Sounds of summer: readers’ festival experiences from around the world (The Guardian)

An excerpt from a short piece in The Guardian newspaper written by one of our volunteers:

‘The whole crew is like a giant family’ 

I’m from a village just a few miles away from Llangollen in north-east Wales, where the Eisteddfod festival is held every year. I haven’t missed a festival since I was born, so I’ve been to 20 of them. 21 if you count when Mum was five months pregnant with me.

I was working there this year. I’m part of the sound crew on the main stage, which I’ve continued to do every year since I did it for Year 10 work experience. The festival is generally well organised, although it had a few hiccups as with any event of its scale. People come for the wide variety of competitions during the daytime. Others come for the evening concerts that are the main attractions. This year the biggest names were Collabro, Bryn Terfel and Jools Holland. Others just come onto the field for the stalls, performances on the outside stages or the general buzz of all the international competitors.

The best experience is definitely working with the rest of the sound and backstage crew during the week, and doing so on such a unique festival just a few miles from my home in a gorgeous setting. The whole crew is like a giant family. In addition meeting people from so many different countries and creating friendships over the week is brilliant. I’ll be doing it again without a doubt! Eluned Ashwood

Read the whole article on The Guardian website