The Dailies (ish): One Night Only or how to avoid the mud this summer

by alexxxxxandra

The Dailies was an idea I came up after I finished my dissertation. This week, I was very busy (sitting on my arse watching TV), but I promise I’ll try harder next week!

If one is to read such trashy (wonderful) things such as the beautifully designed Company magazine, you will already be aware that the only thing English summer is good for is FESTIVALS. If I have to read another fucking article about ‘festival glam’ I’ll shoot someone. Like, whose idea was it that you’re meant to look good at a festival? It’s about music, not fashion.

I blame this photo for spawning a hundred copy cat photos of pretty girls with messy hair and a lot of leg.


The now iconic image of Kate at Glastonbury (??) donning Hunters and shorts smaller than my knickers.

The thing is, this is Kate Moss. Kate Moss, whose JOB it is to look beautiful.

When I go to a festival, I’m all about taking clothes I don’t care about, because you can’t lock a tent and you can’t predict what the weather will do.

Wellingtons, knee socks, old dresses or shorts, minging jumpers & rain macs. These are what you need at a festival. Not fucking ‘boho chic’.

In fact here I am at Latitude 2011:


Just for clarifications, I am the one on the right. The one on the left is Tristan. He should have left those shorts in the ’90s, but by wearing them is adhering to my style regulations for festivals. Whattababe.

This year I’ve decided there’s way more to summer than mud, bad weather and minging jumpers. The new vibe is the ‘Day’ festival. These fun events are a quarter of the price of a real festival, smaller, in easier to get to locations (that is, if your whole world revolves around London) & don’t involve tents. My kind of bag. I trawled the internet (did a small amount of research) about the BEST day festivals coming up this summer:

1) Field Day, Victoria Park, 25th June.

Despite the fact that Victoria Park has some weird laws about music decibels (or something), I’m having minor heart palpitations about how sexy the line up for this one day extrazanga of (ever so slightly hipster) fabulous music is. To name but a few bands: Dark Dark Dark, Everything Everything, Animal Collective, Bat for Lashes, CHVRCHES…. I could go on.


Last year’s Victoria Park decked out for Field Day.

2) We Are FSTVL, Upminster, 25th May.

Trendy, new dance festival in Essex. Terrible website which should come with an epilepsy warning, but impressive line up including: Rudimental, Jaguar Skills, Modestep and others. Tickets are going fast.

3) The Sound of Change, Twickenham, 1st June.

I am seriously reppin’ this one day event for a plethora of reasons. Firstly, Twickenham is my hometown. Secondly, this is a concert for charity (Twickenham Stadium previously held the Help for Heroes concert). Thirdly, the charity is a WOMEN’S charity, to promote education & equality for all girls and women globally. UHHH YESS. Finally, the line up is seriously sick. Beyonce, Florence & the Machine, Iggy Azealea (hotly tipped new rapper, doncha knowww, well I didn’t), Haim, John Legend, Rita Ora and Timbaland. Twickenham done good. I’ve never been so proud of my TW1 up bringing.


The irony of Beyonce headlining a festival promoting Feminist ideas has not escaped me.

4) South West Four, Clapham Common, 24th/25th August.

I reckon this counts because it’s only two days and they have no camping on site. Another dance festival with an equally crowded website. The full line up is yet to be announced, but is already formidable with dance heavy weight Armin Van Buuren on the bill and chart sensation Example headlining.

5) Night + Day, Isleworth, 23rd June.

Another one dayer with a TW postcode! I’ve already booked my tickets for this exciting musical show in the beautiful Osterley House (National Trust building). The xx are headlining (and are the brains behind this one), alongside Mount Kimbie, Polica and Kindness. More acts and DJs are going to be announced.


Osterley Park.