VOLUNTEER INFO


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As one of our volunteers you will be joining a highly motivated crew full of like-minded people from all over the world. You will be able to experience the festival from behind the scenes, see your favourite artists when you're not working and contribute to the amazing atmosphere that Midgardsblot is world famous for.



WHO CAN APPLY


You need to be at least 18 years old by the time the festival starts. Some jobs (liquor sales) require a higher age limit (20 years). No previous experience is needed unless it is written in the job description. We welcome volunteers from abroad with open arms, but nationals from countries outside the EU/EEA must ensure they have a valid visa for travelling to and staying in Norway.

In exchange for a 3 days festival pass you have to work at least 2 shifts during the festival (daytime or evening). If you are working before and/or after the festival (Arena/Rig), you can enjoy the 3 festival days as a guest.

We encourage all of you positive and open minded people to apply!



TRAVEL AND HOSPITALITY


You are responsible for your own travel booking and travel expenses. There will be shuttle buses going from the city centre to the festival area several times a day – location stops, prices and departure times will be posted closer to the festival. We offer free camping at our volunteer camp, and you will get food and drinks during your work shifts. Please remember that you're responsible to feed yourself when you're not working



VOLUNTEER CAMP


You need to provide your own tent and sleeping bag. Based on the notion of "what you bring in you also bring out", we expect you to take responsibility for disposing your own trash. If you need to store valuables we have security lockers for rent. Note that glass bottles, power generators, large sound systems, live animals, children under 18 years and any sort of weapons are NOT allowed to bring into the camp site/lodge area. Check in and check out-times will be available closer to the festival.



BEFORE YOU APPLY


You are free to choose which teams you want to work for, but for the sake of distribution you need to select 3 in preferred order.

Take the time to read about the different jobs to learn about any specific qualities we're looking for so that you can select the right teams for you. Check that your availability corresponds with the teams you select. For instance, if you signed up for working Arena/Rig, you need to be available before and/or after the festival. And please make sure that you are in fact able to travel on the days you have checked in your application (i.e. vacation time scheduled, dog/catsitter booked), as this will reduce the risk of extra work that occurs with any changes or cancellation after team completion.



THE APPLICATION


Submit your data in our online registration form, and make sure that all the information you write is correct. You are free to choose which teams you want to work for and you can select as many teams as you like, but for the sake of distribution you need to select at least 3 in preferred order. All teams have different work shifts throughout the day, and each shift is approximately 8 hours long (including breaks). Please note that the teams will be assigned based on logistics so you may be given a different role/task than what you have chosen.

Remember that the more available and flexible you are, the easier it is to assign work for you, and a thorough application is helpful to understand your qualities and qualifications. Midgardsblot is not obligated to assign work for everyone applying as volunteer.



THE APPLICATION PROCESS


When you have sent your application you will get an email from us to the email adress you entered, confirming that your application is received. When your application is approved, you will receive an email confirming that you have been accepted as part of the Volunteer Crew. You need to confirm that you are still willing and able to work for us, any changes in availability needs to be addressed to the Volunteer Manager as soon as possible. Approximately 5 weeks prior to the festival you will be assigned to a team or role, and you will then receive your schedule containing your work shifts, your Team Leader and other important information. You have to confirm to these shifts by email. Failure to do so may result in you being removed from our list of volunteers, so please pay close attention to the stated deadlines! Note that application approval and work shifts may follow each other shortly. A waiting list will be opened if your application is received after the teams have been completed. If you have any questions regarding the process, please contact Volunteer Manager by email [crew@midgardsblot.no].

PS. To make sure our emails arrive, please add [crew@midgardsblot.no] to your contacts. If our emails do not arrive, please check your spamfolder.



IMPORTANT RULES


All volunteers need to sign a contract before they start working.
Alcohol and drug consumption during your shifts is strictly prohibited and may result in your wristband being cut. Harassing artists and/or festival guests is not tolerated and may result in your wristband being cut.
Sensitive information of any kind acquired through working with artists and/or promoters are not be shared with other volunteers or to the public.
Personal contact details of other volunteers are not to be exploited or misused in any way.
Crew merchandise is not be worn when you are off duty. When you have finished your shift and want to see concerts, please remove your Crew shirt and Crew pass before consuming alcohol.
If you have checked in and fail to show up to your agreed shifts without notifying your Team Leader, we will require full payment for your festival pass.
Always remember that you are a representative of Midgardsblot Metal Festival when you are working. We expect you to be kind, polite and help out as best as you can.


COMMUNITY


Questions about the festival and surrounding area can be addressed in our public FB-group, search for [Midgardsblot info]. We have a closed FB-group for both previous and current volunteers, request to join [Midgardsblot Volunteer]. All approved volunteers will be invited to a separate FB-group once the annual teams are completed. All volunteers will be summoned to an info meeting in Horten on Wednesday (time and place TBA), and most Team Leaders will conduct separate team briefings in advance.



VOLUNTEER TEAMS


ACCREDITATION
This team is located at the first arrival point for all our guests, and therefore the first friendly faces they meet! Working with accreditation you will be following a set of clear instructions for handing out wristbands and registering sponsors, press and volunteers. You are polite and accurate in your work, and always ready to pass on information with a smile. It's great if you are familiar with electronic devices, but you will be given full training onsite. This team works Tuesday and Wednesday before, but the main work is during the opening hours Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

ARENA/RIG
As a member of the rigging team you will be helping to build the infrastructure of the festival. From putting up fences around the festival site and setting up tents to distributing tables, chairs and lighting, you will be the ones making the festival happen. If you cannot work the days before, it is also possible to help disassemblying the festival in the end, making sure the historical grounds look untouched again. We are looking for hard working and able-bodied people with an eye for detail and the ability to follow instructions. The minimum working hours for this team is 3-4 days before (Mon-Wed/Thurs) and 3-4 days after (Sun-Tue/Wed).

BACKSTAGE
You will be preparing the backstage area and dressing rooms so they are ready and well maintained throughout the evening. As a backstage host you are expected to take good care of the artists making sure they have what they need from the time they arrive and before they go on stage. We expect you to have a professional attitude towards the artists and we appreciate that you are responsible and service minded. Previous experience as artist host is an advantage, but not a prerequisite. This team works Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

BAR
This is one of our busiest and most interesting jobs! Here you will be serving drinks, refilling beverages and conduct sales together with awesome colleagues. It is important that you can handle stress and still be able to smile and have a little chat with our guests if needed. We are looking for mature, attentive and outgoing people who can act quickly and are not afraid of high tempo. The requirement for serving liquor is 20 years of age. This team works during the opening hours Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

CAMP
Your job is being a host for our festival Camp, ensuring the wellbeing of our many guests. You will help preparing the Camp site, manning the Camp station, doing inspection rounds and disassemblying the site when the festival is over. This is a great place to work for people who are sociable, handy and like being outdoors. Working days for Camp hosts are Wednesday to Sunday.

CATERING
We want you to handle a knife, talk and multitask at the same time! Before and after the festival you will be cutting lots of vegetables, picking meat off bones, making waffles to bolster volunteer morale, doing dirty dishes, and feeding hungry staff and volunteers breakfast, lunch and dinner. During the festival you will be doing all of the above, plus feeding artists and selling food to the festival guests. In return we promise bad puns, lots of giggling and working with wonderful and interesting people. Kitchen experience is preferred and appreciated, so bring your lame jokes, your energy and your desire to chop stuff. This team works 5 days before, 3 days during and 4 days after.

CHECKPOINT
At an outdoor festival it is important having control of the area, especially the entrance and exit points of the venue. Your main job is to check for wristbands to allow guests to enter, and check for correct access to the stage/backstage entrances and the production area. Members of this team also supervise the HC ramp. You are mature, service minded and able to follow instructions. You have the ability to say no in a nice and calm manner, and you will be working closely with the professional security guards, This team works Wednesday to Sunday.

FÓLKVANGR
Find your inner Viking! Fólkvangr is a separate village where reenactors, crafters and medieval groups camp, and where the ordinary audience can enter and visit for a limited time during the day. You will be guarding entrance points and assisting our Fõlkvangr chieftains with various tasks. You should be able to dress historically, viking or medieval style, and be available for work Wednesday to Sunday.


RUNNER
As a festival runner you are literally saving the day as problem solver! Your duty is to act when there is something to pick up or buy (equipment, food etc.) for any teams, and we're looking for versatile people who are not afraid of challenges or multitasking. Maybe you are from Horten (or nearby) so you know your way around the area? You need to have a driver's license for this job. Runners work Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

STAGEHANDS
Stagehands work backstage with loading the artists' equipment in/out of cars and on/off stage. This job is physically demanding, and you should be strong, handy and in good health for lifting and carrying boxes. You need to be reliable, able to take orders and work fast. It is also important that you behave in a professional manner towards artists and crew. We differentiate between Stagehands and Stagehands Pro.

STAGEHANDS PRO
Stagehands Pro should have formal qualifications and/or technical experience from working with sound and lighting equipment. We are looking for people who know how to connect PA systems, set up instruments and lights, build stages and handle monitors and mixers. It is useful if you can work a drill and/or have experience with carpentry. If you're unsure if you meet the criterias to work as Stagehands Pro, give us a description of your previous merites. Stagehands work Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

SUNSHINE PATROL
Wanna be everyone's hero? This team's job is to make sure that all our amazing volunteers are taken care of, by distributing liquids and sugar, refilling paper towels and hand soap, and generally spreading good vibes. You should be in good health, have good shoes and enjoy walking in fresh air. It's great if you're environmentally conscious, but it's more important that you can work independently and are able to maintain a positive attitude while doing some physical work. This team works Thursday to Sunday.

SUPERCREW
You have previous experience working at festivals and are looking to take it to the next level! You enjoy working in a team of passionate and motivated individuals, and as a Supercrew member you are a true hero of Midgardsblot. You will be starting before the festival and helping throughout on various tasks from rigging to hosting, catering or bar, and you are always ready to jump in where a helping hand is needed. Of course there will also be time to enjoy some of your favourite artists, and accomodation is provided in the Supercrew Cabin. We are looking for able-bodied and motivated yes-people to join us on the core team that is the beating heart of this festival. This team works 12 days in total – 5 days before, 3 days during and 4 days after – and as Supercrew you need to be available for at least 7 days.

TEAM ASSISTANT
This is a practical job where you'll assist different Teams/Team Leaders, and the duties vary from which team you are placed in. You may also be put in a specific role, such as Conference Assistant, Deco Assistant or Coordinator. We appreciate teamplayers who can work independently, find solutions and take responsibility. If you have leadership qualities or previous experience with festival coordination, we would like to hear from you! Team Assistants work Wednesday to Saturday.

TRANSPORT
Do you have experience as a professional driver or do you work with customer service? That gives you a great advantage, but it's more important having a positive attitude and to be reliable. You will be driving the artists from the pick up-point to the drop off-point at specific times and thus need to be polite and professional in your contact with the artists. You obviously need a valid driver's license class B and you will be using one of our minivans (9 seats). Drivers work Wednesday to Sunday.