28 June 2013

Festival Fever - Our Guide for 2013

Your Festival Guide and Festival Fancy Dress Guide for 2013
Festival season is upon us and although we can't help guarantee sunshine, we can help you choose the best festivals and ensure you are wearing the right festival fancy dress!* 

*Good times not included.

What? T in the Park
When? 12th - 14th July
Balado, Kinross-Shire, Scotland
Fancy Dress Theme? Heroes & Villains

The hugely popular Scottish festival is back for another year and the 2013 line up sees big acts like Mumford & Sons, The Killers, Rihanna, Chase & Status, Calvin Harris and Stereophonics. This is not to be missed if your a fan of the newest chart hits. Plus they have 'Fancy Dress Fridays' and this year the theme is 'Heroes & Villians'. CLICK HERE to start viewing our top costumes for this theme.


What? Wireless
When? 12 - 14th July
Where? Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London
Fancy Dress Theme? No.
Situated just outside London, it benefits from some of the best transport links, making it very accessible for a wide audience. This festival also boasts some of the biggest names in music from Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg and the legendary Jay-Z just to name a few. Don't forget though whilst this is still a two day festival there is no camping! So make sure you have planned somewhere to stay if you are attending both days.
There's no Wireless festival fancy dress theme but there's always room for some festival classics such as face paint, neon colours and glow sticks. Pick up those all important accessories by CLICKING HERE.

What? Larmer Tree
When? 17th - 21st July
Where? Wiltshire/Dorset border
Fancy Dress Theme? Sat-hatter-day!
Come for the whole long weekend or visit just for the day and take in some of the atmosphere in a beautiful location. Headliners include KT Tunstall, Van Morrison and Seasick Steve. They've recently been awarded the UK Festival Awards for  ‘Best Family Festival’ and ‘Best Toilets’ by festival-goers.
Plus, you'll have to make sure you bring your best hat with you for their fantastically named theme 'Sat-hatter-day' where everyone must at least don a hat on Saturday. CLICK HERE to look for your perfect hat.

What? Latitude
When? 18th- 21st July
Where? Henham park, Southwold, Suffolk
Fancy Dress Theme? Neuroscience vs. Sexuality: What Defines Me?
In just 7 years Latitude has established new areas and arenas, allowing more and more fans to come see top artists and experience the creative culture for themselves. This year's line up is bigger and better than before with all the big names you'd expect including Bloc Party, Foals and Kraftwerk, not forgetting comedians Eddie Izzard and Sean Lock to bring some laughs. 
This years Latitude fancy dress theme is 'Neuroscience vs. Sexuality: What Defines Me?'. How do they describe this deep and philosophical theme? " As such, neuroscience now grips contemporary artists, writers, performers and thinkers in a way we have not seen since developments in psychoanalysis shook up creative and intellectual life in the 1950s’. Alongside neuroscience, Latitude will also explore the subject of sex, looking at the central roles that sex, gender and sexual orientation play in creating our individual and collective identities." CLICK HERE to view our pick of costumes that we think fit this theme! 

What? Lovebox
When? 19th-21st July
Where? Victoria Park, London
Fancy Dress Theme? No.
Originally started by Groove Armada to host their own parties across various locations across the capital, it eventually grew into the Lovebox Weekender. There is an opportunity to grab yourself a bargain with the Sunday tickets, as one of the unannounced main stage artists cancelled. Resulting in tickets being reduced to just £45, so grab yourself a ticket to what organisers claim to be the most 'flamboyant, out and out fierce festival anywhere around'.
There's no Lovebox fancy dress theme but why not take on their claims of flamboyant and fierce with some outrageous costumes? CLICK HERE to shop now. 

What? Secret Garden Party
When? 25th - 28th July
Where? Abbots Ripton, Cambridgeshire
Fancy Dress Theme? Superstition
A four day festival set in beautiful landscaped gardens, which also offers the chance for you to some gardening. Offering music from Faithless, The Ladykillers and Kitch n Sync. There are also plenty of workshops filled with games, activities and even a labyrinth if you want to do something different. The Superstition theme is designed to take us away from the rational world of science and mechanics, to explore our connections with the supernatural and inexplicable, and create it's own reality. CLICK HERE to browse our fantasy fancy dress which is perfect for the Secret Garden Party fancy dress theme.

What? Womad
When? 25th - 28th July
Where? Charlton Par, Wiltshire
Fancy Dress Theme? Ritzy and Spiffy / 1920's
The World of Music Arts and Dance festival is back in 2013 bigger and better than before, bringing together artists from all over the globe. WOMAD festivals are family friendly, diverse and active events, with educational and entertaining workshops. The main attraction of WOMAD is the diversity it offers in its acts from Arrest Development to the 2013 Malmsbury School Project, along with a vast range of cuisines and shops from around the globe. Fancy dress wise Molly's Bar is the focal point, this year with the Ritzy and Spiffy theme, think feathers, beads swooshing skirts and swinging tunes to transport you back in time. CLICK HERE to shop for your Womad festival fancy dress.

What? Global Gathering
When? 26th & 27th July
Where? Long Marston Airfield, Stratford Upon Avon

Fancy Dress Theme? No.
Announcing a brand new main stage for 2013 based on the theme of 'Industrial Cubism' to create a fully immersive environment for the first time ever in the UK. Christening this stage are live performance from Plan B, Disclosure, Rudimental, Example and special guest Nero. Global Gathering also presents the ultimate camping loo, VIPee's giving you a 'throne away from home'. These low water consumption, vacuum toilets with warm water to wash your hands can be accessed by buying a special wristband, great for those who 'don't do camping'. 
As for fancy dress, we love this quote! “Tens of thousands of people having fun in the sun in ridiculous fancy dress. A fitting way to celebrate a decade of mayhem… can’t wait for next year!” Deputy Editor, Mixmag. So whilst there's no Global Gathering fancy dress theme, make an effort and browse our huge range and perhaps don some neon. CLICK HERE to view now.

What? Boardmasters
When? 7th-11th August
Where? Fistral Beach, Cornwall
Fancy Dress Theme? No.
The ultimate beach festival is back again, this festival truly has something for everyone. For the adrenaline junkies there are extreme sports competitions in surfing, skateboarding and BMX. Then as if that isn't enough there are big acts including Basement Jaxx, Ben Howard and the Vaccines. Boardmasters is also the only festival which claims you can spot dolphins if you get your timing right when looking out over the beautiful Cornish bay.
There's no Boardmasters fancy dress theme but make your 'tenting area' the best on site and decorate in style - we have some fantastic props. Be the envy of the campsite and you'll have the best Boardmasters after party. CLICK HERE to look now.

What? Greenman
When? 15th - 18th August
Where? Glanusk Park, Wales 
Fancy Dress Theme? No but fantasy is a good route to go down.
The legendary Greenman is the only UK festival with a 24 hour licence to ensure the party never stops, ensuring good music, a good time and all for a good cause! Promising a warm welcome for all, from students to families with activities for all from spa therapies, all night bonfires, local ciders, local food areas, comedy, art and science to name just a few. This years big acts are The Horrors, Ben Howard, Local Natives and Stornoway.
Maybe you'd like to sort out your Greenman festival fancy dress when you get there as "There's a fancy dress fantasy world with professional costume makers and make-up artists, a chance to have your picture taken inside CamperObscura, paint your whole body and be a walking talking lizard or pirate." If you'd like to go down the fantasy route, have a look at our fancy dress costumes: CLICK HERE.

What? Beautiful Days
When? 16th - 18th August
Where? Escot Park, Devon
Fancy Dress Theme? Animals
In their own words: "Beautiful Days is the Levellers festival which takes place at Escot Park in the heart of Devon. 2013 will be the 11th Beautiful Days festival. We’re a family music festival with five music stages, a seated theatre tent, amazing site art, a huge children’s area in the centre of the festival, comedy, walkabout theatre, family camping, a healing area, licensed real ale bars from Otter Brewery & carefully selected food and craft stalls. Beautiful Days was chosen as one of the ‘Best Family Festivals’ in 2013 by the Guardian’s Guide and one of Britain’s 50 best music festivals of 2013 according to The Daily Telegraph."On Sunday is compulsory fancy dress along the theme of Animals - bring out your wild side and go as your favourite animal. CLICK HERE to view our favourite costumes and props along this theme.

What? V Festival
When? 17th & 18th August
Where? Hylands Park, nr Chelmsford / Weston Park, nr Birmingham
Fancy Dress Theme? No
V-Festival is split over two locations, offering a enormous selection of big names from Beyonce, The Script, Kings of Leon, Calvin Harris and Little Mix. V-Festival also offers luxury options for those who like creature comforts such as camping kits, hot showers, premium toilets and even the opportunity to arrive and depart by helicopter! 
There's no fancy dress theme for V Festival but why not make a theme between you and your friends? It's a great excuse to dress up and have some fun. Have a look at our huge range of different costumes at an affordable price: CLICK HERE.

What? Reading & Leeds
When? 23rd - 25th August
Where? Braham Park, Leeds/ Richfield Avenue, Reading
Fancy Dress Theme? No.
Allowing people to party in the north and the south, since 1989 this massive music festival has huge acts to match its reputation. This year Reading or Leeds are the place to be for serious music fans, some headline acts on offer are Green Day, Biffy Clyro, Eminem, Chase and Status and Skrillex. Winning NME Best Festival 2013, event organisers have lived up to this title arranging 20% off train travel to the Leeds festival, and giving you the chance to win VIP tickets get on the stage if you enter Carl Donnelly's Novelty Dance Off!
Whilst there is no fancy dress theme for Reading and Leeds Festival, people still love dressing up and why not go with the music theme and go as a musician? CLICK HERE to take a look at our top music and pop star costumes.

What? Bestival
When? 5th - 8th September
Where? Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight
Fancy Dress Theme? Nautical/HMS
Over the past few years Bestival has grown into an awarding festival and Best Major Festival of 2012. "Taking its place among more than 20 stages in 10 fields of wonderment with mega soundsystems, non-stop parties and 24 hour escapism, you’ve got to explore it before it burns to the ground!" Headliners include Annie Mac, Elton John, Fat Boy Slim and Bombay Bicycle Club.
Bestival is THE fancy dress festival! No one else does fancy dress quite like them so ensure you have your show stopper costume planned well in advance. Take a look at our Bestival fancy dress page to browse all our costumes and props suitable for the big weekend of HMS Bestival - CLICK HERE.

Whatever the festival or event, Flingers Party Shop will have the perfect fancy dress costume for you. We love to provide quality with an affordable price and will definitely be able to provide you with exactly what you need for that big weekend! 
Visit our website to start browsing out products or pop in store to see the magic for yourself and try on a few festival outfits.