Want to attend the highly touted BottleRock Napa Valley music festival but can’t afford a ticket? BottleRock organizers may have an answer for you: Volunteer.
As many as 700 volunteers could be used during the five-day festival set for May 8 to 12 at the Napa Expo, featuring dozens of bands including some big names in contemporary music.
Prices range from $139 for a single-day ticket to $599 for a four-day VIP pass, which may put tickets out of reach for some music lovers.
“We’ll need a lot of hands, and we’d love for people to volunteer,” said Lisa Pond, BottleRock volunteer coordinator.
The payoff may be worth it. Volunteers who complete their committed hours will receive a one-day pass to the festival.
Each will be required to work two volunteer shifts of around five or six hours apiece. Some volunteers could start working as early as this Friday, Pond said. Others, such as members of the “street team,” are already hanging posters and fliers at colleges and in college towns.
From promotions to “greening,” customer service, production, communications, setup and cleanup, “we have a variety of skill sets we need,” Pond said. The two biggest teams will be the greening — helping with waste recycling — and food and beverage teams, she noted.
Almost as soon as the BottleRock website was launched in mid-February, more than 2,000 people emailed organizers about volunteering, “which was awesome,” Pond said. More than 450 have completed an online volunteer registration form, she said.
There is a $15 processing fee to apply, which covers the cost of the volunteer T-shirt provided and processing applications.
A credit card number is also required. If a volunteer neglects to fulfill scheduled volunteer duties, the card will be charged $200, which is the value of the cost of the festival passes given to the volunteer, said the BottleRock website.
The practice is common with multi-day music festivals, Pond noted. Such arrangements make sure organizers can count on volunteers to arrive as promised.
Applicants have already come from many different areas, Pond said. Sixty percent of those who have already volunteered are from Napa County and the Bay Area, and “the rest from all over,” including Southern California and as far away as London.
Applicant ages range from 18 to 60s, she said. Many have previously volunteered at other festivals, such as Bonnaroo and South by Southwest.
The ideal volunteer is “responsible, professional and hospitable,” Pond said.
That person is also over 18, she noted. However, youth service groups or other such organizations may contact organizers directly if they would like to discuss other options, she said.
Pond said further details on training, meals and transportation are being reviewed. Volunteers will be required to provide their own lodging.