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.
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!
These 3D photos of M.I.A’s new collection for Versace are amazing. The collection is controversially inspired by Versace counterfeits. Check out the rest of the photos by Jamie Martinez here: M.I.A Versus Versace
“Counterfeits are something I’ve always had and collected, and I would also collect a lot of vintage Versace from the Nineties,” she said. “Sometimes I like the copies better and sometimes I like the original. I felt that there needed to be a bridge between both, or definitely a mix-up, so it’s really a collaboration between Versace and the bootlegs.” – M.I.A interviewed for Vogue
These were shown to me a few days ago by my bezzer pal Katie B. Check out her blog! http://whatktwore.blogspot.co.uk/