Doctor of Festival jobs in the UK

Festival jobs: what, how, where? This is how you earn money!

Festival jobs are a blessing! I love them and I celebrate them in the highest terms. Why? Because you also give bargain hunters the opportunity to be there everywhere and you can even earn something on top of it. This is how I financed my four festivals last summer and let's be honest: without a festival job I would never have been able to afford so many of them - let alone pay for a festival like Roskilde. The ticket for my favorite festival costs the equivalent of 260, - and on top of that there is half a world trip as a journey by car and food ...

There are festival jobs that allow you to take part in the festival at a reduced rate or for free, and there are festival jobs with which you can even earn additional money. These jobs clearly differ in terms of the amount of work they do and the time they spend. Today I would like to give you a little overview of what kind of festival jobs you have options, what you have to do and what you can get out of it.

First of all, I would like to say: I think a festival job is great because you can experience the festival and the people very differently - and perhaps much more intensively. Maybe it's because you take on this observer role when you are sober. When, as a coffee seller, I wandered through the same camps over and over again for three days from morning to afternoon with my Ghostbusters-like backpack, at the end of the festival I had the feeling that I was friends with almost the entire campsite. Everywhere you sit down, listen to funny stories and meet the craziest people. Sure, that sounds like a normal festival - but somehow it's even more so with festival jobs!

Festival jobs: what, how, where, when?

Goldkorn - "mobile sales"

I've worked for Goldkorn several times and can only recommend it: in “mobile sales” at Nova Rock, for example, I earned so much that I could have bought the ticket three times afterwards. "Mobile sales" means that you get a backpack full of coffee (or iced coffee) strapped on and walk round after round through your assigned area to sell coffee. As mentioned above: I loved it! Of course it is exhausting, but with all the funny people you meet, that is quickly forgotten! The payment is performance-based and therefore quite individual.

  • Advantage I: It's free when the bands play in the evening. In the afternoon it's up to you whether you want to make money or cheer for bands.
  • Advantage II: endless list of festivals to work on.
  • Disadvantage: The shift starts early in the morning on Fri, Sat and Sun. So nothing to sleep in.
  • Salary: €€€
  • When can i apply? At any time. Processing from March.
  • You can get more information here.
Goldkorn - "Sale"

For those who don't have to walk around with a heavy backpack - and mostly in the heat - they can earn something by selling them in the tent. For example, I rolled and sold burritos here. The only funny thing I can remember here is a declaration of love from a festival maniac that lasted for hours - and I probably only found that extremely funny because I was bored! You earn the minimum hourly wage.

  • Disadvantage: You are assigned fixed shifts (morning, afternoon, night). So I didn't really notice any of the bands at the Southside back then because I always had to work in the afternoon and evening. NOT GOOD = (
  • Advantage: endless list of festivals to work on.
  • Salary:
  • When can i apply? At any time. Processing from March.
  • You can get more information here.
Festival pilot

Ever wondered who the people with the blue safety vests at Southside and Co are? These are festival guides. You can go to the festival for free and in return work 24 hours a day, spread over five festival days. Your shifts are 4-6 hours long, depending on the festival. "As a pilot you improve the comfort in many areas at the festival and create a unique festival experience for yourself and our visitors."

Special festivals: Of course, it is always worthwhile to look out for job advertisements on the festival website itself.


About 70% of the guests finance their entry through their work as volunteers, according to the Roskilde. I did it that way too. The festival job on the Roskilde is quite luxurious: as a volunteer, you have the sports club home in the middle of the site exclusively charged as a point of contact for showers, food, internet and batteries. I worked there for an external bar at the booth. Because I couldn't speak Danish, my job consisted of 2 night shifts where we had to take care of the booth. A very boring and hated job that can also be fun for two. Fortunately, we didn't miss any bands because the night shift only started after the shows had ended.

You can apply for both internal volunteer jobs and external advertisements via the website.

  • Advantage I: 8 to 10 days festival and only work twice: completely fair!
  • Advantage II: Volunteer areas (sanitary facilities and food distribution at the campsite + own dining area on the festival site)
  • Salary: none
  • You can get more information here.

For me, the festival job is a completely different way of experiencing a festival: an even better one! And who is not happy when they can save a little something or even earn a little while visiting the festival? Everyone who applies, however, should be aware that a festival job is a responsible task that requires you to stay sober, for example.

I am happy if you tell me about your experiences with festival jobs? Where have you been, who can you recommend and who not? And above all: what did you experience?