It’s been a hot season of festival hopping here in Australia and the impending musical festivities are about to hit their stride for our northern hemisphere compatriots too. Along with the celebration of music, it’s become a bona fide fashion season.
You only have to Google festival fashion to see it’s now a clothing genre in its own right. It’s an anything-goes business inspired originally by the 500,000 music lovers that ventured to The Woodstock Music and Arts Fair some 48 years ago. The birthplace of the original flower children, Woodstock rendered music and fashion an indelible collaborative culture and this four-day festival became a pivotal moment in the history of both industries.
Today, right around the globe we’re awash with music festivals. In the US alone there are over 800 held annually; and while each has it’s own style, we are in some ways still trying to recapture the free spirit of the worlds most notable musical weekend away. Let’s stage dive in and take a closer look and three of the best…
Now in its 18th year, Coachella welcomes thousands of music lovers, celebs, influencers and fashionistas to the Californian desert each April. Featuring epic displays of art and music (who could forget 2012’s mystery Tupac hologram?) this playground for young Hollywood welcomes headliners such as Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar to 2017. So what to wear? Well Coachella is ALL about boho chic; and while you want to be comfy, you want to feel beautiful. Get set to see loads of transparent material, crochet, fringing, floating cuts, little shorts, lace, bra-lettes as well as hats and sunglasses throughout the day. When it comes to footwear, there’ll be a mix of ankle boots, slides, sneakers and a few variations in between. Streaming live on YouTube you can catch all the headline acts online if you can’t make it to the festival.
This multi-genre music festival celebrates its 15th year this summer and while its roots are embedded in rock, the festival line-up fuses rock royalty and DJs with indie icons and pop-stars (think Lana Del Ray, The Hives, Arctic Monkeys, Blondie, Queens of the Stone Age – you get the gist). It’s hands down one of the biggest and most loved festivals in Europe and while there’s plenty of incredible musical talent for adults to feast on, they also cater to the kids. Set up away from the crowd is the Mini Rock En Seine festival. It’s essentially a music and creative workshop program for 6-10 year olds which is open to those kids whose parents are festival-goers at Rock en Seine festival. Rock on.
When it comes to fashion, it’s a laid back affair where your personal take on style is celebrated. You’re not likely to see any sort of crushing bohemian theme at Rock En Seine because Parisians tend to keep their festival style a little more low key. There’ll be denim, that’s for sure, it is after all a Parisian style staple. And you’re likely to see vintage t-shirts, flannels and prints. As for your shoes, the wellies will get a run as well as a mix of old school sneakers and ankle boots. It’s a festival after all.
A little closer to home Splendour in the Grass is in its 16th year. Held annually on the far north coast of NSW, we’re still waiting to find out who’s headlining this year…and the suspense is killing us. Last year’s line-up consisted of The Strokes, The Cure, Flume, Boy and Bear; and given it’s a Triple J sponsored event you can be guaranteed of another stellar line-up. If you’re interested in attending this year, keep an eye on the official Splendour website.
Wondering what to wear? Splendour is definitely a little more Coachella that Rock En Seine but of course, given it’s a winter festival it’s all about layers. While the rains held off last year if previous years are anything to go by, you can expect a lot of mud; so in terms of footwear, put away your fancy flats, you’re going to need some wellies or at least boots you don’t mind getting grubby.
New York, USA: Governors Ball NYC Music Festival, 2nd – 4th June 2017
London, UK: Field Day, 3rd June 2017
Somerset UK: Glastonbury, 21st-25th June 2017
Chicago, USA: Pitchfork Music Festival, 14th-16th July 2017
Roskilde, Denmark: Roskilde Festival, 24th June-1st July
Niigata Prefecture, Japan: Fuji Rock, 28th-30th July 2017
Montreux Switzerland, Montreux: Jazz Festival, 30th June-15th July 2017
Chicago, USA: Lollapalooza, 3rd-6th August 2017
Nevada, USA: Burning Man, 27th August-4th September 2017
Texas, USA: Sound on Sound Fest, 10-12th November 2017
According to Sophia Berman from the Sass and Bide Design Collective you can’t go wrong with one of these three styles from the latest Moon Shadow collection:
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