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The Vale is recruiting Bar and Event Crew


Whether you’re a professional Carnival artist looking to develop your practice at our Northern Carnival Centre for Excellence, or a passionate purveyor of the arts in your spare time, The Vale is the perfect place to call home.

Based in Mossley, in the foothills of the Peak District, The Vale is a former textile mill converted to a state-of-the-art venue for all kinds of artistic, creative and Carnival happenings.

In the community, The Vale is perhaps best known for our live performance venue where a whole host of different music, theatre, dance and cinema events take place. You can take a look at our current season here.

Our space is also used by our resident Carnival arts organisations, Global Grooves and Cabasa, to develop new Carnival productions, train new and emerging Carnival artists, and host masterclasses with global superstars and cultural leaders as part of our Arts Council England funded Northern Carnival Centre for Excellence.

Visual artists can also find top notch mixed-use and specialist studios alongside exhibition space at The Vale. Electronics, carpentry, and all kinds of textile work, including sewing and dyeing, are accommodated, while purpose-built storage keeps artwork and equipment including our resident puppets safe.

Our Bar and Event Crew will assist in delivering live events and hospitality services at The Vale in Mossley which has been recently renovated.

As a new venue, we know how important it is to grow our audience and live and participatory events offer, and we are looking for an energetic new team of Bar and Event Crew to join us on this journey.

Click the job description below for more information about our Bar and Event Crew position then fill in the online application form.


JOB TITLE: Bar and Event Crew – Freelance

RESPONSIBLE TO: Venue Management


Our Bar and Event Crew will assist in delivering live events and hospitality services at The Vale in Mossley which has been recently renovated.

As a new venue, we know how important it is to grow our audience and live and participatory events offer, and we are looking for an energetic new team of Bar and Event Crew to join us on this journey. As part of our events team, you will play a key role in supporting the future success of The Vale’s commercial live events offer. Events will take place initially between 1 and 2 times per month scale up over time as our offer grows.


To work as part of a team, under the guidance of the Venue Manager, in the delivery of all aspects of work connected with the delivery of live and participatory events at The Vale. Tasks may include, but will not be limited to;



  • To serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to customers to high standards, quickly and efficiently.
  • To comply with legislation relating to the ‘Sale of alcohol’ including but not limited to Challenge 25 identification checks, weights and measures and licensing terms and conditions.
  • To undertake other ‘waiting on’ type staff duties as required.
  • To be knowledgeable about our refreshment and beverage offer.


  • To assist with the set up and take down and clearing down of event spaces, including bar areas.
  • To undertake reception / box office duties as required (ticket sales and front of house).
  • To assist with the management of customer car parking as required.
  • To liaise with artists, performers, managers and their crew and ensure they are well looked after and cared for (artist liaison).
  • To liaise with other members of The Vale’s events team as required such as artists, technicians and producers.
  • To have a basic understanding of the artistic programme and venue as a whole.


  • To handle cash and card sales in line with The Vale’s procedures.
  • To assist with ensuring the safety of customers and staff, including fire evacuation.
  • To assist with the cleaning and safe storage of The Vale’s equipment and stock.
  • To maintain a high standard of cleanliness and quality in the Venue at all times.
  • To ensure total customer/audience satisfaction is achieved.
  • To ensure that appropriate Health and Safety, and Security procedures are followed at all times.
  • To assist with the locking up/opening of various spaces as required.
  • To be prepared to work shift hours mostly on evening weekends and also during the week on a non-regular pattern.
  • To respond proactively and appropriately to customer requests.
  • To ensure customer requests are dealt with promptly and efficiently.
  • To provide a level of service that exceeds customer/audience expectations.
  • To undertake such other reasonable duties as may, from time to time, be required of the post holder.


  • The candidate must be 18 years and above.
  • Previous experience working in a busy bar/café or restaurant.
  • Able to interact with our audiences in a friendly, upbeat manner which encourages them to feel equally excited and invested in our new venture.
  • High standards of personal hygiene and appearance.
  • Friendly and approachable with high standards of customer service.
  • Experience of a public facing role.
  • Fast worker, able to serve large groups of people quickly.
  • Accurate cash / card handling skills.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends.
  • Flexible.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to interact with a wide range of people.
  • Proven ability to work independently and without supervision.
  • A positive ‘can-do’ attitude to work and a desire to work.


  • Keen interest in both the performing arts and heritage/cultural conservation.
  • A keen interest in arts and culture in its widest sense.
  • a brief a reference from a previous employer


This is a freelance contract per event.

These positions are being offered on a casual basis which means that whilst The Vale will try to provide as much notice as possible when offering work, there will be no obligation for them to offer a minimum amount of hours or for the Bar and Event Crew to accept any work so offered. The amount of hours offered in any period will vary depending on delivery need.

Our current events schedule can be found here.


£10 per hour, plus tips shared equally across the team.


The post will involve evening and weekend hours, including work at events that finish at 12am or later.

The post holder will be required to work in various spaces at The Vale complex.

The post holder will be expected to work for long periods of time in a busy production environment to meet the needs of professional sell out shows and events.


Fill in an online application form on this page.

This is a rolling application process with no current deadline.  Interviews will be carried out in person (preferred) or on Zoom at a mutually convenient time.

If you require any further information please contact [email protected] and we will arrange a time to call you or answer and questions via email.


The Vale, Vale Mill (off Micklehurst Road), Mossley, OL59JL


Bar and Event Crew Application Form