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Go to Glastonbury for FREE: Do not fear, volunteer!

Go to Glastonbury for FREE: Do not fear, volunteer!

Do you want to go to Glastonbury for free? If so, everything you need to know is right here below…

Last Updated on January

If you are one of those who missed out on Glastonbury tickets, do not despair! There are still ways to get to Worthy Farm for Glastonbury 2020 – some even being without paying a penny.

How can I get into Glastonbury for free?

Glastonbury Festival 2020 will run from Wednesday, 24th to Sunday, 28th June.

One of the best ways to go to Glastonbury for free would be to volunteer with a charity. This usually entails working three eight-hour shifts over five days, which is basically the duration of the festival. What you do with the remainder of your time is up to you. If that’s not enough, volunteers often get access to a private campsite, free meals, and hot showers (Yes, you read correctly, we said hot SHOWERS! At Glasto!)

You won’t have to buy a ticket to the festival, though you will be asked to pay a deposit of around £250 – £300 (with is roughly the same cost as a ticket) when you sign up to volunteer. You will get this back if you complete all your shifts (within some cases includes some training beforehand) and follow the charity’s guidelines.

Who can I volunteer with?

Oxfam

Oxfam is one of the leading charities involved with Glastonbury Festival, who have been working with them for over 25 years.

The global poverty alleviation charity brings a 2,000 strong volunteering team to the festival each year.

Volunteering role involves:
Stewarding and help on the gates with tickets and wristbands, campaigning with the public or helping in the Oxfam festival shop.

Shifts required:
Three eight-hour shifts over five days (Wednesday – Sunday).

When and where to register and apply:
Stewarding applications open 4th February – You can register your interest here and get more info nearer the time.

Shop volunteer and campaign team applications open 11th February – check out Oxfam’s festival roles page for more info.

Deposit:
£260

Perks:
Oxfam has its own campsite for volunteers, with hot showers, phone charging, hot water, tea and coffee.

WaterAid

WaterAid has a been hand in glove with the Glastonbury Festival since 1994.

Back in 2006 the festival’s founder Michael Eavis and his daughter Emily visited WaterAid’s work in Mozambique. After which time the number of Wateraid volunteers at Glastonbury Festival kept on growing to a point that by 2016, Wateraid’s volunteers for the festival reached over 500 strong.

The charity introduced Talking Toilets which gave out information voiced by celebrities such as Cerys Matthews and Brian Blessed.

Volunteering role involves:

WaterAid’s roles at Glastonbury are split into two teams:

The Water Team – which include: Water Welcomers, The Refill Station Team, The WaterAid Stand Team and The Sanitation Team.

The Sanitation Team – which include: Loo Crew, Female Urinals, Good Loos, and Litter Picking.

Shifts required:
Volunteers will be needed on site from either Tuesday 23 or Wednesday 24 June until lunchtime on Monday 29 June inclusive – with rotas being confirmed before the festival.

When and where to register and apply:
Applications are taken via an online application form which will be open from 10am on 13 January until 5pm on Friday 7 February.

Please note, it’s not first-come-first-served basis – WaterAid ask during the application process which roles one would prefer, so take the time to carefully consider all the roles available and make sure you fill out your application properly.

For further info and any questions please visit WaterAid’s FAQs page / Volunteer at Glastonbury page.

Deposit:
If you are volunteering at Glastonbury and you are a “new volunteer” (someone who did not volunteer with WaterAid at a festival in 2019) you will need to pay a deposit of £150.

If you are volunteering at Glastonbury and you are a “returning volunteer” (someone who did volunteer at a festival with WaterAid in 2019) you will need to pay a deposit of £50.

Perks:
Some of the perks of Volunteering with WaterAid include a secure, crew-only campsite, with shower and toilet access. In addition to food vouchers or a food expense allowance, while being able to claim back part of the travel costs – In 2019, volunteers were able to claim up to £35 per person in travel expenses.

Glastonbury Recycling Crew

If you’ve been to Glasto before you have probably heard or seen the motto ‘Love The Farm, Leave No Trace’. Recycling and sustainability are some of the core values of the festival, and festival-goers are encouraged to recycle where ever possible.

Recyclers & Litter pickers are recruited by the festival itself and you can apply directly to the team on Worthy Farm to have a chance of being included.

Volunteering role involves:
Picking up litter and sorting recycling.

Shifts required:
Glastonbury says you’ll usually do four six-hour shifts.

When and where to register and apply:
Registration will open January – email: [email protected]

If you have volunteered in this position before, you are most likely to be approached first, only then applications are taken from newcomers.

Deposit:
Expects to be about be confirmed in January (was £250 for 2019).

Perks:
A campsite for volunteers, with showers and toilets + you’ll also be given free meals during shifts.

Shelter

Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services.

Volunteering role involves:
Working in a bar, serving drinks for customers (no previous experience is required).

Shifts required:
Three eight-hour shifts over five days (Wed-Sun).

When and where to register and apply:
You can register your interest over at Shelter’s official website right now, with applications opening TBC (likely February/March 2020).

Keep an eye on Shelter’s websiteFacebook and Twitter pages for updates in the New Year.

Deposit:
£300

Perks:
Shelter provides transport to the festival, as well as a campsite for volunteers, with phone charging, tea and coffee, and hot showers. You will also get meal vouchers to use in its catering tent.

Festaff

Festaff offer a decent number of positions and provide volunteer wristbanding staff, among other roles.

While this is a more expensive option than those listed above, the company claims that 90% the shifts would not clash with the headline acts and that 90 per cent of shifts is usually completed in the first few days before bands really hit the stage.

Of course, there are a few caveats to joining their crews. Volunteers are required to attend a “Sister event” event during the summer of 2020 due to their high demand, which means working at least two festivals during the summer – so only apply if you are prepared to do this.

Volunteering role involves:
Checking wristbands at the Glastonbury gates.

Shifts required:
These are usually three eight-hour shifts over the period of five days (Wednesday – Sunday).

You need to be on-site 2-6pm on Monday 22nd June and be available until Sunday 28th June at around 6pm. (If you cannot make the dates, please do not apply).

When and where to register and apply:
Any places that are available for general applications to the public will open on 1st March 2020 – TBC.

That being said, you should probably sign up Festaff’s newsletter in order to get a heads-up on the applications is set to open.

You can register with Festaff your interest and get more info nearer the time here.

For more info on Festaff at Glastonbury 2020 click here.

Deposit:
£240 in line with the events policy. A £15 admin fee will be deducted before the deposit is returned. Deposits will be returned after both Glastonbury and selected sister event are completed to a satisfactory standard (No deposits will be returned on site)

Sister events? What are they and when should I apply? Festaff ask all staff who are lucky enough to be part of the team at Glastonbury to support them at another event that summer. For this festival, you’ll need to pay a £35 deposit, of which £15 will be kept as an admin fee.

You’ll get the deposits for the two events back when you’ve completed work at both festivals, so if the next event isn’t until August, for example, you won’t get your £245 back until then.

While this is a more expensive option than those listed above, Festaff claims 90% of shifts are completed in the first few days, before the bands hit the stages.

It’s worth noting Festaff has a priority list for people who’ve volunteered with it at other events in 2019, but is expecting there to be plenty of spaces for newcomers.

NB. Those who worked two camping events with Festaff in summer 2019 will receive an invite to apply from them early in 2020. All those eligible will be emailed in advance with arrangements.

Oasis Carnival Club

Oasis Carnival Club, is a carnival club based in Frome, Somerset. They recruit workers for stewarding/working on the outside of the festival for people looking to work in exchange for their ticket.

Volunteering role involves:
Festival stewarding, model making, face painting and anything they can do to make the entry into the festival the best it can be.

When and where to register and apply:
TBC (Usually in January)

You can find more information by clicking here or e-mailing: [email protected]

Shifts required:
Three eight-hour shifts at least one of which will be over the festival period.

Deposit:
TBC – A deposit of approximately the cost of a ticket+booking fee will be required, this is returned at the end of your last shift.

The Eventurists

After a super 2019 in the fabulous South East Corner The Eventurists are recruiting a team for 2020. Go and steward with the charity team. You work 3 x 8-hour shifts in the centre of the late-night zone and the rest of the festival is all yours. Visit The Eventurists website and hit the contact button to show your interest for the 2020 crew.

Festival Medical Team

If you have medical, paramedic or first aid qualifications, you can apply to join Dr Chris Howes’ team of volunteers by completing the application on the Festival Medical Services website.

Property Lock-Ups

The Property Lock-ups are open 24 hours a day, and are free of charge to use. Soap and toilet rolls are also distributed free of charge from the lockups.

These are run by various peace and environmental groups, so if you are a member of such a group, you might wish to check if your local branch is involved.

One such site may be: www.festivallockups.org.uk

Worthy FM

Worthy FM has been the on-site radio station for the Glastonbury Festival since 2007. The presenters and producers are all volunteers and many of them, as a result of their experiences here at the festival, have gone on to proper jobs in the industry.

If you would like to inquire about what their plans are for 2020, and if there are any opportunities to volunteer then click here.

The Church Tent

Although not one of the “free” options, The Church Tent at Glastonbury Festival – also known as The Sanctuary Marquee – Consists of a fairly small team of volunteers, made up of people from Somerset and the adjoining counties who want to serve God by serving the Festival; The Church Tent works 24-hours-a-day – open for the duration of the event – in organised shifts, to provide ‘sanctuary’ for the festival-goers and site staff while offering a warm welcome, space to reflect and a willingness to listen.

During the day, creative activities such as face painting, karaoke and acts of worship take place – as well as providing somewhere to shelter from the weather elements, be it rain, mud, sun or dust.

During the night, safe accommodation is provided in the marquee tent for any Glasto-goers which find themselves lost, disorientated, or needing a safe space to sleep.

Who is eligible, shifts, and general requirements:

Applications will be considered from Somerset and neighbouring counties.

The Sanctuary Marquee will be staffed round-the-clock – from 6:45am on Wednesday, June 24, to 13.00 on Monday, June 29.

Each shift is for 6 ½ hours, with volunteers required to work a minimum of 3 shifts.

The Church states they can only accept volunteers who will attend the mandatory training sessions at 6.30pm on the evening of Friday, June 5, and all day on Saturday, June 6, 2020. More information about this day will be sent to those who are accepted as part of the team. Each successful applicant will be required to complete online safeguarding training by April 20, 2020.

Cost:

All successful applicants are asked to make a payment of £50 towards the on-going costs of The Church’s work, of which at least £10 will be passed to The Church’s selected charity for the year.

Deadline:

The closing date for applications is Friday, March 6, 2020.

Successful applicants will be informed by Friday, March 20, 2020 – by email, and will also receive details on how to make a BACS Transfer for £50 which needs to be paid by Friday, March 27, 2020 – otherwise, you may lose your place.

How and where to apply:

For the full application forms and further info, please visit The Church at Glastonbury festival Facebook group.

Is there any paid work available at the festival?

The short answer is yes. There are indeed a select number of positions available in which you can be paid for working at Glastonbury Festival. These roles usually come and go on very short notice.

Furthermore, occasionally there are also opportunities for work experience with the festival team.

To be in with a chance for either opportunity you will need to keep your eyes peeled on the Glastonbury Festival jobs page.

For those who still want to buy a ticket: there’ll be a resale in April 2020

If after reading all the above you’d still rather go to the festival without volunteering/working, and you’re happy to pay the £265 (plus a £5 admin fee) for a ticket, you might still be in with a chance.

Anyone who managed to bag a ticket in the recent ticket sales will have paid a deposit of £50 and will need to pay the rest of the ticket price by 7 April 2020. Any tickets not paid for by the deadline are then put up for resale.

Coach package tickets will go back on sale on 16 April, and general admission tickets (which don’t include travel) will be resold on 19 April.

PLEASE NOTE: Only people who have registered will be eligible for these resale tickets, and will have to pay for them in full (£265 per person + £5 booking fee).

Registration will open again on Friday, 1 November, and will close a few days before the resale, so don’t leave it until the last minute.

Good luck everyone!

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