Missed out on Glastonbury tickets? Here are five ways you can still go for FREE

Missed out on Glastonbury tickets? Here are five ways you can still go for FREE

Tickets for Glastonbury Festival 2019 went on sale last week and were snapped up within minutes. But if you missed out, there are still ways to get to Glasto (some without paying a penny). 

When is Glastonbury 2019?

After taking 2018 off as a 'fallow year' to give the fields (and local community) a rest, Glastonbury Festival is returning on 26-30 June 2019.

If you weren't able to bag a ticket when they were released, or you just can't afford one right now, here are some alternative ways to get into the festival... without digging a hole under the fence.

How can I get in for free?

The easiest way to go to Glastonbury for free is to volunteer with a charity. You usually have to work three eight-hour shifts over five days (Wed-Sun), and the rest of the time is yours to do what you like. What's more, if you volunteer you often get access to a private campsite, hot showers and free meals (something many festivalgoers would be very thankful for).

You don't have to buy a ticket to the festival, though you'll be asked to pay a deposit of about £250-£300 (roughly the same cost as a ticket) when you sign up to volunteer. You'll get this back if you complete all your shifts, and in some cases some training beforehand, and follow the charity's guidelines.

Option 1: Work in a bar for Shelter

  • When does registration open? February. 
  • How do I apply? Keep an eye on Shelter's Twitter and Facebook pages for updates in the New Year.
  • What does it involve? Working in a bar, serving drinks (no previous experience required). 
  • How many shifts do I have to do? Three eight-hour shifts over five days (Wed-Sun). 
  • How much is the deposit? £300.
  • Any other perks? Shelter provides transport to the festival, as well as a campsite for volunteers, with hot showers, phone charging, tea and coffee. You'll also get meal vouchers to use in its catering tent.

Option 2: Steward for Oxfam

  • When does registration open? "Early in the New Year".
  • How do I apply? Register your interest to get more info nearer the time.
  • What does it involve? Checking tickets and wristbands at the gates, and directing people to and from stages.
  • How many shifts? Three eight-hour shifts over five days (Wed-Sun). 
  • How much is the deposit? £248.
  • Any other perks? Oxfam has its own campsite for volunteers, with hot showers, phone charging, hot water, tea and coffee.

Oxfam also has volunteer roles available for campaigning and working in its shop. Check out its festival roles page for more info.

Option 3: Pick up litter for festival organisers

  • When does registration open? January.
  • How do I apply? In January, email fiona@glastonburyfestivals.co.uk. Glastonbury says people who've done this job in the past are approached first, then applications are taken from newbies.
  • What does it involve? Picking up litter and sorting recycling.
  • How many shifts? Glastonbury says you'll usually do four six-hour shifts.
  • How much is the deposit? Glastonbury says it expects the deposit to be about £250, but this will be confirmed in January. 
  • Any other perks? A campsite for volunteers, with showers and toilets. You'll also be given free meals during shifts. 

Option 4: Fill water bottles, clean toilets and more for WaterAid

  • When does registration open? In January – register with WaterAid to hear exactly when applications open.
  • What does it involve? Jobs could include cleaning toilets, running water kiosks and litter picking. You'll also need to complete pre-festival training. 
  • How many shifts? WaterAid says full details will be available in January.
  • How much is the deposit? Again, WaterAid says details will be confirmed in January.
  • Any other perks? WaterAid has a secure campsite for 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.

Option 5: Got medical or first-aid qualifications? 

If you have medical, paramedic or first-aid qualifications, you can apply to join a team of volunteers by completing the application on Festival Medical Services.

We've asked the group for more details, such as how many hours you'd be expected to volunteer, and will update this blog when we know more. 

Interested in volunteering with Samaritans? You MAY be able to get into Glasto

Samaritans also has a festival branch, but it's for those who want to volunteer with the charity long term rather than those just looking for a way to go to Glastonbury. 

You'll need to attend three training weekends before you can volunteer, and sign up for at least three events a year. 

And you're not guaranteed to get into Glastonbury specifically – especially if this is the first time you've volunteered with the charity. 

If you do decide to make the commitment, here's the info:

  • When does registration open? You can register your interest now, but selection and training will take place over four weekends in February, March, April and May 2019.
  • How do I apply? Fill in the volunteer interest form and you'll be sent details nearer the time.
  • What does it involve? Providing a face-to-face support service at the festival.
  • How many shifts? We've asked Samaritans for this information but haven't heard back yet. We'll update this blog when we know more.
  • How much is the deposit? We're awaiting an answer on this from Samaritans.
  • Any other perks? Samaritans covers travel costs and provides food to volunteers.

Or volunteer to check wristbands and get into Glasto plus another festival for £45 

You can volunteer with Festaff, a company that provides casual workers to festivals, to check wristbands at the Glastonbury gates.

You'll be asked to pay a £200 deposit, of which £30 will be kept as an admin fee. 

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've completed work at both festivals, so if the next event isn't until August, for example, you won't get your £190 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. 

  • When does registration open? Sign up to the Festaff newsletter to get a heads-up on when applications open, which is likely to be anytime from February. 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 newbies. 
  • How many shifts? Three eight-hour shifts over five days (Wed-Sun). 

Still want to buy a ticket? There's a resale next year

If you'd rather go to the festival without working, and you're happy to fork out £248 (plus a £5 admin fee) for a ticket, you might still be able to get one. 

Anyone who nabbed a ticket in Sunday's sale has until April 2019 to pay the full amount. Any tickets not paid for by the deadline are put up for resale (the exact date for the resale is TBC, but last year it was in April).

IMPORTANT: You must register in advance

If you want to try to bag a ticket, remember to register your details, so you're eligible to buy one once the resale begins.

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