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Festival outfits - a handy guide for men
It’s here, those summer months when Britain goes festival mad. For weekends at a time we forget our normal reserve to live cheek-to-cheek with crazy revellers, forgo the daily shower and party through the night.
Festival fever of course: the amazing, eclectic wildness that makes up the British festival scene. From surfing fests in Cornwall and hip-hop in a farmyard, to urban dance and grime collectives in London parks, there’s something for all comers.
With such a variety on offer, choosing where to set your summer scene can be tricky. To keep you straight, here’s a mini compilation of festivals by type, with the lowdown on a few of our favourites.
Wherever you go this summer, getting your festival look spot-on is essential, so check out the outfit selection for each gig.
Nothing beats a festival by the sea. Top of the picks has to be Boardmasters: serious surf credentials, stop #29 on the WSL international qualifying tour and the event that crowns the Euro Longboard Champion. Hitting its 35th year, Boardmasters doesn’t disappoint on the music front either, with headliners including DEADMAU5, Wolf Alice and James Bay.
If a beach party is more your style then Electric Beach Festival gets the hype. Staged down on the sands at Newquay, De La Soul is the sure crowd pleaser this year.
Pria: Darwin denim short
Congo: fixed waist boardshort
Opt for an understated hybrid short with the Darwin Pria, or go all out beach with the Congo boardies.
Palm: graphic tee
Pair with a laidback surf tee, or perhaps something a little more retro like the Parana s/s shirt.
Parana: s/s shirt
Don’t forget the essentials: Foam flip-flop and Ross beach towel.
Ross: beach towel
Landlocked music lovers can head for the hills, fields and forests of Britain sure of finding a summer festival to remember. Glastonbury remains the giant of the scene; expect mind-blowing music from the likes of Adele, New Order and Stormzy, 1000’s of revellers and one hell of a party. With its family friendly attitude Latitude is one of the most rounded festivals out there, featuring an eclectic mix of music, dance, performance art, wordsmiths and comedy.
When fields can turn from sun-baked desert to muddy swamp in minutes, taking the right gear is essential.
Practicality is always good. Stow a packable mac in the Breaker backpack—expandable capacity to fit all your necessities.
Packed: lightweight jacket
Breaker: roll top backpack
Choose lightweight layers for nights under the stars.
Tamar: full zip hoody
The urban environment provides for a whole different festival vibe. For a true high, take a trip to NASS, where action sports and music meet in an exhilarating mix. 2016 sees them play host to the BMX World Championships, so expect to witness the best riders in the business across Pro Park, Dirt, Vert and Flatland.
As to be expected, London is the base for some of the biggest urban music parties of the summer. For hip-hop, R&B, grime and the likes of Calvin Harris and Chase & Status, head to Finsbury Park in July for Wireless; while dance happy festival goers should flock to Lovebox in Victoria Park.
Go for tees and vests in dusty city shades and heavy washes.
Moods: pocket vest
Katzen: graphic tee
Luis: flat peak trucker
Finish with a mesh back trucker and low profile performance skate shoe.
Iconn: skate shoe