Olivia Pryle

Festival Programmer

  • LocationUnited Kingdom

About me


Hello, I have just recently completed my fourth year in programming/coordinating three stages at Glastonbury Festival which was great fun even with the mud! Over the last 7 years I have worked in the events industry in a number of different capacities. This includes representing the sponsors of the Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott tour in May and December 2014. In addition I’ve freelanced several jobs including tour work with the GMB union and Scruffy Bird MGMT and worked as an executive staffing assistant at major music festivals in the UK & Ireland for six years. I am extremely adaptable in work environments and have gained a great deal of experience over the course of years working as a programmer for Glastonbury Festival and in various other roles I mention above.



  • Theatre
  • Social Media
  • Music Programming
  • Media and Communications Skills
  • Festival and Events

Work history


Media & Campaigns Coordinator

GMB Union

Jan 2016 - Aug 2016
  • GMB Media and Campaigns Coordinator: January 2016 – July 2016, GMB, London Supported GMB's Head of Communications and Press Officer, responsibilities included: - Assisting GMB sections, departments, regions, national and local journalists providing critical information and data. - Working on key GMB Campaigns including the very successful GMB Blacklisting Campaign. Assisting GMB members, coordinating travel and accommodation requirements. - Distributing GMB press releases to thousands of journalist across the UK & Ireland. - Responsibility for the news section of the GMB website, uploading/editing GMB press releases using the Modx Content Management System. Making sure releases are on the appropriate GMB social media. - Extensive use of all Microsoft Office products, bespoke databases and web based systems used by GMB. - Dealt effectively with regional and national requests which included artwork for campaign materials and mass mailing via emails and text. - Coordinating information and the production of the GMB Congress documents. Advising and liaising with colleagues, external organisations and companies regarding content and design. - Coordination information and artwork for special projects, including the production of the GMB Eleanor Marx award. - Proof reading and editing documents, fielding telephone calls, keeping electronic files within the appropriate shared drive up to date and in the relevant places, dealing with communications enquires from Regions, GMB members, journalists, GMB Sections and Officials. - Work placement students, supervising students making sure they are happy and have enough to occupy them. Setting up email, internet access and related technology for temporary use.


Festival Programmer

The Workers Beer Company

May 2013 - Jun 2016
  • Festival Programmer: June 2013 – June 2016, Glastonbury Festival, Pilton, (seasonal) Programmed and project managed three stages at Glastonbury Festival from 2013-2016,The following responsibilities included: - Booked a variety of artists such as DJ's, bands & soloist, theatre, comedy, burlesque & cabaret. - Scouted multiple of events in order to program appropriately for the stages. - Scheduled and managed the program for the three stages (pre-show and on-site). - Managed relations with subcontractors such as the PA suppliers and set designers. - Organised and communicated logistical information for all artists booked. - Agreed and handled budget for artists fees and travel - Stage managed the live performance tent, ensuring artists are ready to perform and have everything they need before and after. - Hired a small team in order for myself to overlook the programming operation. - Organised a photographer and videographer to document the stages throughout the years.


Tour Manager

Scruffy Bird Managment

Apr 2015 - Jun 2015
  • Tour Manager: May 2015 – June 2015, Scruffy Bird Artist Management, London I was the TM for two weeks for a band whose shows took place across the UK. My key responsibilities included; - Wrote up a tour book as well as a day to day sheet for the tour schedule. - Advanced shows with all promoters. - Created a road schedule and acted as main driver for the tour. - Booked all accommodation. - Created the tour budget and reconciled road accounts at the end of the tour.


Tour Production Coordinator

GMB Union

Apr 2014 - Dec 2014
  • Touring Production Co-ordinator: May 2014 – December 2014, GMB Union, UK I was one off the co-ordinators on behalf of the sponsors of the Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott Music Tour that took place throughout the UK in May and December. The following responsibilities included; - Created a tour schedule, as well as booked all accommodation throughout the tour. - Coordinated with the music venues, SJM tour promoter and their artist management. - Production coordination, ensuring the sponsors presence was visible in each venue, this entailed setting up a GMB stall, in addition placing banners and posters in and around the venue. - Managing the budget and expenses spent during the tour. - Communicated with GMB regional staff of the schedule and set up of each individual venue. - Documented and updated regularly GMBs social media throughout the tours.


Executive Staffing Assistant

The Workers Beer Company

Apr 2008 - Sep 2013
  • Staffing Assistant: May 2008 - September 2013, Events Bars and Catering, London - Office based assistant from May to September each year and on site staffing assistant working at events such as Glastonbury, Latitude, Reading/Leeds, Olympics Live Sites 2012, as well as the Irish festivals – Electric Picnic, Oxygen and Phoenix Park. - Organised and ensured all staff for the bars had the appropriate information for the summer registrations. - Produced photo card passes prior to the festival and on site. - Organised coach transportation for bar staff to the festivals and back. - Communicated effectively with the staffing manager regarding changes



Film Studies Media Cultural Studies

Bristol University of West England

Aug 2007 - May 2010


    Music Performance BTEC

    The BRIT School for Performing Arts Technology

    Aug 2005 - May 2007