Oxfam at Glastonbury

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In the middle of the most serious refugee crisis since records began, Glastonbury festival goers and musicians stood together with people forced to flee conflict and disaster. It was a truly incredible show of support for refugees – with so many of you joining 250,000 people worldwide to sign our Stand As One petition urging global leaders to save and protect lives.

From our tent next to the Pyramid Stage and our roaming volunteers, we spoke to music fans about the plight of millions of people who have fled terrifying situations only to face closed borders, hostility or worse. As well as signing our petition to speak out and demand change, many festival goers visited our on-site shops – helping to raise a massive £60,000. These vital funds will help get urgently-needed, life-saving basics like clean water, toilets and shelter to refugees in Syria, Burundi and South Sudan.

None of this would have been possible without the 2,300 Oxfam volunteers who gave up their time to help out at Worthy Farm. As well as running our festival shops, they carried out essential stewarding roles on the gates which allow the festival to open, making sure the festival ran smoothly and that people stayed safe. Volunteers keep Oxfam going and, this summer, they helped keep Glastonbury going too. To every single one of you – we think you’re brilliant.

Today, the fields of Worthy Farm are clear and quiet once more. With the festival over, we’d like to thank Michael and Emily Eavis for giving us this amazing opportunity to raise vital funds for Oxfam’s work around the world. We want to celebrate their wonderful, world-changing festival for continuing to bring people together through a love of music. We’re grateful that, this year, it brought us all together to Stand As One with refugees worldwide too.


As we say goodbye to Glastonbury for another year, there’s one more way you can keep the Stand As One message alive and relive some of the best sets to grace Worthy Farm. Buy our very special Glastonbury live album dedicated to the memory of Jo Cox MP, who worked for Oxfam earlier in her career and campaigned tirelessly for refugees. Featuring acts like Coldplay, Muse, Chvrches, Sigur Rós and The Last Shadow Puppets, the album will support Oxfam’s work with refugees worldwide, as well as the Jo Cox Fund. It’s out now and available to buy on CD or MP3 on Parlophone.

See you in 2017!

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