How to go to Glastonbury Festival 2023 for free as ticket prices soar

Arctic Monkeys, Guns N’ Roses and Sir Elton John are the 2023 Glastonbury headliners

Other major names announced in the first wave of acts include Lizzo, Lil Nas X, Lana Del Ray and Lewis Capaldi.

Festival favourites and newcomers have also graced the acts, with ticketholders set to see the likes of Raye, Blondie, Hot Chip, The Chicks, Alt-J, Becky Hill, Carly Rae Jepsen, Central Cee, Chvrches, Fatboy Slim, Fred Again, Manic Street Preachers and Christine and the Queens.

With Glastonbury 2023 not too far away, and the ticket sale date confirmed for November, fans are preparing to break into their piggy banks for the necessary funds.

With tickets to the festival last year sold at the frozen 2020 price after two Covid-related cancellations in between, 2023’s weekend at Worthy Farm comes with a steep price tag attached.

Whilst agencies like us get requests for backstage passes and VIP access, general tickets are still very expensive, but it’s s legendary festival with big headliners asking for millions in appearance fees.

It’s not all doom and gloom though as we’re about to break down ways you can get into Glastonbury Festival for free (ahem, legitimately) and save yourself a pretty penny.

There are also all sorts of rumours already flying around as to who might take to the Pyramid Stage for Glasto next summer, from Arctic Monkeys to the Spice Girls and Roxy Music.

Record-breaking Robbie Williams has even thrown his hat into the ring for the coveted Sunday teatime legends slot, so anything can happen, but how can you get there to soak up all that musical goodness without selling a kidney?

How much are ticket prices for Glastonbury 2023?

Quite a stir was caused October 2022 when tickets for Glastonbury 2023 were revealed to be priced at a staggering £335 plus a £5 booking fee for standard tickets.

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

Festival organiser Emily Eavis has since issued a response in the face of the backlash to the new price, explaining: ‘We have tried very hard to minimise the increase in price on the ticket but we’re facing enormous rises in the costs of running this vast show, whilst still recovering from the huge financial impact of two years without a festival because of COVID.’

She continued: ‘The £50 deposit on ticket sales day in November will be the same as ever, with the balance not due until April. And, as always, there will be opportunities for many thousands of people to come as volunteers or part of the crew.’

How to go to Glastonbury 2023 for free

Exactly what everyone has been wondering in light of the expense, and there are various ways to attend the iconic Somerset music event without shelling out for a ticket.

Work for Glastonbury Festival directly

Obviously if you are hired directly by Glastonbury Festival then you will be able to enjoy the perk of free admission, although the roles on offer are pretty limited.

These are largely administrative roles such as finance, licensing and customer services, as well as infrastructure, procurement, site design, sanitation, environmental and ground works. You will also have to do your job over the festival weekend too!

The festival site details that temporary roles in these departments generally begin recruiting in January to start in the Spring, so bear that in mind.

Onsite traffic services are also required, such as vehicle chaperones, tractor drivers, crossing staff and drivers, who are the one job in the list who work for their ticket rather than being paid.

Work for your ticket by volunteering

Litter-picking is a tried and tested classic, with the Recycling Team recruited directly by the festival.

For this duty 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-hour shifts (but can vary).

Glastonbury has indicated that they plan on asking 2022 volunteers if they wish to return again next year though and say it’s ‘unlikely’ they will be looking for additional team members.

Litter-picker Amanda Ayers previously told revealed ‘After we finish our shift at about midday, we’re completely free to do whatever we want. We don’t miss any of the music at all and we can still see all the headliners, as most of the stages open between 11.30am and midday. We can stay up as late as we like and enjoy what’s around – as long as we can get up on time for our 6am shift start.’

You can also volunteer as a tent steward or campsite warden, who are all recruited from organisations looking to raise funds and act as friendly, helpful faces around the festival.

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

Steward Rachel Williams said that the role was certainly not ‘a doss job’ adding: ‘We’re given these lovely bright pink high-vis jackets and we have to point people in the right direction, like show them where the toilets are or point them where certain parts of the festival are. We’re also taught what to do if there’s an emergency – from people collapsing, to even lightning strikes: some of us are given walkie talkies so we can call over security or medics.’

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

Some charities also offer the chance to work at Glastonbury, such as Oxfam, Shelter (which runs a bar), WaterAid and the Samaritans, which has a Festival Branch.

Of course, during the festival you will want to eat and drink and buy things, with Worthy Farm opening up to market traders for the long weekend too. If you know traders who head to Glastonbury, now is the time to get in with them so you’re a known face when Glasto rolls around.

There are a limited number of festival passes allocated to each stall.

Also, let’s not forget – performers! True, you may not be the next Beyonce just yet, but as a festival of contemporary and performing arts, there are plenty of non-celebrity artists attending, from street performers and masked actors to comics and more.

What dates are Glastonbury 2023

Glastonbury 2023 will return  from June 21 to 25, it was previously announced.

Arctic Monkeys, Guns N’ Roses and Sir Elton John are the 2023 Glastonbury headliners

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