Pens at the ready! Here’s how you can design your way into Glastonbury 2023 with WaterAid

17 May 2023
WaterAid/ Ben Roberts

Download photosWaterAid are giving keen music lovers a chance to get their hands on two pairs of tickets for this year’s legendary Glastonbury Festival, which will kick off on the 21st June until 25th June, via a competition launched today.

The international charity works in 27 countries with the aim of ensuring clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene are normal for everyone, everywhere. As the world is confronted by a rapidly escalating climate crisis, that is causing both increased flooding and worsening drought, many of the issues faced by the most vulnerable communities are only being exacerbated. 

In the spirit of coming together to join Our Climate Fight, WaterAid is inviting entrants to embrace their inner campaigner and design a temporary tattoo that calls for action against climate change.

The best entries will be whittled down into a shortlist by a panel of judges that will include Cold Feet & Better actor, broadcaster and activist Cel Spellman, who has also put pen to paper with a design of his own to inspire creativity. The leading designs will then be put out to the public who will vote for their worthy winner.

As well as earning their spot to watch the likes of the Arctic Monkeys, Guns N’ Roses and Elton John take to the iconic Pyramid Stage, the winner’s design will be transformed into a temporary tattoo that will be rolled out at festivals over the summer for attendees to brandish proudly.

Everyone who takes part in the vote for their favourite tattoo design will be entered into a prize draw for the second pair of tickets, so everyone is in with a chance to win.

Speaking about the campaign, Cel Spellman said:

“Glastonbury brings tens of thousands of people together with their shared love of music, art & culture. This same sense of togetherness is imperative in our fight for the future of the planet. WaterAid is giving people an exciting way to both earn a place at the festival and raise awareness of the crushing impacts climate change is having across the world, especially on the communities that have done the least to cause it. I am looking forward to seeing people’s creativity come alive for such a crucial cause.” 

The deadline for design submissions is 8am on Tuesday 30th May and the closing date for voting is 8am on Monday 5th June. Full terms and conditions and details on how to enter can be found here.


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Safeeyah Kazi, Senior Media Officer, [email protected] or call our after-hours press line on +44 (0)7887 521 552, or email [email protected].

Notes to Editors:

WaterAid is working to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere within a generation. The international not-for-profit organisation works in 27 countries to change the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 28 million people with clean water and nearly 29 million people with decent toilets.

For more information, visit our website, follow us on Twitter @WaterAidUK, @WaterAid or @WaterAidPress, or find us on Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram.

  • 771 million people in the world – one in ten – do not have clean water close to home.
  • Almost 1.7 billion people in the world – more than one in five – do not have a decent toilet of their own.
  • Over 300,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That's more than 800 children a day, or one child every two minutes.
  • Investing in safely managed water, sanitation and hygiene services provides up to 21 times more value than it costs.

[1] WHO/UNICEF (2021) Progress on household drinking water, sanitation and hygiene 2000-2020. Joint Monitoring Programme. Geneva: World Health Organisation.

[2] WHO/UNICEF (2021) Progress on household drinking water, sanitation and hygiene 2000-2020. Joint Monitoring Programme. Geneva: World Health Organisation.

[3] WaterAid calculations based on: Prüss-Ustün A, et al. (2019). Burden of Disease from Inadequate Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Selected Adverse Health Outcomes: An Updated Analysis with a Focus on Low- and Middle-Income Countries. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health. vol 222, no 5, pp 765-777. AND The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (2020) Global Burden of Disease Study 2019. Seattle, WA: University of Washington.

[4] WaterAid. (2021) Mission-critical: Invest in water, sanitation and hygiene for a healthy and green economic recovery.