Join the Redfest 2016 crew!

We’re now taking volunteer registrations for stewards, decor makers, build and breakdown crew, and many more roles at Redfest 2016. Lend us your skills and learn new ones, make new friends and feel part of a fantastic community event – everyone is welcome!

In return for your time you’ll get a free t shirt, treatment in the Wellbeing Area, drinks tokens (for alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks), water and snacks and a free meal from our crew caterers.

Click here to register as a volunteer

Vinyl AllStars fundraiser

It’s our first party of 2016, with Paul Moylan (Gumbo) dipping into his trunk of funk, suitcase of soul and valise of vinyl and playing raw soul, R&B, deep funk and a whole load more tunes to dance to… plus Redfest’s own steel wheel superstars Russ and Dermot with a jump-up mix of reggae, afrobeat and funk.

“Where’s it to me babber?”, we hear you ask – well, it’s happening at the Plough Inn, Easton, on March 4, from 8 till late. We’d love you to come and join us and dance, drink or do whatever makes you happy!

All proceeds go towards this year’s festival. Suggested donation £3 on the door.

Help us organise Redfest 2016

So, remember how much you enjoyed Redfest this year? Fancy helping us make the next one? We have the following vacancies for volunteers in the team that organises the festival:

  • Kids Village Manager
  • Fundraiser – corporate sponsorship
  • Fundraiser – fundraising events
  • Catering team (junior role – please note this is the team that organises catering stalls at the festival, it doesn’t involve actual catering)
  • Health and safety team (junior role)
  • Site zone managers
  • Site build managers
  • Site decor team
  • Merchandise team

The time commitment and experience needed for each role varies, and you don’t need to have experience in events for all of the roles: transferable skills are welcome. We also have plenty of jobs for enthusiastic people with no experience who just want to do something great for their community!

If any of this sounds like you and you want to find out more, email us at info@redfestbristol.co.uk

Click here if you’d prefer to be involved as a performer, trader or sponsor

Core team meeting June 2015
The 2015 core team get together once a month to catch up – here are some of us at a meeting shortly before the festival.
The Redfest sustainability team (two men, two women, wearing green Redfest crew t shirts)

News from the Sustainability Team

It’s been almost a month since Redfest!

First of all, a big thank you to the Redfest team and YOU, our attendees, for getting behind Redfest Goes Green!

The festival may have finished for this year, but we in the Redfest Sustainability Team are still hard at work analysing data and working out how green Redfest was this year.

We still have a lot of information to go through and a fair few numbers to crunch, but we have already seen the positive impact that our solar powered stages and reusable cups have had, so a big thank you to Bristol 2015 and Green Goblets.

We will have some sustainability information for you soon so in the meantime we’d love to hear about what you thought of Redfest Goes Green.

Use the hashtag #RedfestGoesGreen on Twitter and Facebook to tell us what you thought of our sustainable initiatives, how you think we did and what we could do better next year to help us make Redfest Bristol’s most sustainable festival!

See you next year,

The Redfest Sustainability Team

(Pictured above at the All-Dayer, left to right: Anais, James, Russ and Jenny)

It blew me away

To be honest, I am in awe of Redfest.

True that I started it, nurtured it along its journey and put a lot of work into it. But so many people work really hard on now and it really, really shows.

This year was exceptional. Surely the best yet?

Beyond the great music and activities and food and markets, it’s amazing to see so many people having a great time. For me, putting on a good party is as good a social policy as anything else!

When I look back on the Redfest journey, it’s really come so far. From 30 people in Grounded for nightly events to 5,000 people in a park!

Back in the mists of time it was a week long series of arts events – in Cafe Grounded mainly, as well as Bethesda.

We had Studio Ghibli film screenings, short animation night (aided by then local resident Dance Borthwick from The Bolex Brothers), experimental music night (I Am The Mighty Jungulator), as well as music and kids’ events. It all culminated in a music all-dayer at Grounded in the garden with acts like My Two Toms and Katie Brooks as well as local trumpeter  David Mowat. And now it’s grown to include big names like Laid Blak.

One of the big things I’ve learnt is having the right people on board. That personalities that are different complement each other often, and need each other. It’s a collaboration of ideas and skills.

Here’s to more collaboration and creation, and to different skills!

Awesome, Just AWESOME.

A crowd of people sit on the grass and watch the show. There are many families. Behind are trees and tennis courts.
What Redfest looked like in 2011
What Redfest looked like in 2015
What Redfest looked like in 2015

The most sensational inspirational show

Hey, we know it’s not always easy being green. If you’re the same age as me, then back at the start of the eighties The Muppet Show was probably the centre of your world, like it was mine. Everyone loved the bad puns, parodies, and fantastic musical numbers, watching as an exasperated Kermit The Frog tried to keep it all together.

Perhaps that’s why I feel so at home working on Redfest… in a strange way we’re like that motley crew of misfits putting on a performance – and doing it every year on a shoestring. We’re not doing it for money, it’s hard work at times, but we love it. We hope you do too. Just don’t ask which one of us is Kermit, and which one is Gonzo…

Anyway. Even if it’s not easy, we are determined to be as green as we can be, and if you want to know how, check out our Sustainability page. If (even better) you have some ideas about we could do be greener, or want to help, please contact us. Or if you just want to hear Kermit sing his song, then here you go…

A week of celebrating our volunteers

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It’s national Volunteers’ Week and of course we couldn’t miss the opportunity to give some love to our wonderful Redfest volunteers!

All week we’ll be celebrating the amazing volunteers who make Redfest happen and showcasing some of the different roles that they do.

The festival literally could not happen without this brilliant team of people. We haven’t got space to include everybody sadly, but we love you all, and there is truly no way to express how grateful we are for the time and enthusiasm you give us!

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and check back here to see everyone that we feature during the week. If you’re already a Redfest volunteer you might see yourself… and if you’re not, and you fancy joining in, why not click here and join the team!

Friday’s featured volunteers are…

The Core Team

Core team meeting June 2015

Who are they? The lovely people that organise the festival. Some of it is glamorous – like listening to demos and deciding which bands get to play – and some of it is hard graft on funding applications and supplier contracts. But all of it is worthwhile when the party comes together and the park is full of happy, smiling people having fun.

It’s an ideal job for you if… You have event organising experience; you have helped out at Redfest before and want to get more involved; you have a lot of time to commit year-round; you reckon you can make big things happen for zero budget.

(PS: Everyone in this photo, plus the others who didn’t happen to be at the meeting when the photo was taken, deserves a really massive thank you, and in particular, the festival’s Project Manager Dom (far left) and Artistic Director Simon (at the back in a black hoodie) who lead the whole wild ride with boundless energy and copious spreadsheets. Thank you everyone!)

And don’t forget these from earlier in the week…

The Kids Team

kids team

Who are they? We have a whole area dedicated to fun for the littluns at Redfest, and it’s the Kids Team that keep the activities going and the kiddies entertained and happy (with their grown-ups, of course).

It’s an ideal job for you if… You love working with children.

(PS: On the left of this pic is Naomi who runs JollyTots music and singing workshops – if you have under-5s and haven’t been to one of her fundraising events you are missing out on loads of fun! And when she’s not doing that she works tirelessly to run Redfest’s marketing and social media. Thank you Naomi!)

Public engagement

fundraising crew

What is it? It’s a fancy way of saying “chatting to random partygoers”! You might be shaking a bucket or collecting tin for donations, doing a survey about sustainability, selling t shirts, answering queries, generally being a friendly face to represent the festival, or all of these at once and more!

It’s an ideal job for you if… You love meeting people, making new friends, and feeling part of the community; you’d like to use, or develop, your sales and customer service skills; you want to see the show while you work.

(PS: If you have really sharp eyes you might spot Meg and Frankie in this photo, who did marketing and fundraising for Redfest 2013. Thank you Meg and Frankie!)

The Decor Fairies

A path through the park is lit by sunshine. Red bunting hangs across the path and there are giant flags on either side.

Who are they? A festival’s not a festival without bunting, flags and lots and lots of shiny stuff, and it’s the decor crew that make that happen. They are there from early in the morning doing magic stuff with cable ties and staple guns, ready for when the party starts.

It’s an ideal job for you if… You’re a bit creative; you like working hard to a deadline; you’d rather be working before the festival than during it.

The Info Tent Team

redfest info tentWho are they? The info tent team answer questions from the public – from “where are the toilets?” to “what time is my favourite band playing?” – and look after lost property. They sell programmes and t shirts to bring in an important source of funding for the festival. They’re also a hub for the steward team, making sure everyone’s signed in, gets their free t shirt, and has everything they need.

It’s an ideal job for you if: you’re sociable; you’re well organised; you want to make new friends; you like to keep busy; you want to be sitting down.

(PS: the dapper chap in the sunglasses in this pic is Redfest’s head steward Dermot. He’s a key member of the team all year round and gives us so much time and expertise for absolutely nada in return. Thank you Dermot!)

Quizfest raises a whopping £200!

The interior of the Greenbank Pub in Easton, Bristol. The tables are crowded with people concentrating hard on the music round of the quiz.

A big thank you to everyone who came along to the first Redfest Quizfest on Monday 25 May 2015. Congratulations to everyone who won in the quiz and the raffle – we’d love you to send us a tweet or post on Facebook to let us know how you’re enjoying your prizes.

We raised £200, which is absolutely brilliant and will be essential to keeping the festival alive and free.

The Redfest team was out in force, we had a great time and it was great to meet lots of Redfest fans and some of our new volunteers. In fact, the Redfest Volunteers team came joint second (much to their surprise!) so we clearly have some brainiacs on the crew this year!

Once again our thanks go to the Greenbank pub for providing the venue, to prize-donaters Pieminister, Dig In Bristol, Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork, Cafe Grounded and Southville Deli, and to the Bristol Sweetmart, Maitreya Social and Butcombe Brewery, who between them provided some rather spiffing bangers and mash. And, last but very much not least, quizmistress Claire and her team of intriguing question-setters.

Let’s do it all again soon!