Volunteering at festivals

Love summer festivals? Passionate about protecting our planet? Volunteering to work at Latitude, Download, Wireless and other events is one way of helping to protect our natural world.

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Every year, Greenpeace rocks up to festivals up and down the country to deliver cutting-edge entertainment and talk to people about how they can help protect our planet. Greenpeace has a big presence at Glastonbury each year as well as Camp Bestival, Latitude, Womad and Wireless among others.

Each festival is different and volunteer activities are shaped to fit the vibe. These include running cafes and bars, stewarding campsites, running performance stages, or hosting skate ramps and climbing walls. Greenpeace also runs deposit return scheme points for plastic bottles and cups where people redeem their deposit and ensure the plastic is recycled. 

As well as contributing to the success of each festival, running events and activities provides a great opportunity to talk to a wide range of people about what we need to do to protect our planet.

What do volunteers do?

Volunteers take on all kinds of roles – setting up, managing features like the skate ramp and showers, helping with crew catering or stewarding on the site. Most volunteers are on-site for a few days before and during each festival, and sometimes there are longer-term roles for those with more time to spare.

What’s the deal?

You’ll be given entry to the festival site along with a secure camping site and food during your stay. In return, you’ll be asked to make your own way to the festival and commit to a number of shifts. During your time off, you can explore everything the festival has to offer, as long as you’re on time and ready for your next shift. The only other things you’ll need (apart from camping gear) are the ability to be flexible, work hard, and be a friendly, helpful representative of Greenpeace. Oh, and be over 18.

How to apply

Although Greenpeace plans to be a major part of UK festivals in 2020, due to the ongoing coronavirus situation it’s uncertain whether this will be possible. Glastonbury 2020 has been cancelled, although at present many other festivals are still scheduled. If they go ahead as planned, we’ll need festival volunteers more than ever. To express your interest, email festivals.uk@greenpeace.org.