Friday was very much doing odd jobs, things that needed putting into place or being run up to various stages etc. It was a shock to the system working for 12 hours but the time seemed to fly by. It was great to see everything being set up, you underestimate how much is needed for the show to go on, I have never seen so many trucks in my whole life.
Saturday was more of the same but with music, our production office was directly behind the stage so we were able to hear everything and get glimpses of artists which did not in any way, shape or form, prepare me for how many people we would see on Sunday. The rain poured down before Beyonce and I had the privilege of meeting one of my favourite artists’ Gabrielle Aplin which made the day all the better.
Sunday was by far the best day. Louise and I got to work with Ali, the person in charge of Artist Liaison, she allowed us into the artist area where we got to work with her and that gave us the opportunity to meet a lot of very cool people. Later in the day, I had to drive The Saturdays, Joe Dempsie and Lawson which was nerve-wracking but a lot of fun.
I learnt so much about the industry over the two weeks and established important contacts which I will utilise. I am eternally grateful to Jim and David for this incredible opportunity and for the awesome Summer I had, everything I have learnt will stay with me for a very long time and aid me at University and hopefully future employment. I hope everybody had a great experience!
This experience was simply priceless on every level and although the commute was exhausting it was naturally, well worth it. I made several valuable acquaintances throughout the placement which all worked in different fields which was fun to explore. From Artist Liaison to TV production, it was crazy to see how things really worked and it made me think how naive we are as an audience sometimes, thinking that things are just magically put together when really, there is a team of people working for weeks and weeks to create it.
I worked mostly on Artist Biogs, putting together a somewhat portfolio for each artist which would then be taken and turned into interviews for the presenters to have with artists, so it felt like I was really contributing which I enjoyed a lot, particularly writing about artists that I personally had an interest for. Amongst other things, I researched previous set lists of artists, imported tracks into the shared database needed by the people in the trucks recording performances and even jumping on a tube to pick up a makeshift bike chain to ensure no members of the public got into our section on site.
After our day off for our results, which surprisingly went well, we moved to site…
Although I am a bit late on posting this, I have been given V Festival as my placement! Naturally, I am ecstatic, I invest most of my time in music so this was ideal. (Cries over Beyoncé) Once contact was made with Elizabeth Flowers, the person in charge of looking after me essentially, it really hit me that I am going to do this which is all extremely exciting. The first day will be on the 5th of August so it is a waiting game until then to see what it will really entail. The mystery of it all makes it all the more intriguing but works me in to an anxious frenzy.
Last week I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Dermot O’Leary with Anna and Louise (wish you were there James, sending you love), he was not only down-to-earth, friendly and just genuinely warm as a person, but a huge help. He was able to use his experience to aid our knowledge of the media world. After his talk, I was able to take a lot of advice away from it which will stay with me for a long time and hopefully will help me utilise my experience working for V fully. This has already turned out to be an incredible experience and the best is yet to come, till next time!
So little old me is actually going places! I feel totally honoured to be representing the Tuskar Trust along with the other three winners (congrats to you all!) I absolutely cannot wait to start my placement. It is somewhat of a relief to finally be doing something that I know I can do whole-heartedly with a complete burning desire to succeed. Thank you so much to Jim and David for such an incredible opportunity, one that would be hard to find anywhere else. Watch this space! :D