Four Festivals To Volunteer At This Summer
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Four Festivals To Volunteer At This Summer

Vicky Wilson June 10, 2022

Volunteering at a festival is the perfect way to boost your CV, meet new friends and see your favourite artists and performers for free.

From helping with marshalling to distributing wristbands to working at an ‘ask me’ marquee, you will certainly be kept busy running the festival, but between shifts, there will be plenty of time to catch the top performances. Often you will even get access to the staff campsite and showers.

So here are four of the best festivals to apply to volunteer at this summer.

1. Reading and Leeds Festival

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Renowned for its huge rock and pop headliners, the Reading and Leeds festivals always have a great lineup. Though you must pay a refundable deposit, through Hotbox events or Oxfam you can visit this iconic festival for free by volunteering, helping with marshalling, entry, and giving advice. 

2. Boardmasters

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Through Oxfam or Jolly Green Sherpas, volunteer on the Cornish coast at this indie rock festival. If you want to visit with friends you can even sign up as a group.

3. Let’s Rock

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If you are into 80s music, volunteering at Let’s Rock festival could be the one for you. Based in ten different locations across the UK, and featuring names such as Belinda Carlisle and Billy Ocean, you are sure to find the perfect opportunity near you.

Child Bereavement UK offers people the chance to enjoy this festival if they volunteer to sell wristbands and raffle tickets on the day.

4. Edinburgh Fringe

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If arts and theatre are more your thing, take part in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the world’s largest arts festival.

From theatre and dance to comedy and circus shows, the Fringe has it all. Via Paradise Green, you can apply for a plethora of volunteering roles including marketing, technical and front of house positions.

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Vicky Wilson studies English and History at the University of Birmingham. and is the editor of the academic journal, URISE, and Vicky loves to write for Redbrick's paper in their free time. Vicky currently writes within the Freshered team as a freelancer. When Vicky is not writing, you’ll find them spending time at a roller disco or rock climbing in the Peaks.