It may only be April, but for us at Proud Events the festival season is already kicking off! Last week we came back home from our first mission this year – the 2016’s AMP Lost & found in Malta. For a little more than a week our amazing team of staff and volunteers exchanged British rain for Maltese sun and got off to a brilliant start to this year’s outdoor events.
As Proud Events’ new Events Assistant this was my first time working on site and I could not have asked for a better introduction to the job. Being directly thrown into action as part of the volunteer team, working on tasks such as accreditation and merchandise, was a fun way of getting started and has filled me with loads of new knowledge, energy and motivation for our future events.
Normally I study Music Business at BIMM London, so it felt really good to finally get some hands-on experience and an understanding of what all those months of planning finally lead up to. When leaning over a book of event management theory it’s hard to get a grip of just how important the attention to detail is when you plan an event, but after following the work on site I now see clearly how those little details make a huge difference on the overall outcome.
It is easy to forget simple things such as scheduling coffee breaks for the staff or making sure that there’s that extra stock of merchandise ready when the old stock runs out, but if those things are already in your plan you’re more likely to get it right the first time around. This newfound understanding is definitely something that I will take with me both in my studies, as well as in future projects here at Proud Events.
Of course everything has its ups and downs, and I would lie if I didn’t say that working at a festival isn’t challenging at times.
Somehow there always seems to be more VIPs than there are names on the guest list and if I got a penny for every time someone realised that they’d forgotten their ID at home when they finally had reached the end of the line to the accreditation tent, I’d be a rich girl by now. Long shifts continuing into the early morning hours, mean winds sneaking in under every possible layer of clothing and hectic periods with never ending queues were some of the tough elements that we had to endure.
However, when I look back at AMP Lost & Found and Malta I don’t remember it as stressful or tiring, but rather as week filled with laughter and new encounters.
What I remember more than anything, more than any of the DJ sets or the Castle raves, more than the wind or my aching feet, is the amazing team.
I remember the silliness in the accreditation tent at slow periods, I remember making friends with the security and how they gave us coffee and Maltese pastries to pull through our shift, and I remember all of the AMP Lost & Found staff dancing together in the sunset at the well deserved staff party at the end of the festival.
As a team we worked hard by taking on new challenges and supporting each other through it all – from our first shift together to the long bus journey home from Leeds airport.
It’s said that when you have fun together you work well together and I really believe that to be true.
Back in London, I just can’t wait to get on site again, but as I’ve learnt recently planning is more important then one thinks.
So, now we’re back in the office preparing for our next event, hoping that it will turn out even better than the last one by taking with us all we learnt at this year’s AMP Lost & Found.
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