Festivals 2015: Where To Go and Who’s Playing?

Summer is here and the festival season is about to start, if you haven’t booked up your diary already then here’s a list of the best festivals happening this year.

Isle of Wight (11th 14th June)
We kick our list off with one of the big hitters of the festival season. This year at The Isle of Wight Festival looks huge! The headliners include Blur, Fleetwood Mac, The Black Keys and Prodigy. Other acts performing are: Pharrall Williams, Paolo Nutini, Kool & The Gang, James Bay, Kodaline, Groove Armada, Ash and many more. See full line up here.

X Music Festival Cardiff (12th - 13th June)
Based in Cardiff, this year’s X Music Festival is going to be big! With artists like; Sigma, DJ Fresh, Gorgon City, Annie Mac, Skepta, Sub Focus, Krept & Konan, Hannah Wants, AudioJack, Violet Skies and more. See full line up here.

Download Festival (12th - 14th June)
Based in Leicestershire, Download is a predominantly rock and heavy metal festival. This year’s headliners include Slipknot, Muse and Kiss. Other acts playing are; Judas Priest, Faith No More, Motley Crue, Billy Idol, Lacuna Coil, Marilyn Manson, Enter Shikari, Blackstone Cherry and more. This is one festival any rock fan cannot miss. See full line up here.

Glastonbury Festival (24th - 28th June)
This festival needs no introduction. Based in Somerset, Glastonbury is the biggest and most successful of the British festivals. This year is no disappointment. If you’ve managed to bag yourself some tickets to Glastonbury 2015 then you will be the object of many people’s envy. This year’s headliners are Foo Fighters, Kanye West and The Who. Other acts include: Florence & The Machine, Pharrell Williams, Paul Weller, Alt J, Lionel Richie, Motorhead, Mary J Blige, Alabama Shakes, Paloma Faith, George Ezra, Hot Chip, Jamie T, Ben Howard, Mark Ronson, Jessie Ware, Years & Years, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Hozier, Rudimental, Ella Eyre, Clean Bandit, Jungle, The Moody Blues and we could go on and on. This line up looks ridiculously good! This festival is definitely one for the bucket list. See full line up here.

Wireless Festival (3rd - 5th July)
Now in its 12th year, Wireless festival takes place in Finsbury Park in London. This year’s line up is impressive to say the least with acts like: Drake, Asap Rocky, Major Lazer, Avicii, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J Blige, David Guetta, Nicki Minaj, Labrinth, Nero, Duke Dumont, Childish Gambino, Gorgon City, Jess Glynne, Jessie J, Clean Bandit, Stromae, Maverick Sabre, Charlie XCX and Wretch 32. See full line up here.

Unsigned London (4th – 5th July)
Unsigned London is a celebration of live music. Taking place in Shoreditch Park, this event offers performances from unsigned, undiscovered and unknown acts across a vast array of genres to give a truly unique festival experience. If you haven’t got any Summer festivals planned then this is the one for you, it is completely free to attend. Find out more here.

T in the Park (10th – 12th July)
Based in Scotland, T in the Park is an amazing festival which has recently moved locations to Strathallan Castle, Perthsire. This year’s show includes bands like: Kasabian, David Guetta, Sam Smith, The Libertines, Avicii, The Script, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Prodigy, Stereophonics, Rusimental, Fatboy Slim, Hozier, Alt J, George Ezra, The Proclaimers, Jamie T, Paloma Faith and many more. See full line up here.

Electric Daisy Carnival (11th July)
This is a relatively young festival yet one which is rapidly increasing in popularity in the UK. This is the only place for EDM fans to be! Acts include: Steve Aoki, High Contrast, Sub Focus, Sigma, Shy FX, Tiesto, Route 94, Robin Schulz, Miguel Campbell and more. See full line up here.

Latitude Festival (16th - 19th July)
Latitude Festival comes from the same organisers as both Reading and Leeds. This festival caters for a variety of music tastes and interests. This year’s line up includes: Alt-J, Portishead, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Manic Street Preachers, Badly Drawn Boy, Jon Hopkins, The Vaccines, Django Django, Catfish & The Bottlemen, La Roux, SBTRKT, Years & Years and more. See full line up here.

Lovebox Festival (17th - 18th July)
Since its conception in 2002 by Groove Armada, Lovebox has developed from a predominantly dance music festival to a more eclectic collection of artists. Set in Victoria Park London, this is a festival which we believe is very underrated. This year’s line up includes: Snoop Dog, Rudimental, Hot Chip, Annie Mac, Jessie Ware, Mark Ronson, MK, Danny Brown, Ella Eyre, Flight Facilities, Skepta, Jazzie B, Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, Shy FX, Shadow Child and more. This is going to be a big weekend! See full line up here.

Holi One Colour Festival (8th August)
Inspired by the Indian Holi festival of colour, Holi One Colour Festival is an international event that will take place in London’s Wembley Park on 8th August. This is more than just a music festival, the concept is to wear white clothing and throw specially formulated powdered paint at others whilst dancing to an array of music from various genres. Take it from someone who is a regular at this festival, it should not be missed! Find out more here.

Boomtown Fair (13th - 16th August)
From its humble village fair routes, Boomtown has risen to prominence as one of the most successful and wildest independent festivals. This is a place for creativity and exploration. The music that is featured at Boomtown Fair is massively eclectic and ranges from folk to jazz to techno or punk. Find out more here.

V Festival (22nd - 23rd August)
Based in both Chelmsford and Staffordshire, V Fest features some of the biggest current artists. These include: Kasabian, Sam Smith, Calvin Harris, The Stereophonics, Hozier, Ellie Goulding, The Script, George Ezra, Tom Jones, Paloma Faith and the list goes on and on. This is going to be one weekend to remember… or forget depending on how much you drink. See full line up here.

Reading Festival (28th - 30th August)
Stooped in heritage and with a reputation for bringing out the best performances in artists, Reading Festival is one of the biggest and most successful in the UK. This year’s line up will make anyone who hasn’t got a ticket flinch: Mumford & Sons, Metallica, The libertines, Kendrick Lamar, Bring Me the Horizon, Alt-J, Bastille, Royal Blood, Jamie T, Limp Bizkit, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Everything Everything, Gorgon City, Wilkinson, MK, BBK, Hudson Mohawke, Second City, New Found Glory, Django Django, The Wombats, Frank Turner, Asap Ferg and this is only scratching the surface of the line up. See full line up here.

Leeds Festival (28th - 30th August)
Leeds Festival is organised by the same people as Reading Festival and will feature the same acts on similar days. Again, we’re very jealous of those with a ticket. See more details here.

Creamfields Festival (28th - 30th August)
Creamfields festival is a weekend celebration of dance music. Based in Daresbury, this year’s event will include performances from acts including: Avicii, Martin Garrix, Armin Van Buuren, The Chemical Brothers, Knife Party, Steve Angello, Annie Mac, Alesso, Don Diablo, Kygo, Gorgon City, Wilkinson, Pete Tong and more. See full line up here.

Bestival (10th - 13th September)
Winning ‘Best Dance Event’ at the 2014 UK Festival Awards, the hype around Bestival 2015 is really starting to hot up. When you take a look at the acts that will feature then it is no surprise why; The Chemical Brothers, Duran Duran, Tame Impala, Rudimental, Skrillex, Annie Mac, Mark Ronson, Jungle, BBK, Duke Dumont, Hudson Mohawke, Future Islands, Charlie XCX and Jamie XX to name just a few. See full line up here.

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Festival Style Guide

With the festival season just around the corner, we are stocking up on the best and latest outfits to suit your style this Summer. Whether you’re heading to Glastonbury, The Isle of Wight, Reading, Leeds or any other event, we have just what you need.

Men
Festival attire for men is straightforward yet many get it wrong. Being bold, unique and practical should be the points to consider when looking for festival outfits. Keep it simple, think of the four key parts to your look; top, shorts, shoes and accessories. Below is a selection of our favourites.

Tops
A vest always looks good at a festival, these two athletically styled vests from Adidas (featured below) come with bold graphics that are guaranteed to add a distinctive quality to your look. If a vest isn’t your thing then the floral t-shirts from Franklin & Marshall are ideal for Summer wearing. If bold graphics and patterns aren’t to your taste then why not look to the plain designs of Polo Ralph Lauren or Acne Studios? From left to right: Acne Studios Ink Standard T-Shirt (81397), Franklin & Marshall Blue Postcard T-Shirt (83799), Franklin & Marshall Navy Floral T-Shirt (83798), Adidas Palm Tree Vest (88402), Adidas White Floral Vest (88389) and Polo Ralph Lauren White T-Shirt (87702).

Shorts
Adding the right shorts to your outfit can be a difficult task. This is really the make or break moment when it comes to a festival outfit and there are many different routes that you can take. For instance these shorts from Scotch & Soda are ideal for a festivals with their refined patterns, yet place these with one of the Franklin & Marshall t-shirts above and you will have caught people’s eye for all of the wrong reasons. Ensure that patterned or vibrant shorts are paired with plain tops and vice versa. Below is our pick of the best. From left to right: Scotch & Soda Brown Paisley Shorts (84815), Scotch & Soda White chino Shorts (84819), Armani Jeans Indigo Denim Shorts (80447), Adidas Light Grey Sweat Shorts (88375), Adidas Navy Sweat Shorts (88398) and Scotch & Soda Navy Floral Twill Shorts (83968).

Shoes
Footwear at festivals needs serious consideration. The temptation is easy to go for a pair of sandals or flip flops with this Summery outfit yet the ideal footwear of choice needs to offer a level of practicality too. A pair of TOMS can offer a cool and comfortable fit that is perfect for the hot festival days. If you’re looking for something a little bolder then the ZX Flux or Y-3 trainers are the best choice. Simplicity is often the fail safe route and you cannot go wrong a pair of white Converse. From left to right: Adidas Black Stan Smith Woven Trainers (83438), TOMS Black Classic Shoes (81912), Y-3 Blue Floral Yohji Boost Trainer (83252), Adidas Grey ZX Flux Weave Trainer (83451), Adidas ECR Superstar 80s Deluxe (83422) and Converse White All Star Low Trainers (84149).

Accessories
Accessories are of paramount importance to your Summer look. The right sunglasses, hat or bag can make an average outfit a great one. Check out our pick of the best accessories. From left to right: Polo Ralph Lauren Reversible Bucket Hat (81832), Ray Ban Navy Inject Sunglasses (80061), Armani Jeans Black Zip Messenger Bag (83577), Billionaire Boys Club and Starter Collaboration Navy Cap (80753), Super by Retro Super Future Black Francis Sunglasses (85455), DSquared2 Denim Bucket Hat (89000).

Women
When it comes to women’s festival fashion things become really interesting. Women’s clothes allow for a greater level of customisation and more opportunities to achieve a truly unique style.

EKAT
The most current trend for festival wear is the EKAT catsuit. This distinctive alternative to standard festival clothing allows for a customisable outfit that can be styled and then restyled again later that day. These outfits can be worn on their own as a bold and vibrant statement or with various items of clothing to achieve a more refined look. Below you can see how the catsuit can be transformed into a completely different piece simply by adding a pair of jeans or a top. From left to right: EKAT Purple off the Shoulder Catsuit (71813), previous catsuit styled with Joseph White Loose T-Shirt (71579), EKAT Purple V-Neck Catsuit (71815), previous catsuit styled with Joseph Black Loose T-Shirt (71578), EKAT Red Leotard (71816) styled with J Brand Dark Maria High Rise Jeans (70816).

Our Pick of the Rest
If the EKAT catsuit isn’t your thing then there are still some great alternatives. The Adidas track suit is the ideal vibrant Summer outfit, alternatively the Wildfox Hindi Coca-Cola Sweatshirt will offer warmth on the cool mid-season nights. If you want to add some glamour to your festival style then look no further than the Diane Von Furstenbeg Prita Shirt dress. From left to right: Adidas Multi Printed Tracksuit Jacket and Shorts (70598, 70602), Diane Von Furstenberg Blue Prita Silk Shirt Dress (71369), Adidas Multicoloured Flower T-Shirt and Leggings (70615, 70614), Wildfox Red Hindi Coca-Cola Sweatshirt with Formula 1 Shorts (71661, 71666), Patrizia Pepe Navy Tank Top and DSquared2 Denim Cool Girl Jean Shorts (70854, 70762) and Patrizia Pepe Navy Jumpsuit (71534).

Footwear
When footwear for festivals is concerned it is clear that trainers are the way forward. Trainers don’t have to restrict you though; the key is to choose a pair that is both attractive and comfortable to wear. Adidas ZX flux are perfect festival shoes, they combine a vibrant canvas upper with durable rubber cushioned sole to achieve a practical piece that can spice up any outfit. If an understated look is more your style then you cannot do much better than the classic Converse trainers. From left to right: Adidas White Stan Smith Trainer (70077), Converse White All Star Low Trainer (70606), Adidas Multicolour Print Farm Label ZX Flux Trainer (70653), Adidas Black Floral Print ZX Flux Trainer (70658), Converse Purple Print Trainer (70683), Michael Kors Mandarin Olivia Trainers (71717).

Accessories
Festivals are the best place to embrace your inner eccentric and experiment with your accessories. We have some amazing items in store and online that will complete your look in the best possible way. The Elizabeth and James Cynnie bag is so perfect for festivals that Gigi Hadid was spotted rocking it at Coachella this year. Alternatively why not accessorise your skin with Anouska Woods Luxe temporary tattoos? From left to right: Elizabeth and James Black Cynnie Bag (71035), M Missoni Multi Rafia Bag (70791), Diane Von Furstenberg Pink Multi Print Scarf (71383), Wildfox Gold Fleur Sunglasses (71722), Wildfox Gold Clubfox Sunglasses (71723), Anouska Wodds Luxe Temporary Tattoos (only available in our Loughton store).

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Most Iconic Music Festival Moments of All Time

Music festivals can often be the defining moment in an artist’s career. Whether it is where they first get noticed by the masses or storm their way into the history books, these are the moments that people stand up and take notice. With the festival season fast approaching, we thought it right to reminisce on the most iconic moments in music festival history.

The Rolling Stones - Glastonbury 2013

The Rolling Stones – Glastonbury Festival 2013

In 2013 Glastonbury was the site of one of the most well-attended headline acts to grace the festival scene. The Rolling Stones made their eagerly awaited return to the stage and did not disappoint. For once, this was a headline act which was not criticised by fans. Jagger performed 20 of the greats with all of the energy that had once made his act so famous. Festival organiser Michael Eavis called the performance “the high spot of 43 years of Glastonbury”.

Jay Z – Glastonbury Festival 2008
It had been one of the most talked about headline acts in years. Jay Z, the American Hip Hop artist was to headline Glastonbury, the predominantly rock festival. This decision had many critics, most notable of which Noel Gallagher who had spoken publicly of his distaste for the rapper. When Jay Z stepped on stage, microphone in hand, he was not fazed by the storm of criticism that had gone before. Jay Z opened his set with a crude rendition of Oasis’ Wonderwall to spite Gallagher. What ensued was the moment that Glastonbury rocked to Hip Hop.

Otis Redding - Monterey '67

Otis Redding – Monterey Festival 1967
The Monterey Festival in 1967 was one of the most influential that there has ever been, featuring storming performances by some incredible acts. This festival was the first real time that Otis Redding had played for a large, predominantly white, audience. Racial stigmatisation and prejudice was high, black musicians had a very difficult journey to achieve stardom. Yet when Redding produced a historic set, the audience of 50,000 rose to their feet and took notice. Four encores later Redding reluctantly had to end his performance, clearly moved, feeling the love from such a positive crowd.

Ozzy Osbourne – Des Moines 1982
During the dizzying heights of his fame, tainted with a bubbling drug addiction, Ozzy Osbourne was known as the bad guy of rock. His devilish image was becoming increasingly popular through his solo tour in 1982. On stage whilst performing at Des Moines, Ozzy had planned to bite the head off a rubber bat and spit it out in a display of demonic showmanship. What Ozzy didn’t know was that a fan had thrown a live bat at his feet. The bat lay dazed by the lights and was picked up by the star who then proceeded to bite its head clean off. The moment shocked the world including Ozzy himself who was later treated for rabies.

Jimi Hendrix - Monterey '67

Jimi Hendrix – Monterey 1967
The infamous brilliance of Jimi Hendrix was already a recognised phenomenon in the UK by 1967 though he was yet to take the US by storm. Jimi’s return to Monterey, a small town he was stationed in whilst serving in the army, was seen as the perfect occasion to showcase his devastatingly unique sound. What happened when Hendrix began to play has taken its place in history. Hendrix blew the crowd away with his set then laid his guitar upon the stage, knelt above it, sprayed it with lighter fluid and ignited it. Hendrix then smashed the flaming guitar into pieces. The destruction of his instrument has become an iconic part of his performance.

 

Tupac – Coachella 2012
At 2012’s Coachella festival, Dr Dre and Snoop Dog sent the world into a frenzy as they “raised Tupac from the dead” for one final performance. Using a high-tech hologram effect, Tupac Shakur appeared on stage following a tribute of his hit ‘California Love’. The performance was powerful but received mixed reviews with some claiming it was distasteful and tacky.

Tupac Hologram - Coachella 2012

Queen – Live Aid 1985
Live Aid has been hailed by many as the greatest concert that the world has ever seen. Not only because of the vast array of talent that was on display but also for the genuine difference it made to those in need. The sheer number of headline worthy acts on display was inconceivable, with performances by: The Who, Status Quo, Dire Straits, U2, David Bowie, Elton John, Black Sabbath, Run DMC, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and many, many more. No one stole the show in quite the same way as Queen did. At 6pm local time Freddy Mercury picked up the microphone in Wembley stadium and sang the world into submission. If you haven’t seen the performance for yourself then it is well worth a watch, never before has a crowd been so in awe of a performance.

Queen - Live Aid 1985

Kurt Cobain - Reading 1992

Nirvana – Reading Festival 1992

By 1992 Nirvana appeared to be on the decline, Kurt Cobain was labelled a drug addict and many claimed him to not live up to the hype surrounding the band. In response to these accusations Kurt Cobain appeared on stage in a wheelchair, surgical gown and wig before entering into one of the greatest live performances of all time. This was a truly pivotal moment for the band that hit back at the attacks from the media and negative publicity they had been receiving.

For a full list of line ups for this year’s major festivals, check out these links:
Glastonbury
http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/line-up/
Isle of Wight
http://isleofwightfestival.com/line-up.aspx
Reading
http://www.readingfestival.com/line-up
Leeds
http://www.leedsfestival.com/line-up

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