At one point, only hippies and rockers went to festivals - a kind of fringe activity. Then someone noticed Kate Moss in the crowd at Glastonbury, and suddenly EVERYONE wanted to get involved. These days there are more festivals in the UK than ever before and luckily for us, they are much cleaner, tidier and more glam – with one-day events, or B&B deals and luxury yurt accommodation - so you won't have to get mud in your sandwiches. We’ve tracked down some amazing outfits as well as kindly pointed you in the direction of a few of the best boutique festies around Great Britain where you can wear them while dancing on the grass to some happy tunes. . . . unfortunately we can't guarantee that the sun will shine – although statistically it has to at least some of the time. . .
Isle of Wight Festival 21st – 24th June
This year a very rocky line up with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Liam Gallagher & the High Flying Birds as well as the inimitable Miss Jessie J and Tinie Tempah bringing a bit of glitz, glam and glitter to the equation. Traditionally used to signal the start of the big festival season and if you go here, keep your eyes peeled for a certain Kate Moss – it’s one of her favourite haunts and she even held her hen ‘do here last year!
Hop Farm Festival 29th, 30th June 1st July
Laid back festie in picturesque Kent countryside – this year you’ll be able to treat you ears to the dulcet tones of George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Gary Numan and the beautiful Lianne La Havas. There’s a comedy stage, and acoustic area and even a Busker’s Boulevard. What could be nicer?
Janelle Monae performing on stage
Latitude Festival 12th – 15th July
The most thoughtfully curated festival around, set on a beautiful site in East Anglia with giant psychedelic flowers and colourful sheep dyed pink! This year the cultured crowd will be treated to the likes of Janelle Monae, Bat For Lashes and sensational new rock ‘n roll band, Alabama Shakes. As well as cabaret, poetry, stand-up comedy and all sorts of fun and games.
Wilderness 10th – 12th August
This festival is not so much a purely musical experience but a celebration of the arts, hippiness and also rest and relaxation – set as it is in rolling Oxfordshire countryside complete with a swimming lake, and a riverside spa with hot tubs and saunas.
Bestival 6th- 9th September
Not only is the Bestival musical line-up is the most eclectic you’ll ever experience, it’s also one of the most imaginative, colourful and downright silly events you can attend this side of Burning Man. From the boutique campsite experience, to the Bollywood Cocktail Bar, a Wishing Tree Stage, fancy dress en-mass and even a Roller Disco, it’s total uniqueness, which doesn’t seem to fade, however big and popular it gets. This year watch out for Stevie Wonder and Hot Chip!