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1 minute ago, crazyfool1 said:

ok .... on to it ... thanks 

If you are persistent you will get a place. Just never give up hope. They become available running right into the festival as people cancel for various reasons or GFL ask for more heads.

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1 minute ago, dondo said:

You could email the one I posted about above

forum moving so fast today im missing stuff ... will do that one too 

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21 minutes ago, Gilb said:

I Love Glastonbury, and....

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this may be a deal breaker..

 

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1 hour ago, crazyfool1 said:

just to be clear there is nothing I can do or need to do at this stage for any of them is there ?

About a month ago we sent an e mail to wateraid enquiring about volunteering, thinking we wouldn't get tickets. We had already filled in a register interest from on their website. Gave them a brief resume of our age, experience in dealing with public and serious approach to volunteering. We got a very nice personal reply from them, and encouraged to apply in January. 

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1 minute ago, Ayrshire Chris said:

About a month ago we sent an e mail to wateraid enquiring about volunteering, thinking we wouldn't get tickets. We had already filled in a register interest from on their website. Gave them a brief resume of our age, experience in dealing with public and serious approach to volunteering. We got a very nice personal reply from them, and encouraged to apply in January. 

might be worth a try ... dont know if it would be the same person dealing with it ... but name out there situation is never a bad thing 

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So as I've said ive registered for all the obvious organisations. Apart from the advertised times do other places comes up through out the year?

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On 10/7/2019 at 10:57 AM, stuie said:

I don't even understand how Festaff is a thing and there's no way I'd ever consider volunteering for a privately owned profit-making company owned by one guy, who keep a part of your deposit, even when you complete all of the shifts.

I'm surprised Glastonbury use them to be honest.

Oxfam on the other hand, is a wonderful charity and I know that my volunteer hours contribute to the work that they do throughout the year, around the world.

They do one job, and they do it well. They are responsible for looking after 135,000 wristbands, with a value of about £35 million. They have to monitor each volunteer much more closely than other organisations do to ensure wristband theft is not occurring. If wristbands go missing in bulk, it compromises the integrity and security of the entire event. Festaff have been doing it for years, and Glastonbury seem to trust them to do it.

I only volunteered with Festaff last year because I was unsuccessful in securing a place with Oxfam. I can totally understand why some people might be adverse to paying a £15 admin fee to a "company" rather than a "charity", but to me, it was just a way to get into Glastonbury, simple as that. They were fun to work with, and I enjoyed my shifts. Wristbanding people is fun because they are so excited to have arrived at Glastonbury!

On 10/7/2019 at 11:29 AM, stuartasmith85 said:

I was just wondering if you'd seen this confirmed elsewhere? Currently, Festaff's page about Glastonbury 2020 still suggests you would have to sign up to a second festival as well (https://www.festaff.co.uk/news/glastonbury-applications-2020), but I can see that this may simply be last year's info page updated to refer to 2020 rather than 2019, and that things may change when it comes to the applications actually opening...

This is what I was told while working at Glastonbury last year. They told me because I worked 2 events this year, I don't need to work a sister event in 2020, as they were changing the system to remove the concept of sister events. However it does seem to be the case that the website doesn't actually say that at the moment. Either it's not been updated, they changed their mind, or I'm simply mistaken.

On 10/7/2019 at 11:53 AM, jfaragher said:

Point 1 - you get to go to Glastonbury, in exchange for 24 hours of work, and £50.  For lots of people, that's a fair deal (actually, it's objectively a reasonable deal - you'd need to earn about £10 an hour to earn the cash after tax for the same period to buy the ticket...).  Also, loads of the organisations who bring volunteers aren't doing it for charity - Arcadia, Block9, various clean up crews etc etc.  

Point 2 - Festaff are pretty good at what they do, basically.

The admin fee was only £15 when I worked for Festaff at Glastonbury this year. 

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6 minutes ago, Sku said:

This is what I was told while working at Glastonbury last year. They told me because I worked 2 events this year, I don't need to work a sister event in 2020, as they were changing the system to remove the concept of sister events. However it does seem to be the case that the website doesn't actually say that at the moment. Either it's not been updated, they changed their mind, or I'm simply mistaken.

Thanks very much, Sku. It also occurred to me that it might be that they won't have that requirement in place for people who did two last year (and so get priority this year), but that if you're a first-timer you need to do the sister event.

I'm sure all will become clear on that nearer the time!

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Missed out on Glastonbury tickets? Here are four ways you can still go for FREE TAKEN FROM MONEYSAVINGEXPERT

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

 

Tickets for Glastonbury Festival 2020 went on sale last week and were snapped up within minutes. If you missed out, there are still a number of FREE ways to get to Glasto - though you'll usually have to fork out a deposit upfront (which you'll get back). 

We originally wrote this blog last year, but as much of the information still stands, we've given it an update to help if you're hoping to get to Glastonbury 2020.

When is Glastonbury 2020?

The 50th Glastonbury Festival is being held on 24-28 June 2020. If you weren't able to bag a ticket when they were released, or you just can't afford one right now, there are some alternative ways to get into the festival... without digging a hole under the fence.

To mark the festival’s 50th anniversary, organisers have also held back 50 pairs of tickets which will be sold via a ballot to those who have missed out so far. It's a bit of a gimmick, given a whopping 2.4 million people registered to try and buy tickets last week, but it could be worth a try. The festival says details of how to enter the ballot will be announced in the coming days, so keep an eye on the official Glastonbury website.

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? TBC, likely February/March 2020.
  • 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 (2020)".
  • 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 six days (Wed-Mon). 
  • How much is the deposit? £260.
  • Any other perks? Oxfam has its own campsite for volunteers, with hot showers, phone charging, hot water, tea and coffee. You'll also get meal vouchers to use on site.

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

Option 3: Fill water bottles, clean toilets and more for WaterAid

  • When does registration open? In January 2020 – register with WaterAid to hear exactly when applications open.
  • What does it involve? Roles 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 4: 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, but it said it wasn't able to share them with us.

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

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

You’ll need to be selected, trained, attend ongoing training, and be a listening volunteer with the festival branch for over a year before you’ll be considered for inclusion in the Glastonbury team (even then this isn't guaranteed).

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 2020.
  • 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? Samaritans told us working patterns are at the discretion of the festival branch and involve round the clock working, in three-to-four-hour shifts. 
  • How much is the deposit? No deposit is currently required.
  • 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 £30 

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 £240 deposit, of which £15 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 £245 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? March 2020. But you can fill out your details now in preparation. It's worth noting Festaff gives priority to people who've volunteered with it at other events in previous years, but it still expects there to be space 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 £265 (plus a £5 admin fee) for a ticket, you might still be able to get one. 

Anyone who nabbed a ticket in the recent ticket sales will need to pay the full amount by 7 April 2020. Any tickets not paid for by the deadline are then put up for resale.

Tickets including coach travel will go back on sale on 16 April, and general admission tickets (which don't include travel) will be re-sold on 19 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 Friday 1 November, and will close a few days before the resale, so don't leave it until the last minute.

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5 hours ago, Rufus Gwertigan said:

If you want to work Info  become a member of Mid Somerset CND (or national CND). Local CND groups also provide staff for lock ups. 

What kind of work do they do at Glastonbury?

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On 10/9/2019 at 4:20 PM, marathonsteve said:
Missed out on Glastonbury tickets? Here are four ways you can still go for FREE TAKEN FROM MONEYSAVINGEXPERT

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

Thanks very much for copying this info @marathonsteve. I had seen this somewhere and intended to have a proper look later; then couldn’t find it again.

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48 minutes ago, Puttycat1 said:

What kind of work do they do at Glastonbury?

Someone else correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe CND run the property lock ups 

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13 minutes ago, MEGATRONICMEATWAGON said:

Does anyone know if you can choose fields to work in, eg West Holts field etc?

My one experience of Oxfam was working with a different festival.  My thoughts are that maybe you could have some control over where you get put, but only after you've volunteered for quite a few years. 

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35 minutes ago, MEGATRONICMEATWAGON said:

Does anyone know if you can choose fields to work in, eg West Holts field etc?

Definitely not with toilets, can't comment for other organisations but I would imagine that you may be able to switch. 

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With Oxfam there's no onsite stewarding at Glastonbury as far as I'm aware. You will be working either pedestrian or vehicle gates. 

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1 minute ago, mazola said:

With Oxfam there's no onsite stewarding at Glastonbury as far as I'm aware. You will be working either pedestrian or vehicle gates. 

There's also the odd weird gate or crossing or something here and there, but tiny numbers. And a few working in Oxfam's own field

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2 minutes ago, mazola said:

With Oxfam there's no onsite stewarding at Glastonbury as far as I'm aware. You will be working either pedestrian or vehicle gates. 

Yep, the onsite/venue type roles tend to be handled by various PTAs, carnival clubs, sports teams and other community groups from the Somerset area, and so they don't tend to get advertised widely.

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On 10/8/2019 at 5:30 PM, crazyfool1 said:

forum moving so fast today im missing stuff ... will do that one too 

I’m struggling to keep up! I need a team of people to keep on top of this 

 

(I will get in somehow)

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