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 %CODEfestname% tickets.
Boomtown takes place on the Matterly Bowl Estate, and with this years festival sold out in record time, volunteering could be your golden ticket to seeing the UK exclusive festival appearance of Gorillaz, alongside Limp Bizkit.
How to: get free Boomtown tickets
Volunteer with Boomtown directly
Boomtown run their own volunteer scheme directly from their own website. Like most of the volunteering firms below, it’ll require three 8 hour shifts and a £280 deposit, which will be refunded within a month after the festival.
You’ll get acess to the crew bar and entertainment, which promises the cheapest pints available on site. You’ll also get a meal voucher per shift worked, and access to a secure dedicated campsite, only a short walk from the car park. Volunteers also get hot showers, and better toilets than offered to the general public.
The volunteer welfare facility is a great place to make new friends, chill out, enjoy free hot drinks, and charge your phone. Most people find the shifts enjoyable, so with all the aforementioned perks, it’s easy to see why most volunteers keep coming back again and again.
You can sign up to be part of Boomtown’s stewarding, bar, or recycling teams on the Boomtown volunteering website page, which also features a comprehensive volunteering FAQ.
Volunteering with Oxfam
Oxfam offer free entry to %CODEfestname% 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 %CODEfestname% 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 %CODEfestname% 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:
- All Points East
- 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.
Other ways to get free %CODEfestname% tickets
As of yet, we are unaware of any other organisations offering free entry to %CODEfestname%. 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.