With tickets to Glastonbury and the summerís major rock festivals all gone in an instant, being part of the big outdoor musical celebrations may seem a bit of a challenge.
Taking the plunge and splashing out for the initial ticket price can be tough, especially when thereís also the cost of travel, camping, food and drink to factor in come the event itself.
So how could you enjoy the revelry, the music and the sunshine, and stop worrying about the daily grind, even if you havenít managed to buy a ticket?
Become a volunteer steward - You get to check tickets, provide information, keep festival-goers safe ñ and see some of the biggest names on the circuit. Oxfam recruits stewards for some festivals and gives its volunteers their own campsite with hot showers and three meal tickets a day, although you naturally have to commit to lengthy shifts . Or you could try contacting festival organisers directly.
Be with the band - Liking an act on Facebook, following them on Twitter or even belonging to an old-school fan club could give you discounted ticket options, offers and other goodies as the events get closer.
Go last minute ñ You could try online ticket marketplaces for late returns at bargain prices ñ but beware of fakes ñ ticket fraud cost the public more than £3.7 million last year, according to the Association of Chief Police Officers . Stick with reputable and official sites and look for guarantees that youíll get a refund or replacement if the ones you buy arenít genuine. Itís also worth buying tickets via a cash-back website if you can.
If you have managed to get a late online ticket, then itís worth buying with caution. When demand is high, criminals often step in ñ and they wonít be satisfied at stealing the cost of your tickets if they can also get enough of your personal details to steal your identity too. Donít click on links in unsolicited e-mails and make sure the payment page is secure and has a padlock symbol in the browser.
You can help protect yourself by taking a 30-day trial of Experian CreditExpert . With Experian CreditExpert membership you can get unlimited views of your Experian credit report, which shows credit activity in your name so you can spot potentially fraudulent activity.
Its web monitoring tool will monitor the internet for mentions of your personal information 24/7, sending you an instant notification if your information is found somewhere new online. This helps ensure you can take immediate steps to resolve any potential fraudulent activity before you are negatively affected.
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