What Festival is for YOU?

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V Festival

22-23rd Aug

Wireless

3rd-5th July

The Secret Garden Party

23rd-26th July

Filled with acts we all know and love V Festival is perfect for that summer feeling. The festival takes place on two sites located at Hylands Park in Chelmsford and Weston Park in South Staffordshire, artists perform at one location on Saturday and then swap on Sunday. The likes of Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora and Sam Smith have all played V Festival making it a star studded event fit for the whole family. The atmosphere is much more relaxed here than say Reading & Leeds because diehard fans tend to make more of an appearance, plus the chances of a mosh pit forming are low! Hip Hop more your thing? How about R&B? Wireless is the one for you. Happening in London Finsbury Park and Birmingham’s Perry Park. Artists in attendance this year are the likes of Nicki Minaj, Drake and Labrinth all surely going to bring the house down. The more urban festival is a rarity here in the UK and is nice to see Wireless Festival  paving the way for hip hop music’s exposure. Calling all art lovers and those who go to festivals for the vibes! The Secret Garden Party might be the thing for you. It is seen as an alternative to the mainstream music festival. It is an annual independent arts and music festival which takes place in Abbots Ripton near Huntingdon. This location is on the grounds of a Georgian farm house and has its own lake, river and landscaped gardens making it very picturesec for all you photographers out there. If you’re looking for somewhere a little bit different to spend your summer then I would certainly suggest heading there. Not to mention each year the festival has an obscure theme the festival and festival goers play into, this years theme is ‘Childish Things’ where we are asked to ‘escape the world that wants us to grow-up (and behave); and explore what we all left behind.’

 

Reading & Leeds Festival

August Bank Holiday Weekend.

Dot To Dot

22nd-24th May

Reading and Leeds Festivals are a pair of annual music festivals that take place simultaneously on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the August bank holiday weekend. Reading Festival is held at Little John’s Farm on Richfield Avenue in central Reading. Leeds Festival is held in Bramham Park. Reading Festival, the original and senior of the two, is the world’s oldest popular music festival still in existence. The festival is a host to some big names such as the Arctic Monkeys, Blink 182, Muse, Bastille and many more.
Now if money is no object and music is your passion then Reading & Leeds might be right up for street. With neclectic acts varying from the rock, indie, dance, punk, metal and alternative genres there is bound to be something for everyone not to mention the funfair that takes place every night and the huge array of food and drink vendors dotted around the festival.
Talking from experience I went to Reading festival last year (VIP in fact) and I must say apart from rubbing shoulders with the stars the whole atmosphere was very relaxed. There is a real camaraderie I find with festival goers because you’re all there for the same thing, especially when you’re in the midst of a really good set and you- or should I say I- got sucked into a mosh pit and had some lovely guys I’d never met before dive in and save me!
Fancy a festival without the mud? Well the Dot-To-Dot festival is just the thing for all you city slickers who don’t fancy slumming it in the mud but want just as much live music and fun as anyone else headed off this festival season. Dot-to-Dot festival has been voted the UK’s best metropolitan festival and hits Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham. The Dot-To-Dot festival is set in the heart of these cities with acts dotted (see what they did there) around in various venues all within a reasonable walking distance of each other.

At just £20! You get to enjoy amazing acts without burning a hole in your pocket. Dot-to-Dot festival is known for picking the best future acts in indie, electro and alternative music. If you wanna stay ahead of the game and impress your friends with your sparkling music knowledge. Or if you just want to discover and try something new this is definitely a festival worth checking out.

There is always the risk of having one or maybe more of you favourite acts playing at the same time so its up to you to toss a coin, put it to a vote or what I tend to do, run between both sets like a headless chicken in a vain attempt to watch both. I would not recommend this behaviour though as most of the venues at the Dot-To-Dot festival have a limited capacity and fill up fast. You don’t want to be hanging around outside waiting for someone to leave so you can get in. Best to get to acts early and get a good spot. Festivals can happen in a city slickers paradise, located inside all your favourite bars and clubs far out of reach from the unpredictable British weather.

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Hopeless With Hair- Festival Styles

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When at a festival the last thing you want to be dealing with is hair resembling the likes of a birds nets. Trapped on a field without your usual hair products and utensils can leave your hair looking a bit worse for wear. So these are my top 5 festival hair accessory picks for those of you, like me, are completely hopeless with hair styles and just want a quick and easy fix.

1. Flower clips

Now these are great for those of you wanting a more classic festival boho style without having to otp for the clique flower crown. This is a best of both worlds where you get the flowers-in-your-hair look without looking like a bumble bees wet dream. These are very versatile and can be styled in number of ways depending on the number of clips you have and the size of the flowers. I have gone for two middle sized flowers clumped together to create a bigger statement. Another option would be to collect lots of smaller flower clips and cluster them together or a simple large flower. These work well with hair up or down or even hair half up half down. Since its summer festival season I chose warmer coloured flowers to bring the look together.

2. Bandana

If you’re not one for flowers perhaps a bandana is a way to go. Bandanas, a blast from the past, having been making a come back into fashion, along with 90’s style crop tops and chokers (which would all work well together!). Wearing a bandana can definitely give you an edge and thankfully they are pretty cheap and easy to get a hold of, the one I am wearing I got for one euro in a tourist shop while on holiday in Turkey. They too are pretty versatile I mostly wear bandanas in a headband style by folding one edge diagonally inwards to make a triangle then folding the material in on its self then tie the ends together or I twist the bandana and tie the ends. Prefect choice if you are aiming for more of a rock chick look.

3. Hat

Easy enough right? Just pop a hat on. Well not exactly. I personally thinking finding the right hat is a difficult thing to do. It depends on a lot of factors such as: face shape, hat size, colour, material and type. (Some people just don’t suite hats.) I’ve gone for a large floppy black hat from Topshop, this is rather a pricey one at £28. The other hats I’ve tired similar to this just didn’t have the same dramatic bend in the brim I was looking for. Also the fit in this hat is very secure which is what I want when walking around a festival site.

4. Gold Leaf Headband

This is an interesting piece rather than flowers going for leaves this time but hardly lacking in style as these have a gold colouring. Again really easy and simple to style if you rather more of a glam look.

5. Flower crown

Finally the classic flower crown. No festival season would be complete without it. I have gone for a more subtle style with pale yellow flowers spread widely apart for a natural look. I find flower crowns have a tendency to look tacky and artificial but this one is very simple which is what I like. I actually brought this at a festival about 3 years ago for around £5, its lasted a long time surprisingly. I think its even subtle enough to wear as a day look not just a festival one.

Have a great festival season guys! I’m lucky enough to be going to Reading festival this year which is now sold out! But if you didn’t manage to get tickets don’t worry as Leeds fest still has some tickets available.

 

 

DOT 2 DOT FESTIVAL

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Calling all music lovers! Fancy a festival without the mud, the tents and the down right dubious portaloos? Well the Dot-To-Dot festival is just the thing for all you city slickers who don’t fancy slumming it in the mud but want just as much live music and fun as anyone else headed off this festival season. Dot-to-Dot festival has been voted the UK’s best metropolitan festival and hits Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham. And here on my blog we want to bring you up to date on all the top festivals around that country-because we’re nice like that. The Dot-To-Dot festival is set in the heart of these cities with acts dotted (see what they did there) around in various venues all within a reasonable walking distance of each other. So hey no willies required and no hideous bin bag rain mac to cramp your style, just a quick hop skip and a jump to any venue of your choice.

Cheap and Cheerful

Unlike most festivals this one doesn’t cost you the earth *phew*. At just £20! Yeah you heard right-£20! You get to enjoy amazing acts without burning a hole in your pocket. Meaning you can use the money you have spare to travel up to the festival and get a round in for you at your mates when you get there.

Finger on the pulse

Dot-to-Dot festival is known for picking the best future acts in indie, electro and alternative music. With the likes of: The 1975, Ed Sheeran and Ellie Goulding all performing at the unique event. If you wanna stay ahead of the game and impress your friends with your sparkling music knowledge of cool up and coming bands. Or if you just want to discover and try something new and different this is definitely a festival worth checking out. This year the headliner was the aptly named band Peace, their psychedelic rock sounds got the crowds going and is definitely a band you’ll be hearing a lot more of in the future. So to be first in line to see brand new and exciting acts Dot-To-Dot is the festival to head to.

Good vibes

The atmosphere throughout the music filled day is a generally relaxed, unless you suffer from a case of the clashes (no that’s not some band). There is always the risk of having one or maybe more of you favourite acts playing at the same time so its up to you to toss a coin, put it to a vote or what I tend to do, run between both sets like a headless chicken in a vain attempt to watch both. I would not recommend this behaviour though as most of the venues at the Dot-To-Dot festival have a limited capacity and fill up fast. You don’t want to be hanging around outside waiting for someone to leave so you can get in. Best to get to acts early and get a good spot.

So in conclusion what have we learnt here? Well, for a start, we now know that festivals don’t have to mean a soggy field in the middle of nowhere. Festivals can happen in a city slickers paradise, located inside all your favourite bars and clubs far out of reach from the unpredictable British weather. We have also learnt that you don’t have to fork out major cash to have fun-£20 will do nicely. And lastly have fun and lets go! Leave those willies at home my friends.