Stewards – Stage

Stewarding team contribute to the smooth running of the weekend and help to provide the public face of the festival. They are often the first people that festivalgoers meet when they arrive onsite, so good stewards have a really important part to play.

Stage Stewards cover front and back stage areas, ensuring that performances are enjoyed safely and artist preparation areas are kept secure. You either already hold a Level 2 Award in Front of Stage Pit Barrier Operations, or are willing to undertake a day of training on site before the festival opens in order to gain one.

The role involves looking after the crowd in front of any stage barriers hence volunteers applying for this role must be physically robust. Much of your time will be spent standing and you will be required to wear ear protection as part of this role, as some venues can be very noisy.

In addition your role will entail keeping the backstage areas secure by checking wristbands and passes ensuring access for those who need to be backstage or in the stage area. Warm clothing, waterproofs, and sturdy footwear are essential.

Volunteers will be required to complete two shifts totalling 7 hours per day of the festival between 7.30 am and 1.00 am.


Stage stewards are permitted on site from the Wednesday before the festival, after mid-day, so please do not try to turn up earlier. Also, remember that any others in your group who are not volunteers will be restricted to stay in the campsite until the start of the festival on Friday. Access to other areas of the festival site will not be permitted. On arrival, we will need to know names and numbers so that correct passes can be issued if needed. If you have any questions, please e-mail the stewarding address.

Training and Briefing Sessions:

Training sessions are for all stewards and must be attended. If you have not been to Greenbelt before as a steward you will also need to attend the basic stewards training.

The sessions will take part before the Festival opens at various times on Thursday and Friday. They will include important information about the emergency services on site.

in addition, each stewarding area will have its own briefing sessions. The briefing sessions must be attended by all stewards.