During the summer months the UK becomes the music festival capital of the world with every weekend seeing artists and acts performing at large and small events around the country. Seeing bands live at a festival can become an expensive pursuit but one guaranteed way to save money is to work for your ticket.
Along with a free ticket, volunteers are usually provided with at least one free meal and tented accommodation. Another benefit is experience in event management and the music industry.
Most of the larger festivals now source out volunteer recruitment to third parties, including Oxfam, but the four smaller festivals we list below all recruit directly.
The Great Escape
Where and when: Brighton, May 8-10.
Line-up includes: Pulled Apart by Horses and Royal Blood.
Volunteer work: Around 300 volunteers are needed to fill roles including venue representatives, technical production support, festival runners and delegate and artist registration.
Ticket saving: £43 to £54.
More information: http://mamacolive.com/thegreatescape/about/volunteer/.
Larmer Tree Festival
Where and when: Nr Salisbury, July 16-20.
Line-up includes: Tom Jones.
Volunteer work: 400 volunteers are recruited each year to fill positions during, before and after the festivals. Roles include stewarding, artist liaison and stage crew.
Ticket saving: £205 for 5 days.
More information: http://larmertreefestival.co.uk/contact-us/volunteers-open/.
Green Man Festival
Where and when: Nr Crickhowell, in the Brecon Beacons, Aug 14-17
Line-up includes: I Break Horses, First Aid Kit and Eaves.
Volunteer work: Recycling and litter pickers and stewards are needed.
Ticket saving: £159.
More information: http://www.greenman.net/get-involved/stewarding & http://www.greenman.net/get-involved/recycling-and-litter-picking.
Where and when: Somerset, Aug 22-14
Line-up includes: Toploader, Bay City Rollers and Bad Manners.
Volunteer work: Stewards are required for numerous tasks including providing festival information, helping to build and dismantle the layout of the festival, car park marshalling, bar staff and rubbish collecting.
Ticket saving: £50.
More information: http://watchetfestival.co.uk/about.php
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