From a rave in an abandoned Polish coalmine to bonfires and bunting in the Bulgarian mountains, The Guardian newspaper recently put together a ten strong list of the best music festivals you may never have heard of. As always when we hear the words music festival we thought of free tickets and how to get some by volunteering.
Generator’s Summer of Festivals is back for a second year. They are offering the chance to win a job as their Summer of Festivals Reporter and spend the summer travelling around Europe covering music festivals and documenting them on Generator’s blog and social channels.
Applications for volunteering with Croatia’s Outlook Festival are now open. In return for helping out volunteers will receive a free festival ticket (normally £140), food tokens and four nights’ refunded camping.
More than 80 different microbrewed beers will be poured this year between July 23 and 27 in Portland, Oregon. Some of those beers can be earned by volunteering to help make the 27th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival a success.
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.
Volunteer workers can save hundreds of pounds on the price of tickets to the Snowbombing Festival held in the Mayrhofen, in the Austrian Alps. Sometimes referred to as Ibiza on ice, Snowbombing is the biggest after season party in the Alps and surely the only festival to combine skiing and electronic music.
Ancient or modern, film, books, arts, religious, comedy, beer or music, today is festival day. Somewhere in the world a town or city is celebrating one of the many thousands of events that make up the social fabric of the varied communities that inhabit this planet.
Edinburgh has gained worldwide renown for the large number of events that congregate under the banner of the Edinburgh Festival. While putting on your own show is a great way to be at the heart of the festival, another option is to find a temporary position or, much easier, volunteer to work at the festival.
Typically the rewards of volunteering at a festival are a free ticket and better camping away from the common riff raff that paid to get in.
I recently spotted a tweet from Matador about 10 Summer Music Festivals in the USA and it got me wondering, how many of those festivals would give me a free ticket if I was willing to help them out?