Festival season

The sound of the city: urban festival style

24 May
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Festival season has arrived and with it a mind blowing array of events and musical line ups. Official statistics calculate that last year over 1000 festivals took place in the UK alone, which for an avid fan, can make deciding where to pitch your tent a tricky process, never-mind getting that all important festival style spot-on! To ease the way, we’re going to tackle the festival circuit by theme, from urban locations, to beachside parties and the traditional music filled camping weekend.

Why go urban?

It goes without saying that we’ve got an innate love for the beach and those mud splattered festival fields. However, it seems an increasing number of revelers are flocking to the urban scene. Ever interested in changing trends, we thought we’d take a look at why the urban festival is on the up.

Wellies aren’t for everyone. Glastonbury, Wilderness, Bestival and wellington boots go hand-in-hand, part of the essential festival outfit, but not everyone’s a fan. If you’re looking for a less muddy affair then check out Meltdown at the Southbank Centre, this year curated by M.I.A.

Affordable ticketing options. Pitching camp for the weekend is an expensive undertaking, with tickets costing £200 and upwards. Urban festivals can still bring you long days filled with music but without the sleep-over premium; Wireless is top of our picks.

Multiple venues for urban explorers. The beauty of an urban festival is it can showcase different spots around the whole city, so those who like to wander can roam free. Brighton’s The Great Escape hosts artists across 35 walk-able locations, whilst Dot to Dot does venue hopping on a bigger scale, moving between Bristol, Manchester and Nottingham.

Ramp up the experience. The latest crop of urban festivals have gone all out to bring a completely immersive experience. Take a look at Manchester’s Parklife this year, where a VIP ticket will transport you to downtown 80s New York, with a pop-up restaurant, cocktail bar, private cinema and throwback gaming arcade.

Focused one-dayers. For those who have their sights set on a specific headliner, city-based festivals offer the chance to take your pick from a series of one-off gigs. Hyde Park’s British Summer Time has got this down to a tee, with six top acts over a ten day run.

Festival outfitting

Urban festival style for her | Women's festival fashion

Thali shirt: £40; Tianna trilby hat: £20; Tritan vest: £22; Riya sandals: £18; Burst backpack: £28; Billie denim shorts: £40

For her

With the tent out of the picture, urban festivals give you the chance for some classic summer-in-the-city styling. We’ve put together our outfit of choice for heading to the likes of Lovebox, Parklife and British Summer Time this season.

The Billie denim shorts (with the appropriate worn-well fade and raw edge hems) are a sure-fire staple, whilst the linen look Tritan vest brings fine line graphics for a smarter touch. Balance the summer vibe with the monochrome Thali shirt—nodding to sunshine days with a dip dye in apricot blush—and the Riya leather sandals in matching tones. Round it off with the Tianna trilby in darkest black; equally stylish come rain or shine.

Urban festival style for him | Men's festival fashion

Preston vest: £22; Crafted t-shirt: £22; Slatos trucker cap: £18; Fly sunglasses: £40; Clash backpack: £30; Chuck wallet: £22; Pelu denim shorts: £45

For him

On the urban festival checklist for guys should be the Pelu denim shorts, with essential vintage fade. Offset this classic with the latest trend for all over patterns in warming shades—we’d go for the Preston vest with its contrast back trim and rune-like design. The statement hat is sometimes seen as a festival must but we reckon keep it subtle with a flat peak or trucker. Stowage space for important supplies is a definite necessity, opt for a clean cut backpack design in neutral shades, such as the Clash, to give it longevity beyond the festival scene.

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