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Music festival season is upon us! The only rule to Festival Fashion is that anything goes. However, there are some items that hold their weight within the fight for festival classics, and may we present to you the finest in the festival fashion stakes...




What started out as practical festival wear has quickly become iconic.  With celebrity festival goers and performers wearing classic Barbour jackets such as Alexa Chung, Lily Allen and Arctic Monkeys front man, Alex Turner, the Barbour jacket is now a festival must have.

Alexa Chung wearing the Barbour Classic Beadnell


Arctic Monkeys front Man, Alex Turner, wearing the Barbour Bedale 

 Barbour Women's Classic Beadnell Barbour Women's Hope Beadnell  Barbour Men's Classic Bedale  Barbour Men's Bedale


The trusty wellington boot that many a country dweller knows and loves has, in recent years, received a makeover.  Splashes of colour and bold patterns now adourn many well known brands of festival wellies including Hunter, Joules, Barbour and many more...

Millie Mackintosh wearing Hunter Boots

Hunter Original Gloss Lipstick  Hunter Original Denim  Joules Wellyprint Red Stripe  Joules Kelly Welly Navy

Don't forget to pack your welly socks too to avoid rubbage!


If you happen to be miles from the Festival VIP section when the rain hits, you'll need one of these...


 Jack Murphy Tanya Jacket  Joules Printed Poncho  Barbour Weatherproof Durham  Tulchan Pac A Parka



For those that prefer glamping to camping there's only one way to stay at a festival this year.  Suitehuts are the ultimate in luxury accommodation.  These custom built log cabins with en-suite bathrooms come kitted out with all the hotel usuals such as fresh towels and toiletries with the odd festival survival items such as ponchos and first aid kits! You can book yours at


The devil's in the detail and it's no different when it comes to festival accessories.  Make sure you choose statement pieces that will set off your chosen festival attire...

Joules Men's Halstow Trilby  Joules Women's Mandy Hat Barbour Wax Leather Mail Bag Joules Women's Austwick Hat




First time festival goer? You may want to pack yourself a festival survival kit....



• Travel Torch - it's suprising how dark festival camp sites can get. Often there are no lights at all and trying to find your pitch amongst five thousand others can be tricky in the daytime, let alone at night (P.S. stick a flag on your tent, or at least something that will help you spot yours as 'ours is the blue one isn't it?' might find you sleeping under the stars).

 • Ear Plugs - once you finally find your pitch and put your head down for the night you'll be grateful you have these. 

• Wet Wipes - these beauties will be your 'shower in a pocket'. 

• Lip Balm - being exposed outside for a few days can leave sensitive skin dry and chapped. 

• Eye Mask - same reason as your ear plugs - you'll need to get some shut eye if you plan on a few days of sensory overload. 

• Plasters - although a bit 'Mumsy' you'll be the hero of the day when somebody can no longer bounce to the music because they forgot their welly socks. 

• Dry Shampoo - this is your shampoo, conditioner, hair spray and hair stylist all wrapped in one. And yes, no matter how civilised you try to be in the crowds somebody always thinks it's a good idea to share their beer around which usually ends up in your hair.

 • Travel Deodorant - there's a lot of arm waving that goes on - double check you've packed this one. 

• Travel Hand Sanitiser - this will be your hygiene saviour. 

• Chewing Gum - sometimes no matter how much you scrub your teeth your mouth just doesn't feel revived when camping. 

• Imodium - toilets will be a rarity so don't get caught out, especially with all that tempting fast food around.

 • Travel Toothbrush and Toothpaste - pack a couple of these - you can throw them away once used. 

• Toilet Seat Covers - festival toilets are not always the cleanest.  Stash a few of these in your pockets in case the queue you've just stood in for 45 minutes leads to a toilet needing a patch job. 

• Headache Tablets / Pain Killers - Just in case.


Your UK festival guide 2014 - round up to the best of the festivals this Summer...


An intimate, bespoke banquet of music, arts and culture in the most incredible festival site situated in Portmeirion, Wales, home of the cult TV series The Prisoner.

When: September 5-7

Where: Portmeiron, North Wales

Headliners: London Grammar, Beck

Other Acts: Julio Bashmore, Los Campesinos!, Martha & the Vandellas, Steve Mason

Tickets: Weekend: £160-£175



An eclectic three day camping festival set in the spirital home of Nick Drake.

When: June 6-8

Where: Umberslade Estate, Warwickshire

Headliners: British Sea Power, Donovan, The Polyphonic Spree

Other Acts: Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Temples, Tim Burgess, Toy

Tickets: Weekend: £89; Day: £37-£40



Originally a counterculture event held from 1968 to 1970. Today the festival is full of varied artists from popular acts to querky new comers.

When: June 12-15

Where: Isle of Wight

Headliners: Biffy Clyro, Calvin Harris, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kings of Leon

Other Acts: Alison Moyet, Boy George, John Newman, Katy B, Rudimental, Suede, Swim Deep, The Horrors, Tom Odell, Travis

Tickets: Weekend: £190; Day: £75


When: June 25-29

Where: Worthy Farm, Pilton

Headliners (more acts to be confirmed): Arcade Fire, Kasabian

Other Acts: The Black Keys, Blondie, Disclosure, Dolly Parton, Elbow, Jack White, James Blake, Lana Del Rey, Lily Allen

Tickets: Weekend: £210




In It's 5th year the Hop Farm Music Festival continues to boast a "line up and atmosphere unlike any other festival in the UK." With it's no nonsense approach of 'No Sponsorship' and 'No Branding' it's a firm favourite for those who prefer a less commercial atmosphere.

When: July 4-6

Where: Hop Farm, Paddock Wood, Kent

Headliners: Ray Davies, Brian Wilson

Other Acts: Billy Ocean, Caro Emerald, Deacon Blue, Echo and the Bunnymen, James Blunt, Squeeze

Tickets: Weekend: £135; Day: £68-£78



"The only festival to be seen at this summer. "

When: July 4-6

Where: Finsbury Park, London and Perry Park, Birmingham

Headliners: Kanye West, Drake, Bruno Mars

Other Acts: Azealia Banks, Basement Jaxx, Ellie Goulding, J Cole, John Newman, Iggy Azalea, Outkast, Pharrell Williams, Rudimental, Wiz Khalifa

Tickets: Weekend (London): £210; Weekend (Birmingham): £172



Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park brings you 10 days of music & entertainment, with legendary headliners & support from today's rising stars..

When: July 4-13

Where: Hyde Park, London

Headliners: Black Sabbath (July 4), McBusted (July 6), Neil Young (July 12), Tom Jones (July 13)

Other Acts: Backstreet Boys (July 6), Boyzone (July 13), Little Mix (July 13), Motorhead (July 4), The National (July 12), Soundgarden (July 4), Tom Odell (July 12), The Vamps (July 6)

Tickets: £69 (July 4), £49.50 (July 6), £60 (July 12), £35 (July 13)



Winner of the Grass Roots Festival Award:- Often the best small festivals spring from an organic labour of love and long-time dream which has been shared by thousands more.

When: July 10-12

Where: Upcote Farm, Gloucestershire

Headliners: Band of Skulls, Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip, Public Service Broadcasting

Other Acts: Cerebral Ballzy, Johnny Foreigner, Kids in Glass Houses, Tall Ships, Wolf Alice

Tickets: Weekend: £75



What began in 1994 as a founding partnership between Tennent’s Lager and T in the Park, has become a hugely successful, long-standing relationship for over 20 years.

When: July 11-13

Where: Balado, Kinross-shire, Scotland

Headliners: Biffy Clyro, Calvin Harris, Arctic Monkeys

Other Acts: Bastille, Disclosure, Ed Sheeran, Elbow, Franz Ferdinand, James, Kaiser Chiefs, Paolo Nutini, Pixies, Pharrell Williams

Tickets: Weekend: £194; Day: £82.50



There's something for everyone at Latitude; from Music, movies, comedy to literature. A warm and welcoming vibe.

When: July 17-20

Where: Henham Park, Suffolk

Headliners: Two Door Cinema Club, Damon Albarn, The Black Keys

Other Acts: Billy Bragg, Bombay Bicycle Club, Editors, Haim, Kelis, Mogwai, Royksopp and Robyn, Tame Impala

Tickets: Weekend: £195.50; Day: £84.50



Art, theatre, Forums and Parades - this festival goes beyond the music...

When: July 24-27

Where: Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon

Headliners: Little Dragon, Fat Freddy's Drop, Clean Bandit, Foxes, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, Deap Vally, Morcheeba, The Correspondents

Selected other performers: The Amazing Snakeheads, Denai Moore, Jagwar Ma, Sub Focus DJ Set + ID, Wolf Alice

Tickets: Weekend: £180.50



A festival built from a curious amalgamation of performance, art, electronic supersounds and good old-fashioned guitar-strumming and drum-bashing.

When: August 1-3

Where: Rowden Paddocks, Herefordshire

Headliners: Fun Lovin' Criminals, Roots Manuva, The Heavy

Other Acts: Andy C & G.Q., Charli XCX, Craig Charles (DJ set), The Mourning Suns, The Remedy

Tickets: Weekend: £105-£115



award winning festival of music, food, learning, literature and rejuvenation. Set amongst the lakes, forests and parkland of Oxfordshire’s exquisite Cornbury Estate, Wilderness is an inspirational weekend for all the ages.

When: August 7-10

Where: Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire

Headliners: London Grammar, Burt Bacharach, Metronomy

Other Acts: Connan Mockasin, Jessie Ware, Joan As Police Woman, Sam Smith

Tickets: Weekend: £151.50



Green Man is a music festival set in the heart of the beautiful Brecon Beacons in Wales. The river Usk flows around the perimeter and the Black Mountains stand impressively as the backdrop to the 'Mountain Stage'.

When: August 14-17

Where: Glanusk, Wales

Headliners: Beirut, Natural Milk Hotel

Other Acts: Bill Callahan, Caribou, First Aid Kit, Lanterns on the Lake, Simian Mobile Disco, Toy, The War on Drugs, The Waterboys

Tickets: Weekend: £159



A wide range of music from pop to rock and everything in bestween.

When: August 16-17

Where: Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, South Staffordshire

Headliners: Justin Timberlake, The Killers

Other Acts: Ed Sheeran, Elbow, Example, Kaiser Chiefs, Manic Street Preachers, Paolo Nutini, Lily Allen

Tickets: Weekend: £189; Day: £89



Pioneering, intimate and truly innovative, Shambala Festival has blended creativity and participation perfectly for well over a decade. Shambala is a truly special place where you play, revitalise, and return to the world full of joy.

When: August 21-24

Where: Secret Country Estate, Northamptonshire

Headliners: Andy C, Gentleman's Dub Club, Mulatu Astatke

Selected other performers: The Apples, By the Rivers, Lisa Knapp, My Panda Shall Fly, The Urban Folk Quartet

Tickets: £140.99



The infamous Reading & Leeds Festival is heralded as the best music show on the planet. With the most revered artists from across the globe playing each year across the August Bank Holiday weekend, it is a genuine rite of passage for discerning music lovers everywhere.

When: August 22-24

Where: Richfield Avenue, Reading and Bramham Park, Leeds

Headliners: Queens of the Stone Age, Paramore, Arctic Monkeys, Blink 182

Other Acts: Bombay Bicycle Club, The Courteeners, Disclosure, Imagine Dragons, Jake Bugg, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Vampire Weekend, You me At Six

Tickets: Weekend: £213; Day: £99.50



Bestival is an award winning 4 day boutique music festival which takes place on 4-7th September 2014 at Robin Hill Country Park, on the Isle Of Wight.

When: September 4-7

Where: Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight

Headliners: OutKast, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, Foals, Beck

Selected other performers: Basement Jaxx, Busta Rhymes, Disclosure, Laura Mvula, London Grammar, Major Lazer, Paloma Faith, Sam Smith, Wild Beasts

Tickets: Weekend: £180.50