I've been to a lot of festivals over the years, from iconic gatherings like Glastonbury to the 2nd year of Secret Garden Party, which still only hosted about 3,000 people and was one of the best weekends I've ever had. Sadly Secret Garden has now become a victim of its own success, growing out of the niche, 'house party in a lovely garden' feel that it enjoyed the first few years. Last year I queued for over 5 hours just to get in as they were so slow with the security checks on the door.Not impressed.But the organisers do still have brilliant ideas and great taste when it comes to bands and activities to feature, so I'm very excited about their latest offering, a new festival in Oxfordshire called Wilderness.Headline acts include Gogol Bordello, Laura Marling and Anthony and the Johnsons, there's brainy stuff from the Idler academy and Intelligence Squared, whilst The Last Tuesday Society will be bringing along their Masked Ball extravaganza.
Silas Wynd, the man behind The Last Tuesday Society is also opening his doors to the public for a couple of summer soirees, aka Wyndstock. The June Midsummer Night's Ball is already sold out, but there are still tickets for the August Country House Party; see the house below.For real.Tickets are £60 including dinner, dancing, camping, breakfast. Dress code: flowery dresses, linen suits, taffeta and lace,panama hats and spats.Think Bright Young Things/The Great Gatsby/Brideshead Revisited.
Another great festival not far from London is Standon Calling. Its a lovely size; you won't get lost or end up unable to find your mates, and everyone gets involved in the fantastic themes. Last year Gabby Young and I ran a Gabberdashery shop in the little village they built-you can see pictures here. There's even a real swimming pool!Some great acts in the line-up this year including Hercules and Love Affair, Revere, The Moulettes and Dan le Sac. This year its all about Gods and Monsters..
Gabby Young&other animals at Standon Calling 2010 photo by Holly Langford
If you don't even want to leave London, then don't worry, Field Day is the city's answer to countryside festival fun. Highlights include , CocknBullKid, Warpaint and Willy Mason.
So you've got your festival tickets, now for the wardrobe.One of our original Gabberdashery contributors is Rosa Bloom, who spends half the year travelling around India and the far east collecting wonderful new materials to turn into her summer festival collection.She then tours around all the best boutique festivals in her Rosamobile selling sequinned leggings,tulle bustles, striped playsuits and frilly silk knickers as well as handmade jewellery and feather headpieces.She's holding an exclusive preview on Monday 13th June in Kilburn, details below.
You can still get some festival gems from our Gabberdashery wall for Supermarket Sarah, and of course Sarah's own festival themed wall.
You can catch Gabby performing at Larmer Tree Festival, alongside wonderful acts like Imelda May and Caitlin Rose.Its a wonderfully intimate festival with only 4,000 people and lots of amazing new talent in the gorgeous setting of the Wiltshire/Dorset border.See you there!