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Watchet Music Festival 2019

Behind the Scenes

Wendy O'Rourke and Paula Halls

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Wendy O'Rourke and Paula Halls organise the purchase and packaging of the hospitality packages know in the business as 'Riders' ready for distribution to the various artists dressing rooms at Watchet Music Festival.

Wendy originally started working with Mark and Jackie Bale 7 years ago helping as a volunteer with the administration of ticket purchases, distribution and any other tasks.

I met Wendy and Paula one sunny Monday evening at the festival site where they were busy organising and sorting out the various Riders. Work takes place in every evening leading up to the festival after both have finished their day jobs. Last minute orders of fresh food are brought in on the day they are needed. Requests from Tour Managers are very specific, and Watchet Music Festival prides its self on being able to cater for all requests down to the finest information.

Wendy and Paula arrive on the festival site early in the morning over the festival weekend to prepare and clean the dressing rooms. They then set up the dressing rooms to cater for the relevant band/artist, check all the Riders and make sure everything is in order for the day. They then hand over to Sarah and Mick Dean to meet and greet the artists and artists and deliver the Riders to the dressing rooms.

Paula has been assisting Wendy for the last 3 years and said “Wendy does love a list”. Looking at the amount of organisation and information needed for this volunteer role I can’t see how you could carry out this work without many lists!

Wendy said she became involved with admin and moved on to assisting in other areas of the festival. She said the team work very well together with Jackie. Jobs are allocated work, gets done and ticked of the To Do list.

Wendy is looking forward to seeing Embrace this year and Paula is looking forward to seeing Hot Chocolate (see you at the front of the main stage Paula).

QUOTE: Watchet Music Festival is the social event of the year. It brings the local community together. There is something for everyone and such a great community atmosphere. You are never on your own.



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