Artistic Director Larmer Tree Festival

Artistic Director, Larmer Tree Festival

Fixed Term Contract, 12 months


Contract: Fixed term 12 month full time contract.

At the end of the fixed term contract a revised position will be created. This position is likely to carry increased responsibilities, and we would welcome an application from the successful applicant for this role.

Location: Festival Office, central Salisbury, plus remote working if appropriate.

Pay range: £38,000-£45,000 p.a.


Background Info:

Larmer Tree Festival has achieved a significant reputation since its inception in 1990, and is firmly established on the festival circuit, with a loyal and enthusiastic audience. The Festival takes place annually in the idyllic and lush Victorian Larmer Tree Gardens in the heart of the beautifully remote Cranborne Chase (on the Wiltshire/Dorset border). The team create a truly magical, intimate atmosphere, with attention to detail paid to every aspect - so that every festival-goer has a unique and unforgettable Larmer Tree Festival experience. As well as a wide-ranging music programme, the Festival is also known for its extensive comedy and arts programmes for both children and adults, including late-night entertainment, and great food and vibrant markets. The Festival limits ticket numbers to 4,000 ticket holders per day to protect the intimate atmosphere, and attracts a multi-generational audience. Please see for more information.

Larmer Tree Festival was founded by James Shepard, who was shortly joined on the Festival Board by Julia Safe, and more recently by Rob Challice, operating under J & J Events Ltd. After a truly amazing 26th festival in 2016, which everyone was incredibly proud of, the Board made the decision that they and the Festival needed to take a year off in 2017 to fully refresh both creatively and personally. Larmer Tree Festival is set to return in 2018 on the weekend of 20th-22nd July.



As part of a wider organisation restructure the Board are now looking for an Artistic Director to join the team in a new role. Working in close collaboration with the Board and existing Operations Director the successful candidate will join Larmer Tree at an exciting stage in its continuing development. They will be an integral part of shaping the future creative elements of the Festival, maintaining and building on the artistic excellence the Festival is known for, and overseeing the development of sustainability, audience communications and partnerships.

Working from our Salisbury office (plus remote working if appropriate) the Artistic Director will be expected to manage the day to day operations and delivery of creative programming, marketing and sales for the Festival including other aspects of producing an outdoor event. They will give leadership and direction to a small dynamic team, develop a long-term strategy which meets the financial and artistic vision of the Festival; work closely with marketing and communications agencies on audience development, and ensure overall stability and sustainability.


Responsible to: Festival Board (James Shepard, Julia Safe, and Rob Challice)


Working with: Operations Director (Lucy Babb)


Responsible for (in advance and during Festival): Freelance programmers, Assistant/s.


Responsibility for external relationships with: Agents, Stage/area managers, Artists’ liaison, Marketing/design/PR/ticketing agencies, Charity and media partners, Merchandise co-ordinator. 


Applications & Interviews
Please register your interest and request an application form from

Please fully complete an application form and return with your CV by e-mail to with
the subject line ‘AD Application - your name’, or by post to; Larmer Tree Festival, PO Box 1790, Salisbury, SP5 5WA.

Closing date for applications is midday Wednesday 5th April 2017.

First interviews will be held in in central Salisbury on Thursday 13th, Monday 17th or Tuesday 18th April 2017. Second
interviews will take place in the next week, commencing 24th April.
For any further information please e-mail Please note that due to large response
levels for previous positions advertised, the Festival can only respond to those it is interested in inviting for interview.

Closing date: 
Wednesday 5th April 2017
up to £45,000
Opportunity type: