Free Kendal Calling 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 %CODEfestname% 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 %CODEfestname% below.

Kendal Calling takes place in the beautiful Lake District National Park over 24th – 30th July.

How to: Get free Kendal Calling tickets

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 Festaff

Fans can secure free tickets to in return for volunteering with Festaff. They’re one of my favourite firms to volunteer with as they offer many festivals where you only have to work two shifts and pay a much smaller deposit of around £35.

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 offered by Festafff include bar work, wristband checking and stewarding – the specific roles available depend on your choice of festival. You’ll get to select a preference when you apply for each event.

Your shift pattern will be allocated when you arrive on-site and register, and where possible, Festaff will try to give you shifts that match up with any friends you’re volunteering with or artists you really don’t want to miss.


To apply for free tickets, in return for X 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 tickets will also be given free staff car parking passes.

Kendal Calling 2018 Lineup Poster

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.

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