FESTIVAL FASHIONS…I SURVIVED BENI FEST 09

A few years ago the only music festival I had heard of was Glastonbury, but apart from those springing up all over the country festival goers have also been going abroad to various festivals overseas. This year I broke my festival virginity and decided to try the Benicassim (FIB) festival in Spain.  After 36 hours of travelling – 1 train, 2 coaches, 1 flight, and another 3 coach journeys later we landed in the small Spanish village between Barcelona and Valencia.

With fully booked trains in Barcelona after two days of travelling we were beginning to wonder whether we would actually arrive at the festival at all. I also had my purse stolen on the Barcelona metro, and the further hours spent waiting around in 30 degree heat at foreign coach stations just made us all frustrated.

Add a forest fire and a storm with 80 mph winds into the mix on the second day of the festival and you can see why my first few days had been rather like a rollarcoaster (a storm broke out during Paul Weller’s performance, and the rest of the nights entertainment was cancelled due to dangerous conditions. Kings of Leon were headlining that night and were unable to re schedule the next day, their equipment was already on it’s way to Switzerland for their tour. Lily Allen another one of the favourites also pulled out the day after due to illness.)

With this being my first festival I had no idea what to take with me, so here is a quick list of what is hot in the festivals at the moment;

Rave glasses – in pink, white, black, red and yellow – all Primark £1.

Wellies (although not necessarily needed for festivals abroad) – ASOS have a good choice. Add in a rainmak/ poncho – you won’t be able to dance with an umbrella (again this can be found at ASOS under festival essentials).

Smock crew neck T.shirt – Topshop £10 in white, black, grey and dusty pink. Goes great with some wooden beads and bangles.  Pair with denim shorts/ skirt, harem pants or ripped skinny jeans for rock groupie look.

Macrame Waistcoat – Kate Moss at Topshop £60; Although not the most sensible piece of clothing to take to a festival, but would look great over smock t.shirt (above) or vest top. Really adds to the festival vibe – let me know if you find a cheaper alternative;

http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=0&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=19551&storeId=12556&categoryId=74923&parent_category_rn=74921&productId=1153979&langId=-1

Tunic Dresses from Topshop –  £14+ (depending on which style you go for – plain fair trade tunic is only £14 and a bargain if you can get a further student discount off main price – also comes in variety colours and patterns for most occasions) – add a baggy boyfriend cardigan and over the knee socks if it’s cold.  

Trilby – everyone was wearing them at Beni, and I guarantee they will be appearing at every other single festival this year. Miss. Selfridge £15 (blue ribbon), Accessorize £15 (printed ribbon), Marks and Spencer £9.50 (with fuchsia pink ribbon), Dorothy Perkins £12 (leopard print ribbon round hat);

http://www.missselfridge.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=0&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=20555&storeId=12554&categoryId=137957&parent_category_rn=63776&productId=1242658&langId=-1

Invest in a Cami (Topshop have the best choice – various prices) – can be worn over a bikini with shorts or layered over a vest top with jeans. Cami fever had taken over at Beni, and is likely to continue with the trilby trend.

Plymsoles – if it is too hot for wellies you are still going to need a stronger pair of enclosed shoes, flip-flops and sandals WILL get painful after all that jumping. Run into Primark if you are after a cheap pair. Dorothy Perkins and Topshop also have a good selection for a little bit extra.

Beach dresses over bikinis (ideally for festivals abroad). Topshop and Miss. Selfridge have a good selection, and are easy to dress up or down.   

Despite the stressful start the rest of the festival proved well worth all the time, trouble and money. Oasis headlined on the first night to an eager crowd, Franz Ferdinand also proved a success on the third night with hot performances from the Mystery Jets, DJ duo 2 Many DJ’s , Maximo Park and The Friendly Fires. The Killers closed with a killer set on the Sunday.  In between gig entertainment also proved popular with music tents playing dance and drum n bass renditions mixed with old classics leaving us raving to the early hours of every morning.

I am planning on returning next year, aswell as trying out Glastonbury, I think I might have caught the festival bug.

For more information on upcoming festivals please visit…http://www.efestivals.co.uk/

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