So volunteering as an Assistant Tech at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton was a blast. It was an awesome experience and gave me a chance to both meet plenty of people in the industry, as well as giving me invaluable insight into the world of live sound. The Spiegeltent (the venue I was based at) is a fabulous place and the people running both the venue and the festival as a whole were great people to work with.
Volunteering for all three days of the festival really gave me a chance to get to grips with the venue and learn the ins and outs of how the in house sound tech (who was awesome to work with too) had set everything up. By the 2nd day I knew pretty much everything I needed to know in order to set up for each individual band.
Every single band I helped set up were really relaxed and just generally really easy to get along with.
As a volunteer I was provided with wristbands for each individual day I worked there. This allowed me to gain access to any of the venues to see bands I wanted to see.
On the whole I really enjoyed my time at The Great Escape and would recommend it to anyone who wants to get a foot into the industry or just loves music in general.