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Fat TuesdayFat Tuesday call-out for volunteers

We are now recruiting for volunteers to help us with this year’s Fat Tuesday Festival, now in its 10th anniversary year, writes volunteer coordinator John Knowles.

As well as being one of Hastings’ cultural highlights Fat Tuesday is also the  winner of Best Live Event in East Sussex 2018.

Fat Tuesday runs from Friday 1 to Tuesday 5 March in venues throughout Hastings, with gigs large and small and a wonderful children’s parade on the Sunday.

This is a fantastic opportunity to get hands-on with this amazing grass-roots event and it’s no surprise that previous volunteers are already asking to come back on board. But this year the festival is expanding with more happening than ever before, more bands, more workshops and a bigger parade! So we need YOU!

By volunteering you not only get to support a great local event but also the opportunity to see and hear some amazing music across the five days. As a volunteer you’ll be: gathering information forms, staffing the info desk, handing out flyers, stewarding at events and being the face of Fat Tuesday. For all volunteering you’ll need to be 18 or over by 1 March 2019 and be available to work the shifts allocated to you throughout the festival. Each shift is usually four hours.

There will be plenty to do and this is a fabulous learning experience and a great event to have on your CV if you are looking to work in music event management. This year we are expanding our call-out for volunteers to also include stage managers for the main Fat Tuesday evening (and there is a sign-up link on the main get-involved page for both positions).

We will be running 16 stages as part of the Fat Tuesday tour on 5 March and we need well organised, unflappable people to ensure that artists get on and off stage safely and that we keep to our schedule. The Fat Tuesday tour is an extremely busy night with venues all running at capacity. You need to be available from 6pm to 11pm. We are also keen to hear from anyone with experience of manning road closures and with first aid experience.

So as well as being part of one long party with access to lots of great events and having a fabulously sociable time, what can we offer you in return?

  • A welcome pack of Fat Tuesday merchandise, including a fabulous T-Shirt.
  • Access to the last night after-show party!
  • Volunteer training: preparing you for being one of the faces of Fat Tuesday (what’s on and what we expect from you) and a session which will be a practical guide to ‘working with the public,’ especially for volunteers doing questionnaires and working on the Umbrella Parade.
  • Post-event follow-up for those of you interested in working in the music and event industry.
  • Reference letters for future employees of colleges.
  • And a small cash fee, so that you are not out of pocket by helping us.

Last year’s team managed to beat our questionnaire reply total and along the way found themselves at some of the best events and parties in this, let’s face it, party-mad town. Ideally we are looking for over 18s but we do have roles for older teens as well. We need people who can commit to a schedule, who love working with the public and who, ideally, are interested in music and events. You’ll be led by industry professionals and although there is a lot to do, we can promise you it will be a great event to be a part of.

If you are interested, please sign up here.

And if you have any questions then contact volunteer manager John Knowles on 07813 03 55 14 or by email at

Posted 10:41 Thursday, Jan 24, 2019 In: Music & Sound

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