Festival season has kicked off with a bang this year. Starting with Coachella in California last month, the fashion creme de la creme flocked in their coolest attire to attend celebrity events and watch headliners like Pharrell Williams take the stage. Yet this month things really take off. With venues across the USA and Europe, no one can say they aren’t spoilt for choice. Whether rock’n’roll is your thing or you prefer dance, we rundown the hottest events on the festival calender and pinpoint which shades you should be wearing…
11th April – 13th April | California, USA
Who’s Playing: Outkast, The Knife, Pharrell Williams, Lorde, Queens of the Stone Age, Lana Del Rey and Beck
What To Expect: Fashion lovers rocking floral crowns and vintage chic; not to mention countless West Coast based celebs. Last years’ attendees included Katy Perry, Alexa Chung and Robert Pattinson
Why you should go: If Celeb spotting and quirky indie bands are your thing, Coachella is your dream destination
What to wear: Think laid back Californian style with a ‘60s and ‘70s vibe and quirky retro accents.
Which sunglasses: A cateye frame is a must.
28th – 31st May | Barcelona, Spain
Who’s Playing: Arcade Fire, Neutral Milk Hotel, Pixies, The National, Nine Inch Nails, Kendrick Lamar
What To Expect: Trendy European types and Brits seeking out their summer soundtrack with a side of sunshine
Why you should go: You like the sound of exploring one of Europe’s finest and most exciting cities with an eclectic mix of music as your backing track.
What to wear: Relaxed warm-weather friendly style.
Which Sunglasses: Some reflective mirrored lenses to catch the rays.
12th – 15th June | Tennessee, USA
Who’s Playing: Kanye West, Elton John, Vampire Weekend, Frank Ocean, Nick Cave, Wiz Khalifa and Jack White
What To Expect: Hardcore fans lining up to see some of the most legendary names in music with some hot newcomers thrown in for good measure
Why you should go: Many can only dream of seeing their musical heroes in one place with a few newer acts to broaden their musical horizons.
What to wear: Cut off Levi’s and swimwear for the ladies, shorts for guys. It’s going to be a hot one out there!
Which Sunglasses: Try some on-trend round frames for a ‘90s throwback look.
12- 14th June | Barcelona, Spain
Who’s Playing: Massive Attack, Lykke Li, Bonobo, 2manyDJ’s, Boys Noize, Yelle, Simian Mobile Disco
What To Expect: Another one on the list for Barcelona tourists, Sonar is top choice for those who prefer live DJ sets and electronica with their city break.
Why you should go: The laid back vibe and headliners serve as a refreshing alternative to the busier events of Primavera or Benicassim.
What you should wear: Experimental music draws experimental crowds. Don’t be afraid to try a more artsy fashion approach that still allows optimum room for dance moves.
Which Sunglasses: Super practical Oakley Frogskins come in a variety of colours from ranging from vibrant neon hues to demure classic shades.
27th – 29th June | Somerset, UK
Who’s Playing: Kasabian, The Black Keys, Pixies, M.I.A, Chvrches, Blondie, Warpaint, Massive Attack
What To Expect: Glasto is definitely one to attend if you’re up for spotting the crème de la crème in British fashion and music. Kate Moss regularly VIP’s as does Florence Welch, Cara Delevingne and Cressida Bonas . Despite the country setting, this is certainly the most glamorous festival date on the calendar.
Why you should go: You don’t mind a bit of rain but want to see some of the biggest names in alternative music. You can even go ‘glamping’ if you don’t fancy contending with a sleeping bag in order to blend in with the stars.
What to wear: Hunter wellies, Ray Ban Wayfarers and army jackets seem to be the staples of Glastonbury judging by past years as the weather presents some changeability! However, luckily for you guys, tousled tresses and muddy knees can be pretty chic as demonstrated by Glasto’s A-List fans.
Which sunglasses: Wayfarers of course.
10th – 13th July | Novi Sad, Serbia
Who’s Playing: Damon Albarn, Disclosure, Rudimental, Afro Jack Vs. Quintino, Carl Cox Vs. Danny Tenaglia
What To Expect: Lovers of electronica, dance and drum and bass from all over Europe. Set next to an 18th century fortress, Exit is one of the more unusual yet beautiful looking festivals around with a political background that really resonates.
Why you should go: You want to attend one of the award winning Best Festivals in Europe
What to wear: Bright colours and clashing prints. This is essentially the biggest outdoor disco/rave you’ll ever attend
Which sunglasses: Go for something modern and daring with an urban edge
17th – 20th July | Between Barcelona & Valencia, Spain
Who’s Playing: Kasabian, Katy B, Lily Allen, Ellie Goulding, Example, Tame Impala, Tinie Tempah
What To Expect: UK Holiday makers who want to spend their time on the beach in between sets
Why you should go: Chart-toppers and club-favourites coupled with sun, sand and sea sounds like your idea of Heaven.
What should you wear: Your swimsuit is likely to be your go-to outfit in the Catalonian heat; just make sure you take a loose shirt or, for girls, a cotton playsuit will come in handy if the chilly sea breeze starts to pick up.
Which sunglasses: Make your shades the statement piece with a set of Miu Miu’s.
T in The Park
11th – 13th July | Kinross-shire, Scotland
Who’s Playing: Arctic Monkeys, Biffy Clyro, Ed Sheeran, Calvin Harris, Paolo Nutini, Bastille
What To Expect: Last years’ attendees included Pixie Geldof and Kate Bosworth who queued up to see Rihanna get rude on stage. With many big headliners yet to be announced we could be seeing a few more pop icons gracing bonny Scotland with their presence. Rumour has it Pharrell Williams has been approached so stay tuned…
Why you should go: You want a chilled out vibe with great bands and don’t really care about a bit of Scottish downpour
What you should wear: Converse, skinny jeans and a leather jacket should do the trick; regardless of gender.
Which Sunglasses: A pair of Aviators will pull your look together
Isle Of Wight Festival
12th – 14th July | Isle of Wight
Who’s Playing: B Sunglasses Chilli Peppers, The 1975, Biffy Clyro, Kings of Leon, Suede, Travis
What To Expect: Hippies and Brit-pop enthusiasts
Why you should go: Because who doesn’t enjoy psychedelic rock, eccentric attractions, wig-wams and hammocks?
What to wear: Anything tie-dye or Technicolor. This festival is one of the most colourful on the map.
Which Sunglasses: Simple but quirky shades are a great staple piece to prevent you from looking too ‘out there’.
1st – 3rd August | Chicago, USA
Who’s Playing: Eminem, Outkast, Arctic Monkeys, Calvin Harris, Iggy Azalea, London Grammar, Bombay Bicycle Club
What To Expect: Kelly Osbourne and Dita Von Teese have been known to make appearances as Lollapalooza, much like Coachella, is famously one of the biggest music festivals in the US to have its finger on the pulse.
Why you should go: Established acts and the music zeitgeist playing together; not to mention the legendary Lollapalooza heritage. Some of the greatest bands of all time have breathed the very same air…
What You Should Wear: The finest fashions are taking over Lollapalooza which was once a sea of plaid shirts and band-tees.
Which Sunglasses: Feel free to experiment and update your look with some unique hand-crafted Wayfarers for a polished finish.
11-18 August | Budapest, Hungary
Who’s Playing: The Prodigy, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Skrillex, Deadmau5, Calvin Harris, La Roux and The Kooks.
What to Expect: This is Europe’s most prominent rock festival and has grown tremendously over the past few years garnering a reputation as the Euro-Woodstock. Not one to miss for fans of traditional rock music and alternative acts from across the globe.
Why you should go: Anyone who wants to explore the promisingly named Island of Freedom is sure to enjoy this increasingly popular festival once described by the Independent as an musical ‘amusement park’.
What to Wear: Rock festivals are usually sweaty, energetic affairs so your favourite band tee and some sturdy trainers are probably your best option for crowd-surfing.
Which Sunglasses: A pair of folding clubmasters can be handily tucked away during more active crowd surges!
Reading and Leeds Festival
22nd – 24th August | Reading & Leeds, UK
Who’s Playing: Arctic Monkeys,, Queens Of The Stone Age, Blink 182, Jake Bugg, Vampire Weekend + more unannounced
Who’s Going: Reading and Leeds are popular with students but for Southerners, Reading is a great place to rub shoulders with the likes of Caroline Flack and Nick Grimshaw.
Why you should go: Most of the line-up is announced throughout the summer so the big names you see before you are only the tip of the iceberg and never a disappointment.
What you should wear: On a good day, girls can don a floral tea dress and sandals whilst for guys a simple flannel shirt will do. However, in the likely event of a mid-August mud-fest; a sturdy pair of biker boots or wellies and a waterproof will serve both teams well!
Which Sunglasses: Keep it elegant and classy to compensate for the potential of mud and rain.
4th – 7th September | Isle Of Wight, UK
Who’s Playing: Beck, Foals, Busta Rhymes, Paloma Faith, Chic Featuring Nile Rogers, Basement Jaxx
What to Expect: Londoners flocking to the beautiful Isle of Wight just off the British coast. Ultra-cool residents on the coast are lucky enough to have this festival resting on their doorstep whilst celebrities such as Bat For Lashes’ Natasha Khan and Rosie Huntington-Whitely have been spotted among the crowds.
Why you should go: You want to bask in the British sunshine among the coolest crowd around
What you should wear: Bestival is best known for its’ quirky eccentric style so anything goes at this party!
Which Sunglasses: Floral prints, patterns and unique detail will go a long way so be adventurous with a countryside feel.
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