By Alyssa Aldrete | Asst. Inscape Editor
The weather is heating up and that can only mean one thing: concert season is on the horizon.
The Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival comes around in just a few short months, and this year, coordinators of the event are looking to the fans to volunteer and make a difference at the heavy metal showcase.
With the thousands of people that attend large festivals such as Mayhem, comes an abundance of waste.
To help combat this issue, coordinators have started the Eco Initiative, which is designed to rid the festival grounds of recyclables while the event takes place.
Volunteers are expected to help gather recyclable materials, such as plastic bottles, aluminum cans, paper and cardboard items, from both the general and backstage areas of the venue, as well as the Rockstar Energy Drink Lounge.
Those who choose to volunteer with the Eco Initiative Corps will be responsible for cleaning up the grounds from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., and are free to enjoy the main stage acts after their work has been completed.
This year, the founders of the Eco Initiative campaign have opened up another volunteer opportunity called the Volunteer Corps Tent Crew.
Those who volunteer for the Tent Crew will be assigned to a specific area on the festival grounds, and are expected to
work throughout the festival area setting up and taking down tents, helping out in the sponsor booths, and generally taking on tasks as needed.
“Mayhem is a legendary festival,” said Miranda Martinez, a Riverside resident who plans on volunteering. “I couldn’t be more honored to have the opportunity to be part of an event that has so many great bands and people attending.”
All volunteers are free to enjoy the headlining acts on the main stage, once festival grounds and side stages close at 6 p.m.
Participants are given a wristband allowing them free entry into the show. A link to sign up as a volunteer can be found on the Mayhem Festival website.