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Go to Glastonbury for FREE: Do not fear – Volunteer!

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

Over 150,000 tickets for Glastonbury 2019 were released in October, and have all already sold out.

If you are one of those who missed out, do not despair! There are still ways to get to Worthy Farm for Glastonbury 2019 – some even being without paying a penny.


How can I get into Glastonbury for free?

Glastonbury Festival 2019 will run from Wednesday, June 26, 2019, till Sunday, June 30.

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:
Registration will open ”Early in the New Year”.

For Stewarding – You can register your interest HERE and get more info nearer the time.

For campaigning and working in its shop – check out Oxfam’s festival roles page for more info.

Deposit:
£248

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


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 will be required to attend a “twin” event (Bestival) during the summer of 2019 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.

It’s worth noting Festaff has a priority list for people who’ve volunteered with it at other events in 2018, but is expecting there to be plenty of spaces for newcomers.

Volunteering role involves:
Checking wristbands at the Glastonbury gates.

Shifts required:
As with Oxfam (mentioned above), these are three eight-hour shifts over the period of five days (Wednesday – Sunday).

When and where to register and apply:
Registration will likely open anytime from February.

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 HERE your interest and get more info nearer the time.

Deposit:
A £200 deposit, of which £30 is an admin fee but the good news is, if you complete your service in 2019, then you will be automatically asked back for 2020.

In addition, you’ll need to volunteer at another festival with Festaff. 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 two deposits back when you have completed the work at both festivals, so if the next event isn’t until August, for example, you won’t get your £190 back until then.


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:
Cleaning toilets, running water kiosks and litter picking. You’ll also need to complete pre-festival training.

Shifts required:
WaterAid says full details will be available in January.

When and where to register and apply:
Registration will open January.

Register with WaterAid HERE to hear when applications open.

Deposit:
WaterAid says full details will be available in January.

Perks:
WaterAid has a secure campsite for its volunteers with shower and toilet access. You’ll also get food vouchers or a food expense allowance, and will be able to claim back part of your travel costs.


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 every possible.

Recyclers & Litter pickers are recruited by the festival itself and you can apply directing 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 £250, but this will be confirmed in January.

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:
Registration will open on February.

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.


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 is can be.

When and where to register and apply:
Registration will open: 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:
A deposit of approximately the cost of a ticket+booking fee will be required, this is returned at the end of your last shift.


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 Festival Medical Services via the Glastonbury Festival website by clicking HERE.


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 2019, and if there are any opportunities to volunteer then click HERE.


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.

Good luck everyone!

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