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What’s it all about?

Back in 2022, we launched our  ‘Pay It Forward: Share The Love’ campaign, to help us open up our events to those who would love to attend, but are quite simply priced out, so have never been able to.

Why? Because festivals aren’t cheap – especially weekend camping ones. They aren’t certainly aren’t cheap to produce and they aren’t cheap to attend. It’s not as simple as offering cut price tickets for folks on low incomes, because saving for a festival ticket will never be a priority when you can’t pay your rent or put food on the table at home. And it’s not just the tickets – there’s the travel, camping equipment, food and drink, it all adds up.

Since the initial launch, our amazing festival community have raised over £25,000, to open up the festival to those on low incomes who could not attend otherwise. 100% of funds raised go towards creating ‘full festival access packages’ – including entry tickets, transport to and from the festival, camping equipment for the weekend, and food and drink.

You can donate any amount, at any time, to the Pay It Forwards fund, by hitting the donate button below – it’s super quick and easy. You can also make a donation via our ticket page when purchasing your festival tickets, or by donating at our bars during the festival when you’re getting your drinks in. We know that not everybody is able to do this, so there’s absolutely no pressure if you’re feeling the pinch – but if you can spare so much as a few quid, it all adds up – and makes a HUGE difference – click here to read about the impacts this scheme had in 2023!


Over the last few years we’ve piloted the scheme with several organisations local to the festival site – and now we’re looking to scale the initiative up from local to national, by partnering with Tickets For Good (with 50% of packages ringfenced for those in the areas local to site – NN and LE postcodes specifically)

If you’re in receipt of one of the following Cost of Living Payments, you’ll be eligible to apply for a Shambala full festival access package:

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit
  • Universal Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit

All eligibility checks are highly confidential, and managed by Tickets For Good rather than us at Shambala Festival. All successful applicants will receive standard festival tickets and wristbands, to ensure they can not be identified by their fellow festival goers as being recipients of the Pay It Forwards scheme. 

Whilst the Tickets for Good scheme will be open nationally, we’ve ringfenced 50% of festival access packages for people local to the festival – specifically applicants with either a Leicester or Northants postcode (LE & NN).

How to apply:

Pay It Forward applications are now open via Ticket For Good’s platform – CLICK HERE TO APPLY.

  • Applications will close on May 23rd 2024.
  • Applicants will be required to upload evidence of the Cost of Living payments they receive, to Tickets For Good’s confidential platform.
  • Once Tickets For Good’s automated checker has verified these documents, applicants can enter the ballot, which will select applicants at random, to be gifted these full festival access packages.
  • Successful applicants will be informed if they have been selected by the beginning of June.
  • If successful, applicants will be required to pay a £4.75 processing fee which goes to cover Tickets For Good’s costs.
  • Every successful applicant will receive up to 2 adult tickets, so they don’t have to attend alone if they don’t wish too.
  • Families are also welcome to apply – the ballot system will ask applicants if they have children or dependents who they would like to bring along, too.
  • In addition to the entry tickets, we’ll also cover the costs of transport, food and drink whilst at the festival, and a pre-pitched tent with sleeping bags and basic camping equipment.