AVA Festival 2015 went above and beyond my expectations and was genuinely the best event I’ve been to all year, it was like 3 Boxing Nights rolled into one! I feel so proud to say that I was a part of something so exciting that happened right here in Belfast. Hats off to the whole AVA Team and absolutely everyone involved, it was brilliant.
I was able to scoot down before everything really kicked off, and it was class to see the venue before it filled up. I had never been to T13 before so wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was an amazing venue and I loved the fact that the skate ramps were still there from T13’s usual usage as a skate park.
As you can see below, the main stage looked even more impressive during Space Dimension Controller’s lazer show.
The Boiler Room stage was unreal, the crowd swarmed around the DJ’s playing in the centre; with the back drop of Belfast’s iconic Harland and Wolf. I’ve never heard so many YEO’s, hollers and joyful bird-calls from a crowd in my life never mind on any other Boiler Room.
Well done Belfastians :D, you’ve showed the world how to have the craic! It Goes to show that we aren’t a pretentious bunch with an old trance tune getting a reaction like that.
FESTIVAL STREET STYLE
Throughout the day I was on the look out for the best fashion offerings from the crowd, and I have to say every one looked amazing, the photos we took are just a small representation of how class you all looked! (All festival street style photographs by Ruairi Drayne)
I’ll start things off with my own outfit from the festival (Oh haaay!) Featuring: Halterneck top from Bill & Mar, vintage windbreaker from local store Octopus’s Garden, shorts from Urban Outfitters, my Dad’s old leather bumbag :), and black Nike Huarache’s from Office.
One of my favourite shots of the day; Vintage windbreakers were a strong trend for girls’ festival style at AVA, worn loose and over-sized. I love the print on Gloria’s jacket and the whole outfit is completely made by that amazing hair! Only you could pull that off gal.
Another great, vintage printed bomber here paired with a clashing printed shirt. I love the loose styling of this outfit and the clashing prints work really well together. The silver hair styled back and away from the face gives the look a crisp edge, beaut!
Again, loose, vintage sports styling prevails; the colour-blocked windbreaker is given an interesting and fresh feel when paired with a floaty skirt featuring an insane (but great!) print. Black accessories continue the sporty feel but allow the focus to stay on the colour and print.
Another amazing jacket! Jesus ladies, where are you pulling these from!!!? 😀 I love this hat shape with the curved peak; I’ve seen this baseball hat shape trending recently as a backlash from snap-back hats. Light blue mom jeans and cute pale grey trainers let the bright jacket do all the talking.
All black, understated-cool girls provided a contrast to the brightly printed, vintage sportswear styling earlier in the post. This multi-layered, laid back style looks great paired with long natural hair and THAT face, wow!
Olivia’s pink hair and short fringe is on point! DR. Marten boots continue to trend for girl’s at AVA, which isn’t surprising really as they’re the perfect festival footwear.
The last look of day the day and one of the best- Dark blue double denim looks amazing set off with a tight white crop top, silver hair and a Stussy bucket hat. Clean white trainers keep the outfit looking fresh and the jeans fit beautifully!
Photo credits: 1-4 Luke Joyce, 5-18 Ruairi Drayne.
Described as a ‘one day & night grass roots Audio Visual Arts festival’, AVA is set to be a festival with a difference, and there’s no doubt that it will be one of the most exciting events to grace Belfast in 2015.
The festival takes place tomorrow (Saturday the 30th of May) at Titanic Quarter’s T13 building; kicking off at 11am with a street food market and record fair open to the public, and continuing on for ticket holders throughout the day and night. The festival boasts a line up of Belfast’s heavy weight electronic musicians and DJ’s such as Twitch, Bicep, Chris Hanna, Swoose & Cromby, Ejeca and Schmutz to name a few.
You can find (very limited) final release tickets here at AVA’s website.
I cannot stress enough that this event is not to be missed, so snap those tickets up before some one else does!
AVA festival is something I feel passionately about as it aims to showcase the talent that Belfast produces, rather than drafting international talent in…and what a talented bunch we have! (a preview shot of the location and line up below)
Check out The Thin Air’s festival preview article for more information on the musicians.
The electronic music scene in Belfast is absolutely kicking for a city of its size, and I’m proud to be a part of it. Although I’ve moved across the water to study, I’ve still yet to find a night in any other city with an atmosphere or crowd anywhere near that of Twitch Belfast’s nights in the Bunatee. (See photo below taken from Twitch Belfast’s website)
AVA festival brings another first to the city in the form of Boiler Room; the Boiler room stage will run along side the main stage from 4pm tomorrow. To be honest I think that Boiler Room’s Belfast debut was a long time coming and I’m excited for the world to see what partying in Belfast is like; it’s really something else!
I’m thrilled to say that I’ll be involved in the fashion side of the festival; local photographer Ruairi Drayne and I will be taking street style shots of the best-dressed festival goers throughout the day, so get your glad rags on!
Festivals are my favourite fashion showcase as they create a feeling of escapism; so I hope to see some creative outfits, make up and accessories tomorrow :D. Wigs, glitter, gems, transfer tattoos, head dresses and general amazing colourful sh*t is a must, if you can’t be a sparkly princess at a festival then when can you!?
See some festival-esque fashion below from my good friend and fellow blogger Katie Bryce’s birthday party. Check out her blog here.
Unfortunately the weather is behaving like a moody teenager in typical Belfast fashion; in the last few hours it’s gone from sunshine to hailstones and back again a few times. So I’d advise festival go-ers to prepare accordingly! Hopefully by tomorrow it will have leveled out and we’ll get some May sunshine.
You’ll be able to see my street style shots here on BELFASH in the coming week, and you can check my Instagram account for live updates tomorrow.
If you’re attending the festival tomorrow keep an eye out for me – I should be donning a baby blue wig, a rainbow-coloured snake-skin crop top and a big fat smile on my face haha!
I leave you with a few tunes I’m listening to that should set the mood :D.
It’s oxegen time! and if you haven’t got the full four-day camping ticket you still have some time to grab some things before you go, aswell as some treats for any other festivals still to come!
Here are some fun things I’ve found 🙂
How gorgeous is this rain poncho from irregular choice!? I love the print. The best part about it though, is that it packs away into a little bunny shaped bag!! Click here to see it.
It also comes in a navy sequin print – see below:
Equally is gorgey-porgey I think. Both £48 each at irregularchoice.com –click here
I love this stack of bracelets from ASOS, £10 –click here. However I’ve recently learnt how to make pom poms – they’re really easy! Below are the pom poms I made a few days ago:
In my next post I’ll show you how to make them and try to make a little bracelet out of them. All you’ll need is some wool in the colours you want the pom poms, some cardboard (a cereal packet will do) and a pair of scissors :).
I’m a big fan of face paints for festivals – so much fun. I bought this set last weekend in preparation for Creamfields which I’m going to in August. It’s a bit early, I know, but I love face painting anyway so it doesn’t matter :). A few days ago I took my little sister to see Pirates of the Caribbean, and she decided she’d like to be painted as a witch for the occasion. A bit random, but sure why not I guess! Here she is:
I love this little bandeau/shorts combo! It’ll see you through from beach to festival: throw on over your bikini with sandals for the beach/ add a raincoat, leather fringe bag, a pair of grubby wellies and big shades for festival. £26 from TOPSHOP – click here.
Najavo print socks – so pretty! £8 from URBAN OUTFITTERS – click here.
I was having a bit of a struggle trying to find a cheap rucksack that was big enough to fit all my festival gear in – but small enough to fit the regulations for hand luggage on my flight to liverpool for creamfields. We didn’t book luggage on as it was working out at an extra £30 :/. Thankfully I remembered I have this lovely rucksack I used to use as my school bag 🙂 I got mine from TK MAXX and they often have some nice jansport bags in there.
To the left is another backpack I found on the tk-maxx website – £14.99, which is really cheap compared to some of the other ones I’ve seen. It’s a good size too. Click here.
I bought this glitter palette from URBAN OUTFITTERS yesterday – perfect for adding a bit of glam. It’s in the sale for £4! Click here. Below is some glittery eye makeup inspiration.
I don’t really like the shape of the glitter around this models eyes, I think it’s too panda-like. But the idea of the grungy glittery eye is cool and really easy to do. Also it will look better as it smudges :). This image is from the Vena Cava A/W 2011 catwalk.
How fun is this mohawk hat from RIVER ISLAND!? perfect if your feeling a bit chilly/having a hair crisis. It also comes in black. £24.99 – click here. They also have a very girly indian headdress for £29.99:
pretty, isn’t it :)? Click here.
These Bitching and Junkfood shorts are amazing, but I still thing £60 for a pair of shorts is a bit much – check out my previous post on their launch at URBAN OUTFITTERS last month here. and click here to see the shorts.
Poi (seen above) are super fun – I’m bringing mine to creamfields. See them below:
I got mine from Barcelona – but you can buy them from the internet if you’re interested. Here’s a youtube video of some basic poi spinning :).
That’s all for today folks – hope you enjoyed it + if you have any questions just post on my facebook page!
I feel as though I’ve been neglecting the menswear side of things! In this post I wanted to look at Festival style for boys.
Obviously there are different types of festival (e.g. oxegen/planet love) which require a totally different fashion etiquite. For this post I wanted to look at boys style for a rock/indie festival. I’ve hunted around and comprised an outfit + accessories in 10 items; enjoy!
10.1. Aztec print jumper, £40: Bitching and Junkfood. 2. Cosy print socks, £3: Topman. 3. Red backpack, £35: ASOS. 4. Light grey Chinos, £75: ALL SAINTS. 5. Yellow tee, £9.99: River Island. 6. Brown leather renewal belt, £10: URBAN OUTFITTERS. 7. Black Original Hunter boot, £70: SCHUH. 8. Penguin flask, £15: URBAN OUTFITTERS. 9. Carhart green waxed jacket, £109.99: SIZE. 10. Black wayfers, £12: ASOS.
PLEASE DO NOT WEAR:
Hope you enjoyed this post! It was fun but challenging doing a post about menswear so if you have any feedback please comment. Remember if you want to see any of the clothing featured in the blog just click on the writing highlighted in pink :).
Hi everyone, sorry for the delay and my general laziness! This week I’m getting very excitamundo because hopefully I’ll be booking the 15th-22nd of June off and booking my tickets to go to the SONAR festival in Barcelona!
Click here for the SONAR website.
While I’m there I’ll definitely have to do stylespotting every day – I can’t miss that opportunity!
So because of that It’s got me thinking about festival style in general..
Unfortunately for anyone going to a local festival, Ireland and England are both considered to have generally miz. and unpredictable weather so we have many more things to worry about fashion-wise. Here are my 3 basic essentials for a local festival (eg. OXEGEN).
1. Wellies – seriously, do not kid yourself into thinking your converse will do. You will get trenchfoot.
The fluoro-orange Hunter’s are gorgeous but £75 is a wee bit unrealistic. Still, nice to drool over. The unisex Dunlop’s on the right might not look like much but they are a classic wellie-boot, they keep your tootsies nice and dry and they’re only £11.99.
2. Good socks: Get knee highs in various colours and thicknesses, you’ll thank me when everyone else is getting wellie-chaif on their calves from wearing bare legs. Also they’re cosy and you can jazz up your Wellington’s with them!
O’Hanlon Mills boot socks (unisex one size fits all) available from URBAN OUTFITTERS for £5.oo. Blue stripe socks, £5.00 from ASOS.com. Try folding the top of the sock over your wellies for extra comfort + so everyone can see your lovely socks :).
3. A raincoat: Don’t go without a basic pack-a-mac! and also I’d advise you not to bring a big hefty coat as it’s a pain when you get into the sweaty arenas. Thin layers are the way to go. (annoyingly I can’t find anywhere selling them at the minute but I’ll find some soon).
So those are my 3 basic essentials, in the next few posts I’ll be looking at rucksacks, tents, make-up and festival fashion in past years. Oh and what I hope to be wearing at SONAR in sunny Barcelona! Hope you enjoyed this one and if you have any questions let me know!