Must-Have Summer Festival Accessories
Whatever festival you’re heading to this year, it’s important that you deck yourself out with the right accessories for the occasion. However, the accessories you should be wearing can greatly differ, depending on which event you choose to attend. Here’s what to wear to the main ones:
Line up: Jamie T, Kanye West, Florence and the Machine, Mary J. Blige
Taking place: 24-28 June, Somerset
Accessory required: The bum bag
If you were lucky enough to nab tickets for this year’s Glastonbury then there’s only one thing you need – a funky bumbag. Forget the negative associations that go with these great accessories, and definitely remove those memories of your Grandad donning one for the annual family day out at the beach with his tiny swim trunks, simply purchase a bright zip up version to snap around your hips.
T in the Park
Line up: Avicii, Paloma Faith, Hozier, Sam Smith
Taking place: 10-12 July, Perthshire
Accessory required: The crochet kimono
Prepare to dance and swish your kimono as you bask in the sunshine, while your favourite songs are performed by crooners such as Sam Smith, George Ezra and Paloma Faith at this year’s T in the Park festival. It’s the perfect lightweight accessory to throw over your summer dress or crop top and shorts and sites such as Blue Vanilla have lots of great styles ready for summer, over in their shop.
Line up: Rudimental, Jessie Ware, Ella Eyre, Hot Chip
Taking place: 17-18 July, London
Accessory required: The flower crown
This is definitely the festival that calls for flower crowns and bold eye make up, with huge dance artists hitting the stages, Lovebox was made for the music loving, wild types – head to Crown and Glory to pick up a pretty floral crown, perfect for the occasion.
Line up: The Fratellis, James Arthur, De La Soul, The Skints
Taking place: 15-16th August, Gloucester
Accessory required: The legwarmers
Nothing says ‘sports theme’ like a pair of legwarmers, pulled on over your favourite Nike trainers and Sportbeat is a unique event combining the best of both worlds: music and exercise. With lower key bands such as The Fratellis and The Skints confirmed, on top of sporting events such as volleyball, rugby and netball tournaments, this is a festival that will leave you breathless.
Line up: Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, James Bay plus special guest Tom Jones
Taking place: 22-23 August, Essex, Shropshire
Accessory required: The transfer tattoo
Transfer tattoos are big news on the accessory scene this summer and come in a huge range of styles and colours, so you should definitely consider finishing off your festival look with some arm candy that rubs off – hey, even Beyonce wears them!
A dainty, gold arm tattoo from a high street store such as Topshop or River Island looks great on tanned skin with a crop top, denim shorts, wellies and a backpack – which let’s face it, you will definitely be wearing. Simply rub on with water then rub off when you’re done!
Reading and Leeds Festivals
Line up: The Libertines, Mumford and Sons, Metallica, Deadmau5
Taking place: 28-30 August, Leeds and Reading
Accessory required: The hair chalk
An all star Indie line up, complemented by dance acts such as Deadmau5 should bring out the bright and alternative people who definitely don’t mind streaking some bold colours throughout their hair.
You don’t have to be brave with a tinting brush and pot of semi permanent hair colour though, simply pick up some hair chalk from somewhere such as Urban Outfitters or Topshop and get creative with your look, streaking it through your locks before you head down to the festival. Don’t forget to take it with you to top up your colour if it rubs out!