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this "festivals as fashion show" thing gives me the Rage

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dirtyface Sun 14-Jul-13 13:52:43

i am a music lover and as a teenager / early 20 something i used to go to festivals every summer

think the PROPER festivals, donington, ozzfest, reading festival etc. a fashion show they were Not. it was actually about the bands and music and just having a proper good time and not really giving a shit what you were wearing as long as you were reasonably comfortable. apart from maybe if you wore a t-shirt of your favourite band. not designer brands, a face full of make up, and artfully dishevelled "festival hair" hmm

but "nowadays" its just soooooo cool to be "seen" at festivals. it doesn't seem to be about the music anymore. it seems to be more about posing. this whole "festival as fashion show" bandwagon thing only came about in the last 5 or 10 years. and now ever summer, every vacuous shitty womens mag is saturated with "festival fashion" articles and what celeb twats like kate moss are wearing at glastonbury. as if the paps will be snapping you every 5 minutes in your generic hunter wellies and ray bans.

bugs the shit out of me (but as i said i am an old gimmer of 33 who doesn't go to them anymore anyway so what do i know grin )

MarmaladeTwatkins Tue 16-Jul-13 11:39:26

Yeah it looks American but dressing like a wankah traverses the Atlantic...

TravelinColour Tue 16-Jul-13 11:26:11

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HairyGrotter Tue 16-Jul-13 10:39:07

Hahaha that picture makes me chortle! Ready to mosh with my mesh bodysuit and cut off shorts!

MarmaladeTwatkins Tue 16-Jul-13 10:35:21

And here is the line-up for Reading '96, to pluck one out of the air

I can't see anything approaching the 1990s equivalent of Rizzle Kicks or Jessie J on there. Yes there are big acts on there but they're all veering towards the alternative side of things.

MarmaladeTwatkins Tue 16-Jul-13 10:32:03

I work in fashion retail. I get to serve the overgrown Bratz dolls that come in to buy their "festival wardrobe" <shudder>

Hunter willies cost £70 there or there abouts. They've all got 'em.

Come on. Look at this picture and tell me they're not irritating as fuck wink

Ladymuck Tue 16-Jul-13 10:30:23

£300 won't even get you a night in a yurt...

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Tue 16-Jul-13 10:26:53

Who says anyone's spending upwards of £300? The glossy magazines...?!

I'm sure some people probably are spending a wodge on their festival weekend away, just as some people probably did in our day, too.

Pus ça change...

dirtyface Tue 16-Jul-13 10:22:26

looking like a flower fairy that's been attacked by Topshop


Ladymuck Tue 16-Jul-13 10:11:20

No hope for me. 42 and looking at my Neon Orange Hunters and wondering whether there is any chance of the weather being cool enough to wear them this weekend (Latitude, pretty much the Boden of festivals).

ARealDame Tue 16-Jul-13 10:03:56

There's an antsy article on Glastonbury by Suzanne Moore writing in the Guardian, a couple of weeks ago. Look it up online, its quite funny (sorry can't do links).

MarmaladeTwatkins Tue 16-Jul-13 10:00:02

Erm, I'm still fashionable, thanks! I just wouldn't spend upwards of £300 to ponce about a field looking like a flower fairy that's been attacked by Topshop.

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Tue 16-Jul-13 09:58:00

In my day, it was all combats, vests, flip flops during the day, and trainers at night. Functional, but undoubtedly fashionable (hard as that may be to believe now). Plenty of people wore make-up.

Same as the fashions now, as far as I can see. Cut-off shorts and hunters. Functional but fashionable. Just not our fashionable, because we're not 20 anymore.

MarmaladeTwatkins Tue 16-Jul-13 09:07:19

"Wasn't 'looking homeless' just 90's grunge though? Inside-out jumper with cuffs hanging out and Rimmel black cherries lipstick? No?"

Maybe. I don't see your point, though!

We just used to pack as if we were going for a weekend's camping (which we were) Would you ponce around a campsite in your naice clothes and a full face of make-up or would you dress sensibly, for the elements?

StuntGirl Mon 15-Jul-13 23:02:25

Yep travelin

And I bet they don't wear their chiffon dresses and sky high wedges to the festivals either, there will be 'going out clothes' they leave at home too.

Rose tinted glasses, I'm telling ya.

TravelinColour Mon 15-Jul-13 22:55:26

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MarmaladeTwatkins Mon 15-Jul-13 21:24:40

It wasn't fashion! It was just clothes! Practical clothes! I wore other fashionable things outside of a festival situation (remembers PVC jeans and cringes) but I just wouldn't have worn them at a festival.

I have the pictures of my first time at Reading in 1995 and we all look homeless. grin

CheapBread Mon 15-Jul-13 21:20:46

Agree with OP. When, this year even the Tesco magazine had a page on 'festival fashion' and the One Show was broadcast from Glastonbury I declared the party officially over.
It's all about selling you shit.

And no celeb spends a morning desperately refreshing a browser for tickets and they do not stay in tents.

StuntGirl Mon 15-Jul-13 21:08:10

But no! There weren't any "festival fashions" then! You just dressed for the weather. Hot = few vests/shorts. Raining = jeans/vests/jumpers/waterproof and boots. No make-up, no "done" hair. You had a wash with a wet wipe and maybe rubbed a bit of talc into your roots on day 4 if things were oily.

And that was the fashion of the time. Now it is different (or some). Lots of people still rock up in whatever and no make up/hair products. And of course people wore make up at festivals back then! You're looking through some very rose tinted glasses there marmalade grin

Goldenbear Mon 15-Jul-13 20:57:27

I agree with you OP. I am 35 and the last festival I went to was Glastonbury in 2000. It was the last year that you could easily 'climb the fence' and I think that had an impact on the 'look' of the festival goers. Certainly, my friends and I did not wear any make up, have a shower or have a clothes rack in our tent.

MarmaladeTwatkins Mon 15-Jul-13 20:00:26

"In 10 years time fashion will change and your daughters will be on here going "In my day it was some practical denim cut offs jazzed up with pretty floral headbands. These kids today in their [whatever fashion of 2023]"."

But no! There weren't any "festival fashions" then! You just dressed for the weather. Hot = few vests/shorts. Raining = jeans/vests/jumpers/waterproof and boots. No make-up, no "done" hair. You had a wash with a wet wipe and maybe rubbed a bit of talc into your roots on day 4 if things were oily.

I went to V a few years back to watch Pixies and I shit you not, there was a GHD Hair Pod there and a nail bar.

Charlie Brooker is right, it is the plastification of everything until everything resembles everything else.

And I don't take your point about Bowie being comparable to Chase and bloody Status. grin

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Mon 15-Jul-13 19:46:44

Exactly, StuntGirl.

StuntGirl Mon 15-Jul-13 19:36:56

It's not like like One Direction or Taylor Swift are playing though is it. It's not exactly teenie bopper stuff. It's rap/hip hop music that is outselling pretty much everything else in the charts. When I was a young teenager The Levellers, The Black Crows, The Prodigy, Oasis, Pulp, Radiohead were all topping the charts and have all headlined Glasto. Back in the early days so did Bowie - all massive artists of their time. Music has just moved on and the festivals are reflecting this. You may not like JayZ but he's not exactly teenybopper stuff - he's been about for years along with Snoop, Nars etc who've all played Glasto now. Also I'm not saying a 60 year old woman can't go and rave at a festival but the 'super festivals' have always had more young people at them (late teens - 30 somethings) and they did in the late 90's and 2000's when I was at them too!


In 10 years time fashion will change and your daughters will be on here going "In my day it was some practical denim cut offs jazzed up with pretty floral headbands. These kids today in their [whatever fashion of 2023]".

HairyGrotter Mon 15-Jul-13 19:29:07

I think I'd wear a maxi dress if I wasn't planning on getting 'involved' in the pits, but for me, I need practical clothing as I like to get stuck in.

Despite weather, I'm usually in my wellies but they are just black Dunlop ones, I can't afford the wedge hunter ones wink

float62 Mon 15-Jul-13 17:57:30

The main difference now is the hugeness of festivals like Glastonbury and the introduction of commercialism and therefore cost. They've definitely become more mainstream. Speaking as someone who had a 'magic' time in 1979 at Glastonbury, but started to go off it by 1981 (commercialism was creeping in, not a criticism btw as it's so successful, just my taste) and some festivals used to be Free. Stonehenge early 80s anyone? But that started to get a bit out of hand when the hardcore 'Anarchists' took it over from the 'hippies, et al' and understandably the Free Festival was made illegal. I never saw Hawkwind play there unfortunately so bought tickets for the Rhythm Festival last summer for me and DS (then 10) but the bloody thing got cancelled. I would still go to one with DS (or without given half a chance!) if I found the right one.

whois Mon 15-Jul-13 17:48:15

Aw people like dressing up - be it something funny or something pretty.

At glasto this year the 'uniform' seemed to be denim shorts, with or without leggings depending on the time of day and wellies. Actually quite practical! Short summer dresses (with/out) legging also pretty popular and practical.

Don't see the problem - in your own way 'back in the day OP' you were still subscribing to the uniform c it was just a different one back then!

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