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How to go to Glastonbury Festival (almost) for FREE

Everything you need to know about volunteering at Glastonbury 2023 and going to the Festival almost cost-free

Last updated: 8November

If you missed out on Glastonbury Festival tickets in the recent sales, do not despair!

There are still ways to get to Worthy Farm next summer – and yes, some even without paying a penny.

Glastonbury 2023 will take place at its natural home in Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, from Wednesday the 21st to Sunday the 25th of June.

One of the best ways to go to Glastonbury for free would be to volunteer with a charity.

This usually entails working 3 x 8-hour shifts over a 5 days period – which is basically the duration of the festival.

What you do with the remainder of your time is up to you, and 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!

Although you won’t have to buy a ticket to the festival, you will however be asked to pay a deposit – more or less equivalent to the ticket price – when you sign up to volunteer. You’ll get this back when you follow the charity’s guidelines and complete all your shifts (which in some cases also include some training beforehand).

Who can I volunteer with?

Oxfam

Oxfam is one of the leading charities involved with Glastonbury and has been working with the Festival for over 25 years.

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

Festival volunteering is a fantastic way to attend the event while seeing amazing acts and making new friends – all whilst supporting Oxfam’s work to end extreme poverty around the world.

Priority Stewarding applications are usually the first to open for existing volunteers who’ve already volunteered with Oxfam at other events in the past, followed by Public Stewarding applications which open at a later date.

The Campaigner and Shop volunteer applications process are slightly different from the ones mentioned above, as they are not on a first come first served basis.

Roles available:
Though the majority of Oxfam roles available at festivals are stewarding roles which involve providing help at the gates with tickets and wristbands, this could also include campaigning with the public or helping in the Oxfam Festival Shop.

Campaigners normally complete four daytime shifts and by doing so leave every evening free, but unlike stewarding, as campaigning places are limited, Oxfam needs a demonstration of how you meet the skills and competencies they need – a telephone interview may be required.

The Oxfam Festival Shop hits the road each summer stocked with some of the charity’s best clothing gems, with applications normally only open to previous festival shop volunteers, or existing Oxfam high-street shop volunteers or staff.

Shifts, requirements and patterns:
Oxfam’s volunteer stewards usually work 3 x 8-hour-long shifts over a period of 5 days (Wednesday – Sunday).

Stewards may request the same shift patterns as their friends by naming up to five people on their application.

Please note that volunteers must be 18 years of age and must complete a training session before their first event, either online or in person.

Date/time required on site:
Like most festival crew, Oxfam volunteers are usually required to arrive on-site the day before the event opens to the public and bring their own tent and camping supplies.

Deposit:
TBA (usually the same amount as the ticket)

Perks:
Volunteers get free access to the festival and a meal voucher for every shift worked, in addition to also having their own campsite with its own toilets and hot showers – plus tea, coffee, hot water, and phone charging.

When and where to register and apply:
Applications for Summer 2023 will be opening in the new year. Places fill quickly so you best register your interest with Oxfam now in order to be the first to know when applications open.

More:
For more information on priority please visit Oxfam’s FAQ page.

To read up on the full application process please check out Oxfam’s updated blog here.

Also, feel free to check out Oxfam’s ‘Festivals Chat‘ Facebook group which as of the time of writing boasts over 24,000 members and is monitored by both long-term volunteers and Oxfam staff.

You can also find Oxfam Festivals on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

WaterAid

WaterAid has 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 that 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.

Roles available:
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.

Please note that you won’t be able to choose exactly what you do, but you’ll be able to highlight your relevant skills and experience on the application form, which will help WaterAid allocate the most suitable role to you.

Shifts, requirements and patterns:
WaterAid’s teams volunteer for approximately 6 – 8 hours a day (not including travel to and from your shift), spending a maximum of 24 hours over the festival volunteering. They also sometimes have teams that are required to volunteer overnight.

Date/time required on site:
You will need to be able to arrive on Tuesday 20 June and leave on Monday 26 June.

Deposit:
TBA

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.

When and where to register and apply:
Applications are taken via an online application form (which has yet to open).

In the meantime, until applications open, you can register your interest in volunteering with WaterAid through this form, make sure to select “festival volunteering”.
 
You will then receive emails with WaterAid’s volunteering opportunities including an email when festival volunteering applications open in early 2023.
 
The charity assesses every application based on relevant skills, experience, and existing support for WaterAid and doesn’t allocate places on a first-come-first-served basis, so please take the time to fill in the application form carefully and let them know why you’d make a great addition to their Glastonbury volunteer team.

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

You can also find WaterAid Festivals on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

WaterAid volunteers

 

Glastonbury Recycling Crew

If you’ve been to Glastonbury 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.

If you wish to join the Recycling Team, then you will need a personal recommendation from a previous recycling volunteer. They will need to contact the Recycling Crew office directly in January and provide them with your contact details.

Roles available:
Picking up litter and sorting recycling.

Shifts, requirements and patterns:
Usually 4 x 6-hour shifts.

When and where to register and apply:
If you have volunteered in this position before, you are most likely to be approached first, only then applications are taken from newcomers.

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

More:
Feel free to check out the Recycling Crew’s official Facebook page which as of the time of writing boasts over 5,000 members.

The Glastonbury 2022 Recycling Crew hard at work as a rainbow appears above the Pyramid Stage • Credit: Matt

Shelter

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

Roles available:
Working in a bar, serving drinks for customers (no previous experience is required).

Shifts, requirements and patterns:
3 x 8-hour shifts over 5 days (Wed-Sun).

Deposit:
TBA

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.

When and where to register and apply:
You can register your interest over at Shelter’s official website right now, with applications opening TBA (likely around March 2023).

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

Festaff

The company is involved with over 20 events each year and has over 25,000 people on its database and claims that 90% of the shifts would not clash with the headline acts and that the shifts are usually completed in the first few days before bands really hit the stage.

If you wish to be part of the Festaff team at Glastonbury 2023 you will need to have worked two camping events with them this summer [2022] and we will invite you to apply.

If you were lucky enough to be part of the Glastonbury 2022 team and complete your sister event, and Glastonbury, you will receive an invite to be part of the team in 2023.

All successful Glastonbury applications must be supported with a sister event from their 2022 camping events roster.

There is further info on the Glastonbury application page – if you require anything further please email [email protected]

Roles available:
Gate Steward / Wristbander.

Shifts requirements and patterns:
Training on-site, plus minimum 3 x 8-hour volunteer shifts or equivalent over 6 days (in addition to fulfilling your volunteering position at another “sister event”, as mentioned above) – with shifts being allocated on-site, Wednesday to Sunday.

More:
For more info visit Festaff’s FAQs pagelatest news post.

Find Festaff on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Festaff volunteers

 

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.

See Also

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

Shifts requirements and patterns:
You will be required to work 3 X 8hour shifts at least one of which will be over the festival period (the Oasis Carnival Club definition of FESTIVAL PERIOD is 4pm on the Friday to Midnight on The Sunday).

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

When and where to register and apply:
In the first instance email us at [email protected] you will then get a confirmation e-mail and full conditions will be sent to successful applicants.

You can find more information by clicking here or emailing: [email protected]

 

Festival Medical Team

If you have a 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.

 

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 2023 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.

Shifts requirements and patterns:
Applications will be considered from Somerset and neighbouring counties.

The Sanctuary Marquee will be staffed round-the-clock – usually from 6:45 am on the Wednesday, to 13:00 on the Monday.

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 – more information about this to come.

Each successful applicant will be required to complete online safeguarding training.

Cost:
TBA.

In 2022, all successful applicants were asked to make a payment of £50 towards the ongoing costs of The Church’s work, of which at least £10 will be passed to The Church’s selected charity for the year.

How and where to apply:
Applications have yet to open, but you can visit The Church at Glastonbury FB group, to get notified once they do.

The Church Tent at Glastonbury Festival

 

Is there any paid work available at the Festival?

The short answer is, yes. There usually is an opening for the Crew Catering Team.

There’s also a select number of positions available in which you can be paid for working at Glastonbury Festival, in addition to opportunities for work experience with the Festival team. These roles usually come and go on very short notice.

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

 

Will there be a resale?

If after reading all the above you’d still rather go to the festival without volunteering or working, and you’re happy to pay the full ticket price, then you might still be in with a chance.

Now with both ticket sales out of the way, the next option to purchase tickets to the Pilton event will be when the resale of any unpaid and/or cancelled tickets takes place in the Spring of 2023 (around April time).

Please note though that as part of Glastonbury’s ongoing efforts against ticket touting, anyone who would like to attend next year’s Festival will need to have registered in advance.

That said, registration for Glastonbury 2023 closed at 5pm GMT on Monday, 31st October, and as of this moment in time, there is no opportunity to submit/re-submit a registration until after the November ticket sales – when the registration window will open once again ahead of the resale.

As in previous years, registration remains free of charge and only takes a few minutes at glastonburyregistration.co.uk.

Those who have already registered in the past can also check their existing registration here

In addition to the upcoming ticket resales, some other opportunities for getting to Glastonbury – along with volunteering and working – includes entering competitions (once those options make themselves available).

To learn more about registration, the sale process and how you can maximise your chances of getting Glastonbury 2023 tickets, click here.

 

Don’t be fooled

Glastonbury Festival would very much like fans to be aware that there are people out there who will try and sell fake Glastonbury tickets to unsuspecting, willing and innocent potential purchasers.

Although Glasto-veterans who have been going to the Festival for quite some time may recognise these scams for what they are, newcomers might not.

Therefore, please remember that tickets are only sold on one site, which is:
 glastonbury.seetickets.com 

any other site claiming to sell tickets for the Festival is not authentic.

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