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Envirofriend or foe?

These days it’s easier than ever to be more environmentally friendly at home, but what about when you’re away at a festival? Without your creature comforts?  The increase in festivals all over the world has inevitably led to more rubbish being left behind, things such as cheap mass produced tents being part of the issue and sheer laziness being the other.

But have no fear, there are small steps that everyone can take to reduce their impact on the environment as much as possible when living in a field for 5 days, as these are steps that you can also continue even when you are back home and no longer have to have baby wipe baths. Check out my recommendations below on the essentials you will need this summer!

  1. To glitter or not to glitter that is the question…..everyone loves abit of glitter, especially at a festival, whether it’s the lads getting their beards jazzed up or the girls getting glitter tits on the go. In recent years the use of glitter has sky rocketed and obviously this has had a massive impact on the environment particularly with the ocean. But thankfully now we can still use our glitter with reckless abandon thanks to amazing companies such as Bristol based Eco stardust who produce an amazing range of biodegradable glitters made from plants. You can even send in your old non bio glitter to them for a discount off your purchases.

2. It can be even more of a challenge for us ladies when it’s that time of the month, something that doesn’t normally go hand in hand with being good for mother earth.  A lot of feminine hygiene products are either made from plastic or cardboard which don’t break down and end up in a land fill or in the sea. But now there are so many options and they don’t need to break the bank! So you can be conscious for the planet and for your wallet 😉 #winning.  New products such as moon cups are long lasting and reusable, there is also now an amazing company called TOTM who make biodegradable tampons, pads & panty liners, all without any nasty chemicals. All of this and they will even deliver straight to your front door every month, you couldn’t ask for more!

3. Festival faves Burnt Soul do eco catsuits that are all made from recycled materials so you can still look gorgeous whilst knowing you’re doing your part. Guilt free fashion, what more could a gal ask for?!

4. Want to go plastic free for your festivals over them summer but not sure where to go? Check out pic and mix festival kits, they have everything you need to keep you going and everything is plastic free and biodegradable/recyclable, from their body washes & shampoos, to their lip balms and deodorant. They even do VIP festival kits that includes everything you need!

5. Reusable straws! And no I’m not talking about the paper ones that go soggy in your drink after a while, we are talking stainless steel. Final straw are the original straw company but if you prefer a cheaper UK based alternative then you can use Metal Straw Co. What’s more baller than whipping out your very own personalised pop out straw that goes on your keychain!

Check out the links below for your festival needs, if you have discovered any amazing e-co friendly products let me know in the comment section below.

xXx

https://ecostardust.com/

https://finalstraw.com

https://metalstrawco.co.uk/

https://www.picnmixfestivalkit.co.uk

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Elrow- “THE PARTY OF ETERNAL HAPPINESS”

It’s no myth that us at wildthing.com are HUGE fans of Elrow events, and so are our customers!
Elrow is a party like no other exploding in colour, confetti and glitter, there is something really special in the way that people can dress as fun and bold as they like, the party goer crowd was not lacking in glitter or fancy dress.

When we seen that an Elrow event was taking place in our hometown, Bristol, we couldn’t wait to jump on that ship!

Here’s what the organisers had to say about the event called ‘Rowmudas’…. ‘
Ibiza. Saturday, September 16th, 2017. Elrow threw a party on a pirate ship with a definite sparRow vibe. But somewhere between Atlantis and Es Vedrá the ship went off course and entered the white island’s wildest waters: the Rowmuda Triangle. The music and the noise of the crowd awoke and infuriated the Craken, the island’s most dangerous animal. This savage underwater creature swallowed the pirate boat in just one bite, setting the partygoers off on a surreal journey deep inside the Craken. The party on-board the boat had already been pretty fantastic, but this took them into a completely different dimension. Words cannot describe what they experienced in the Rowmuda Triangle. Imagine an insane mix of The Island, Lost and also Alive; a wild fiesta full of shipwrecks, crashed planes, insane sea creatures and hippy communes under the sea. The party everybody was talking about, “THE PARTY OF ETERNAL HAPPINESS”. ‘

This event is nearly sold out, so if you want to go make sure you grab your tickets! TO PURCHASE TICKETS CLICK HERE

If you’re not local and want to attend an Elrow event near you, make sure you check out the following link https://www.elrow.com/en/events/upcoming

See you there wildthings!

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3 Festivals you may want to go too…

NOZSTOCK FESTIVAL

Nozstock The Hidden Valley
Thursday 18th – Sunday 21st July 2019

@ Rowden Paddocks, Bromyard, Herefordshire, HR7 4LS
Tickets: From £125 for adults / 12s and under free
www.nozstock.com / @Nozstock

Artists include: Rudimental (DJ set), Soul II Soul, The Skatalites, David Rodigan, Hollie Cook, Elvana: Elvis fronted Nirvana, Oh My God! It’s The Church, Henge, Jam Baxter, DJ Zinc + SP:MC, Turno, Notion, A Skills, Randall, Hospitality Takeover and many more

Last summer Nozstock: The Hidden Valley reached its sold-out 20th anniversary across a spectacular weekend in Herefordshire.

Nozstock is one of the UK’s longest running festivals – family-run, very much home-made and proudly independent on a beautiful working farm set upon rolling hills. The Nosworthy family continue to curate one of the UK’s finest emporiums of music, arts, food and drink, with a huge focus on keeping all kids and families entertained in the Little Wonderland Kids Area.

It’s a gloriously eccentric, wildly imaginative and decadently off-kilter brain-shift with incredible detail at every turn, a small festival with a very big heart which continues to chart its own path, far away from commercialisation and following the flock. Nozstock is a transcendental experience which creates its own sense of unity and escapism from the real world for a few precious days.  

The last two decades of magic set on Rowden Paddocks has created a sublime adventure for all the ages, and now, entering its 21st season in 2019, Nozstock once more will enchant, inspire and illuminate all who attend.

LOVE INTERNATIONAL © Photography by Jake Davis for Here & Now (fb.com/wearehereandnow)

Love International
Weds 3rd – Weds 10th July 2019
@ The Garden Resort, Petrica Glava 34, 22240, Tisno, Croatia
£135 + booking fee for 8 days (club and boat parties extra)
www.loveinternationalfestival.com / @LoveIntFestival

Headliners include: DJ Harvey, Andrew Weatherall, Ben UFO, Peggy Gou, A Love From Outer Space, Craig Richards B2B Nicolas Lutz, Beautiful Swimmers, Horse Meat Disco, Crazy P Soundsystem, Joy Orbison, Leon Vynehall, Midland, Shanti Celeste B2B Saoirse, Vladimir Ivkovic B2B Ivan Smagghe, Roman Flügel, Studio Barnhus, Young Marco, Paranoid London Live, Call Super, Gerd Janson, Optimo, DMX Krew Live, Dan Shake, Josey Rebelle, Moxie, Prosumer, Orpheu The Wizard, Haai and many more across the week

One of Europe’s defining odysseys, Love International, is back in July 2019 for its 4th season, after selling out months in advance last year.

Love International is a sublime week-long affair which seamlessly blends the essence of a holiday and festival into one beatific week. Nestled away amid sprawling pine trees, rocky outcrops and crystal-clear Adriatic waters in Tisno, music lovers and adventure seekers from all over Europe and beyond unite for a truly magical experience under the sun and stars.

The festival encourages artists to experiment and embraces a peerless array of sounds and styles across a scintillating spectrum, from disco, house and techno, through to dub, reggae, funk and Balearic. Taking in locations including intimate beach-side dancing, pulsating boat parties, the mesmeric Olive Grove, Garden Stage action, the iconic open-air club, Barbarella’s, and the Secret Island Party which brings the whole journey to a glorious climax, it has evolved into a journey unlike any other, following its own unified beat on the Dalmatian coast.    

SOUND CITY

Sound City
Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th May 2019

@ Across the Baltic Triangle, Liverpool
£55 for weekend / £31.50 day wristbands / Sound City + from £30

www.soundcity.uk.com / Twitter: @soundcity / Insta:  @liverpoolsoundcity

Artists include: Loyle Carner, Mabel, Shame, The Magic Gang, Louis Berry, Blaenavon, Confidence Man, The Tea Street Band, King No-One, Kara Marni, Clean Cut Kid, Soak, Stella Donnelly, Spinn, Red Rum Club, The Jungle Giants, Husky Loops, Our Girl, Ryan McCullen, Estrons, Sophie and the Giants, Molly Rainford, Jvck James, Benny Mails, Heavy Lungs and many more

The UK’s leading independent festival of emerging music, arts and discovery, Sound City, is back in Liverpool in 2019, following on from this year’s spectacular sold out edition across the Baltic Triangle.

Embracing the wild spirit of discovery, the electrically-charged festival is again set to showcase 100s of the very best emerging bands, artists and performers from across the world and closer to home, as well as genre-defining headliners. Celebrating its 12th year as one of the UK’s defining city-based festivals, it’s an eclectic multi-venue experience with the chance to see many artists, bands and performers up close in a series of intimate spaces.

Now established back in the city centre, the festival enters 2019 with two of the UK’s most forward-thinking and dynamic headliners. The festival weekend starts with the Sound City+ conference on Friday 4th May, featuring a full day of illuminating, engaging and inspiring keynote speeches, interviews, roundtable debates, workshops, business meetings and much more.

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Love Saves The Day 2019


Love Saves The Day 2019 will take place on Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th May in Eastville park, Bristol. Not only is it our local festival, but it kick starts Festival Season, so this festival is ALWAYS on our list.

There’s always such good vibes at Love Saves the day, and for the last few years at has been hot sunshine all weekend! whether you’re into RNB, DNB, grime or dubstep this ones for you. This year the days and combined which means there’s something for everyone on both days.

the wildthing gang at love saves the day 2018

As well as being such a great Festival! This years line up will be sure to win you over! As you can see- the line up this year is incredible, from Lily Alan bringing her classic tunes to Chase and Status Bringing the Bass to the fields(see full lineup on the website). The tickets to this festival always sell out so make you secure yours today. We hope to see you in the field, Wildthing x

https://lovesavestheday.seetickets.com/event/love-saves-the-day/eastville-park/1266095

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On your marks, set, sparkle!

Ok so we have nearly got January out of the way (and along with it hopefully the January blues) everyone’s finally got paid and can start smiling again. Yes the weather may be cold but in the distance, what’s that I can see…?? Oh yes festival season is finally on the horizon!!

If you are anything like me you will be absolutely buzzing for the summer ahead and with the choice of festivals we have here in the UK we really are being spoilt, let alone the ones that are further afield. Weekends of being in your favourite field making new friends, dancing, adventures and a cider (or ten!) are in the not too distant future.

Now is the time to start planning, putting down your deposits, booking time off work (don’t forget those extra days for recovery ;)) and last but not least..the most exciting bit….deciding what you and your girl gang are going to wear. Whether its glitter, feathers or flowers that float your boat there will be a look to suit.

https://www.wildthing.com/product-category/womens/style/

Some festivals such as Boomtown & Bestival have a fantastic fancy dress theme and this can be great to be involved in especially if you fancy playing a character and completely immersing yourself.

I like to have at least one different outfit change for every day (two if I have the time #wardrobechangedarling) but this is all weather dependant obviously, you can’t trust the UK or the MET office for that matter! Come rain or shine though you wanna make sure that you stand out and are looking fierce!

My outlook for the summer ahead so far:

I’m mixing it up this year and going to three festivals that I have not yet been to and I cannot wait to see the vibes instore and the trends ahead this summer.

Whether you are a seasoned festival goer or you are just about to head to your first one, hit me up in the comments section and let me know where you and your girls are headed to this summer and what outfits you have planned!

xXx

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Tokyo World 2018

Tokyo World has quickly become a staple of the Bristol and UK festival scene, and never fails to close the
season with a bang. Taking place in mid-September for 2018; headliners such as Action Bronson, Sister
Sledge, Groove Armada, Mike Skinner and Lady Leshurr top the festival’s line-up which has already
made headlines just a few days after its release.

Once again the Tokyo World line-up is daringly eclectic with an added dimension this year of many more
live bands. These include names such as headliners Sister Sledge & Morcheeba, as well as Submotion
Orchestra, Dub Pistols, Dreadzone, Stereo MC’s and Bristol’s very own Laid Blak.
“We have always been supportive of the next generation of festival goers, and always will be,” said Soizic
Hagège, part of the event management team at Tokyo World. “And the significant inclusion of many live
bands this year on the new Live Stage is something we’re very much looking forward to.”
This is evident from the line up for this year’s event. Tokyo World has always been known as a festival on
the forefront of modern music, with a focus on contemporary artists pushing new sounds. And now, with
the expansion of the programming, the organisers are expecting an even wider audience and
demographic this year.

It goes without saying that the Mutiny Stage boasts a stellar line up Drum and Bass artists and this year’s
main headliner for the Mutiny Stage is yet to be revealed. What’s more, the Hedonism Stage, will for the
second year in a row host a cutting edge selection of House royalty, with: Erick Morillo, Maya Jane Coles,
Steve Lawler, Kerri Chandler and Danny Tenaglia as the main headliners over both days.
Fans of Hip Hop and Grime will not be disappointed either, as they’ll be able to enjoy sets by Ace Hood,
Lethal Bizzle, Little Simz, Nadia Rose, Not3s and Ms Banks – all featured on the festival’s iconic Vulkano
Stage.

“We are working hard to be as inclusive as possible, and to integrate the full scope of both innovative and
timeless music, but also of music fans and festival goers,” Soizic explained. “We truly feel that diversity
and unity are what makes music festivals unique, and these are the values we strive to design our event
around.”

The event runs from midday to around 11pm on the 22nd and 23rd of September, but there are also
official after-parties for both days at Motion for those who want to keep on dancing. Acts are yet to be
announced for this year, but both after-parties will mainly feature Electronic and Urban music artists with a
splash of Drum and Bass.

While nothing has been confirmed yet, it is safe to assume that the Tokyo World organizers will continue
to explore all the ways in which Tokyo World’s values can come into play in music events and to keep
pushing the boundary of this ever growing Bristol grassroots festival.
“We want festival goers to be completely immersed in the Tokyo World ethos,” Soizic tells us. “All our
work is for people to have a memorable experience, and we are constantly thinking of new ways to bring
people together.

Join us for our final festival of the season, purchase your ticket by clicking here  

 

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Farr Festival review 2018

So Wild Thing returned to Hertfordshire’s forested treasure, Farr Festival, a few weeks ago and we were wondering if it was going to be able to live up to the previous year. Well, we can happily confirm that the answer is a 100% resounding YES.

Farr Festival - Img by Tom Durston
Farr Festival 2018 – image by Tom Durston

In fact, Farr actually surpassed all expectations – it had obviously taken on board customer queries and become even more magical and all-embracing that it had been previously. We weren’t even sure that was going to be achievable!

What made it even more special was the fact that the promoters really know how to hone in on making the experience as wonderful, and the atmosphere as inclusive as possible for each and every attendee. It also helped that the location is a beautiful woodland haven, and everywhere you looked you were surrounded by forests of trees, mounds of green (albeit dusty) fields and every night you witnessed the most beautiful sunsets from the hill where the festival site was located. Sounds like heaven, right?

An absolute musical pleasure

Even the sound quality had massively improved, so the promoters and events team had rightly garnered praise from festival-goers all around the site. Again, musical quality seemed like a thing of the past compared to the absolute stupendous line-up that Farr Festival seems to knock out every year. The ninth edition was no different, this year homing a vast abundance of colossal names you wouldn’t be hard-pressed to find on big festival line-ups. This is where Farr Festival really shines as a small event. Where else could you find Antal, Hunee, Dixon, Daphni, Jacques Greene all on the same line-up at less-than-10,000 capacity festival? Obviously, there are other smaller festivals such as Gottwood, but Farr Festival has really carved out its own space on the festival map, and will continue to do so for it’s 10th birthday next year.

Image by Tom Durston
Farr Festival 2018 – Image by Tom Durston

The Factory stage made a welcomed return this year, with Rush Hour boss Antal who played a stellar disco set, before his prodigy Hunee took to the decks for what was a euphoric and climactic finale. Acts such as Paranoid London, Optimo, DVS1 and Mount Kimbie were all also well-received by revellers who expressed their gratitude by dancing each night until the sun came up.

Thank you to the Farr Festival team for what was once again a beautiful and momentous experience. We can’t wait to attend the 10th anniversary next year! Make sure you keep an eye out for dates and more information on Farr’s website here.

Image by Tom Durston
Farr Festival 2018 – Image by Tom Durston

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NASS 2018

Last week, NASS Festival attracted 20,000 to the Bath & West Showground for 4-days of music, street art, skate and BMX. This year saw thousands celebrating the England quarter final win around a giant mainstage screen, performances from Dizzee Rascal, Run DMC and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, 2 brand new arena concepts in The Lock In presented by Old Blue Last Beer and the Mad Hatter’s Mansion in partnership with Good Life as well as all the action from the skate and BMX from international athletes, with presence from skate legend, Andrew Reynolds.

NASS culminated in a UK festival exclusive live set from reggae hero Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley who had crowds singing along to ‘Welcome to Jamrock’ and Bob Marley classic ‘Is this Love’ as the sun set on the final day. Friday’s headliner Dizzee Rascal, brought pure energy with hits old and new, and Run DMCtold fans to ‘Walk This Way’ on Saturday night. Further highlights on the stage over the weekend included a 27.5ft x 17.7ft screening of the England vs Sweden 2-0 win, hip-hop veterans, De La Soul demanding photographers put down their lenses to get their hands up and Jax Jones‘ very special surprise guest,Big Shaq getting involved in the explosion of giant inflatables and pyro. Congo Natty made it a family affair and invited his son Dubz to DJ for him for the first time ever.

NASS 2018: High-energy headline sets from Dizzee Rascal, legends RUN DMC & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, plus a dramatic England win wrapped up the 4-day Festival

The UK’s Biggest Celebration of 
Music, Art, Skate & BMX

Thursday 5th – Sunday 8th July 2018
Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet BA4 6QN
#NASSFestival  FB:@NASSFestival IG:nassfestival T:@NASSfestival

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Bestival 2018 lookbook

Bestival is getting closer then ever! and what a way to celebrate by a wildthing Bestival lookbook to help you pick your colourful sparkles. If you haven’t got your ticket secured for this years ‘the most colourful show on earth’ Bestival extravaganza then click here 

Here is our favorite three looks for this years Bestival … You’re Welcome

 

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NASS Festival 2018 – Get Ready with Becky

After attending Nass festival in 2017 we can’t wait to be heading back to Somerset in a few weeks time and seeing whats in store this time round.

Nass is a perfect mix of extreme sports & Music. It is held at Bath and West Showground, just minutes away from the iconic site Glastonbury Festival is held at.

BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE: https://www.nassfestival.com/tickets

This year, home grown talent Becky Saif has put together her favourite wild thing pieces to wear to NASS.

 

Check out the full line up for NASS here

NASS Festival
NASS Festival