Want to have your best summer? Volunteer at summer festivals!

Fancy going to some of the UK’s top festivals this summer? Want to see Ed Sheeran, Eminen, Kasabian, Leftfield, Stormzy, the Pet Shop Boys, Pete Tong and many other of the world’s biggest musical acts?

Then apply to be an Oxfam volunteer at festivals.

The charity looks for friendly people to staff festivals across the UK, including favourites such as Glastonbury, Shambala, Boardmasters, Leeds and Latitude. This could be your passport to the best summer ever.

Festival volunteers have a unique experience, learn valuable new skills, make friends for life – and get to enjoy the festival without buying a ticket. Oxfam is paid by festival organisers for volunteer stewards’ time, raising essential money for the charity to carry out its work fighting poverty and suffering around the world.


Volunteer steward Tamsin Harding, 26, first volunteered at Camp Bestival a few years ago. She went by herself but said: “I instantly made friends before I’d even set up my tent, and it’s remained that way ever since. The experience made me realise that I’m good at engaging with crowds and lifting the mood of tired festival-goers. It highlighted my administration and organisational skills, which I now use in my job working for a yearly arts fringe event.”

An Oxfam festival volunteer steward is there to keep people safe and provide information and advice to festival-goers. Typical jobs include welcoming visitors, checking tickets and wristbands, managing access to stages, and monitoring crowd levels. Stewards become the face of the festival and look after all areas, including arenas, gates and campsites.

George Upcott, Oxfam’s Head of Festivals, said: “Being a volunteer at festivals is a music lover’s dream. You do three shifts at each event, and off duty you’re free to enjoy yourself like any other festival-goer. 

“Oxfam volunteers also get special perks. They camp in a secure field with showers, loos, phone charging, a chill-out marquee, free tea and coffee and meals. We give everyone training including professional skills, like customer relations, which employers value in the real world.

“Best of all, everyone receives a warm welcome and meets a great bunch of like-minded individuals. Volunteering at a festival either as a campaigner, steward or in an on-site Oxfam shop is the perfect way to have a great time and help Oxfam fight poverty around the world.” 

Other festival volunteers staff on-site Oxfam shops or talk about Oxfam campaigns like Stand as One with refugees.

All volunteers need to be aged over 18 on the first day of the festival. Apply online here: www.oxfam.org.uk/festivals.

LifeWeb editor