How to go to Glastonbury 2022 (almost) for FREE

Everything you need to know about volunteering at Glastonbury 2022 and going to the Festival almost cost-free

Last updated: 11 March

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 2022 this summer – and yes, some even being without paying a penny.

How can I get into Glastonbury for free?

Glastonbury Festival 2022 will run from Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th 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 5 days, 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!)

You won’t have to buy a ticket to the festival, though you will be asked to pay a deposit of around £280+-  (which 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

Priority Stewarding Application 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.

In 2022, Priority stewarding applications will open on 24th February, while Public stewarding applications will be opening on Friday, 18th March at 9:30am.

Campaigner and Shop volunteer applications will open on 8th March – Please remember these are not first come first served and have a different application process.

In the meantime, please do register your interest for all the latest news.

Oxfam is one of the leading charities involved with Glastonbury Festival, which 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.

Roles available:
Though the majority of Oxfam roles available at festivals are stewarding roles which involve providing help on 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 – Applications to volunteer in the Oxfam’s shop 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:
£280. (The deposit is refundable: see FAQs)

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.

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

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 21 June and leave on Monday 27 June.

Deposit:

If you are volunteering at Glastonbury, and are a “new volunteer” (someone who has not volunteered with WaterAid at a festival since December 2016) you will need to pay a deposit of £150.

If you are volunteering at Glastonbury, and are a “returning volunteer” (someone who has volunteered with WaterAid at a festival since January 2017) 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.

When and where to register and apply:

Applications are taken via an online application form which is now open and will close at 5pm on Wednesday 9 March.

The charity assesses every application based on relevant skills, experience, and existing support for WaterAid and don’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!

Priority status for Worthy Pastures volunteers:

In recognition of the invaluable experience gained by volunteering at Worthy Farm in 2021, all Worthy Pastures volunteers will have the opportunity to benefit from priority status for Glastonbury 2022.

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.

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.

That being said, the latest message from the Glastonbury Recycling Crew states: “Those who were accepted for 2020 should receive their emails from Fiona around now [January 2022]!”

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.

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

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

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:
TBC.

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 TBC (likely February/March 2022).

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 claim 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.

Festaff will not be accepting general applications for Glastonbury Festival 2022 when applications for other events open on 1st Feb 2022.

Those who rolled over their applications from 2020/21 will have their applications for Glastonbury 2022 appear in their profiles in the near future – please have patience.

Invitations to apply for Glastonbury 2022 will be sent out to those who qualify before end of February 2022 – those who worked two camping events with Festaff in summer 2021. Invites are for named person only.

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

If you are 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 our 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.

Date/time required on site:
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See Also

Deposit:
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When and how to apply:
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You can register your interest with Festaff here.

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

Find Festaff on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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.

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 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 2022, 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:
TBC.

In 2020, 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.

Is there any paid work available at the Festival?

The short answer is yes. There is currently an opening for the Crew Catering Team. The Festival is looking for Chefs and Kitchen/Service Assistants to work throughout the event (and beyond) and mentions that the positions are “hard work, rather than just an easy way into the festival” – Please note that the deadline to apply is the 28th February 2022.

There is 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.

For those who still want to buy a ticket: there will most likely be a resale in March/April 2022

If after reading all the above you’d still rather go to the festival without volunteering/working, and you’re happy to pay the £280 (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 original ticket sales would have paid a deposit of £50 and will need to pay the rest of the ticket price in the first week of March 2022 (from 09:00 Tuesday 1st March – 23:59 Monday 7th March 2022). Any tickets not paid for by the deadline are then put up for resale.

Please note that only people who have registered will be eligible for these resale tickets, and will have to pay for them in full (£280 per person + £5 booking fee).

Registration is now open again and will close a few days before the spring resales, so don’t leave it until the last minute.

For 12 tips & tricks on how you maximise your chances of getting tickets in the Glastonbury sales, click here.

 

Are there any other options of getting to Glastonbury if one doesn’t want to volunteer, work, or try their luck in the resales?

Yes. Glastonbury together with Co-op is giving you the chance of winning tickets to Glastonbury 2022.

As part of launching its very own Worthy Farm Reserve Cheddar cheese in 2021, the legendary festival has decided to give away 23 pairs of tickets to the 2022 coveted event – You can learn more about this competition by clicking here, clicking here.

For a summarised list of Glastonbury 2022 FAQs, click here.

Good luck and may the odds be forever in your favour!

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