Volunteer at Sound City

For our very first Sound City Ipswich we are offering the chance to gain first-hand experience in working at a music festival with a number of opportunities available. The broad range of roles we have on offer include Technical Production, Wristband Exchange, Social Media Ambassadors, Artist Liaison and Videography.

This is an amazing opportunity to be part of the town’s first multi-venue festival and industry conference! You will be able to learn new skills and experience the workings of a festival, while meeting new people and having fun! We hope that this will also lead to ongoing opportunities in Ipswich throughout the year.

Volunteer Roles


To assist the FOH engineer and stage manager with any minor tasks they may need completing i.e. cable running, lunch runs and other general lugging around.


To assist the FOH engineer and stage manager in moving artists equipment on and off stage to ensure changovers are swift and efficient. This role will include assisting the FOH engineer and stage manager setup the stage to their standards. A moderate level of technical knowledge in sound and lighting will be required for this role.

Artist Liaison

Meeting and greeting artists to the venue in a warm and friendly manner. Ensuring artists have what they need and responding to any requests, and making sure the venue is accessible for individual needs. Reporting to your team leader and liaising with the stage manager.


To assist with the running of the bar at The Smokehouse reporting to the duty manager. Replenishing stock and using the till in a fast paced environment.

Event Steward

Checking wristbands, acting as a guide and being the face of the festival when welcoming visitors to the venue and collecting audience feedback. To assist the team in artist and conference registration, box office and wristband exchange.

Promotions Assistant

Distributing marketing materials i.e. flyers, posters, stickers and acting as a social media ambassador during the event.

Lead Volunteer

Liaising with the team and assisting the Volunteer Coordinator by welcoming and supervising volunteers and recording attendance. You will be required to problem solve any issues that may arise during shifts.


To assist the venue photographers in capturing images to a high professional standard. Assisting at a designated venue or acting as a roaming photographer capturing the festival vibe. All images must be delivered via google drive straight after the festival with relevant crediting details. You will need your own camera.


As part of the camera operational team, a runner or data manager, you will be ensuring a smooth operation in your designated venue. Working to a tight schedule, strong organisational skills are required to store and manage the data captured. One additional team will be responsible for The Smokehouse venue and its live Facebook stream. Experience in film or photography will be required for this role. You won't require your own camera.

To Apply

It is important to us that these opportunities are accessible to all applicants with different backgrounds and abilities. We ask that volunteers be aged 16 or over to volunteer, and 18+ for a bar role. With the daytime conference 11-4pm and the festival 5pm-2am, different shift times will be available depending on the role, and you will of course be given a free wristband in return for your help. Some roles require a bit more experience than others, please stipulate any relevant experience you may have in the application form. You may be asked to attend training sessions and briefings prior to the festival itself. If you have any questions please email us.