Sunday 18 March 2018

No ticket for Glastonbury 2016? There are other ways to get in to the festival (without climbing walls)

Ellie Goulding will be one of the acts at Glastonbury this year
Ellie Goulding will be one of the acts at Glastonbury this year

Amy Blumson, Helena Horton

Glastonbury tickets sold out in 30 minutes when they went on sale in October, leaving many disappointed and the final resale of returns this weekend also got snapped up in a flash.

But not all hope is lost: if you were one of those who missed out on getting a ticket, there may still be some available after midnight May 6, the last opportunity ticket holders have to cancel.

Be warned: the number of tickets likely to be available in the resale will be small. If you miss out on these however, there are other ways to get into the most popular festival in the UK, from volunteering to becoming a performer.

How to get tickets in the resale

If any more general admission tickets come on sale, these cost £228 (€288) + £5 (€6) booking fee (with postage by Royal Mail Special Delivery charged at £7.75 (€9.80) per order.) All tickets must be paid - there is no option to pay in installments.

Laura Whitmore at Glastonbury. Photo: Getty
Laura Whitmore at Glastonbury. Photo: Getty

If you haven't registered yet, do. Registration closed briefly before the ticket sale in October, but it has since reopened. All you need to register is a passport style photo and email address. You’ll need your registration number to buy tickets in the resale.


If you’re willing to put in a few hours work, you can guarantee yourself a ticket without having to shell out more than £200 (€252).

There's stewarding, which involves anything from litter-picking to pointing people in the right direction. You can apply to steward for Oxfam, which is always a popular option. But be warned, the hours aren't always sociable and you could end up missing the acts you desperately want to see. Applications are already open.

Through Festaff, you can volunteer to slap wristbands onto your fellow festival-goers. You are expected to work three eight hour shifts in exchange for your ticket.

Again, be aware that you can't choose when these shifts are so be prepared to be flexible. You'll also be expected to pay an administration charge of £30 (€38) and a £170 (€214) deposit.

You'll usually get the deposit back on completing your last shift at the festival. One added bonus, though, is you get a secure place to camp and access to separate facilities.

Recyclers and littler pickers are recruited by Glastonbury Festival, although it is surprisingly hard to secure the gig. The festival approaches people who have worked for them before first.

After that, new applicants are considered, although it helps if you’ve got a recommendation from someone who has litter picked before.

It may be monotonous work, but at least some of your duties will take place during the post-festival clear up. You'll have access to the crew camp area, which means hot showers, a place to pitch your tent and free teas and coffees.

Oasis Carnival recruit people to work on the outside of the festival site in exchange for a ticket. Jobs include looking after other peoples' property, manning road junctions, giving people help and directions, checking passes and handing out general advice.

Volunteers are expected to work three eight-hour shifts in exchange for your ticket. You'll have to pay a deposit, which is approximately the same as the price of a ticket (more than £200/€252), but this will be returned when you have completed your shift.

Festive Lizards is another organisation that offers a ticket in exchange for your time and a deposit of £215/€271. As long as you're a dab hand at traffic management and turn up to your three eight-and-a-half-hour shifts over the course of the festival, your deposit will be returned to you. No CV needed, just email your name, date of birth, phone number and address to 

If you have medical, paramedic or first aid qualifications, you can apply to join the festival’s medical team. However, you'll have to keep reminding yourself that you're there to save lives rather than party.

If you already volunteer with a charity or peace and environmental group you may be able to volunteer through them in exchange for your ticket. One such organisation is the Brighton Peace and Environment Centre.

Become a backing dancer

None of us have actually tried this one, but performers get to experience the festival from the VIP area (a slightly less grim field) and if you're really, really lucky, you might get to meet Coldplay.

Better start practising.

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