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If you love music festivals but can’t make the high price, sign up as a volunteer and get your ticket – plus VIP toilets – for free.

Last time you were knee-high in mud and finger-pointing in time to the beat with 10,000 neon ravers, you probably didn’t stop to think about how it all came together (and we don’t blame you). However, it’s worth considering, as it takes a huge crew to pull off a music festival and people who volunteer can enjoy free tickets, major discounts around the site, and some oh-so-clean staff-only toilets. Now that’s an offer worth its weight in gold if you’ve ever been in a festival portaloo before.

Stewarding:

You may have mistaken their bright yellow vests for standard rave attire, but in fact stewards have a very important job to do. This fluorescent army check wristbands, man entry points, direct festival goers and pick up rubbish with those long pointy things that look like back scratchers. They also know the lay of the land to answer questions and help with crowd control (don’t worry though, the big dogs are on hand for serious moshes). Oxfam recruits stewards for major festivals like Glastonbury, Bestival, Reading, Leeds and Womad and it also helps staff some great boutique fests. You need to pay a £210 deposit to take part but as long as you show up for your shifts you’ll get it all back. Stewards also get camping staff quarters, which are often closer to the stages, and are cleaner and more secure. Click here for more info.

Best part: Free entry and crew perks of course! Plus, at Oxfam you can apply to work with a friend or in a group.

Worst part: You may miss some of the music and you will be required to do at least one night shift.


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Whistle while you work: Volunteer at festivals to get your free ticket
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