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WaterAid has been one of Glastonbury Festival's 'Worthy Causes' since 1994. This year we will be taking along a team of 200 enthusiastic volunteers to work with us in providing water, sanitation and hygiene services to festival goers.

If you have any questions regarding our work at Glastonbury you can email us on Glastonbury@wateraid.org.

Pump up the volume logoOur activities at a fantastic Glastonbury 2013 included:

  • Campaigning – We asked festival-goers to Pump up the volume – for a world where everyone, everywhere has safe water and sanitation by 2030. We gathered 35,000 of your signatures and combined them with others collected from around the world. We took the total figure - more than one million -  to the United Nations in New York in September 2013.

  • The stand – This was the place to talk to us and find out more about our work. You got your free water refill and supported WaterAid by getting some fantastic nail art, getting your picture taken with our perfect props, or getting a Pump Up the Volume tattoo or hand stamp to help spread the message across Worthy Farm! 

  • Latrines and She-Pees – We operated African-style latrines and provide female urinals known as She-Pees. These were run by a team of fantastic volunteers who collect donations, talk to people in the queue about our work and, most importantly, keep the facilities nice and clean. The best places to go at the festival by far!

  • WaterAid films – These showed on the big screens next to The Pyramid and Other stages. Watch our amazing 2013 Pump up the volume film, as well as a short film showing how Glastonbury Festival supports our work in Mozambique. You can see both films at the bottom of this page.

  • WaterAid online and in the media - We're working with the Western Daily Press on a series of articles showcasing how Glastonbury's ongoing support is creating lasting change in Mozambique. We've also had great support on the official Glastonbury site and the eFestivals site.

  • WaterAid on social media – Whether you were on site or following the action at home, you're still able to see and share our updates via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram - including amazing photos, six second Vine videos, and a Hero of the Day! We also used Storify to capture the best bits - from the build up, to first sight of the festival site, right through to the Sunday night final petition count! View the story here >

  • Love the farm, leave no trace – We had an army of litter pickers and recyclers on site to ensure that as much waste can be recycled as possible. Covering some of the festival's busiest areas, this team played an important role in keeping the farm tidy and recycling as much as is physically possible.

  • Celebrity support - Check out some of the celebs who helped us Pump up the volume in 2013:

All photos by Dean Chalkley for WaterAid.

WaterAid first became involved with Glastonbury Festival in 1994 thanks to the local Rotary group who suggested us to Michael Eavis. The rest, as they say, is history.

Our relationship with the festival has since gone from strength to strength and we are now one of their three main charities.

Each festival year, we receive a donation in return for the services and volunteers we provide at the festival.

Above all though, the festival gives us a fantastic platform to let people know about us and our vital work. We can campaign and reach tens of thousands of people, and potentially millions worldwide who watch on TV and take an interest in the world's most famous music festival.

Glastonbury Festival is the ideal place to campaign, as people are more receptive to the issues of water and sanitation when they're at a festival than they are in their day to day lives. 

Whether it's getting something to drink, queuing for the toilet or making sure their hands are clean, people are a step closer to the issues and can really start to understand what life is like for the 2.5 billion people in the world who do not have access to a toilet.

Over the years our presence has become bigger and better, and many WaterAid supporters say they first heard of us through the festival. We even got a visit from our President, HRH The Prince of Wales, in 2010 to help celebrate the 40th birthday of the festival.

Michael Eavis standing in a group in an African village with the captions "Glastonbury & WaterAid working together".

Glastonbury and WaterAid

A short film featuring Michael Eavis, showing how the long-term support of Glastonbury Festival is having a real and lasting impact in the places WaterAid works. Special thanks to Tim Burgess for the use of his song The Doors or Then in this film.

A man dressed as an athlete speaks into a megaphone with a white wall behind him.

Pump up the volume

Do you want to live in a world where everyone, everywhere has access to safe water and sanitation by 2030? If we Pump up the volume on world leaders they will have to listen - but only if we make enough noise! Please watch the film, sign the petition and help us Pump up the volume on world leaders this summer.

Thanks Glastonbury

Thanks Glastonbury

WaterAid's Rebecca Owen thanks Glastonbury for the 30,000+ signatures we collected to Pump up the volume.