Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the festival was at its lowest. The glory days of the 60s and 70s peace and free love era were long gone. Festivals had started out as celebrations of music, expression and just having a good time, but one by one they had lost their edge, instead becoming largely depressing affairs held in under populated fields. Attendance was at record lows and you simply had to turn up to Glastonbury and walk over the pulled down fence to get in for free and crowds were out of control.
Then something began to happen. Gradually the quality of organisation began to improve and people were returning to the festival. Safety, security and the quality of the performers got better. People felt safer and the amenities got better. People were now more interested in the whole experience: food, music and venue. In many ways, the change in reputation that occurred was a festival revolution, and soon more and more events were springing up all over the place.
These days, good event staff is key to any successful festival. You need everything from security, stage security, first aiders, bar staff, information and more to run a successful festival – in fact, at a large festival like Glastonbury the event staff make up a small army, catering to the needs of the customers and ensuring everyone stays happy and healthy without the worry of something going wrong.
Friendly, competent event staff are key in any events’ success including festivals, be it food-related festivals or music events. As important as the quality of the food and the success of the perfomers, event staff make for an extraordinary experience overall. So, long live the festival revolution and long may it continue.