Spring has sprung and as the dress sun graces our sky for longer and the days get longer we know what that means... Festival season is here! Wellies, beer and a lot of Fancy Dress. Have you got your tickets yet? If you’re still unsure which festival to attend this year? We’ve planned a list of fancy dress themed festivals that are going to be rocking the calendar in the sweet sweet summer of 2017! So here’s to the nights that turned into mornings and the friends that turn into family!
So prepare yourselves for house parties, wonders of the ancient world, boomboxes and lots of tents. The festival Gods have spoken: summer is coming!
See below for a full list of our favourite festivals during 2017, their bios, headliners and their fancy dress themes. Have a great festival season and make sure you check out the festival safety tips to ensure you stay safe over the summer.
Bournemouth 7's : 26th, 27th and 28th May Back to top
Over the May bank holiday weekend Bournemouth plays host to the world's largest sport and music festival. 2017 will be it’s the tenth anniversary and continuing it’s tradition, we are sure it will be even bigger than last year. Three days jam packed with live music and teams from all over europe entering into a range of social and elite cups across four sports; Rugby, Netball, Hockey and Dodgeball there is a massive amount of action for all. It’s 3,000-person capacity campsite with luxury glamping tents boasts a home away from home experience for all festival goers. The theme this year is Skool Disco vs Anything Goes
Ticket Prices - Adult Camping Weekend: £140
Fancy Dress Theme: Skool Disco vs Anything Goes
Fancy Dress Ideas Ideas For The 2017 Bournemouth 7's Festival
Masked Ball: 26th - 28th May - Back to top
The Masked Ball is a spectacular themed party staged in Cornwall. A multilevel party kingdom where themed venues range from outrageous to downright unsavoury and spectacular. So if you like the sound of celebrating a decade of decadence and debauchery, across multiple magical venues, on a festival site carved into a Cornish cliff top, grab a mask and get moving!
Headliners:DJ Marky & MC GQ / Austin ATO / Craig Rixhards
Ticket Prices - Adult Camping Weekend:£69
Fancy Dress Theme: The Underworld
Lets Rock The Moor: Saturday 20th May -Back to top
Headliners:OMD / Howard Jones / Sister Sledge / Flock of Seagulls
Ticket Prices - per Adult:£44
Fancy Dress Theme: 80's
3 Wishes Faery Fest: 16th - 18th June - Back to top
Boasting an extensive collection of festival awards, 3 wishes is the perfect family friendly event for music, magic and even a world record attempt. The theme, of course, is all things fairy! So don some wings and fly your way over to beautiful Cornwall for 3 Wishes Faery Fest 2017.
Headliners:3 Daft Monkeys/ Devon Bird / Seed
Ticket Prices - Adult Camping Weekend: £99
Fancy Dress Theme: Fairy
Download Festival: 9th - 11th of June - Back to top
Every year heavy metallers make the pilgrimage to Donington Park in Leicestershire for Download festival. Download was born from the ashes of the previous metal festival on the same grounds called Monsters of Rock. True to its predecessor, Download truly does host the biggest monsters in the rock industry! This year not only do you have awesome headliners such as System of a Down, Biffy Clyro and Aerosmith but the superstars of NXT are going to performing! So if you love metal and contact sports, this year is not to be missed.
Headliners:System of a Down / Biffy Clyro / Aerosmith
Ticket Prices - Adult Weekend: £215
Fancy Dress Theme: Wrestling
Fancy Dress Ideas For The 2017 Download Festival
Glastonbury: 21st - 25th of June - Back to top
In many ways, Glastonbury is like loads of different festivals, converging on the same gorgeous countryside for the weekend. Each area of the festival has its own character, its own loyal fans and its own special attractions. With headliners including Radiohead and Foofighters 2017 is shaping up to be another fantastic year for this much loved musical extravaganza. There is never a set theme because all areas of the festival have their own style, however, that shouldn't stop you dressing up to the nines!
Headliners:Radiohead / Foo Fighters /Ed Sheeran
Ticket Prices - Adult Camping Weekend: £255
Fancy Dress Theme: None specified but flash mobs and cabaret are always popular
Camden Rocks:3rd of June - Back to top
We couldn't call ourselves true Camden folk if we didn't include a festival happening right on our doorstep! Camden Rocks Festival sees 7,000 live music lovers take over Camden Town for the most rock and roll one dayer of the year, with over 200 bands throughout 20 venues. After the sell-out success of all previous years, make sure you grab your tickets for this years event, get ready for madness and if you are feeling extra edgy pop into Escapade! with our awesome accessories and cool costumes we will have you channeling your inner Ozzy in no time!
Headliners: The Coral / The Damned / The King Blues
Ticket Prices - Adult Day Ticket: £39.50
Fancy Dress Theme: Rock and Roll
NozStock The Hidden Valley: 21st-23rd July - Back to top
Amid the emerald fields and raggle-taggle farmhouses of Herefordshire’s ruralist countryside lies Nozstock The Hidden Valley. The festival’s ethos is about bringing play to everyone, in whatever form it can. Nozstock believes in the value of not only entertaining, but in participation and contribution with this year's theme being ‘Keepin’ it Surreal’ we are sure you’ll be invited into dreamlike scenes of wonder.
Headliners:Seasick Steve / Happy Mondays / The Sugarhill Gang
Ticket Prices - Adult Weekend: £115
Fancy Dress Theme: Keeping it Surreal
Fancy Dress Ideas For The 2017 NozStock Festival
Bug Jam: 21st - 23rd of July - Back to top
Bug Jam is not your average music festival as it celebrates all things VW and it does so with style. Despite the festival's theme being all things car related it still packs an impressive line-up across four music arenas. If the bands aren’t your style, there is also a talent show, drag racing, public track time, comedy and stunt driving.
Headliners: Scouting For Girls / Oas-is / Blurd
Ticket Price - per Adult Weekend: £90
Fancy Dress Theme: Superheros
Beginning with a birthday BBQ, a set of decks and 25 friends Standon calling has gone from strength to strength over the past few years with 2017 being no exception. Offering such musical talents as Suede, Jess Glynee and Kelis, a heated swimming pool, 5am license at The Cowshed and fresh new fancy dress theme “Tales of the Enchanted Valley” 2017 Standon calling is guaranteed to charm anyone’s socks off!
Headliners:Orbital/ Clean Bandit/ Slaves
Fancy Dress Theme: Tales of the Enchanted Valley
Fancy Dress Ideas For The 2017 Standon Calling Festival
Set near a stunning Georgian farm house with regal gardens and it’s own lake the Secret Garden Party is one of the UK’s most innovative and alternative music events. Those who attend are referred to as “gardeners” and spend 4 wonderful days in a haven of live music, artists, writers, performers, mud wrestling and skinny dippers all gathered in a wonderful space buzzing with creative energy. With a genius new theme of ‘Sweet Dreams are made of these?’ there is no end to the possibilities.
Headliners: Metronomy / Crystal Fighters / Toots & The Maytals
Ticket Price: Weekend Ticket - Adult Weekend: £190.00
Fancy Dress Theme: Sweet Dreams are made of these? Fame and celebrity.
Kendall Calling : 27th - 30th July - Back to top
Set in what used to be a wildlife theme park in the idyllic Lake District the location of the Kendal Calling festival alone makes it well worth a visit. Of course, the fact that they offer an event jam packed with world class music and entertainment also helps! 2017 is bursting with an eclectic collection of talent including Franz Ferdinand, Frank Turner and Brian Wilson presenting ‘Pet Sounds’ in it’s entirety.
Headliners: Stereophonics / Manic Street Preachers / Franz Ferdinand
Ticket Price: Adult Weekend Camping: £140 (Sold Out)
Fancy Dress Theme:Into the Wild
Set in Ribble Valley in lovely Lancashire, you'll be immersed the light of glow sticks, mirror balls and party people raving on top of vintage cars. Beat-Herder is sure to be like the birthday party your parents wouldn't let you have. This years theme is the letter D! Se get on it and dress like dinosaurs, ducks, dice, dominoes and many, many more.
Headliners: Crystal Fighters / Kelis / Toots and the Maytals
Fancy Dress Theme: The letter D
Lattitude: 13th - 16th July - Back to top
Set against a stunning background in Henham Park, Suffolk, Latitude is a family friendly festival with an edge. Touting the tagline “More than Just a Music Festival” it’s diverse and ever-changing activities mean it isn’t just for music lovers, but don’t be disappointed because the line up for 2017’s latitude festival is awesome with The 1975, Mumford and Sons and Fleet Foxes.
Headliners: Maccabees / The National / New Order
Ticket Price: Adult Weekend Camping: £140.50
Fancy Dress Theme:TBA
Blissfields: 6th - 8th July - Back to top
Blissfields it's all about love. Love for new talent, love for the artists that have flourished and love for the crowd. All in all, they know how to throw a party. In keeping with this ethos this year’s theme promises to have you exploring a tunnel through the fantastic, via fantasy and freakshow, celebrate and fearfully poke the unknown. A gateway to new frontiers, what will this playground for imagination hold for you? For the ultimate weekend party, grab your tickets before they sell out!
Headliners: The Cinematic Orchestra / Metronomy /Lady Leshurr
Ticket Price: Adult Weekend Camping: £100.45
Fancy Dress Theme: The Bizzare
Boomtown: 10th - 13th of August - Back to top
BoomTown rose up from the underground scene in 2009 to become one of the UK’s wildest and most inspiring independent festivals. Offering a sprawling creative metropolis, every kind of musical genre you could want or imagine and a global community of music and freedom loving people Boomtown really is a festival like no other! The festival is split into nine totally individual districts across the four areas of the festival each offering endless fancy dress opportunities. Check out the website to find out more about what to expect from each district!
Barrio Loco - Mexican/Spanish
Old town - Pirates
DSTRKT 5 - Robots/Futuristic
Headliners: Madness / Damian Marley / Leftfield
Ticket Price: £190.00
Fancy Dress Theme: Behind the Mask
GreenMan Festival: 17th - 20th August - Back to top
In the breath-taking beauty of the Brecon beacon between 17th-20th of August Something magical is stirring.. Made up of all the freethinking, Inquisitive people that wander its wild ways Green Man Festival is the perfect place to drink, make merry and dance until dawn. This year it will also be celebrating its 15th birthday! Be prepared to discover, meet new friends, try something new and create memories to last a lifetime!
Headliners:PJ Harvey / Ryan Adams / Future Islands
Ticket Price: Adult Weekend: £180
Fancy Dress Theme: TBA
Beautiful Days: 18th - 20th August - Back to top
Beautiful Days Festival is held at Escot Park, Devon. Spread across 3 days with 5 stages filled with over a hundred music acts from local up-and-coming performers to well known and loved bands like Sisters of Mercy. The festival also offers comedy, theatre, fancy dress and interactive art Beautiful Days is guaranteed to provide a great weekend away for the whole family.
Headliners:Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbot/ Levellers/ Frank Turner/ Sisters of Mercy
Ticket Price - Adult Weekend: £135
Fancy Dress Theme: Rock the Boat
V Festival: 19th - 20th August - Back to top
Taking place simultaneously at venues in Chelmsford and South Staffordshire in the penultimate week of August, You’re bound to have cracking weekend with chart topping acts like Emeli Sande, pink and Ellie Goulding as well as the rap superstar, Jay Z! Bring your most colourful wellies and get ready to have weekend of game changing Instagram opportunities.
Headliners: Pink / Rudimental / Pete Tong
Ticket Price - Adult Weekend: £195
Fancy Dress Theme:None given. We expect there to be a lot of festival glitter looks this year! Mermaid hair and unicorn accessories too.
Shambala: 24th to 27th August - Back to top
Shambala is an environmentally conscious festival that is 100% wind, sun and veg oil powered. The music acts are kept secret until the opening day to add to the mystery. The festival is renowned for its outrageous fancy dress and on the Saturday every year there is a customary fancy dress parade, which everyone gets involved in. This year's festival theme is Cloud Cuckoo Land which offers endless fancy dress opportunities. So Unicorns, get those horns polished! Pigs, spread your wings and prepare to dance, sing and march your way through the hallowed fields of Utopia.
Headliners:Dubi Dolczek / TheTriangulators / Bulldozer
Ticket Price - Adult Weekend: £179.00
Fancy Dress Theme: Cloud Cuckoo Land
Fancy Dress Ideas For The Shambala Festival
End Of The Road Festival: 31st of August - 3rd September - Back to top
Alternative festival lovers rejoice! End of the Road is a unique festival set in the scenic Larmer Tree Gardens in South Wiltshire. This carefully curated festival will have you discovering new and exciting music from many genres. The festival prides itself in not choosing one particular style of music, so bring an open mind and some funky threads and get ready to party down! This would be the perfect opportunity to curate your own fancy dress theme with some friends!
Headliners: Father John Misty/ Mac Demarco/ Bill Callahan
Ticket Price - Adult Weekend:£195
Fancy Dress Theme: None set but taking funny group costumes is bound to get you attention.
Bestival: 7th - 10th September - Back to top
Infamous for its magical offerings a pretty eclectic and not to mention awesome line up and top notch fancy dress, Bestival is an absolute favourite among festival goers. This year's theme "The future is here", sets sights firmly ahead With a reputation as one of the festival to show off your fancy dress skills and wares, intense planning always goes into the outfits on show – so Think lasers, aliens, rock stars, Robots and everything inbetween!
Headliners:The XX / Dizzee Rascal / Pet Shop Boys
Ticket Price - Adult Weekend: £181
Fancy Dress Theme:Festival of colour
Festival Safety Tips - Back To Top
1) Don’t flash your cash or your bling - avoid wearing expensive jewelry and watches and invest in an uncool, but very useful money belt.
2) Keep items of value on your person at all times, better yet when it comes to really expensive items, don't bring them at all.
3) Sunburn - Yes we all love the sun, but it doesn't love us back, wear sunscreen so your festival isn't ruined on the first day.
4) Don’t carry more cash than is needed as most festivals will provide cash machines.
5) Dehydration - Keep hydrated, festivals are active and if (it's a big if) the weather is good you will become dehydrated quickly.
6) Avoid drug and alcohol abuse, while festivals provide security and medical care adverse reactions to drug and alcohol abuse can leave you isolated and vulnerable.
7) Heat Exhaustion - Symptoms will include dizziness, nausea and potentially vomiting. If this happens, get out of the sun and into a cool area where you can consume plenty of fluids and shower or sponge yourself with water.
8) Keep expensive cameras and video recording equipment safely hidden. Avoid dangling your camera as it makes it easy to be snatched.
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