Across the country, hundreds of music festivals are put on every year which cover a vast range of music and entertainment genres - and 2017 is certainly no exception. In 2015, 3.7 million people attended a music festival in the UK, with many more attending more localised start-up events.
Whether you’re planning on braving the mud at a large national event, or you simply want to enjoy a smaller, more intimate festival, you’ll need to be prepared for a weekend (or longer) of camping and entertainment. Unfortunately, attending one isn’t cheap, with the average cost being around £400 for one of the larger, more well-known UK festivals. When you take into account the cost of the ticket, camping equipment, food, drink, travel and souvenirs, it’s clear how quickly it can all add up.
Having enough money for emergencies and so that you’re well-fed throughout ensures your festival experience will be a good one and will hopefully give you memories, experiences and even new friendships to cherish for life.
Raising the money to ensure you have enough cash to fully enjoy your experience takes a little effort, but it can be done relatively easily if you know where to begin. Here’s our top 4 ways to make a bit of extra cash before you depart.
Sell your unwanted stuff
You can sell pretty much anything you don’t want or need anymore, from clothing to furniture to appliances and even broken toys. As the saying goes; ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ – you may not think you have a lot to offer, but you could be surprised.
Happily, there are so many easy ways to sell your unwanted and unused items – Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree are good places to start if you have bulky or fragile items to sell. If you’re happy to post your unwanted items, then using a site like eBay will often find you plenty of interested buyers.
If you would prefer to avoid selling anything online, car boot sales can be a great way to declutter a lot of things at once, whilst also ensuring you get cash-in-hand for your efforts. You could also set up a ‘garage sale’ outside your house – just be sure to advertise it locally in advance.
Pawn a valuable item
Pawning valuables in order to raise cash at short notice has been done for literally thousands of years, and it still remains popular today. It’s likely that you have at least one pawnbroker on your local high street, and you can also find some which trade online if you don’t.
Pawning allows you to receive cash for a piece of jewellery, a nice watch or other valuable item, which you can then buy back in installments or with one lump sum at a later date. This provides an option for those who do not necessarily want to part with a possession, but would like to unlock its value for convenience.
Before pawning anything, you should remember that if you fail to pay the agreed amount back in full and on time, the pawnbroker can then sell your item on to someone else. Do a bit of research to find a pawnbroker who works for you and ensures you are given enough time to pay back what you owe.
Find a side income
Finding some temporary extra work can be easy depending on your current time constraints, where you live and what your skills are. If you already work during the week, then dedicating a couple of weekends or evenings to some additional work can really add up. Try businesses which always need basic staff, such as pubs, restaurants and seasonal businesses, and always make sure they understand that you’ll need time off for the festival!
If you’d prefer to keep it a little more flexible, offering your services as a car washer, a babysitter or a gardener for instance would ensure you have control over your own time. Think about what skills you have which may be useful to others and go from there.
You may want to register with your local employment agency, which may be able to get you a temporary position in your area which fits in with your time constraints. They are paid to find the right people for jobs which may not last very long, which is perfect for those who just need a temporary cash boost.
Work at the festival itself
All festivals require a number of staff members to keep things up and running, and to clear up after the last reveller has departed. Due to the very temporary nature of the work, festival organisers have come up with an ingenious solution – you can have free tickets to the festival (and you’ll often enjoy a quieter, less boggy, and more central staff camping site) in return for a few shifts of litter picking, serving drinks or selling merchandise. The work can also span to erecting and dismantling stages, sound systems and even working behind the scenes in the VIP area.
It’s always best to contact the festival organisers directly about a temporary job, as they will be able to point you in the right direction and ensure you receive accurate information about what is expected of you in return for tickets, camping and food & drink.
However you plan to raise money for your festival experience, you should always trust your instincts and keep the future in mind.