Glastonbury Festival 2023: How to get there for free as ticket prices soar

Glastonbury is an expensive proposition, but there are ways to get there for free (Photo: Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty/AFP)

Tickets for Glastonbury 2023 are set to go on sale today – although securing your place at next year’s festival won’t come cheap.

With tickets to last year’s festival sold at the frozen 2020 price after two Covid-related cancellations in between, the 2023 weekend at Worthy Farm comes with a hefty price tag – costing £335 plus £5 of booking fee for standard tickets.

It’s not all bleak, though, as we’re about to break down ways to get into the Glastonbury Festival for free (ahem, legit) and save a pretty penny.

There are also all sorts of rumors already circulating about who might be hitting the Pyramid Stage for Glasto next summer, from the Arctic Monkeys to the Spice Girls to Roxy Music.

Record-breaking Robbie Williams even threw his hat in the ring for the coveted Sunday Tea Time Legends slot, so anything can happen, but how can you get there to soak up of all this musical goodness without selling a kidney?

How much do Glastonbury 2023 tickets cost?

Glastonbury Festival 2022 - Day 5

2023 marked the most expensive tickets ever for the music event (Picture: Getty)

Quite a stir was caused on Monday when tickets for Glastonbury 2023 were revealed at a staggering price of £335 plus a £5 booking fee for standard tickets.

That’s a big increase from the last general sale in 2019, where tickets were £265 plus a £5 booking fee for what (eventually) became the 2020 festival.

Festival organizer Emily Eavis has since posted a response to the backlash over the new price, explaining: “We have made great efforts to minimize the increase in ticket price, but we are facing huge increases in costs of running this massive spectacle, while recovering from the huge financial impact of two years without a festival due to COVID.

Michael Eavis and Emily Eavis at the 2020 NME Awards - VIP Arrivals

Organizer Emily Eavis, pictured with her founding father Michael Eavis, has defended the price increase (Picture: Getty)

She continued: “The £50 deposit on the day tickets go on sale in November will be the same as ever, with the balance not due until April. And, as always, thousands of people will have the opportunity to come as volunteers or crew members.

How to go to Glastonbury 2023 for free

Exactly what everyone is wondering in light of the expense, and there are various ways to catch Somerset’s iconic music event without shelling out a ticket.

Work directly for Glastonbury Festival

Obviously, if you are hired directly by Glastonbury Festival, you will be able to enjoy the benefit of free entry, although the roles on offer are quite limited.

These are largely administrative roles such as finance, licensing and customer services, as well as infrastructure, procurement, site design, remediation, environment and construction works. earthwork. You will also have to do your job during the festival weekend!

Paul McCartney performs with Bruce Springsteen as he headlines the Pyramid Stage during day four of the 2022 Glastonbury Festival

Want to watch Pyramid Stage royalty like Sir Paul McCartney at Worthy Farm? Jobs are available and you might get lucky with your shifts… (Photo: Samir Hussein/WireImage)

The festival site details that temporary positions in these departments generally start recruiting in January to start in the spring, so keep that in mind.

On-site traffic services are also needed, such as vehicle attendants, tractor drivers, passing staff, and chauffeurs, which are the only job on the roster that works for its ticket rather than being paid.

Work for your ticket by volunteering

Trash pick-up is a tried and true classic, with the recycling team recruited directly by the festival.

For this assignment and others in this section, volunteers tend to pay for their ticket in advance before receiving a refund once they have completed the required hours, which is usually three eight-shift shifts. hours (but may vary).

Glastonbury festival-goers leave and the clean-up begins

Picking up litter is a very popular volunteer role (Picture: Getty)

Glastonbury said he planned to ask the 2022 volunteers if they wanted to return next year and that they were “unlikely” to seek additional team members.

Waste picker Amanda Ayers once said ‘After we finish our shift around noon, we are completely free to do whatever we want. We don’t miss any music and we can always see all the headliners, as most stages open between 11:30 am and noon. We can stay up as late as we want and enjoy our surroundings, as long as we can get up on time for our 6 a.m. shift.

You can also volunteer as a tent steward or camp guard, all of whom are recruited from organizations looking to raise funds and act as friendly and helpful faces throughout the festival.

Stewards are trained online if they’re not from Somerset or in person if they’re local, but shifts are a bit of a lottery as nights need to be covered as well as during the day.

Glastonbury Festival Security Staff

You too could wear one of these vests… (Photo: Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage)

Steward Rachel Williams said in June that the role was definitely not “a back job” adding: “We are given these cute bright pink hi-vis jackets and we have to point people in the right direction, like showing them where the toilet is or their indicate where certain parts of the festival are.We are also taught what to do in an emergency – from people collapsing to lightning strikes: some of us are given walkie-talkies so we can call security or the doctors.

Paramedics, first aiders and people with medical qualifications can also apply to join the team of volunteers on site for the festival.

Some charities also offer the opportunity to work in Glastonbury, such as Oxfam, Shelter (which run a bar), WaterAid and the Samaritans, which have a Festival branch.

Don’t forget the market traders and artists

Dolly Parton at Glastonbury Festival 2014

Do you think Dolly Parton paid for a ticket? (Picture: Getty)

Of course, during the festival you’ll want to eat, drink and buy things, with Worthy Farm also opening up to market traders over the long weekend. If you know any traders heading to Glastonbury, now is the time to get in with them so you’ll be a known face when Glasto arrives.

A limited number of festival passes are allocated to each stand.

Also, let’s not forget – the performers! Granted, you may not be the next Beyonce just yet, but as a festival of contemporary and performing arts, many non-famous artists take part, from street performers and masked actors to comic strips. and more.

What are the dates for Glastonbury 2023 and who has been announced in the lineup?

Glastonbury 2023 will return next year and will officially take place from June 21-25, it was previously announced.

No artists from the lineup have yet been announced, but rumors abound with rapper Eminem the latest A-list music star to have his name linked to the world-famous event.


Eminem is currently leading rumors as part of the Glasto 2023 lineup (Picture: PA)

How to register for Glastonbury tickets?

Fans will be able to purchase coach and ticket packages for the 2023 Glastonbury Festival from 6 p.m. on November 3 and standard tickets from 9 a.m. on November 6.

There will be an additional charge for coach transfer if this package is selected.

Hopeful attendees should register before purchasing by going to the registration section on the official website, in a bid by organizers to shut down ticket sellers.

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