14 Apr Which Festival Femme Are You? The 2019 Festival Guide
Festival season rolls around and we can almost feel the dusty air, sunsets, amazing food and tunes. The fabric of our brand is woven in with festivals, probably because we grow up pretty much living at these so-called celebrations of summer. There is so much creativity in the way people style themselves festival-side. There is always one eye on trends of course, but the mind’s eye is still on unleashing your own alter-ego. It feels like it is our time to shine and time to enjoy all our customers shining too!
We are heading to several festivals this year and we could not resist sharing our worldwide favorites with you.
The first major music event in the annual festival calendar, Coachella – California’s glossy, glam, palm-tree-peppered answer to Glastonbury – is without a doubt the mecca of all music festivals. The line-up is always huge, with artists such as Khalid, J Balvin and Wiz Khalifa appearing this year and Ariana Grande headlining. Expect clear skies, designer-hippie ensembles and dreamy sunsets.
12-14 & 19-21 April
The food vendors at GovBall are just as good, if not better than the music line-up this year. Pizza from Roberta’s, cookie dough from Dō, lobster rolls from Luke’s Lobster and giant ice-cream sandwiches from Coolhaus are all on offer here. Kick off summer at this three-day festival on Randall’s Island with headliners Florence + The Machine, Major Lazer, The 1975 and The Strokes.
31 May – 2 June
Nightlife in the Dutch capital floods out onto the streets and in amongst the network of pretty canals and waterways. Held in the city with 24-hour parties, AOA is a collaboration between the leading promotors and night clubs in the Dutch music scene. A mix of emerging acts and influential legends from tech house to hip hop, music fans will certainly not be disappointed.
1 & 2 June
Meadows in the Mountains and its utopian mountain setting on the Bulgarian border of Greece promise sublime vistas and a vibe that has been described as ‘wild and romantic’. The festival’s focus is dance music, but the wellbeing area (think yoga classes out in the open) right at the centre of the festival is equally abundant in its offerings. Waking up bedded within the forest, it will be a festival experience you will never forget.
A hidden gem under the Albanian Riviera, this brand-new festival is being held at an exquisite beach location south of Dhermi. It is here that sapphire waters meet ivory-hued sands and lush mountain forests loom in the distance. The music promises to be equally enchanting, with a mish-mash of disco-touting guests. Make time for the local food too; it is a heavenly melting pot of Italian, Turkish and Greek cuisine.
What started as a few friends playing prog rock on a farm has become the world’s biggest festival. With Glastonbury taking time off last summer, the city-sized festival returns this year with an outstanding line-up as usual. Embrace the beacon of British culture with headliners The Killers, The Cure, Stormzy, Kylie Minogue and Janet Jackson and loose yourself in Glasto’s open-minded flow. Drink pear cider and mushroom shakes and spend three days wearing a ballgown over your wellies.
A mystery force of music, glitter and feel-good vibes in abundance, Love International stands head and shoulders above similar Croatian compatriots. Set amid a dazzling private bay that is hugged by the crystal-clear Adriatic, laid-back beachside days are mandatory and dancing passionately into the night is a must. On the final day, resellers are ferried to a secret island for swimming, barbecuing and more dancing long after the sun has set.
Tomorrowland is not for the faint-heart. Over the course of two weekends, every EDM, dubstep, electronic, dance artist you know performs at this more than 400.000-people festival. The theme changes each year and you can definitely expect laser shows, fantastical creatures, confetti streams and all things magical. Last year’s line-up included David Guetta, Galantis, Martin Garrix and Dua Lipa.
19-21 & 26-28 July
With previous line-ups featuring Kendrick Lamar, Lorde and Khalid, Splendour in the Grass is up there with festivals like Governors Ball in New York. The festival is held near beautiful Byron Bay and has been growing in popularity since its first show in 2001 when it was just a one-day event. This is Australia’s biggest winter festival so get your squad organized, pitch a tent and camp out amongst the stages and stars.
This huge music festival spans seven days and the full 266 acres of the River Danube’s Obuda island. Spend your days on the beach and party by night to the bewildering 1.000-plus acts – performing over the course of the week. This year’s headliners include Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Florence + The Machine, The 1975 and Martin Garrix.
After its first edition last summer, Houghton was praised as a showstopper, with many citing it as the UK’s best new festival. A 24-hour schedule of extremely good electronic music proved this was not an overstatement, as did its location within a thousand acres of Norfolk countryside. The almost flawless music programming saw ambient mornings move seamlessly into wild, crazy nights. Throw in some thought-provoking art and morning yoga and the result is pure bliss.
Held in the arty surroundings of a disused power plant draped in fairy lights in Helsinki, Flow Festival stands out at the cutting edge of music festivals worldwide, combining the best of music, food and design in three days of exceptional discoveries. Stay in stylish city digs, pop out for a sauna and choose from an array of food by avant-garde chefs on site. Mixing pop culture and experimental arts, the festival is a work of art itself (expect plenty of quirky, Instagrammable areas), presenting the best Helsinki – and the festival scene – has to offer.
A cult favorite, Burning Man – in a middle-of-nowhere spot in the Nevada desert – draws together an eccentric community of 50.000, who build a temporary metropolis, Black Rock City – before sending it all up in flames (but not before the party of a lifetime). The event takes its name from the burning of ‘The Man’ – an effigy that comes to embody the ethos of the event: community, artwork, absurdity, revelry, inclusion, self-expression and civil responsibility. And a LOT of hallucinogenics.
25 August – 2 September
Taking place in the kitsch little tourist village of Portmeirion in North Wales, at Festival No. 6 a Mediterranean-inspired, pastel-colored fantasyland becomes your playground. Add Friendly Fires, Jessie Ware, and the Welsh Male Voice Choir to your must-see list, warm up in a wood-fired hot tub, laugh your way through stand-up comedy and roam among woodland until you stumble across the dog’s graveyard and historic dancing tree. Captivating whimsy backed up by substance.
Bringing an all-new festival experience to Morocco, Oasis at the Fellah Hotel will be a three-day event in a luxury location just outside the dusty bustle of Marrakech. With the majestic Atlas Mountains as its backdrop and traditional Moroccan values at its core, this festival resonates beauty on every level. For a complete experience, guests can also enjoy local street food as well as yoga and wellness activities on site. Top it all off with an African sunset and you will head home floating on air.
To which festivals are you heading this year?
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