at that venue. You will also check ID if someone says they are on the GUEST LIST for that day at that venue. This job is chill, seated and in the shade. Being responsible and friendly is all you need. You will also have to check their ID vs. their COVID 19 Vaccination card or proof of a negative test. There will be a full print out guide for you and a FEST manager to assist if you need it.

HOURS: 8 hours or less

WHAT YOU GET: (1) pass to FEST 20. Limited Edition SHIRT for FEST 20. These are only for volunteers and DO NOT say VOLUNTEER on them so you can wear them the rest of your life without feeling like a big dork.

BARRICADE SECURITY

Remember that time you crowd surfed and ended up behind the barricade and some guy with a headset and gloves tossed you to the ground? Well, we don’t like that, so when we started to have to use barricades for some shows we started asking folks if they wanted to volunteer their shift to be part of the solution and not the problem. You need to be on the bigger side of life, but you don’t have to be a man to do this. We have had some kick ass women volunteer for this shift as well. We also will have a FEST Security Veteran of many years there with you in the trenches to help guide you. GOALS: BE SAFE, BE FRIENDLY, BE SAFE. You see in the FEST video highlights our security always smiling and stoked to be helping the bands and the fans. We have even seen crowd surfers land in the arms of our barricade team only to give them big hugs once they are safely on their feet and grounded. This will only be at Bo Diddley Plaza.

HOURS: 5 hour shift for the most part. We want it to be shorter this year because it is hard work. However you get a 20 minute break after each band. Also, if you sign up for the first shift of the day it might be an hour or two longer because your first hour or two of work will be getting trained and waiting for the doors/ first band to start.

WHAT YOU GET: (1) pass to FEST 20. Limited Edition SHIRT for FEST 20. These are only for volunteers and DO NOT say VOLUNTEER on them so you can wear them the rest of your life without feeling like a big dork.

STAGE SECURITY

This job is similar to Barricade Security (see above) in the sense that you will be making sure that folks that do crowd surf or try stage diving will land on the stage without getting hurt. You may also be asked by the stage manager to simply stand on one side of the stage to not allow folks up onto the stage, or have them just stay behind a line they have made on the stage.

HOURS: 5-8 hour shift for the most part. We want it to be shorter this year because it is hard work. However you get a 20 minute break after each band. Also, if you sign up for the first shift of the day it might be an hour or two longer because your first hour or two of work will be getting trained and waiting for the doors/ first band to start.

WHAT YOU GET: (1) pass to FEST 20. Limited Edition SHIRT for FEST 20. These are only for volunteers and DO NOT say VOLUNTEER on them so you can wear them the rest of your life without feeling like a big dork.

EARLY/LATE SOUND LOADER/ SET UP

This is loading in or out the rented sound gear for our bigger stages, or setting up everything we will need for the Bo Diddley Plaza  in Gainesville. You will need gloves and be able to lift some big speakers, fences, setting up tents, tables, all sorts of stuff. This will be a team job so you will have the help of others. Lots of winding cables, filling sandbags for the fences and all sorts of stuff so be ready to get dirty.

HOURS: These shifts are very limited in numbers so get in early to sign up if you can. Hours are as long as it takes you and your team to get the job done but shorter than a normal volunteer shift. Plus, you get your work done so you are free to see all your most desired shows.

Load In: usually starts early in the morning on Thursday of FEST  around 10am. Some jobs may have an earlier start time to get the Bo Diddley Plaza ready. You can find out more info at the sign up/ info meetings.

WHAT YOU GET: (1) pass to FEST 20. Limited Edition SHIRT for FEST 20. These are only for volunteers and DO NOT say VOLUNTEER on them so you can wear them the rest of your life without feeling like a big dork.

BEER SLINGER/ BEVERAGE TICKET SALES

BO DIDDLEY PLAZA ONLY

BEVERAGE TICKET SALES = People want to drink cold things while at Bo Diddley during FEST. You get to sell them tickets that they can redeem for cold things. You will have to check their ID to see if they are 21+ and then sell them the amount of tickets they want. You will take cash or credit card. Being responsible and friendly is key! Must be 21+ These shifts go FAST so come to an early sign up meeting if you are interested.

BEER SLINGER = People who already purchased BEVERAGE TICKETS can redeem them with you for the cold things they wanna drink. They have already had their IDs checked. Now you get to be super friendly and get them what they want. Must be 21+. You will work in a large team with a kick ass FEST manager to help you. These shifts go FAST so come to an early sign up meeting if you are interested.

HOURS: 8 hours or less

WHAT YOU GET: (1) pass to FEST 20. Limited Edition SHIRT for FEST 20. These are only for volunteers and DO NOT say VOLUNTEER on them so you can wear them the rest of your life without feeling like a big dork.

 

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