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.
- Sequin Baseball Dress – Native Rose (bought at Urban Outfitters)
- Ripped Boyfriend Jeans – Urban Outfitters
- DR. Martens (VERY old)
I’m completely in love with my jazzy sequin baseball dress; but it’s one of those items that’s so jazzy that once you’ve worn it on a few nights out you feel like you have to keep it under wraps for a while.. because its so memorable. I wanted to try it out as a dressed-down daytime outfit so I can get more use out of it. I think it looks well paired with these super baggy boyfriend jeans, and the length of the dress hides the fact that the jeans keep falling down round my arse!
My trusty Dr. Marten boots are so old, I don’t even want to think about it.. it makes me feel like a withering old lady.
(9 years old if you must know….UGH).
Aside from the fact that I feel like I’m getting eve- closer to middle age, my DM’s have served me SO well; they’ve been through many a festival and general hideous Belfast weather and they’re still going. Not a hole in sight. They have a lot of scuffs on the top but I think that adds to the look of them – and they’re soft as butter as I’ve worn them so much.
You can check out the boots Dr. Marten’s has to offer here. I’m loving these:
Love this shape! Considering investing in these..beaut! Dr. Marten’s Bryony Boot – £160
Dr. Marten’s Finn Boot – £130 (available to pre-order, out on the 31st of March)
Or, if you have loads of cash moneeeey $$$£££ to spend why not go all out on these amazing disco princess jeans by Diy by Panida:
Thanks for reading :3 Nuala xx
Shop the collection here – Not all of the items are released yet (I have my eye on the blonde model’s outfit below!)
Also have a looksy at their super cute photos from their IP Print Lab:
(The IP Print Lab range is a hand printed women’s wear collection available exclusively at Topshop London Boutiques and Illustrated People Online)
- Galaxy Print Windbreaker Jacket – Pop Sick Vintage (Asos Marketplace Boutique)
- Bobble Hat – Lazy Oaf
- Caterpillar Boots – ASOS
- Red lipstick- ‘Ruby Woo’ by MAC
My jacket game feels very strong! What an amazing print 😀 – this Pop Sick Vintage windbreaker arrived in the post yesterday and I couldn’t be happier with it. There are loads of fun hidden pockets and compartments and it’s just the right amount of over-sized. It’s also lined so its cosy for a windbreaker, which is great for Newcastle’s blustery weather.
I hate the winter, and around this time of year I would usually say that I can’t wait to put my coats and jackets in to hibernation and break out the skimpy summer clothes..but a jacket like this changes that. I feel so cheerful wearing it!
A few of my snaps of the Street Style that London had to offer last year :D. **All my own photography**
Spotted outside the Topshop show space at London Fashion Week in September. Those trousers are SO good. I wonder if I could do that myself? Attack a pair of jeans with a stanley knife..? Paired with a casual, loose fitting black polo neck and a pair of white Nike blazers this look is a perfect example of sport luxe styling.
I loveee Sinead’s bright blue roots – created using Kiko Hair Shadow, great for a temporary change – and hides root growth at the same time, win. This would look great paired with some gel and glitter, as seen in my Glitter Hair Inspiration post.
Check out the spiky leather backpack she’s wearing here
Sneaky celebrity snap!! Leah McFall‘s grey hair & futuristic glasses are on point! The High neck top layered underneath the ‘NYC’ jumper is from Shade London – check them out! Overt branding – top to toe outfit from Nasir Mazhar check out my post on Nasir Mazhar’s use of diverse models for his 2013 catwalk show here.
Faux fur scarfs <3. Here’s a very similar one from ASOS – on sale too 😉
Super kawaii! The girl on the right’s shorts are from the Illustrated People x Phoebe (from Made in Chelsea) collab collection – All on Sale now! I hope they do another collab – I have the Eyeballin’ shorts seen here 😀
GLITTER ON EVERYTHING. SPARKLY DISCO BBZ!!!
I’ve been noticing this trend emerging for a while now in editorial shoots & on the catwalk – but was surprised by how much imagery I found when I actually researched it. Glitter in general has been having a massive beauty moment – check out my glitter lips and eyebrows from 2014:
Using MAC Glitter in 3D pink over lipstick.
Here’s some glittery sparkle hair inspiration photos I’ve found:
First up – glittery roots
Brushed through to the lengths, possibly sprayed on?:
Artfully applied streaks:
Thickly applied & slicked back:
How not to do it..
I intend on trying this out myself ASAP. I’m thinking glitter hair spray from Claire’s Accessories will work nicely. Literally the same stuff I used when I was going to the Primary School Disco haha. Nostalgia! I’d probably try some standard hair gel + craft shop glitter for the more slicked back styles & glitter roots. If it works out well I’ll post it up ;).
Most images sourced from tumblr.com
Looking at photos of people partying gives me the same tingly happy feeling you get when you hear -that-song-you-heard-the-other-night-when-everyone-was-going-mental. Good party photography will capture a moment of pure freedom from the daily grind; the let-your-hair-down joy that comes with clubbing. No worries; just music, and smiles, and dancing, and sitting at the back having heart felt conversations with someone you’ve only just met -what’s your name again?-
The Ibiza: Moments in Love exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts is a time portal into the island Ibiza once was:
The first thing that really strikes me about these photographs is the people’s style; care free and costume-like. I would love to rock up to a club with my tatas out and a bit of silver paint on the nips. And why shouldn’t I. (Pass the silver paint)
As well as these photographs the exhibition contains past artefacts; magazines, posters, signed tickets, mix tapes etc. I’m glad to say that I have a shoe box in my room that is absolutely full to the brim with my own collection of similar items. I keep everything. I’m going to have to get a bigger box soon.
All photos above were taken by me at the Ibiza: Moments in Love Exhibition. It’s on until the 2nd of Feb so if you’re in London go down and check it out http://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/ibiza-moments-love. The photographs featured are a set of previously unpublished pictures by the British photographer Derek Ridgers taken at Ku in 1984.
Primark have released their Spring/Summer 2014 collection- and it looks sweeeet well done lads. Up the cheap and cheerful.
Love the styling here as well – corn rows/braids are set to be a big hair trend this summer. Primark has undergone a complete image overhaul and I applaud them for it; they have continued to grow through the gloomy recession and altering their target market towards youth fashion will see them grow even more.
I would happily wear every one of the looks in the images above; which is a big step considering when I was younger I would’ve been embarrassed to be seen in Primark (and I wasn’t alone in that feeling). I’ll be popping in store this week to check out the goodies.