Job Description

Pre-Festival Production Hand

Reports to: Production Lead, Technical Director

Direct Reports: n/a

Works closely with: Pre-Festival Production Hand(s), Equipment Lead, Backline Equipment Lead


Objective/Duties & Responsibilities


The Pre-Festival Production Hand is responsible for ensuring that riders are advanced correctly and effectively prior to the festival. This involves interpreting artist needs by:

  • Examining technical riders carefully and methodically

  • Compiling equipment lists for each artist and showcase and organizing/managing this information in a strategic and efficient way

  • Identifying potentially difficult to source equipment or technical rider requirements that cannot be achieved at the festival and communicating them to the Production Lead and/or Technical Director

  • Regular communication with Production Lead


  • Knowledge of sound equipment, DJ gear, midi interfaces, etc

  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects simultaneously

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing

  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, volunteers and artists

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Handles high pressure situations with grace and good humor

  • Punctuality and professionalism

  • Ability to make decisions quickly

  • Ability to use common sense approaches and make prudent and sound decisions

  • Ability to provide high quality services in a cost-effective manner and to recommend improved methods of performing the work


  • Previous production experience working with electronic music

  • Previous production experience working with a music festival

  • Previous production experience working with live music

  • Good ears

  • Familiar with troubleshooting issues related to production of both DJ and live events (equipment, musical styles)

Employment Conditions

  • At minimum, weekly Decibel meetings throughout the year

  • Position requires work during Decibel events and Decibel festival

  • Must have personal computer or daily access to a computer

  • Willingness to check Decibel email daily

  • Evening and weekend required

  • Reliable transportation to/from various Decibel meetings and events