Is the idea of a free ticket to Electric Picnic too good to be true?
The cost of festivals, particularly weekend or three day festivals like Electric Picnic, can be expensive but can volunteering save you cash?
Electric Picnic, in Stradbally Co Laois from September 1-3, is currently looking for volunteers to work 24 hours (three eight hour or four six hours shifts) over the weekend.
Volunteers are free to enjoy all the festival has to offer outside of those working hours and they don't have to buy a ticket - weekend camping tickets for the event, which is sold out, were priced between €160 and €200.
Sounds like an attractive option if you failed to bag a ticket before they sold out. However, it's not for the completely broke as there is a refundable bond of €250 to be paid in advance of taking up your position.
Of course it's necessary to prevent people from volunteering to gain access to the site and then absconding for the weekend to party with their mates.
It's refunded at the end of September if you haven't breached the terms and conditions and fulfilled your volunteering duties and worked your shifts satisfactorily.
So, you do save money in the long term for a short term outlay.
If you're selected to volunteer you'll be equipped with a vest and info pack, access in advance to camping areas, and you'll get time out to enjoy the show.
All this in exchange for duties including directing traffic and pedestrians to campsites, providing mobile/roaming information, assisting festival-goers with queries, carrying equipment, pitching tents, checking wristbands, providing emergency assistance etc.
You'll need to be over 18 and be prepared to make your own way to the site on Thursday August 31st at noon.