Festivals: Where To Go and What To Wear

Coachella may have been and gone but there are plenty of fantastic festivals coming up across the pond. From dance music to hip-hop, acoustic to rock, the UK’s varied music and festival scene is like no other. We’ve chosen our highlights from the Summer Festival calendar and included some handy tips of what to wear:


10/06/16 – 12/06/16
Donnington Park, Derby

Get ready to unleash your inner rock chick at Download Festival this year. Firmly focusing on electric guitar based music, it’s definitely not a festival for the meek but if you’re looking for a passionate crowd and heavy riffs, there’s no better place. Choose from three or five days camping; just be warned that it’s not a festival for the faint-hearted.

Don’t Miss: Black Sabbath, Rammstein, Iron Maiden, Halestorm, Skindred, Billy Talent, and Japanese school-girl trio Baby Metal.

What to Wear: Grunge up with black ripped jeans, black vests, Doc Martins and a trusty biker jacket. Accessorise with gun-metal chains, dark lipstick and deep black nail polish.

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22/06/16 – 26/06/16
Worthy Farm, Glastonbury

The don of British music festivals, Glastonbury is not to be missed for serious music-lovers everywhere. Boasting the biggest festival site in the UK, it’s perfect for those who like to wander seeking adventure and provides one of the best festival experiences in the world; there’s a reason the tickets sell like hot-cakes every year! The headliners are always some of the biggest stars of music, and the festival boats a truly eclectic range of sounds; there is something for everyone.

Don’t Miss: Too many to list but highlights include Adele, Foals, PJ Harvey, Muse, Annie Mac, Coldplay, Disclosure and the long-awaited return of The Last Shadow Puppets.

What to Wear: The Glasto-girl is free-spirited and adventurous so tribal prints and fringing is the way to go. Just remember that the festival is synonymous with bad weather, so be sure to include a pack-a-mac and wellies in your festival bag.

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08/07/16 – 10/07/16
Finsbury Park, London

The ultimate in urban, Wireless Festival’s multiple stages boast some of the biggest stars in music, with past headliners including Jay-Z, Kanye West, The White Stripes and Kasabian. A breeze to get to due to London’s transport links, Wireless is a no-camping festival making it perfect for those who want a hot shower and comfy bed at the end of the day.

Don’t Miss: Calvin Harris, Chase & Status, Kurupt FM, Maverick Sabre, Miguel and The 1975.

What to Wear: Choose laid-back, urban pieces and trainers.

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14/07/16 – 17/06/16
Henham Park, Suffolk

Renowned for its care-free hippy vibe, Latitude is a festival of the arts. Along with a comprehensive line-up of musicians, Latitude’s grounds boast theatre, comedy, dance, cabaret, spoken word and politics, making it ideal for a festival-goer in search of a bit of culture.

Don’t Miss: The Maccabees, M83, The Lumineers, Daughter, New Order and break-out band Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats.

What to Wear: Embrace your inner hippy with a bell-sleeved dress and gladiator sandals. Add the obligatory flower garland, pat on some glitter and you are good to go!

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11/08/16 – 14/08/16

The most obscure festival on our list, Boomtown is an experience like no other. Live actors pose as the residents of the purposefully constructed town; it is not unusual for spontaneous chases to erupt between cops and robbers, or for a flapper girl to quietly usher you in to a moody Brooklyn-esque bar and introduce you to a mafia boss. Composed of over 100 stages, Boomtown’s music is obscure, eccentric and all the better for it; electro-swing, garage, ska, funk, reggae, psy-trance, acoustic and rock all feature. The atmosphere is one of encouragement; you won’t meet a friendlier crowd.

Don’t Miss: Madness, The Skints, Damian Marley, Skinny Lister, So Solid Crew, Foreign Beggars and Craig Charles.

What to Wear: Boomtown is renowned for its eccentric fashion choices; bohemian shapes, sparkling sequins and vivid colours are the order of the day.

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08/09/16 –11/09/16
Isle of Wight

This year’s Bestival has a future theme, so be prepared for serious metallic vibes as you shimmer your way around the festival. A festival known for its diversity, Bestival prides itself on its non-corporate feel and each year attempts to break a record – this year, it’s the biggest bouncy castle!

Don’t Miss: Major Lazer, Bastille, Wolf Alice, Fatboy Slim, The Human League and The Cure.

What to Wear: Silver will stand you in good stead – it’s all about those metallics, baby! Choose flowing shapes and rock the sequins.

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