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The Godfather of the festival scene, Glastonbury has been bringing music lovers to the Somerset countryside since 1970. It’s a festival which everyone should go to at least once in their lives. The line-up is guaranteed to be good, and even if the headliners don’t float your boat, with around 80 stages and venues you’re sure to find something that matches your music taste. Make sure you pack your wellies, by the Sunday the fields will likely have tuned into a mud bath
Europe’s answer to Glasto, Sziget regularly attracts more than 350,000 festival goers to its island location in the heart of Budapest. Our top tip? Pace yourself. The festival is held across 7 days, and with 200 daily performances ranging from live bands to circus acts it’s definitely a marathon not a sprint! If you need a break from festival life, catch one of the shuttle services into Budapest to see the city’s cultural gems.
Primavera in Barcelona kicks off the European festival scene. If trekking through muddy fields isn’t your thing, then the port side location of this urban festival might be the perfect alternative. Having started in 2001, Primavera has established itself as a go-to festival, so you can count on some great musical acts.This year it became the first major festival to achieve a 50/50 gender balance in their line-up. Yet another reason to add it to your list.
For one weekend each August, the fields of the Matterley Bowl estate near Winchester are transformed into a pop-up town for Boomtown. The theme each year is a new chapter in a crazy made-up history which mirrors the current global economic climate, making Boomtown feel more like an alternate reality than a music festival. There’s even a specially built mono-track, called the Magic Carpet ride, that’s designed to get revellers round the site - walking miles in uncomfortable welly boots are a thing of the past.
A festival which everyone has heard of, but one which is nearly impossible to describe. Held in the Nevada desert, Burning Man is an off-the-grid, Mad Max style festival which promotes radical inclusion, decommodification, and self-expression. People get around on light-up bikes and there’s no line-up, instead DJs are last minute surprises. Whatever you do don’t let die-hard Burners hear you calling it a festival - Burning Man is a community, a temporary city and a global cultural movement, obviously!
So, you’ve got your festival ticket, now you need to pack. Don’t panic! Our Gandys’ team are massive fans of outdoor music festivals which is why we’ve created products which can fulfil all of your festival needs and withstand a weekend of craziness. So, whether you’re a Reading & Leeds lover, a Sziget supporter, or a Glasto goer, here is a rundown of our favourite festival essentials to make your packing that little easier.
Let’s be realistic, if you’re going to a festival in the UK this summer there’s a high probability it’s going to rain for at least part of the weekend. So, rather than burying your head in the sand, embrace the bad weather and become the envy of your friends in our eye-catching Distressed Padded Waterproof Jacket in Burnt Orange.
An oversized t-shirt and denim shorts is an iconic festival look. With its relaxed vibe, it’s the perfect combo to wear on Day 3 when your tent has collapsed, and the rest of your clothes are covered in mud. Channel your inner Kate Moss and pair our Curious Navigator Shirt and Distressed Heritage Denim Shorts with some green welly boots.
The last thing you want at a festival is to see someone wearing the same outfit as you. But you won’t have to worry about that in our Map Print T-shirt. We’ve only released a 100 of them as part of a limited edition run. So, make sure you grab yours while you still can, because once they’re gone, they’re gone.
Even if you’re miraculously blessed with a heatwave, you’ll definitely want a jumper with you to throw on when the sun goes down. Alternatively, you could use it as a makeshift picnic-rug. We recommend our Navy Zip Up Hoodie or, if you prefer a more classic look, try our Rustic Classic Pocket Pullover Hoodie.
Flip-flops might seem like a strange thing to include on a festival favourites list, but we think they’re an essential. Although, Gandys did start out as a flip-flop brand so we might be biased! But seriously, flip-flops won’t take up any space in your bag and your feet will thank you when your new welly boots give you blisters. We’ve got loads of different designs, but we think our colourful Hawaiian Tropics Flip-Flops are perfect for a festival.
So, you’ve got all your outfits sorted, but now comes the challenge of finding a bag which can carry it all, and still look good. Luckily, our Large Waxed Weekend Bag in Sand or Navy Sheen fits the bill; able to hold up to 75l, it does much more than just look pretty. New in for summer, we have our Urban Bum Bag which is available two versatile colours, Desert Tan and Black. Featuring internal and external pockets, the bum bag has a detachable shoulder strap and popper straps to link around your belt, leaving your hands free so you can bring out your best dance moves. And if bum bags aren’t your thing, then take a look at our Baby Bali Backpacks. A smaller version of our signature Bali Backpack, it’s still big enough to hold your daily essentials so you don’t have to keep trekking back to you tent. The best part? All our bags are made from water resistant fabric, so you don’t have to worry about your things getting wet.