My Great Escape Festival with Amy Wildsmith

31st May 2018

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My role during The Great Escape Weekend was ‘Volunteer Coordinator’. This role started in early March and involved launching the application process for volunteers, reviewing applications, assigning volunteers to different roles and managing their shifts. Over the process of the weekend I was based in the Volunteer Office and was the main point of contact for all of the volunteers if they had any problems whilst signing in and out of their shifts. 

This was my 3rd TGE. I was a volunteer in my first year of BIMM, it’s something that is great to have on your CV! I spoke to Rebecca Hallifax during my first year, who is the volunteer manager at the festival and in my second year she invited me back to be her assistant. We’ve ended up with a great working relationship and now friendship and once again she asked me to come back this year as her assistant and volunteer coordinator!

I’ve managed to meet a lot of people over the last 3 years working at TGE. From after-party events I’ve managed to socialise with all of the production team and become good friends with them which has lead on to more jobs with Lisa Norman who is the festival manager and also runs Lout Promotions here in Brighton. Rebecca runs events at Crawley Council and I now work part time on their events with her and I’ve also managed to pick up a PR job to start work full time now!

I’ve learned that always doing your best is key! My first year was a volunteer and now I’m paid staff for TGE. Hard work really really does pay off and I believe that you have to go through volunteering to show that you’re dedicated and the people that work there really do see you, you’re not just a volunteer! You work hard and it’s guaranteed you will be asked back!

I managed to catch some exciting acts over the weekend! I went down to Komedia on the Friday and saw Canshaker Pi from Amsterdam, it’s not the first time I’ve seen them but they were as amazing as ever! I also caught Benny Mails at Shooshh, which was incredible! 


Amy is currently in the third and final year of a BA (Hons) Music Business at BIMM Brighton. Are you interested in studying a course like hers? If so, click here. 


James Watts

Social Media Assistant, Professional Bassist and Music Journalist. Career highlights include performing at some of the UK's premier music festivals, recording in Abbey Road and interviewing Debbie Harry.