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ALT at Glastonbury Festival 2023

What happens behind the scenes of one of the biggest festivals in the UK? Stage and Production Management student Stella Bluck took us behind the scenes when she had the opportunity to work as a member of stage crew at Glastonbury Festival 2023. 

It’s one of the biggest events in the British music calendar, with over 200,000 people gathering in the fields of Worthy Farm for five days of music, dance, comedy, theatre, circus, and culture. 

Stage and Production Management student Stella Bluck worked as part of the stage crew for West Holts Stage, providing integral input into the smooth running of the stage. With headliners such as the likes of Kelis, Loyle Carner and Rudimental, Stella shared with us what a typical day looked like for her, including loading in and out the house rig, as well as handling changeovers between acts.  

What did a typical day look like for you at Glastonbury? 

Very busy! Shifts differed, but here is what a typical day would look like… Wake up at 7.00am, have breakfast and be on stage for 8.00am. Then, we would prepare the stage for the headliners soundcheck before preparing the risers for the first act of the day. 

We were always working with four acts at one time: one act on stage, one act being prepared backstage, one act being loaded onto a truck, and one act being loaded off a truck. We continued working until another team would take over at 8.00pm. Then it was time to relax, walk around the festival before going to bed ready to do it all again the next day! 

What was your highlight from your time at Glastonbury? 

One of my favourite moments has to be watching our Sunday night headliner, Rudimental, from front of house. It was so rewarding to see the final product we’d worked so hard on and to see the audience absolutely love it. 

Is there one thing that inspired you to do what you do now? 

I grew up watching music documentaries and always wanted to be a part of it but felt discouraged by how male-dominated the industry is. It's now inspired me to prove that I can achieve being a production or tour manager as a woman in the industry. 

What's the best thing about studying Stage and Production Management? 

The best thing is being able to put theory into practice and working with Live Events Production students to create amazing events! 

What piece of advice would you give any new students who are coming to study at ALT?

Take any opportunity you can get. Even if it’s not something you’d ever imagined yourself doing, you might discover a new role that you’d like to do in the future!  

Whether you want to work on festivals, theatre, sporting events, fashion shows or award ceremonies, our Stage and Production Management course will prepare you for an exciting, diverse range of opportunities.  

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