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Festivals Priority Friday Update 3 February 2017

Posted by Clare Williamson Marketing & Engagement Executive, Oxfam Festivals Team

3rd Feb 2017

Stewards on Bestival Bouncy Castle

Hello Festivals Family,

Well it's been a long time since we last had a Friday update, so we're starting them again for this season with a nice juicy piece of news about priority applications.

Those of you that have priority for 2017 have already been sent an email - that went out on January 3rd, to help cheer up the first day back at work after holidays. If you believe you met the criteria for this year, but did not receive that email, please contact us at so we can look into it for you. Please note: all the people that have queried it so far found they were on the priority list, the email just hadn't got through, so make sure you have this address saved to your safe contact list so you can receive important emails from us: (but please do not email us at that address).

Today's big announcement is about changes we're making to the priority rule this year, which will impact who qualifies for it in 2018 and 2019. This will be added to the website in the coming weeks, along with updated FAQs, festival dates and all the other essential info for 2017, but we thought you might like to see it now to start planning your summer. 

Here is the new Priority information:

What is Priority Status?

Priority status is a benefit we offer our most frequent festival volunteers, which allows them early access to apply for stewarding before we open festival places to new volunteers. Festival campaigner and festival shop volunteer places do not open early, as the selection processes are different.

Priority applications usually open a week or two before the public launch, creating a "priority window" for volunteers to take advantage of this status.

The major benefit of early access is the chance to secure a stewarding place at our most popular festivals, which fill up very fast at public launch. Therefore the 2017 criteria for achieving priority status have been revised, to give you the opportunity to extend your status to 2019, acknowledging the Glastonbury "fallow year" in 2018.

  • To qualify for priority status in 2018 you must have volunteered at 2 festivals in 2017

  • To qualify for priority status in 2019 you must have done one of the following:

a)  Volunteered at 3 festivals in 2017
b)  Volunteered at 2 festivals in 2017 and 1 festival in 2018
c)  Volunteered at 2 festivals in 2018 (the normal priority rule)

  • Oxfam campaigning or shop roles can count towards this, providing at least 1 volunteer experience has been stewarding and you have completed stewards training.

  • Experienced/long-term returning stewards will qualify for priority status, if one of the following applies:*

a) You have held a supervisor role at festivals for us, for the last 2 consecutive years
b) You have volunteered in 4 of the past 5 years and have volunteered 8 festivals within that period
c) You have volunteered at 10 or more festivals in the past 10 years

*For the small number of experienced/long-term volunteers who fall just short of the criteria, due to temporary changes to personal circumstances in the previous year (injuries, weddings, babies, family commitments etc) or limitations relating to a reasonable adjustment, please email to explain your situation. Any requests will be considered on a case by case basis.

Have a great weekend everyone,

Best wishes
The Oxfam Festivals Team
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Blog post written by Clare Williamson

Marketing & Engagement Executive, Oxfam Festivals Team

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