The clocks are changing, the weather is warming up which can only mean that FESTIVAL SEASON IS GETTING NEARER!
Behind the scenes a lot of planning is taking place as we recruit, take references, plan, organise and coordinate the several Festival Angel teams.
To keep everyone in the loop we thought a regular update would be good - so here is the first!
Our first festival of the season is Porthleven Food Festival Festival Angels. This is in the Cornish coastal town and runs 21st - 23rd April. More details are in this video...
Staying in Cornwall a local team will be at Tunes in the Dunes from 12th - 14th May.
In Upton-upon-Severn Festival Angels teams will be out and about at a whole range of festivals from folk to jazz, blues to pop. These weekend events attract up to 30,000 people to this small town and Festival Angels will be running a cafe in Upton Baptist Church as well as detached teams out and about across Upton centre. If you would like to join the Upton team visit here.
New festivals this year include Creamfields South where Paul Carr, rector in Billericay, is aiming to have a team over Spring Bank Holiday weekend. Contact us for more details.
The next new Festival is the metal / rock Download which takes place 7th - 12th June in Castle Donnington. At Download we will be running the Information Hub based on one of the campsites. To join this team visit festivalangels.org.uk/download. A training night will be planned for May.
The same weekend as Download is Parklife in Heaton Park, Manchester. We are currently working with Parklife to run safe place cabins across the site. More information soon!
Next up are fourteen June and July gigs at Piece Hall Halifax. With acts such as Madness, Rag and Bone Man, James, Hozier and Sting the gigs will run in evenings. We have 45 volunteers signed up and so are currently at capacity. We will be sending out the rotas soon and setting up a training evening.
Kendal Calling has become a favourite in the Festival Angels calendar. Running 27th - 30th July in Lowther Deer Park, Penrith the team will be running a Safe Space at the intersection of several campsites alongside detached teams out and about across the festival site. We have 49 volunteers signed up so again are at capacity!
Next up we are supporting Creationfest, a free Christian festival in Cornwall, to recruit volunteers for stewarding, etc. You can find out more and sign up by clicking here.
At the end of August, around the Bank Holiday, we have teams at both Leeds Festival and Creamfields North (and the Upton Sunshine Festival and Street Pastors at Reading).
The team We Are Church at Creamfields handed out at least 2800 jammy dodgers along with litres of water. The team are expanding the work they do each year, follow them at www.facebook.com/wearethechurch3
Leeds Festival, our biggest Festival Angels team with at least 170 volunteers, happens from 23rd - 28th August. Teams will be running a Prayer Cafe, Lost Property, Detached and the Chariot serving cuppas to security staff at night. We are currently on 110 volunteers and so if you plan to be at Leeds sign up soon at leedsfestivalangels.org.uk/volunteer . You can find out more about what we do at Leeds in this video (and please share the video on your social media to help attract more volunteers - https://youtu.be/ZeQxJlYk2Xc )
We are working with other areas to help teams run Festival Angels at smaller festivals including in North Wales. Street Angel teams will also be joining together across regions and with other organisations to run at Festival Angels style teams at events such as Royal Ascot. ROC Angels can help and provide resources if you want to do this in your locality - get in touch with us!
You may want to pray for Festival Angels - click here for a prayer that was on UCB radio in December.
You can join the Facebook group and follow us on social media (we are @festivalangels on FB, TikTok, Twitter and @festivalangels1 on Insta).
Thank you to those who have signed up to volunteer! Thank you to those who are busy working behind the scenes. More information will be out soon from each of the different festival teams.