For many people who come to GuilFest, the main stage is the focal point and main hang out of their weekend. The design for this stage changes from year to year to accommodate the great acts that entertain the Surrey crowds: including Alice Cooper, David Gray, Madness, The Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Rolf Harris, The Pretenders, The Darkness, Motorhead, Pulp, Reef, Culture Club, Van Morrison and Jools Holland to name only a few.
Andy and Paul do a great job managing the back stage area for stage 1. Their mammoth task is a little more in depth than just ensuring each act get on and off the stage at the right time.
Surrounded by some of the world’s greatest musical acts, Andy and Paul usually find themselves knee deep in resolving a host of issues that crop up; if they are lucky enough they actually get to spend 2 seconds chatting to the acts. Andy, seen above, appreciated a snap and chat with Daniel Bedingfield before rushing off to sort out another emergency.
Looking after the acts
Working backstage is no easy task. At different times of the day each act, their band, crew, drivers, managers and staff arrive with their huge transport – the area soon gets pretty busy.
Managing the flow of tour buses in and out of the back stage area is a job in itself as coach after coach manoeuvre through the gates, keeping exits clear and free is a science. Each act gets their own portable room loaded with food and drink, which allows them to relax and enjoy mingling with the other acts around them. Fenced off from all sides and all fans, main stage back stage is a strange self contained mini village.