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Somersault – A Surprisingly Delightful Festival.

somersault 2222Hidden away amongst the rolling hills, trickling streams and beautiful woodlands of North Devon lies Somersault Festival, a festival that enjoyed only its’ second birthday this summer after springing forth from the imagination of the organisers of Wilderness and The Secret Garden Party Festivals. The Somersault vibe is uniquely west coast; laid back with focus placed equally on music, outward bound coastal and countryside activities, spirituality and wellbeing, with the odd communal feast thrown in for good measure!

With our tent thrown into the back of the car the Festival Fashion team headed down to Somersault on the Thursday of the festival.  As you regular festival-goers out there will know the first challenge of any festival is actually carrying all your things through the mass of people, past security and into the campsite without falling in the mud, dropping everything or wanting to throw a wellie boot at the que! Having said all that, getting into the campsite at Somersault was a breeze, the car park is an easy walk to the gate, there was not much of a que and the camping area is right after you walk through the entrance. The only thing to bear in mind is that the security on the gate is pretty strict, Somersault has a ‘no glass’ policy, this is not a problem as drinks from glass bottles can be decanted into plastic ones before arrival, however I did see one very disgruntled camper who had had her glass mirror removed from her by security and who was now despairing at having to try and apply her face glitter without it. There is no music on Thursday so this is a good opportunity to buy a programme, have a wander and really explore the festival site.

somersault 1Friday arrived and brought with it the beginning of a weekend of live music …….. and lots and lots of rain. Somersault may be a relative baby in age but it has already seen the likes of Jack Johnson grace its’ stage in its first year, proving it is no baby when it comes to attracting top acts and this year was no different. Headlining Somersault 2015’s packed line-up of folk, indie, alt-rock performers were Laura Marling, Bombay Bicycle Club and Crystal Fighters. Kicking things off on the main stage on Friday was Nathan Ball whose introverted alt-folk sound managed to maintain a good crowd despite the pouring rain. Late in the afternoon saw sets from Bear’s Den and The Staves, both of whom are highly regarded and currently on the rise and it was easy to see why. Headlining Friday night was Laura Marling, she performed a mixture of old and new material elegantly intertwining the two into unique compilations. The sun came out on Saturday and brought out some of the musical highlights of the weekend, the best of the bunch was a stellar performance from an emotional Bombay Bicycle Club who were performing their “last show for a very long time”. They delighted the audience to treats from their back catalogue, built special moments with Lucy Rose and Rae Morris into their set and thrilled with an onslaught of pyrotechnics and confetti. Topping the bill on Sunday night were Passenger and Crystal Fighters, Michael David Rosenberg managed to fill the main stage using nothing but himself and an acoustic guitar, alternating between songs and funny stories about his busking days and early gigs. The highlight of the whole weekend for me was Crystal Fighters, their high energy, enthusiastic set was punctuated with poignant emotional moments that seemed to bring real meaning to the electro-folk music that seemed to connect them to the crowd dancing along in the rain.

The fairground, family atmosphere of Somersault will not appeal to every festival-goer; it wouldn’t be much fun hearing a crying child at 8am if you drank your body weight the night before and have the hangover from hell! But with a huge amount going on the festival caters brilliantly to music lovers and adventure seekers alike and if you dive in and make the most of both you will not be disappointed.   somersault 2

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Website Launch! And we’re looking to sell your products!

The idea behind the website is to be an online marketplace where we will sell your festival based products on your behalf and also work to promote your brand. We do all the leg work; we will create a page dedicated to your business and upload your items onto our website for you.
When one of your products sells on our website we will forward you a copy of the invoice along with the customer’s details so you can fulfil the order. Every Monday we will send you an invoice with a breakdown of the previous week’s sales, along with a disbursement of payment to your bank account. There are no charges to you for your items appearing on the site, instead we would take a small fee each time one of your products sells. As we are a VAT registered company, we do need to take this into account when it comes to these fees. If you are a VAT registered company, our fees are 10% per sale. Unfortunately, if you are not VAT registered, we need to charge 25% to cover the VAT so please bear this in mind when deciding a price for each product. As we hope to promote your own business through ours, sticking as close to your original pricing as possible will help future customer relationships.
As well as selling your items for you we will be working very hard in other ways to promote your brand. There will be a page on the website dedicated to your brand so customers can get to know it better, we are going to be regularly updating the website with blogs and aim to include items being sold through us in future blogs, and will also promote your products through posts on our site’s social media pages. We charge £3.95 standard postage which will be included in the total sale price.
We are currently in the process of inviting and adding sellers to the website.  If you are interested in selling with us, we can send you over a form to complete, and once returned, we can do the rest. Or if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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What Should a Modern Fashionista Take To A Festival?

It is important to remGirls making the most of unusual hot sunny day at Leeds Festivalember each festival is different.  Depending on location, music and reputation, each festival has its own personality that you will try to embrace, try to pack lightly enough to be able to carry everything half a mile across a field, if necessary.

Having said this, the fundamental items are the same for nearly every festival. If you are going to a festival in the UK, you can pretty well guarantee you’re going to need wellies.  We’ve compiled a list of things to take, so whether you’re a festival newbie, or an experienced camper, check out our list:

Wellies:  You’ll probably wear them a lot. Make sure they don’t rub, wear them lots before attending to avoid poorly feet.

Sandals: Upon assessing the weather, on a nice day, a pair of comfortable sandals will be your best friend.

Plimsoles: comfortable, lightweight and great for dancing !

Socks: Bring a pair for every day. Long and short. Try bringing socks longer than your wellies. Not only does this make a traditional festival fashion statement, it will save your calves from being cut in half (or from your fake tan rubbing of in a perfect spherical line around your leg!)

Rucksack: depending on how far away your tent is from the main arena, you’re going to want to take your gear along with you. Make sure your rucksack is waterproof, and secure from any light fingered opportunists whilst it’s on your back.

BumBag: Perfect for keeping  your  essentials in ie. Phone, purse.  It’s constantly on your person, not easily accessible to others, and you can dance the night away without having a bag on your shoulders (I also double mine up and use the strap of the bumbag as a belt)

Waterproof Jacket: bring a lightweight jacket which can be chucked into a rucksack. Weather is unpredictable. Don’t be caught out.

Poncho: You can buy small emergency ponchos for approx. £1. Some festivals bump the price of these up to near £10. If you want to keep dry, be savvy and keep one in your bag.

Warm Coat/Jumper: I can guarantee , even if you’ve had a gorgeous sunny day, it will be much, MUCH cooler as the sun goes down. I’ve found myself heading miserably back to the tent early because I’ve not planned ahead. Keep warm.

Hats: Federer hats/baseball hats/bowler hats – whatever your unique taste in fashion remember to bring one along. Let’s not forget a hats main purpose – to protect us from the sun.

T-Shirts/Shorts/trousers: this is where you can express yourself properly. There are no rules, wear what you like. Depending where you are, the crazier and unique the better!

Accessories: It is pretty much festival etiquette to cover ones-self in glitter, head jewellery and funky temporary tattoos

Others:

Sunglasses

Battery powered Phone Charger

Wet types

Anti-bacterial wipes

Tissues

Travel Johns