Festivals Work Experience

How would you like to help set up, run and even perform at some of the world’s best-known music festivals like Glastonbury, The Great Escape and 2000trees? Here at BIMM, we give you the opportunity to see how a festival really works. 

Our festival partnerships include:

  • Glastonbury
  • The Great Escape
  • Reeperbahn
  • 2000trees
  • Hurricane Festival
  • Brighton Pride
  • Barn on the Farm
  • Twisted Village
  • Brighton Festival

It’s these kinds of UK festivals that get our hearts beating a little faster. After all, we’re talking about the best bands in the world combined with the chance to completely immerse yourself in music for three to five days. Sounds like the dream, right?

Whether it’s on Worthy Farm, down near Newquay or deep in a forest in the Cotswolds, you could be performing on stage or working behind the scenes – and simultaneously soaking up invaluable real-life experiences. 

What work experience can I do?

What work experience can’t you do?

We offer festival work experience placements that compliment your chosen course and discipline – and give you the edge when it comes to applying for internships and jobs after you graduate. You’ll get to know the people working there, make new industry connections and see how large-scale festivals are put together.

Our placements include roles such as:

  • Site office manager
  • Production assistant
  • Artist liaison
  • Accreditation assistant
  • Stage management
  • Front of house (FOH) engineering
  • Backline technician
  • Performance-based opportunities
  • And many more

But don’t just take our word for it – hear from the students themselves who have volunteered for placements and got stuck in.

Georgia and Napsugár worked as Artist Liaisons at 2000trees festival while Sam managed the press tent and Oli worked as a stage technician. Check out what their roles involved – and the benefits of our BIMM Festival work experiences.

And, it’s not just UK festivals that we work with either. We also work with festivals across the channel, providing the perfect opportunity for our BIMM Berlin and BIMM Hamburg students to get involved. Check out our round-up of Reeperbahn Festival 2017 where three BIMM Berlin bands got the chance to take to the stage:

Student Experiences

Current BIMM students, graduates and our festival partners let you in on what it's really like to work behind the scenes or perform on stage at a festival.

Clara Charlier: My summer festival experience

2nd year Music Business student Clara Charlier tells us about her jam-packed summer working behind the scenes at Brighton Pride. Find out what she got up to.

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Charlie Fiske reflects on a busy summer

Want to know what it's like playing for performers at festivals? BIMM London Drum graduate Charlie Fiske looks back over his summer gigs supporting the likes of George Ezra and Emeli Sandé.

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Sample music festival: three days of handmade electronic music

The CEO of the Sample Music Festival, Alexander Sonnenfeld, tells us about Berlin's unique three-day event.

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Programming festivals

Ever wondered what it's like to book 500 acts for one of the UK's premier new music festivals? Check out our masterclass with Adam Ryan.

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Festival News

Whether it's lineup announcements, partnering with new festivals or Masterclasses guests (hello Michael Eavis), we keep you up to date with all our festival news.

BIMM artists win Glastonbury performance slot

Two BIMM Artists have secured themselves performance slots at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.

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Masterclass: Michael Eavis

The legendary founder of Glastonbury Festival popped into BIMM Brighton to give a masterclass.

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BIMM partners with Barn on the Farm

We've partnered with the Gloucester festival as it celebrates its 10th anniversary.

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Our students are on the ground, covering the year’s biggest festivals and documenting it all for the ‘gram. Check out what our students have been up to this festival season – and what you could be doing next year by searching for #BIMMTakeOver on social.

Want to work behind the scenes at our festivals?

Check out our following degree and diploma courses if you're wanting the chance to get stuck in behind the scenes.

Event Management

Learn from the very best and be given the tools to become an accomplished event professional in the future.

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Music Business

Leave with the skills you'll need to carve a place for yourself in the music business landscape.

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Want to perform at our festivals?

Discover our performance-based degree and diploma courses if getting the opportunity to perform at the likes of Glastonbury is your dream.


Learn everything you need to break into the music industry and carve a fast-lane career with your flight case in your hand.

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Graduate with the know-how, contacts and skills that you’ll need to make your name in the music industry.

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With our Bass course, you’ll be supported by our tutors and you’ll get to enjoy a varied curriculum that’s designed to prepare you for employment in the music industry.

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We'll make sure you have all the skills and knowledge you’ll need to make a name for yourself in the modern music scene.

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