HowTheLightGetsIn is the world’s largest and most exciting philosophy and music festival – and we need YOU to make it happen!

Volunteering at HowTheLightGetsIn is an amazing way to get involved with the process of turning our vision into a reality, as well as an opportunity for you to enjoy the festival itself with minimal costs.


Why should you get involved?

1. ACCESS. In return for their short daily shifts (typically between 5-6 hours), festival volunteers get a staff wristband giving them access to a whole range of debates, live music, film & comedy - not to mention insane discounts on the festival eateries and some of the visiting stall holders!

2. SKILLS & EXPERIENCE. Volunteering looks great on your CV and all of our volunteers can request a reference when they need it for future employment. You'll get to network with festival organisers and gain an insight into the behind-the-scenes running of a large-scale event.

3. FUN. The team is always diverse, welcoming and up for having a lot of laughs. A lot of our volunteers come back year after year to have reunions and see the same friendly faces they got to know in previous years. 



HowTheLightGets Hay 2020 is set in a magical location on the edge of the Black Mountains, alongside the river Wye in the famed book town of Hay! The festival site is right behind the Co-Operative in Hay-on-Wye. 

Newport Street, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford HR3 5BG

Accommodation - Camping

All our volunteers and staff camp for the festival. This means you need to have your own tent and camping equipment, but you get a free camping space in our festival campsite as part of your volunteering benefits. The campsite is right across the road from the festival site with hot showers and cabin toilets. 


Dates & Times

As a volunteer, you will need to be available for training on Thursday 21st May 2020 - timings are TBC - but this training is likely to be 16:00-19:00. 

You will also need to be available for all event days inclusive from Friday 22nd May - Monday 25th May 2020. The very latest finish on Monday 25th will be 10pm. Please therefore plan to travel back home on Tuesday 26th.