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With the recruitment process well under way, I caught up with three of our lovely senior managers to chat about all things Hotel Bell Tent. If you’re thinking about applying to join our crew this summer, or read our previous post- this will be of interest to you…


1) How did you hear about working for Hotel Bell Tent?

George: I actually used to deliver them sandwiches! My contract was running out, and Tiff (our Co-Founder) offered me a job in the field.

Kirsty: On a Google search, I was looking for summer work putting up marquees or something similar, as I was teaching snowboarding in the winters in Canada

2) What were the reasons you decided you first wanted to put yourself forward?

Sonya: At the time I was studying for my MSc, so in serious need of funds. I was also really attracted by the idea of working at festivals, during the summer, and thought Hotel Bell Tent looked like a fun and vibrant company to work with.

Kirsty: It was the perfect solution to wanting to go away all winter and working outdoors all summer.

3) How has HBT changed since you were crew members and in what way?

Kirsty: When I started we used to only do 1 or 2 jobs over a weekend with about 20 – 30 tents at each event, we did a corporate job for LUSH for 100 tents and that was a massive job for the company! Now we do 3 to 4 events each weekend, with up to 800 structures up at one time and over 500 of them being just at one event.

Sonya: In a lot of ways, Hotel Bell Tent is the same: the company still cares about the people who work for it, and still prides itself on being fair and transparent to guests, while offering the best customer service in the industry. However, it is a more structured organisation now, with clear delineation of responsibility. It is big on retaining knowledge, and almost all freelance and permanent members of staff worked from ‘the bottom up’.

4) Did you factor in the possibility of progressing with the company in the early stages of working for us?

George: I didn’t actually – too busy putting up tents!

Kirsty: It wasn’t in my thought process exactly, but I knew I wanted to come back the following year as I had found a way to facilitate travelling and snowboarding during the winter and got to do a really fun job all summer!

5) What are your favourite aspects of working with Hotel Bell Tent, and why?

Sonya: Luckily, I like being busy and multitasking. No two days working in events are the same, and I’m always learning and putting my skills to use in different ways. The Hotel Bell Tent office team and crew members are also wonderful.

George: Being in a field (for obvious reasons) and being in a good crew of people – you make some excellent friends in a very short time.

6) What have been your favourite jobs so far?

Sonya: It’s really hard to say – small and intimate festivals are lovely to be at, but from a professional point of view the big, production-heavy events are very satisfying. I’ve seen so many beautiful places across the country that I would never have normally gone to.

Kirsty: I really enjoyed working at Festival Number 6 as it's our biggest and most challenging job by far; setting up over 500 tents with a massive crew. It was also a really amazing festival in stunning surroundings.

To apply, please email us at with your CV attached and include any previous/relevant experience. Please also highlight anyone you know that has worked for us in previous years when you apply.



With our packages for all events gradually going on sale, and we enter full-swing into the preparation period, Hotel Bell Tent are excited to be organising arguably the most important part of the whole operation- the crew!

After eight years in the industry, Hotel Bell Tent has undergone constant redevelopment, always adapting and changing when needs be. But our ethos about those we employ remains a constant. We look for like-minded individuals who uphold our company values and will contribute, both in terms of the hard work they put in in the field, and their input in maintaining that 'family' feel.

Historically, many of our Build and Break crew members and Front of House staff return year after year, allowing them to travel between seasons during the winter months, and many have progressed to managerial positions. If this sounds like just what you're looking for, there's no reason why you couldn't be a part of our journey in years to come, accumulating some amazing experience in outdoor events along the way!

For a more detailed overview of each role we are recruiting for, please click HERE. To apply, please email us at with your CV attached and include any previous/relevant experience. Please also highlight anyone you know that has worked for us in previous years when you apply.



We are absolutely delighted to have been named winner of the ‘Best Festival & Event Accommodation’ category at the 2016 Festival Supplier Awards held at the glamorous Hurlingham Club in southwest London on Thursday. It was great to be part of an event that celebrates all of the hard work that goes into the UK’s festivals behind the scenes, and we had a fantastic evening with old associates and new.

From PR to power, and staging to sound, the Festival Supplier Award winners are judged by industry experts so we are very proud of the award – and it goes without saying that we couldn’t do what we do without our wonderful crew, our fabulous guests and our lovely clients.

Congratulations are deserved for all of the finalists and winners; we were particularly delighted to see our friends at Ground Control win the very well earned 'Best Festival Production Team', and the Peppermint Bars team pick up 'Best Concession/Bar' for their work at British Summer Time.

Our award now has pride of place in our office, while we are back hard at work making sure that the 2016 summer season is our best yet!




As the always-spectacular Green Man officially launches for 2016, we at Hotel Bell Tent have been left agog at the incredible line-up, featuring some of 2015’s stand out acts as well as some firm favourites, which will surely consolidate the festival’s reputation for showcasing the best of live indie, folk and electronic music.

The wonderfully offbeat Wild Beasts will be a headlining act not to miss as they bring their distinctive sound to Green Man’s gorgeous settings, and we’ll be hoping that their most recent album Present Tense gets a good hearing – and holding our breath for some new material as well.

As well as atmospheric festival favourites Belle & Sebastian and the Grammy-nominated superstar producer James Blake, we are over the moon to hear that the woman behind one of 2015’s most lauded albums, Julia Holter, will be playing. The anticipation of hearing this beautiful number floating by combined with Green Man’s incomparable view of the Brecon Beacons will keep us going until August:

And with the neuroscientist-cum-electronica wonder Floating Points, spectacular live act Battles, and 2015 success story (with good reason) Ezra Furman representing mere drops in the festival’s impressive ocean of talent – the Green Man line-up will be hard to beat for music lovers this year.

If you’re looking to enjoy all that Green Man has to offer with the minimum of fuss, Hotel Bell Tent has launched our 2016 packages and will be back again at our beautiful riverside location, spread over three areas, with the ability to choose your preferred location (depending on availability!).


Welcome to the Hotel Bell Tent Blog

Introducing our newest venture in the Social Media realm. As well as sharing the latest Hotel Bell Tent news, we’re also going to be introducing you to our wonderful collaborators and offering a wide range of relatable content for your reading pleasure; from lifestyle to wellbeing, music and all things event related. As always, if you have any feedback, suggestions or pictures, or would be interested in being featured or contributing in some way, we would love to hear from you!

At the moment we’re focussing on putting our 2016 events on sale, with The Silverstone Grand Prix, The Isle of Man TT and Creamfields already selling and the Carfest, Green Man, Standon Calling and Give launches just over the horizon — with some more exciting announcements on the way.

For now, keep your eyes peeled….