Office Blog Posts in the ‘Festivals’ Category

Glasto Fomo ⛱🎶❤️️

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

The Glastonbury Fomo (fear of missing out) has officially kicked in- well it started for us on Friday. Not only was the weather great for this world famous music event, locals mingled among noteworthy celebrities and headliners like Ed Sheeran stole the show. This iconic event is held in Somerset every year, where famous artists come together and exceed any festival expectation goers might have. The festival is a beautiful combination of performing artists both recognized and unrecognized, celebrating creativity and festivity. We were all eyes on the fashion ensembles, particularly from famous celebs, like Stella Mccartney, Millie Mackintosh, Stormzy and Cara. Hunter boots made their regular debut, in both long and short cuts. We are already awaiting the 2019 line-up and making sure we don’t miss out.

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We have officially started the Festival Season!

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

We Are FSTVL is a 2016 UK Festival Award winning music festival. Office HQ made their way to the festival this past weekend, and despite the unwanted downpour, the weather did not stop anyone from enjoying this great music fest. The line up was not to be missed, with over 225 artists performing, this festival made sure festival goers enjoyed their bank holiday weekend in the best way possible. Famous performers such as Carl Cox, Armand Van Helden, Basement Jaxx, Wiley, Dizee Rascal, Giggs, Disciples, Gorgon City and Craig David Presents Ts5 were some of the many that made this event an electronic highlight. What trends did we notice? Converse and Vans throughout. Mini skirts, graphic tees and the occasional body suit. What’s our first festival tip of the season:

#1: Invest in a good rain mac that can fold easily into your bag and always use shoe protector.

Men’s Fashion at Coachella (Weekend One) 2017

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Whilst we write up this short style review of the first weekend of Coachella’s mens fashion, we are slightly excited to see what happens the second weekend of this music event. Coachella is one of the most anticipated yearly festivals hosted in California, whilst ladies wear small bits of denim and embrace their inner bohemian, menswear this year focused on contrast layering, bright colours and white sneakers. Streetwear is always at the pinnacle of these events where branded merchandise was everywhere to be seen. We cannot wait for the second installment this weekend. We are pretty sure Converse, Vans, Adidas and Nike will be making their way onto our radar. 

Coachella 2017

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Whilst we were eagerly waiting for the start of our Easter weekend (hoping for some sun), International (mostly celebrities) party people were readying their outfits and festival spirits for Coachella 2017. One of the largest festivals hosted at Empire Polo club in California, Coachella is world famous for their music extravaganza. The festival is held over two weekends (its that in demand), headliners this year were Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga, Drake and Stormzy. What makes Coachella so special?

The outfits are a first on our radar but also, this global festival is set during the start of the warm season and host the most in demand after parties with all the right models. This year we saw the perfect balance between bohemian and contemporary fashion choices, whilst we can all agree that only Rihanna could make Gucci’s ensemble look festival ready .Wellies are not your first choice for this event, but we saw plenty of sightings of Vans, Converse, boots and sandals. We are looking forward to the second weekend of fashion sightings, but it’s finally official, festival season has begun!

The festival clock is ticking #ownit2017

Friday, April 7th, 2017

As Summer approaches many great things follow, particularly festival season in the UK and around Europe. These entertaining events are held on open fields or sandy beaches, and ideal for getting you into a festive mood. Festival preparation is taken very seriously, wardrobe always comes first (obviously) and then logistics shall follow. We are passionate about planning, so we round a few essentials that will get you through your fun adventures. We choose shoes suitable for any terrain, whether you choose classic wellies or prefer your Chucks, we keep you on top of your foot gear. Make sure to follow our blog for more festival updates. 

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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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Blog courtesy of Ellie @ Rose & Vintage

Instagram: @elliecp_

Twitter: @elliecp
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Blog courtesy of – Rebecca Cohen @ It’s Cohen

Instagram: @rebeccacohen_

Twitter: @rebeccacohen

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