Sunday, 29 July 2012

Secret Garden Party - What to Wear to a Festival

I heart Secret Garden Party!
Exactly? Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon, Near Cambridgeshire.
When? July 2012.
Why? Why not! Secret Garden Party is a chic boutique festival with the loads of fun acts, music, performances, 'stylish' festival goers and of course, boutique camping!
Companions? Lian. the girls & Mr Style Traveller popped in on Sunday to play drums at the crossroads stage.
Special Thanks to: My best friend Lian Hirst owner of Trace Publicity for organising THE most fun festival trip ever!!!!


Me in boho body-con and very muddy boots!!

What to wear to a festival
Hunter wellies? Check. Khaki parka/military jacket? Check. Denim cut off shorts? Check. Biker jacket worn with loose band t-shirt or vest? Check. Cute sexy dress? This season florals, tie-dye, western and neon seem to be the styles of choice. The prerequisite armful of friendship bracelets and festival wrist bands, to prove you've been to a few others already this year? Check. Oh and if you're really getting into the festival vibe try fancy dress or a kigu suit! (a one piece animal inspired costume, which were super popular at SGP).

Ever since Kate Moss turned up to the Isle of White Festival in denim cut off shorts, a sequin top and Hunter wellies the fashion world has followed suit and created its own festival uniform. The formula is quite simple (see above), but if there's one piece of advice I can offer you its, never go to a UK festival without a pair of wellies! The weather forecast was 25 degrees for our weekend in Huntingdon, but on our arrival the heavens opened. I could barely see my feet for the mud! Luckily it got a lot sunnier by day three!

Practically everyone at SGP looks like they're a member of a trendy band!
The girls and me! 


The Secret Emporium
Even at a festival the Style Traveller is always looking for shopping experiences. The Secret Emporium tent at SGP is a fantastic creative space for young designers to exhibit and sell their wares. The outlandish fashions of the designers perfectly sum up the eclectic style vibe of the festival.


Channeling the 90's vibe - these guys love a bum bag!
Is a sequinned onesy one step too far? never!
Fancy dress and cross dressing? Anything goes!
Face paint, jewellery and bunny ears complete the look

Opulent head dresses for sale
Laura in sequins, wellies, neon and denim shorts. Festival trend list? Check!

Is that a rainbow furry tail in your pocket? Or are you just pleased to see me :)
Mad hatters
Versace print bombers and sequinned trousers
oh it's me again... in a sea of mud!
I think he was in fancy dress...or rather I hope he was!
Headresses are an easy way to festival-ise your look


ah! the elusive Kigu suit
The girls and Flossie in her Prada shades
Sophie in her Hen weekend head-dress!
A Joss Stone fan?

Flossie on the fringe
Me sporting tie-dye and neons

Secret Garden Party Festival - Where to Party?

'The Pagoda' playing Ibiza style house had people queueing round the block to get in. It also has the best views at sunset.

Secret Garden - Where to Party?
This Year the Secret Garden Festival celebrated its tenth birthday and was bigger and louder than ever before! There was such a huge variety of sound stages, bars, random activities and places to hang out, that it took a couple of days just to get your bearings. From listening to famous bands and musicians on the main stage, chilling out on Ibiza style day beds at the Belvedere Bar, joining in political debates in the Revolution Bunker, poetry recitals, swimming in the lake, art and crafts classes and karaoke, to three course dinners at the Soulfire restaurant followed by antics at the S&M club! yes, it is what it says on the tin. Here are some of my favourite events and stages.

Mirror ball art installations in the lake

Tiny pockets of beautiful installations are dotted about the landscape




The Dance-off Stage
One of my favourite stages to hang out was The Dance Off stage. With a 500 person capacity, but spilling out onto the surrounding hills, The Dance-off Stage played dance music from all genres including old school funk, hip hop, house to dub step. The costumes and characters here were the most creative and hilarious!



Dancing on bails of hay


The Crossroads Tent
Is a great venue for blues and jazz - Mr Style Traveller (above) playing drums with 9 piece New Orleans blues band, The Dirty Gentlemen


Dabble in a spot of life drawing....


Where The Wild Things Are
We danced under the trees (and the stars) at the Where the Wilds Things Are stage, a great area for folk, indie and solo artists.


The Sanctuary
And when it all gets a bit too much you can always retreat to The Sanctuary for massages, yoga, new age treatments and a little peace and quiet.



Artful Badger
Wild life trek through the woods during the day morphs into tree house bar and club during the night, The Artful Badger venue was as adaptable as it's name sake!


The annual fire ceremony on Saturday night, where the boat on the lake is burnt down, is a magnificent spectacle of fireworks and pyrotechnics.
Camels at the Closing parade on Sunday night
After three whole days (and nights) of partying I was quite ready to head home to my bed...



 Bye Bye Secret Garden Festival...Until next year!!!