Refresh West is recruiting for its Glastonbury 2023 bar crews

Refresh West is recruiting for its Glastonbury 2023 bar crews

By GFF

This is your chance to work or volunteer at this year’s Glastonbury Festival – but please be warned, space on this team is very limited!

UPDATE SECTION:
APPLICATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED FOR REFRESH WEST AT GLASTONBURY 2023

Refresh West has now officially opened applications to join their team at Glastonbury 2023 – which takes place from Wednesday 21st to Sunday 25th of June 2023 at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset.

The Bristol-based company – which specialises in providing bar services for festivals/events across the UK and boast “nineteen years experience” in the industry – has once again teamed up with Arcadia and Shangri-La for this year’s Glastonbury Festival and is offering paid and volunteer roles at this year’s event.

Arcadia Spider
Arcadia’s flame-throwing Spider in action • Credit: Martin Curtis
Shangri-La Paid Crew

SHIFTS:

4 shifts: Paid staff will work approximately 4 x 7-10 hour shifts across the course of the festival (exact shift times TBC).

The earliest shifts available will start on Wednesday afternoon, and the latest will finish in the early hours of Monday morning.

REQUIREMENTS: 

  • Have at least three months’ solid bar experience mentioned in their CV
  • Have provided two relevant and responsive workplace referees
  • Have their deposit ready to pay promptly, in order to secure their place on the team

DEPOSITS:

Yes.

MEALS:

Included. 

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Read more info, the full Terms & Conditions and apply for this role, here.

Shangri-La Volunteer Crew

SHIFTS:

2-3 shifts: Volunteer staff will work approximately 20 hours across the course of the festival (exact shift times TBC).

The earliest shifts available will start on Wednesday afternoon, and the latest will finish in the early hours of Monday morning.

REQUIREMENTS: 

  • Have at least three months’ solid bar experience mentioned in their CV
  • Have provided two relevant and responsive workplace referees
  • Have their deposit ready to pay promptly, in order to secure their place on the team

DEPOSITS:

Yes.

MEALS:

Not included.

 – – –

Read more info, the full Terms & Conditions and apply for this role, here.

The Shangri-La sign • Credit: Shangri-La Facebook
Arcadia Volunteer Crew

SHIFTS:

2-3 shifts: Volunteer staff will work approximately 20 hours across the course of the festival (exact shift times TBC).

The earliest shifts available will start on Tuesday evening, and the latest will finish in the early hours of Monday morning.

REQUIREMENTS: 

  • Have at least three months’ solid bar experience mentioned in their CV
  • Have provided two relevant and responsive workplace referees
  • Have their deposit ready to pay promptly, in order to secure their place on the team

DEPOSITS:

Yes.

MEALS:

Not included.

 – – –

Read more info, the full Terms & Conditions and apply for this role, here.

General information to bear in mind when applying:

  • Space on the team is limited, and all applications are reviewed on an individual basis.
  • All staff are required on site by the evening of Tuesday 20th June, prior to the festival opening to the public on Wednesday, with Refresh West’s mandatory crew briefing will take place early on Wednesday.
  • All confirmed team members will have the option to choose their shift pattern on a first come first serve basis (A shift pattern request form will be sent out nearer the event).
  • Night shifts throughout the festival may finish in the early hours of the morning.
  • Unreliability at other events will affect the status of your application.
  • If you have any further questions, please contact [email protected]
  • For the full Terms & Conditions and application forms click here.

OTHER 2023 LINE-UP NEWS

Last month, Arctic Monkeys and Guns N’ Roses were officially announced as the two other headliners to join already confirmed Sunday night headliner Elton John on the Glastonbury 2023 line-up and will take to the Pyramid Stage on the Friday and Saturday nights of this year’s Festival (respectively).

The Glastonbury 2023 first line-up poster was shared via the Festival’s official Twitter account on Friday morning the 3rd of March at 9:32 AM – about half an hour after the initial Guardian article detailing the names on the line-up was published.

When published, the original article featured 55 artists on the list, however, it was then amended to omit one of the acts on the line-up in Queens of the Stone Age – explaining: “The number of announced artists was also reduced from 55 to 54 after an artist had been wrongly included in the initial lineup by Glastonbury organisers.”

Some of the names featured on the main line-up poster include Lizzo, Lana Del Rey, Lil Nas X, Wizkid, and Yusuf / Cat Stevens – who will take to the iconic Pyramid Stage as this year’s Sunday teatime Legend Slot performer.

Even more names were added to the line-up after West Holts was the first area to reveal its individual poster for Glastonbury 2023 on Tuesday afternoon (14th March) at 4 PM – including 2023 West Holts headliners Kelis, Loyle Carner and Rudimental.

In addition to the West Holts poster being announced, the first main line-up 2023 poster (released on 3rd March) was updated to move 2 Other Stage headliners (Lana Del Rey and Wizkid), Sunday Pyramid sub (Lil Nas X) and Legend Slot performer (Cat Stevens / Yusef) to the second row – as seen in the poster below.

Elsewhere, Glastonbury staple Craig Charles who confirmed he’ll be returning to the Pilton-held event to play his much-loved epic afternoon set at Shangri-La this year, Fisherman’s Friends also shared information about their gig at Glastonbury 2023, after listing “Glastonbury Festival” on their official website as one of the scheduled shows on their upcoming tour.

Another band that has recently been all but officially confirmed to play at this year’s Festival is The Saw Doctors, who are reportedly set to return to Worthy Farm to “play Glastonbury, heading the Acoustic Stage at the festival on Friday, June 23rd”.

Other recent self-confirmations include post-punk band Shame confirming they’ll be playing the Pilton-held event after revealing the news in a Reddit Q&A.

Kelly Jones of Stereophonics also announced that he will be performing at Glastonbury this summer with his new project Far From Saints, as well as Gabrielle Aplin, who likewise confirmed she will be playing the Avalon Stage at this year’s Festival.

Stay up to date with all the latest acts that have been confirmed, self-confirmed, rumoured or are unlikely to appear on the Glastonbury 2023 Festival line-up – as well as every Glasto-shaped hole, gap and crack so far – via our daily updated line-up & rumours list.

Updated Glastonbury 2023 line-up poster, with artwork by Stanley Donwood.
The updated Glastonbury 2023 line-up poster, with artwork by Stanley Donwood.

2023 RUMOURS ROUNDUP

In other rumours news, Florance & the Machine re-ignited hopes in fans for a potential performance at this year’s Festival, after leaving plenty of room for a Glasto gig in their summer tour dates, in addition to Pulp, who likewise revealed the dates of their summer reunion tour while also leaving a space to fit in a possible Glastonbury performance this year.

Another band who was rumoured for a slot on this year’s line-up but now looks unlikely to appear at Glastonbury 2023 is Britpop legends Blur, whose drummer recently went on record to say they haven’t been asked to play this year.

Orbital have also been crossed off the list for a performance at this year’s Festival after the electronic legends recently said they won’t be at Glastonbury 2023, but said “maybe [they’ll be back] next year, in 2024.

Elsewhere, addressing some of the recurring rumours in regards to the Spice Girls, Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis denied that the pop group would appear at this year’s Festival, saying: “That is not a conversation we’re having at the moment,” but added that Melanie C would perform solo.

Glastonbury Festival site • Credit: Rachel D

2023 SITE UPDATES & CHANGES

  • Vodafone has announced a multi-year partnership with Glastonbury as the ‘Festival’s Official Connectivity Partner‘ and will be replacing EE, which up until 2022 was Glastonbury‘s technology partner for the seventh year running.
  • Emily Eavis confirmed the renaming of the John Peel Stage to Woodsies, as well as adding a new family-orientated area of the same name which will feature a campfire.
  • Children will not be allowed in the notorious after-hours south-east corner (also known as the ‘naughty corner’) after 10pm and will be encouraged to seek out child-friendly areas across the site such as the Theatre & Circus Fields, and the campfire in the new Woodsies area.

 MORE GLASTONBURY NEWS

In other news, Glastonbury Festival in collaboration with Oxfam managed to raise more than £1 million for the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC)’s appeal to help communities impacted by the Turkey and Syria earthquakes.

The appeal, which came in the form of a raffle, gave participants the opportunity to win one of 10 pairs of tickets donated by the Festival to its sold-out 2023 event, each including a once-in-a-lifetime experience – such as the chance to watch a band from the side of the legendary Pyramid Stage or introduce an act on The Park Stage.

The appeal managed to raise more than £320,000 just 12 hours after launching on the 15th of February, rapidly increasing to £550,000 only 24 hours later and finally smashing its updated target of £1 million on Monday evening, the 6th of March.

The prize draw concluded at noon on the 8th of March raising a sum total of £1,044,130 from 46,390 supporters, with the draw set to take place on the 15th of March and winners notified by email and/or first-class post within 5 days of the draw date.

Prior to the Oxfam raffle mentioned above, the Festival also helped raise over £116,000 in aid of the Trussell Trust in a partnership auction to help support people facing hardship across the UK.

The money was put up in a series of 10 eBay auctions run by the food bank charity to raise funds for their network of over 1,300 food banks scattered across the country.

In this instance, similar to the Oxfam appeal, auctions offered 10 pairs of tickets which included once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for fans at the Festival.

The total from all ten Trussell Trust auctions amounted to £116,738 – with the “cheapest” pair of tickets selling for £10,200, which included the chance to watch a set from the Other Stage viewing platform.

DON’T BE FOOLED

Glastonbury Festival would very much like fans to be aware that there are people out there who will try and sell fake Glastonbury tickets to unsuspecting, willing and innocent potential purchasers.

Although Glasto-veterans who have been going to the Festival for quite some time may recognise these scams for what they are, newcomers might not.

Therefore, please remember that tickets are only sold on one site, which is: glastonbury.seetickets.com.

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