Office Blog Posts in the ‘Festivals’ Category

British Summer Time|Street Style

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Unlike most festivals this summer, British Summer Time wasn’t a complete washout which meant most people left their wellies at home.

The sunny weather really set the mood for the day, people were in good spirits and it was smiles all round. The first act to take the main stage was dj Jamie XX who’s feel good anthems had the crowd buzzing.

The festival goers kept it casual in reliable Converse and DM’s, among the more fashion conscious were western style boots and designer trainers. Some brave revellers were spotted in Birkenstocks but just before American rapper Kendrick Lamar hit the stage a huge downpour ensued and I bet they were wishing for their Hunters.

Florence and the Machine headlined in a sheer pale blue dress, the sun setting an appropriate backdrop to her whimsical tunes. What a day – now on to the next one!



Guest Blog | Jess Shanahan @ BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

This year BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend landed in Norwich, which is quite a big deal when you consider how out of the way we are. When the news hit that we would be hosting this outdoor event, everyone was getting excited about Taylor Swift on the Sunday. I might be rock to the core but I can’t say no to a bit of Swifty.




That being said, I only managed to secure tickets for the Saturday and what a stroke of luck that was. Snoop Dogg, Muse, Fall Out Boy and some great new bands on the Introducing stage. It was the Introducing stage we found ourselves at as Kill it Kid was playing. What a fantastic way to start the day, I’ve found a new band to add to my road trip playlist!

After this, we headed to the In New Music We Trust tent to prepare for Snoop. The thought of Snoop Dogg in Norwich was a little too much to handle for some people and I’m still not sure it was real. The crowd erupted when the rapper walked onto stage but I’ve never seen such a show of collective realisation as when we all noticed that he was wearing a Norwich City shirt. It was a surreal thing to behold and I think I was so baffled and yet full of glee that I didn’t really pay attention to the first few songs. I think Snoop Dogg was well aware that no one in Norwich was going to recognise some of his more obscure music so he played the hits then moved onto some fantastic covers that had us jumping, singing and dancing.

We caught the end of Ella Eyre too and I was fully prepared to not know any of her music but I was captivated by a shiny catsuit and glittery face paint.

From this point onwards I was getting excited because the bands and artists to come were some of my favourites. Next up was Fall Out Boy, a band I know I like but not necessarily a band I’ve heard lots of. I was wrong; I was singing and dancing along to every song! A quick stop for some food (the mighty Bullitt Burgers were there so it made the decision easy) and then it was back to the main stage for David Guetta where I had my own mini rave.


Florence and The Machine was one of the acts I was really looking forward to seeing and Florence herself hobbled on with a broken foot, meaning she had to sit down for the whole set. Not a problem, though, her voice is amazing, the music fantastic and I had goosebumps the whole time. It’s a pity we couldn’t see her jump around on stage (which is how she sustained the injury) but it was a pleasure to experience Florence and The Machine. We had a choice at that point to either hang around to get a good position for the mighty Muse (or Moooos as we say here in Norfolk) or to head off to see Rudimental. Eventually we decided to hang out for Muse as it was a nightmare trying to wade through people to the other stage. I’m a little sad to have missed Rudimental but it was worth it for the near-front central position we found ourselves in.

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All in all, Saturday at The Big Weekend in Norwich was a surreal experience. Muse, Fall Out Boy, David Guetta, Ruidmental, The Vaccines, Ella Eyre, Ben Howard and Snoop Dogg (in a Norwich City shirt) all in our Fine City was a great experience and I’m so glad I had the chance to go.

Jess Shanahan is a fashion blogger, television presenter and motoring journalist. Her music tastes vary from glittering glam rock all the way through to bone-shaking Dubstep. Follow her on Twitter @Jetlbomb.

Pictures by: Jess Shanahan



Guest Blog – Rose & Vintage @ British Summer Time

Monday, July 27th, 2015

For me, festivals are a compulsory part of summer. After going to Reading for the first time last year, the feeling of being surrounded by close friends and good music for a few days is something I seriously crave during the long winter months. So when I saw British Summer Time festival was taking place in Hyde Park, and could fulfil all my festival needs without the hassle of packing and travelling too far I immediately signed myself up.


I chose to get the combined ticket package, which meant I got to see The Strokes on Thursday, then Blur on Saturday. Despite only being a day apart, both events were so different – the entire atmosphere shifted depending on which band was playing, which made it feel more like two separate experiences rather than one long concert spread out over two days.

I saw The Strokes after school – my friends and I had a few lessons to go to, last minute changes to our artwork which was going on exhibition at our school that night, then finally we could get the tube down and try and bag ourselves a good spot to see the band. It was so hot and sunny, and upon entering the gates I was shocked at how festival-y it felt. It didn’t feel like Hyde Park, or London for that matter. Music drowned out the drone of nearby traffic, rides and stalls blocked your view of the surrounding buildings and offices and the huge fake trees framing the main stage stood out like silhouettes against the dusk pink sky.

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We were all wearing Hawaiian shirts and making the most of the chance to cover ourselves in glitter; sitting on the grass, listening to warm-up acts, a late afternoon could not have been spent in a more peaceful way. When The Strokes came on, I will admit ‘peaceful’ is not the term I’d use to describe the over-excited teenage crowd, but they played so well that you didn’t really mind being buffeted around a little in exchange for a good place near the stage.

Blur on Saturday was a completely different experience – late after getting stuck in traffic after work, I gave up with trying to get there by road and ended up running across Hyde Park, one hand holding my phone through which my friend was trying to explain where they were in the crowd, and the other clutching my bag and disposable camera. I was luckily in time to see Metronomy, and after my near-miss getting there made sure I really enjoyed (and danced badly to) every single song. I could tell from the offset that the crowd was different to Thursday – most were adults, and that crushing sensation you experience at most gigs was surprisingly absent, and remained so the whole evening. Even during Blur’s best songs, everyone would jump and dance together, in their own spaces, meaning you could enjoy the band so much more as you weren’t also trying to concentrate on your own survival.

The festival was really great, and made me realise that you don’t always have to travel for ages and camp for days on end to achieve the same festival experience. I really enjoyed seeing such great bands, and do think the decision to wear light, cool clothing (it gets hot in the crowds!) and a sturdy pair of Dr Martens each day really helped my enjoyment as I wasn’t worried about anything or uncomfortable in any way. The one problem now, however, is that I just want to keep going to more festivals!


Blog courtesy of Ellie @ Rose & Vintage

Instagram: @elliecp_

Twitter: @elliecp

Lovebox 2015

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Last weekend we attended the amazing Lovebox festival in Victoria Park, Hackney, London. The sun was shining and the atmosphere was pumping, we were fully in the festival mood and ready to dance the day away.


The usual East London scene were there and there were beards and multicoloured hair a plenty. With a wide variety of music acts playing throughout the day, it was clear to see who came to see what,. From the dance loving guys and girls in patterned co-ords and trainers, to the hip- hop fanatics in heavy branded apparel, the crowd was the perfect mix of the London crowd.













Whilst on our walks round the festival we nabbed a bit of street style to see what was everyone’s fave festival footwear. We saw plenty of classic Vans rocked with jeans, dresses and skate socks and shorts. The easy to wear Authentic and Slip On are the ideal festival companion for a long day on your feet and plus they look great with pretty much anything.  The girls were also loving the summer must have sandal, the ghillie lace up, which perfectly complimented their boho festival style.


Before the festival we ran a competition with Vans to win a pair of tickets and the lucky winner was @SallyTraffic, who looked like she was having a fab time listening to Jessie Ware on the mainstage.

We had a great day at this year’s Lovebox festival and we cannot wait for next year.



Guest Blog | It’s Cohen @ Glastonbury Festival 2015

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Out of office? On. Wellies? Packed. Glastonbury, let’s do this.

Festivals are my kind of “thing”. I’m hardly a seasoned camper (however much Guiding tried to convince me it was a good thing), but give me a field and enough antibacterial hand gel to last me a week and I’m pretty happy. Having had it on my bucket list for a good five years, Glastonbury was The Big One, and one very stressful ticket purchasing later my friends and I were off to Somerset.


I know everyone says it, but Glastonbury is massive. I decided to leave my phone at home (soz about that, Instagram). Pre-downpour, I relied on a pair of classic Converse All Star Hi’s, but soon enough the heavens opened and I called upon my trusty pair of Hunter wellies.

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Weather aside (how typically British), we spent a fair amount of our time wandering round and exploring the site. From the main Pyramid stage and its dedicated, band t-shirt wearing gathering to the healing fields’ boho dresses and crochet knits, I’ve never been part of such a chilled crowd. Denim shorts and crop tops were left firmly at home, and instead people were opting for loose layers, textures and waxed jackets. The accessory of the season? Glitter. Lots of it. Worn on the cheekbones for maximum fairy highlighting.

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My “Must-Sees” were the Who and Patti Smith, but my group’s varied taste in music made sure we saw a whole lot of people I wouldn’t normally venture out to see. Highlights included Florence and the Machine, Pharrell Williams, Ibeyi, George Ezra, Jessie Ware, and Modestep (not just because of Josh Modestep… promise). Special shout out to La Roux and her Bowie vibes and Lionel Richie for that smile – enough to melt hearts and even bring the sun out for a ray or two!

Heading back East via Stonehenge may have been tinged with a little bit of “wish we were there” sadness, but there’s nothing quite like liquid soap and refreshing the 2016 registration page to keep you going.


Blog courtesy of – Rebecca Cohen @ It’s Cohen

Instagram: @rebeccacohen_

Twitter: @rebeccacohen

It’s Cohen


Guest Blog | Credit Crunch Chic @ Primavera Sound 2015

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

What could be better than watching bands playing under blazing Spanish sunshine, sangria in hand, sandals on, and not a speck of mud to be seen? As festivals go, Primavera Sound is definitely high up on the comfort agenda; with the music also being something to write home about!


I went to Primavera Sound for the second time this year, and as someone who doesn’t really ‘do’ festivals, it was an exhilarating experience. 4 days of non-stop music, fashion, sights and sounds, celebrating the fifteenth year of the festival held within the incredible architecture of the Parc del Forum on the edge of Barcelona. Set upon such a beautiful location, there are so many perks to a festival like this that it would take me longer than this post allows to list them all, but I’ll try and shoehorn in as many highlights as I can manage!












The festival takes over the city for the last weekend of May and, should you jump on the metro at any given time you are bound to see fellow festival-goers with their wristbands amongst the crowds in the carriages. Unlike many UK festivals, who see their headline acts play by late evening, Primavera’s feeling is all the more laid back, with hot topics listed on our ‘must see’ sheet taking to the stage at 3 or 4 am in many cases. Music starts from late afternoon and once you enter the festival, the 12 different stages ensure that there’s always something or someone to go and watch.












Musical highlights for 2014 included Haim, Future Islands, Follakzoid, factory Floor and The National , and with that in mind, 2015 had a lot to live up to.  The ‘big hitters’ such as Interpol, The Strokes and Caribou were all fantastic, but the beauty of the festival is the opportunity to see bands and artists who aren’t as well known.

The festival itself begins with an opening party on the Wednesday night and continues through until the Sunday with the closing party and these are held at varying locations around the city. There’s a relaxed and very Spanish vibe to the festival and, of course, there is street style in abundance. Comfortable shoes are a must and also a jacket or jumper is essential despite the heat of the day; as soon as the sun sets the breeze coming in from the ocean makes an extra layer necessary.

The beauty of a festival like Primavera Sound is that there’s no camping provision, you have to stay in the city which means a real bed and shower can be yours after a night of partying.

I would thoroughly recommend this festival and I had a fantastic time both of the years I’ve attended. This year we tagged on a few days to our holiday after the festival ended to spend sightseeing in Barcelona and it was just wonderful; I didn’t want to come home. Roll on Primavera Sound 2016!

Blog courtesy of Aime “Credit Crunch Chic”

Instagram: @aimeisdancing

Twitter: @aimeisdancing


Guest Bloggers: Fave Festival Moments #outofoffice15

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

With us being in the heart of festival season, it seems only fitting to get a proper low down on the festivals you have been attending this summer so we can start planning where we should be going next year.


To kick this off, we have asked some fab fashion bloggers to do a guest post about their fave festival moment. These guest spots will give you a little insight into what’s hot this summer and what the fash pack have been wearing to some of the hottest festivals around the UK and Europe.

Keep your eyes peeled for the guest blogs this season and share your fave festival moment on Instagram or Twitter using #outofoffice15.


Taylor Swift @ BST Hyde Park

Monday, June 29th, 2015

On Saturday 27th we had the pleasure of attending the Barclays British Summertime Festival in Hyde Park, headlined by pop princess Taylor Swift.

Support acts included John Newman, Ellie Goulding, Vance Joy and Rae Morris who all took to the Great Oak stage and got the crowds dancing in the sunshine.


When Taylor came on stage earlier than scheduled, the crowd went wild. With fans ranging from 6 year olds to grandparents, she proved her worth as the ultimate pop star. Performing some of her classic hits like, I Knew You Were Trouble, Shake it Off and Bad Blood, the singer managed to schedule in many costume changes surrounded by a fantastic all-male dance troupe.


The highlight of the evening came whilst she was performing her hit Style, in which she welcomed onto stage her ultimate girl squad, which included Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Martha Hunt, Serena Williams and of course Cara Delevingne who waved the British Flag.


Mega fans came dressed in perfect pop star style, with flower headbands, boho outfits and plenty of accessories. The die hard fans went as far as to write Taylor song lyrics on their clothing.













Our experience as a Swifty fan girl was definitely a memorable one and we particularly enjoyed dancing to We Are Never Getting Back Together, whilst waving our light up wristband in the air.




Get Ready for Glasto

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

The backpack is full, the tent is packed and we are almost ready for a week of fantastic music and culture at the legendary Glastonbury Festival in Somerset.

With headline acts Kanye West, Florence & the Machine and The Who, the festival is set to be an explosive one and we cannot wait to see what everyone is wearing.

Come rain or shine the crowds pull of some weird and wonderful outfits and are usually armed with a pair of trusty Hunter boots or classic Converse to keep them dancing from dusk til dawn.

Here is some of the looks and styles we will be rocking at Glasto this year.




We Are FSTVL #outofoffice15

Monday, June 1st, 2015

On Saturday we had the pleasure of attending We Are FSTVL 2015 in Upminster, Essex.

The sun was shining and the crowd was loving life at this mega dance festival in the middle of the countryside and we couldn’t wait to get dancing and style spotting.


The favourite footwear of choice seemed to be the now iconic Nike Air Huarache but there were a few other classic festival faves that we spotted throughout the day.

Guys were loving the white leather Converse All Stars, that they teamed with shorts and a tee for smart summer style. The girls were fans of durable Dr Martens and Hunter boots, that are super easy to wear with pretty much anything and equipped for all weather conditions.

Some of the alternative guys chose some Vans Old Skool’s and boots like our Cookie Desert Boots, going for a slight indie vibe, pairing with skinny black jeans and a white tee.

Some girls were loving the sunshine and opted for cute JuJu jellies that they paired with frilly socks and the fashion forward gals wore some 70’s style shoeboots like our tan Wanderlust.


We had the best time at We Are FSTVL, dancing to big acts like Gorgon City and MK and we will definately be taking some festival style pointers from the crowd. Bring on the rest of the festival season!

See you next year We Are FSTVL




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