Kendal Calling and Krankenhaus have partnered up to offer a placement scheme across the festivals, offering hands-on learning in event production.

You don’t need any previous experience of production, just a passion for festivals and a hands-on, team-centered approach to working.

We’re keen to support the next generation of talent. The aim of this scheme is for you to secure enough event experience so that you feel confident taking on future junior production roles, and that with two different scales of festivals on your CV, you can approach a range of production companies for future work.

About the festivals;

Kendal Calling Festival is a music festival in Cumbria. Overlooking the incredible hills and valleys of the Lake District, Kendal Calling aims to bring headline experiences to the area, both in music and arts, whilst celebrating its incredible natural surroundings and the local community.

The festival has an audience with a large range of ages and stages, ranging from 17-70 as well as plenty of audiences that come with their young families. The thing that unites our Kendal Calling audience is their ability to have a great time, they are playful, social, know how to party, and throw themselves into any experience. 
Kendal Calling 24 is live from the 1st to 3rd of August. The festival takes place in a mixture of parkland with ancient trees dotted across the landscape.

Krankenhaus Micro-Festival is brought to you by Sea Power & Muncaster Castle.

Sea Power are a BAFTA winning & Mercury Prize nominated band ( and our hosts at Muncaster Castle, the Pennington-Frost family. Krankenhaus Festival will be held once again at the stunning setting of Muncaster Castle, a striking and ancient outpost near Ravenglass, amid the wild and beautiful western edge of the English Lake District. Ravenglass was described by John Ruskin as “The gateway to paradise.”

The Brief 

This year we are looking for people in the beginning of their career in events, to work alongside the festivals’ production teams to deliver the festival.

You will have full support from both the festivals, with a hands-on role within the production team’s on site. This role will vary throughout the festival, as production covers many logistics.

You need to have worked or volunteered at events (or any other type of production work) before, showing that you have a good understanding of how an event or production runs. You must be self motivated and be able to use your own initiative, while adhering to the health and safety regulations of each festival.

The events are located in the countryside in a festival setting. We will provide you with a place to stay – this may be in a bell tent and you may need to share a space.

You must be available for the week of either one or both of the festivals to apply.

This is a paid placement your time on site will be, plus we are able to offer a small budget for some external extra training which may assist with your learning and development within this role, before or after the festival. This also includes 3 meals a day in crew catering for each event.

Mentoring and producing support at Kendal Calling

Tor Byrnes is an experienced outdoor arts producer having worked on award-winning arts programmes and production teams for festivals across Europe (Including examples Boomtown, Glastonbury, Arts by the Sea, Outlook and Dimensions), she will be your contact prior to being on site at Kendal Calling and will provide pastoral support throughout the programme.

Alongside Steven Collins who will be your point of call during the festival. Steven is part of the renowned Engine No.4 Production, who run all logistics and production across Kendal Calling, Park Life, Blue Dot and The Lost Village.

You will also be invited to a networking event during Kendal Calling, where you will be able to meet other artists, creatives and producers working in the sector.

And at Krankenhous

Jem Noble has been production manager at Krankenhaus for the the last 5 years. Jem has 25 years experience in live music production working for such diverse clients as The Labour Party, the Go Team and Sam Fox! For the past 10 years has been chief production manager and FoH at the Dome in Brighton working with a huge range of national and international touring artists.

David Taylor has over 40 years experience in the music industry from artist and tour management, running record and publishing companies, and recording studios and record shops. Starting as programmer since the opening of the Sheffield Leadmill through to consulting with Sheffield City Council on its ground breaking Cultural Industries programme including BBC Sound City and Rock on the Rates. For the past 18 years has managed Sea Power and been Krankenhaus festival director since its inception.

Who should apply

Kendal Calling exists for everybody, as such we encourage everyone to apply, whether your background is in construction, festivals, fabrication or gallery work, there is a place for you.
We are interested in bringing the best work to Kendal Calling and supporting you in your journey in festivals.
We are particularly interested in hearing from artist/s where this is their first experience of paid work at a festival, from those from or living within Cumbria and those who see themselves as underrepresented in the sector.
We additionally encourage all artists to apply who experience an imbalance of opportunity, whether because of class, race, dis/ability, gender, sexuality or rural location. If you have any concerns about working on the festival in relation to these imbalances, please reach out to chat to us on with PRODUCTION SCHEME in the title of the email.

This is a paid placement, plus we are able to offer a small budget for some external extra training which may assist with your learning and development within in this role, before or after the festival.

Key Dates

Kendal Calling 24 – LIVE DATES -1st August – Monday 5th August

Onsite dates  – Wednesday 31st July – Monday 5th August
Networking Event – Saturday 3rd August (Time and venue tbc)

Krankenhaus 24 – LIVE DATES – Friday 23rd August – Sunday 25th August

Onsite dates – Thursday 22nd August – Monday 26th August


To apply, please see below and complete the form by EOP June 3rd.
If you experience or anticipate any barriers within the application process or require help to make an application or access information, please do contact us on with PRODUCTION SCHEME QUERY in the title of the email and we can make any necessary adjustments.
Please ensure you title your email PRODUCTION SCHEMEL QUERY, otherwise our team may not pick it up due to the volume of emails we receive on other matters.  

A special thanks goes to Arts Council England and The National Lottery for making this possible. 

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