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Preparing for Glastonbury

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Glastonbury festival is one of the biggest, best and most well-known festival in the world. Being a huge festival lover and living near Glastonbury I’ve been going to the festival for many years now. I’ve been asked a number of times “how should I get myself ready for Glastonbury? What do I pack?” So I’ve put together a little blog to help you prepare for what is, in my opinion, the best festival in the world.

Why is Glastonbury the world’s best festival you ask? Well, there is something truly unique about Glastonbury, with a site like a small town and with over 100 different stages there are so many hidden secrets about Glastonbury, and when people tell you Glastonbury is big, they don’t tell you that the perimeter of the festival is 8.5 miles . So try not to lose your friends, or you may have to learn the hard way like me.

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HOW TO GET THERE? The least stressful way of getting to Glastonbury is to get the coach or bus. You don’t have to worry about driving, finding somewhere to park (and then remembering where that was) and going through the coach entrance is less stressful and with a far shorter que than trying to get through the regular pedestrian entrances. If you do decide to travel by car and want to get there on the Wednesday then try to get arrive at around 5am first thing in the morning or leave it until much later in the evening, I don’t want to scare you, but I once turned up at 7am, got in the que and it took 8 hours to get in!? It was exhausting, frustrating and I lost a shoe in the mud.

WHAT SHALL I PACK? What you can pack is limited; you don’t want to be carrying around a 100kg bag so don’t pack anything that you don’t need. Below is my check list of things you might want to pack and things you NEED to pack.

• Wellies, trust me, you don’t want to get stuck in the Glastonbury mud without these.

• Walking boots, these for me are a must, I own caterpillars and I don’t know how I would manage without them. When the sun is out you don’t want to be wearing wellies, they get hot and sticky and can rub (ew). • Wet wipes, anti-bacterial wipes and tissues, we can at least try to stay clean!

• Phone Charger and portable charge pack, DO NOT I repeat DO NOT go without this. Your phone will die, you will get lost and never be found again. …..Just bring a phone charger.

• A waterproof coat, I’m not the most practical person in the world so telling other people to be practical is very hypercritical. Previously I took a large sunflower poncho thinking that would be enough, obviously it wasn’t and I got soaked.

• It would be wrong to turn up to a festival without face glitter, so wrong, just plain wrong damn it! So here is a link to our magical glitter SHOP GLITTER

• Bum bag, so convenient and safe for festival goers, I wouldn’t go without one. Just pop it around your waist and your’e ready to dance the day/night away, and what’s great is we have an amazing collection of these right here on the website. SHOP BUMBAGS

WHERE SHALL I GO WHEN I GET THERE? SODIf you are arriving on the Wednesday, pop up to the stone circle, justup from the healing fields where Glastonbury host a great opening ceremony, it’s one to not be missed. On the Wednesday and Thursday before the main acts kick off on Friday it’s a great chance to have a wonder around the festival and get to know your bearings and check out some of the other things to do around the festival. Make sure you go and spend lots of time in the green fields and in Shangri-La (my two favourite areas of the festival). Don’t feel bad if you don’t get to see everything, it’s impossible, there’s so much to see and do and not enough time to do it all. If you are looking for a great place to do some shopping whilst you’re there, make sure you pop down to state of disarrays sparkly shop, they are located between west holts and leftfield.

 

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Unicorn Headband | Rainbow Earrings | Tequila Sunrise Bumbag | LED Shoes | Tattoos | Hotpants      

 

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The wonderful Wychwood Festival 2016

By Anne-Marie Wardle Rosher

Wychwood kick started our summer with a truly memorable, friendly and exciting festival from 3rd-5th June 2016. Known for being family friendly, this was the first festival of this description that we had been to, and it 100% exceeded our expectations. Although there were many happy children running about, the music was still booming and the atmosphere was alive, with a constant buzz of excitement. The size of the festival was also a lot larger than expected and spending 3 lovely summer days there was the perfect time to explore and give everything a go. The wide selection of workshops (not just for children!) kept us busy throughout the weekend, from Bollywood dancing to a circus tent and arts and crafts. One of our highlights of the festival was the BubbleincUK stall, it was truly magical! The size of the bubbles was astonishing, and if that wasn’t exciting enough, they also had smoke filled bubbles, so that when you popped them the smoke flowed out…. I highly recommend checking out their website out http://www.bubbleinc.co.uk/

Having fun hula hooping at the circus tent!
Smoke filled bubbles at the BubbleincUK stall!

FOOD:
The wide selection of food was almost too much as it made deciding what to eat a very difficult task! Stalls were selling both sweet and savoury snacks and meals from chocolate covered creps and ice-creams to steak burgers and Mexican wraps, all cooked right in front of you as the wafts of scrumptious food spread throughout the festival grounds. Although festival food may be a little pricey if you’re there with a large family, unlike other festivals we have previously been to  Wychwood allows you to bring your own food and drink (non-alcoholic) into the festival, meaning you can bring your own picnic and chill out in front of the main stage as you snack away. For the kids there were  wonderful old- fashioned sweet stalls  selling a huge array of sweet delights. For those over 18 there was a great range of alcoholic drinks on offer such as wonderful fruity Pimm’s , cider and Jagerbombs.

Scrumptious steak burger!
Scrumptious steak burger!

FACILITIES:

A lot of campsites have a reputation of being muddy, cramped and after the first night extremely messy, filled with cans and rubbish. Wychwood however was the complete opposite; the camping area was huge, meaning even if you turned up late or arrived on the Saturday you still had plenty of free choice as to where you wanted to set up your tent. It also meant that finding your way back to the tents at night didn’t result in tripping over endless guide ropes and other tents. It was also very apparent that the individuals attending Wychwood really respected the festival and this was lovely to see, it created such a nice atmosphere and it really is a wonderful clean place to bring the whole family! We were also expecting to queue for hours to get into the festival when we arrived, however it took us a mere 10 minutes! The portaloos were also an aspect that we were dreading as previous festivals haven’t given us the most pleasant experiences to say the least, but at Wychwood  they were fantastic, they were kept clean and there were plenty dotted about, meaning you didn’t have to walk far wherever you were. They were also stocked up with toilet roll throughout the festival; it goes to show that such small aspects to a festival can really make such a big difference to your overall view and enjoyment – well done Wychwood!

Chilling at the tent surrounded by wonderful hills and countryside!

MUSIC AND COMEDY:

Now onto the music…our own ‘usual’ festival music as played as festivals such as Boomtown and Nozstock consists of house and drum and bass so it was incredibly refreshing and enlightening to be at Wychwood  surrounded by a great array of new bands and talented musicians, from rock, funk n’ soul and reggae. We also discovered some new favourite bands, including The Correspondents, Stereo MC’s and the HOO HAs. They are definitely worth checking out; everyone had a fantastic time dancing around in the heat of the sun as the bands got everyone hyped up. But don’t worry, if you’re not the dancing sort, there were hundreds of chairs that people had bought with them and set up at the back of the main stage in perfect view of the artists. Another highlight for us was the headphone disco which was located at The Big Top stage every night from 11pm-3am, and was packed, from little ones to adults. You could switch the songs that were playing in your headphones, meaning that everyone was singing along and dancing widely to different songs, it was hilarious! The comedy line- up throughout the weekend was also fantastic, including Bill Bailey featuring as the Sunday headliner.

 

 

Flags decorating the Festival Village!
Flags decorating the Festival Village!
Enjoying the day time music at the Main Stage!

FASHION:

As true glitter fanatics ourselves, across all three days we made sure to sparkle, and we would definitely recommend checking out the glitter selection that Festival Fashion have to offer here! https://www.wildthing.com/product-category/glitter/ If you want to go that extra bit further and stand out from the crowd then you can also purchase this amazing Iridescent Mermaid Festival Face Pack here https://www.wildthing.com/shop/iridescent-mermaid-festival-face-pack/, containing some fun glitter lashes, the perfect accessory for any festival! When wondering around the festival we spotted some fun hippie clothing and funky clashing patterns, all adding to the wonderful atmosphere that Wychwood has to offer. For your own inspiration checkout our Lookbook https://www.wildthing.com/lookbook/.

Alice looking fabulous using Dust & Dance glitter!
Anne-Marie glitzing it up with a sequin jacket and flower headband!
Anne-Marie glitzing it up with a sequin jacket and flower headband!

 

2017 TICKETS:

Tickets for Wychwood 2017 are already on sale and available to purchase from the website here https://event.bookitbee.com/7540/13th-annual-wychwood-festival-2017/ so if you’re looking for a truly magical weekend be sure to grab yours now while you remember!

For more information regarding Wychwood check out the official website! http://wychwoodfestival.com/

Sending sun and sparkles your way from the Festival Fashion team!

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We are FSTVL

Shot by Paul Underhill and Luke Dyson
Shot by Paul Underhill and Luke Dyson

We are FSTVL kicked off festival season in style last weekend, as 50,000 people headed down for a dance music heavy weekend at Damyn’s Hall Aerodrome in Upminster, London. Since it’s birth in 2013 We are FSTVL has quickly established itself as a mainstay on the festival calendar after winning several awards and selling out in 2015 and again 2016. With 16 stages, a wide range of renowned musical acts to choose from and even its own Snapchat filter it was the perfect way to begin a summer of fun. Despite the odds, festival goers were blessed with sunshine all weekend, making us feel like we were in Ibiza rather than England!

The festival is divided into five different areas, with each area serving up it’s own vibe and musical focus. Each stage was run by well known, popular club nights or record labels who brought their individual taste and expertise to the table. The hosts of the stages also changed each day which ensured a wide range of dance music to enjoy.

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Ancient Realm was home to the main stage which hosted a variety of awesome headliners including Craig David’s TS5, Fatboy Slim, Steve Angello, Kurupt FM, DJ Fresh and Sigma. If you want to catch the headliners they start quite early so don’t head down there too late! In this area was also the Ancient Temple, run by MK Area 10 and Paradise. This tent was constantly packed out as people flocked to dance to some of the most popular current DJ’s such as Maya Jane Coles and Tensnake.

WHSE District was dominated by the Techno Warehouse which saw some incredible performances from techno royalty such as Richie Hawtin, Ame, Chris Liebing and Sven Vath. Accompanied by exciting visuals and with plenty of space to dance this was one of the highlights of the festival and a techno lovers dream.

Favela Fiesta was themed around the Mexican Day of the Dead, decorated with sugar skulls and everything music wise from techno to drum and bass. UKF and Hospitality respectively ran the Favela, serving up bass heavy musical acts including My Nu Leng, Plastician, Sub Focus and S.P.Y and SP MC. Meanwhile Rumors and Defected ran the Big Top, providing an interesting line up of dance music including Cassy, Eats Everything, Armand Van Helden and Shadowchild.

The Island Hideaway zone was a mixture of house, tech house and techno with stages hosted by popular London club nights Half Baked, Lovejuice and Abode.

It’s well worth considering upgrading your ticket to VIP- this gives you access to the VIP area which hosts two extra stages- The Coconut Club and Waikiki Cove. The Coconut Club was home to Glitterbox on Saturday and Clockwork Orange on Sunday playing their classic feel good house and disco. Both of these are long established club nights with a huge following and have played at some of the world’s best venues. Glitterbox currently has a residency at Space in Ibiza. If that’s not enough to tempt you, there’s also free blow dry’s provided by Tangle Teezer UK and free professional glitter from the Glitter Parlour to get you looking festival ready!

If VIP still isn’t exclusive enough for you, you can also get EXCLSV passes, giving you access to another area within the VIP section. It has coat check, bottle service and more chilled areas away from the hubbub of the festival.

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Held over Saturday and Sunday this festival finishes at 12.30 each night with no camping, so it’s perfect for those of us who like to return to the comfort of our beds after a hard day of partying!

The festival is easily accessible by public transport and free shuttle buses are provided from Upminster station to the site. If you are planning on getting to and from the festival by public transport it’s highly advisable to leave early to beat the rush.

Drinks at the festival are pricey and the queues can be quite long. Drinks are bought using a token system and to save time you can purchase tokens prior to the festival to pick up there.

Queues for the toilets were also quite long, you can get access to Club Class toilets which are better maintained and much shorter queues. They also have a pamper room with mirrors and hair straighteners so you can make sure you are always looking your best! Prices start from £5 for single use.

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We love these girls layering of patterns and textures! Psychedelic patterns and fringing work so well for creating that boho festival look.

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How beautiful is her embroidered crop top! Crop tops paired with high waisted skirts are a perfect laid back festival outfit.

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This paisley patterned playsuit is so summery and bum bags are a festival essential.

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We love how she’s channelling her inner mermaid with her metallic outfit and rainbow glitter!

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Flares and crochet are a winning combination for pulling off summery 70’s style. And no festival would be complete without a flower crown!

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Light kimonos are great for English festivals, when the sun is out but there’s still a breeze. This rainbow coloured one looks particularly cute!

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These two are dancers for Glitterbox and are wearing bespoke costumes. Needless to say sequins and sparkle are festival favourites!

 

By Francesca Romberg