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Free Bestival Tickets: exclusive free entry guide

Most music festivals offer free entry in return for various types of volunteering, selling tickets to friends, through paid work at the event, and by countless other means. Check out our exclusive guide to securing free Bestival tickets.

Join the ‘UK Music Festival Volunteers & Staff Community’ group on Facebook!

It’s a great place to share advice between organisations and across the hundreds of different festivals in the UK each summer. It’ll be a great place to find volunteering opportunities and paid work at your favourite festivals. A group to swap shifts to see your favourite bands and find out about the shortcuts into the arena which you’re allowed to use but just don’t know about! Visit the Volunteers & Staff Facebook group then check out your options for Bestival below.

Bestival takes place in the first weekend of August, and has moved from it’s former location on the Isle of Wight to Dulworth Castle, sharing the same site as family friendly sister festival Camp Bestival.

Volunteering with Oxfam

Oxfam offer free entry to Bestival in return for working three eight hour shifts. A refundable deposit of £220 is payable, which will be returned provided all shifts are completed as promised. In addition to free Bestival tickets, Oxfam volunteers are provided with secure camping, hot tea & coffee, phone charging, and one meal token per shift.

The roles available with Oxfam include checking wristbands at the main entrance and the arena entrance, wristband exchanges, disability viewing platforms, and stewarding within the arena. Shop volunteers are also required, who will work a different shift pattern, usually every day of the event. Shop volunteers have first access to the awesome clothing sold in the festival Oxfam charity shop, which is known to stockpile the best Oxfam charity shop donations from across the country.

Check out Oxfam’s application system on their official website.

Volunteering with My Cause UK

My Cause UK offer free Bestival tickets for anyone willing to complete three eight hour shifts. A refundable deposit of up to £250 will be required. My Cause are notable as they will donate £40 to a charity of your own choice once you have completed your shifts.

My Cause also provide secure camping and one meal per shift completed. Their full list of festivals includes:

  • Boardmasters
  • Noisily
  • All Points East
  • Boomtown
  • Bestival
  • Download
  • Love Saves The Day

My Cause promise to return your deposit one month after you have finished your shifts at the final festival you work each summer. As with Hotbox Events, a single deposit can be used for multiple festivals. Volunteers must be over the age of 18 on the first day of any event, and can apply on the My Cause UK website.

Work available with My Cause often includes wristband checking on entry gates.

Volunteering with FESTAFF

Fans can secure free tickets to Bestival in return for volunteering with FESTAFF. They’re one of my favourite firms to volunteer with, firstly because you usually only have to work two 8 hour shifts. Most other volunteering companies make you work three 8 hour shifts.

FESTAFF also give you a meal voucher each shift, which can usually be used at any of the food traders around the festival. Other firms often don’t.

The volunteering roles available at Bestival include bar work, wristband checking, and information personnel. Specific shifts are not confirmed until on site, in contrast to other festival volunteering organisations who often confirm your shifts in advance.

One big advantage of volunteering with FESTAFF is they only charge a £20 deposit to applicants, which is refunded on site. Whilst they do charge a £15 administration fee on top, other volunteering organisations can charge deposits of up to £200 which may not be refunded for months after the event.

To apply for free Bestival tickets, in return for three shifts of volunteering, head to the FESTAFF website and fill out the online application form. FESTAFF’s full list of events includes:

  • Common People
  • Isle of Wight
  • Kendal Calling
  • Camp Bestival
  • Bestival
  • Carfest
  • Creamfields
  • Rewind
  • Bloodstock

Those volunteering with FESTAFF for free Bestival tickets will also be given free staff car parking passes.

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Other ways to get free Bestival tickets

As of yet, we are unaware of any other organisations offering free entry to Bestival . This page will be updated should further opportunities become available. All festivals require thousands of paid staff, most of which will be granted a free ticket to the event. Check with local temporary work agencies and you may find something you love.

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