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Underbelly Edinburgh Fringe Technician- LIGHTING

Job Title: Fringe Technician-LIGHTING

Location: Edinburgh City Centre

Department: Technical

Reporting to: Technical Manager, Venue Manager

Closing Date: Positions for this role will be filled from 20th April 2020 until the end of July PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE TO ENSURE YOU ARE CONSIDERED FOR AN AVAILABLE POSITION

Interview location: Interviews will be held in Edinburgh and London 

Interview dates: Ongoing from 30th March 2020 

Date of work: 02 Aug - 03 Sept 2020



Underbelly is a UK based live entertainment company, specialising in city centre live events and festivals. They operate one of the largest operations at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, programming more than 200 shows across five city centre sites in 2019. 

2019 is the seventh year Underbelly has produced Edinburgh’s Christmas for City of Edinburgh Council which in 2018 saw over 770,000 tickets sold and almost 1 million people visiting the festival; 2019 is also their third year producing Edinburgh’s Hogmanay - Scotland’s New Year Festival - which in 2018-2019 welcomed 180,000 over the 3 days of the festival.

Elsewhere, and for 6 months of the year, Underbelly produces London’s original pop-up festival, Underbelly Festival Southbank, which occupies the banks of the River Thames. 

Underbelly also produces Christmas in Leicester Square, Udderbelly Festival in Hong Kong, West End Live in Trafalgar Square for Westminster City Council and the Society of London Theatre.

In 2018 Underbelly sold over 1.5 million tickets to their various events.



We are looking for Lighting Technicians for our larger spaces at the Edinburgh Fringe. You’ll be working with a team of Stage Managers and Sound technicians to deliver the technical requirements of our visiting companies, and running the all lighting elements of the venue with a counterpart.

As part of a largest arts festival in the world, you'll be working with a range of world-class companies; we have a huge variety of shows made up of music, comedy, drama, burlesque, and circus acts. The Underbelly crew work hard to create fantastic venues and festival sites in Edinburgh, throughout the UK, and across the world. The Fringe Festival is the centrepiece of our year, and as a part of our Technical staff you will be a vital component of it.

Alongside a fellow Sound technician in the venue and lead by a Technical Manager, duties include:

·     Installing the lighting rig

·     Maintaining the equipment

·     Programming all shows within the venue

·     Operating the lighting board as required for shows

·     Generally managing the technical side of the venue. 

By and large the lighting boards used in our venues are either ETC Ions or Avolites Tiger Touches; previous use of these under pressure in a festival environment is a great advantage.

The work is not limited to just lighting, given that the role is part of a close-knit venue team working hard through the festival we are looking for positive and friendly candidates who will support and get involved in whatever tasks are required to help the overall team. 

Venues split the days in two shifts, keeping working hours to a reasonable length averaging 8-9 hours a day through the run. 



Successful candidates will benefit from:

-      competitive pay at National Living Wage level for entry level positions scaled upwards for more experienced candidates where hourly rate will be based on experience and everyday responsibilities 

-      guaranteed pay of minimum of 32 hours per week based on a 6 day-week (pro-rated for people working fewer days)

-      paid breaks; and 

-      agreed day off every week.

Your staff pass gives you the opportunity to see any show at all the Underbelly venues throughout the Fringe (depending on availability). Accommodation is not provided as part of the position; however, we can advise on where to find affordable accommodation, and also help match up with other technicians working with us to help find places. You should ideally be available for the entirety of August.

To apply, please fill in the application form

Please note that due to the large number of applicants, we will only be able to contact those selected for interview, with positions being filled from the 20th April.



Underbelly is committed to reducing its environmental impacts in its everyday operations. We are also committed to maintaining the open-access policy of Underbelly. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all sectors of the community.

All personal data submitted to Underbelly in the form of personal details forms is used for recruitment purposes and equal opportunities reporting only. By submitting an application you consent to the Underbelly retaining your personal data for these purposes.  In accordance with GDPR all information submitted by unsuccessful applicants will be deleted within six months.