How To Hit Up Music Festivals On The Cheap We all know how expensive music festivals can get, here are some tips to catch the bands without breaking the bank. 1. Get early bird tickets A photo posted by Katrice Czaja (@triceypops) on Aug 17, 2016 at 2:45am PDT Don't wait till the last minute – many festivals have early bird specials or pre-sales that are significantly discounted. Subscribe to their newsletters and follow them on social media so you can be the first to know when they release them. 2. Work your way in How many wristband does it take to work three festivals? #13 #coachella #week1 #week2 #stagecoach #dolab #golfcart #mansionparty #beergarden #campingstaff #festivalstaff #goldenvoice Many festivals rely on volunteers to scan tickets, hand out freebies (more on that later) and clean up, and you probably won’t have to work the entire day either. Check out their websites and apply as early as possible. Note that everyone and their mother will try to volunteer for big festivals like Splendour in the Grass, so choose your battle wisely. 3. Win tickets Just announced: Sean "Diddy" Combs added to the lineup for the two-day iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas! To win your way there head to iHeartRadio.com.au/optus Wait, people giveaway tickets for FREE? You heard it right. Radio stations and festival sponsors often host competitions to giveaway tickets, and sometimes even an all-expense-paid trip! (Side note: the author is preparing for hers as she writes this.) So scout their websites and social media accounts religiously once the festival is announced and enter everything – you’ve got to be in it to win it. 4. Avoid flying Getting up before the sun is totally worth it when you end up photographing daisy, two awesome people, and a belly bump. It was super fun to walk into 1970's!! Just wait until you see the light we got this morning. It will blow you away!! If you're going to a festival that's out of town, try getting there by bus or train! An interstate return flight could easily set you back big bucks that you could be spending on festival merch or, let's be honest, more booze. Coach services like Greyhound have routes connecting NSW, ACT, QLD, VIC and SA, or hire a car with a few friends for a road trip. Just pump your festival playlist on the way to start the party early.YHA Bonus: Members get an exclusive 5% off all Greyhound passes and 5% off Europcar hire. 5. Stay in hostels Hands up if you'd rather be here right now Resort vibes on a hostel budget - Cape Byron YHA version It’s cleaner and sometimes cheaper than camping – especially if you don’t already own camping gear and utensils. It’s super fun as people who stay there are likely to be attending the same festival so you can take a Tinder break and actually meet like-minded people IRL. Staying in hostels is obviously a LOT safer than couch-surfing aka crashing at some random dude’s place who may or may not skin you while you sleep.YHA Bonus: From Field Day to Future, check out which of our 85 backpacker hostel is near your favourite festivals. 6. BYO (almost) everything DIY Breakfast at Sydney Harbour YHA! For $7 you get two eggs, a ton of bacon, 2 slices of toasts (not pictured) and choice of beverage... Then you take all these ingredients and cook it in the kitchen! Just my style :) (#YHAtakeover by @girleatworld) ️ Staying in hostels means you can use the communal kitchen to make breakfast and even pack lunch everyday – if the festival allows outside food and you're bothered! Otherwise bring something simple – energy bars, nuts or crackers can help stretch your budget further, and you won’t have to drink on an empty stomach. 7. Look out for freebies I wonder how #Summerburst is going to be like compare to how awesome #FutureMusicFestival was! 2 weeks to go. From merch to drinks to VIP passes, festival vendors and sponsors often offer freebies and surprises for festival-goers on the day. Keep an eye on the venue signage and check social media every few hours to see what’s on offer. Who knows, you might even score a last-minute meet-and-greet with your favourite artist. 8. Bring cash Big Money #bigmoney #australiandollar #dollar #money #colors #aud #valuta #moneta #dollaroaustraliano #dollaro #australia #colori #oceania #vsco #inflation #moneymaker #buy #trader #nations Yes, there will be ATMs onsite, but they are likely to charge you a withdrawal fee. Why pay to access your own money? Hit the ATM before you enter the venue and save that $3 for (half) a beer. This will also help you to set a budget for the day so you don’t come home with a credit card debt because you reeeaally felt like shouting your new mates beer after meeting them for a solid 5 seconds. 9. Use common sense A photo posted by GLO TATTS® Premium Temp Tatts (@glotatts) on Sep 3, 2016 at 6:36pm PDT Don’t forget to pack on the sunscreen and stay hydrated throughout the day to avoid getting heatstroke or anything that will lead to medical costs. Jumping off that makeshift ladder might seem fun at the time, but not so much when you break your leg and get kicked out before Coldplay even comes on. 10. Put down your phone It's hard to believe it was only a week ago we were saying goodbye to our campers and wrapping up Splendour for another year! WE WANT TO THANK YOU SPLENDID PEOPLE FOR YOUR AWESOME FORM AT THIS YEARS FESTIVAL!! Our Splendour team spend the best part of the year planning the festival, we spend one month building the show and an extra amount of effort keeping work vehicles off the grass so its nice and fresh for you to enjoy. Receiving 4 days of inclement weather and sporadic rain during the festival, well it all turned to didn’t it!! Our team worked exceptionally hard during the show to manage the conditions with various ground materials but it was an uphill (downhill naked mud man) battle. We have some great ideas moving forward, we’ll let you know down the road. Anyway YOU WERE ALL INCREDIBLE!! Your resilience, your sense of community, your determination to have fun, the care you showed for each other and just generally the way you embraced it all…it absolutely blew us away. Massive thanks, you're a pack of legends. We love you! ️ Jess, Paul and team Splendour xo Thanks to @biancaholderness for the Once you get there, be present, take it all in and enjoy the moment. Watch the show live, not through the screen of your phone! (If you are one of those people who bring iPads to festivals, please see yourself out.) Put the phone down for a minute so you can see Radiohead performing before your very eyes, and that would surely make your ticket worth every dollar.