Two students from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) have got a dream ticket to work behind the scenes as Events Operatives at Glastonbury Festival in the organisational hub at Worthy Farm.
Students Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Dimitra Dimitriadou, who are studying for an MSc in Events Management at UWE Bristol, have secured voluntary placements that will give them a unique insight into the running of the world’s biggest music festival.
The students will be involved in all aspects of the operation, including general office administration and support in Site and Infrastructure and the Licensing office. They will act as runners and help with phone and email monitoring, assist in the processes of co-ordinating plant, vehicles and site teams and provide direct support to key Glastonbury Festival managers.
Kyriakos is a postgraduate Events Management student, having already earned a degree in Music Technology at UWE Bristol. He would eventually like to work as an artist manager.
Of the two-week placement, Kyriakos said, “I’m from Cyprus and have never been to a huge festival before so I’m really excited. Having the opportunity to gain experience at a music event like this is awesome. As a career, I’d like to manage live events for bands. It’s great that I’ll get the chance to see behind the scenes and find out how things are managed at Glastonbury.”
Dimitra, an international student from Greece, started work alongside Kyriakos on 13 June. She said, “It’s a great opportunity and I’m looking forward to making closer connections with contacts that might help with my future career.
“My inspiration to work in event management stemmed from when I watched my Dad, who is a singer songwriter, perform at festivals and I was struck by the enormity of the organisation behind events. I researched my course very carefully – I have really enjoyed it and this opportunity is the icing on the cake.”
Dr Fiona Jordan, Associate Dean (External Engagement) in UWE Bristol’s Faculty of Business and Law, has worked with Glastonbury Festival for the past three years. She said, “Chances like this are all about putting theory into practice. In the events industry, learning through doing is essential and where better to do this than at the world’s biggest music festival? We are delighted to have helped secure such an amazing opportunity for our students to gain experience and to see what really happens at the centre of the organisation of the festival.
“In these roles the students will gain invaluable insight into the working of the biggest festival of its kind, before, during and after the event. They have a unique opportunity to learn and to prove themselves in a tough yet exciting environment. Events management is all about teamwork and making connections and I’m confident that Dimitri and Kyriakos will rise to the challenge and have a brilliant and rewarding time.”