The sun has started shining and the days are getting a little longer, which can only mean one thing - festival season is finally upon us! As well as lazy days in fields, world-class music, and a little over indulgence; the festival season also means a lot of fancy dress.
So, to help you plan Escapade has come up with a list of fancy dress themed festivals that are going to be rocking the calendar in the sweet sweet summer of 2016!
So prepare yourselves for house parties, wonders of the ancient world, boomboxes and lots of tents. The festival Gods have spoken: summer is coming!
See below for a full list of our favourite festivals during 2016, their bios, headliners and their fancy dress themes. Have a great festival season and make sure you check out the festival safety tips to ensure you stay safe over the summer.
Bournemouth 7's : 27th, 28th and 29th May - Back to top
Over the May bank holiday weekend, Bournemouth plays host to the world's largest sport and music festival. With a capacity of 30,000 and three days jam packed with live music and teams from all over Europe entering into a range of social and elite cups across four sports; Rugby, Netball, Hockey and Dodgeball there is a massive amount of action for all. The theme this year is carnival vs Olympics so expect to see parades of sporting team prowess, party celebrations and music creating a carnival like no other!
Headliners: Fatman Scoop / General Levi
Ticket Prices - Adult Camping Weekend: £140
Fancy Dress Theme: Carnival vs Olympics
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Masked Ball: 20th - 22 th May - Back to top
The Masked Ball is a spectacular themed party staged in Cornwall. A multilevel party kingdom where themed venues range from outrageous to downright unsavoury and spectacular. So if you like the sound of celebrating a decade of decadence and debauchery, across multiple magical venues, on a festival site carved into a Cornish cliff top, grab a mask and get moving!
Headliners: 2manyDJs / Groove Armada / Basement Jaxx
Ticket Prices - Adult Camping Weekend: £90
Fancy Dress Theme: Masquerade
Let’s Rock! has been leading the way for quality 80s music festivals since 2009. Offering a fabulous lineup of artists and an action packed day of general 80s madness, there is plenty to do for everyone at this family-friendly festival. So dress to impress, strike a pose and don’t miss out on this chance for a retro blast with the very best of the 80s!
Lets Rock The Moor: Saturday 21st May -Back to top
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Blissfields: 1st - 2nd July - Back to top
Blissfields it's all about love. Love for new talent, love for the artists that have flourished and love for the crowd. All in all, they know how to throw a party. In keeping with this ethos, this year’s theme promises to have you channelling the spirit of National Lampoons and Dr. Frank N. Furter via the Bratpack, 1990’s and Skins, it’s time to go old school and take over the palace for one ultimate weekend party. Don't forget your toothbrush!
Headliners: Dizzee Rascal / Everything Everything / Shy FX
Ticket Price: Adult Weekend Camping: £100.45
Fancy Dress Theme: House Party
Boomtown: 11th - 14th of August - Back to top
BoomTown rose up from the underground scene in 2009 to become one of the UK’s wildest and most inspiring independent festivals. Offering a sprawling creative metropolis, every kind of musical genre you could want or imagine and a global community of music and freedom loving people Boomtown really is a festival like no other! The festival is split into nine totally individual districts across the four areas of the festival each offering endless fancy dress opportunities. Check out the website to find out more about what to expect from each district!
Barrio Loco - Mexican/Spanish
Old town - Pirates
DSTRKT 5 - Robots/Futuristic
Headliners: Madness / Damian Marley / Leftfield
Ticket Price: £190.00
Fancy Dress Theme: Chapter - The Revolution Starts Now
GreenMan Festival: 18th - 21st August - Back to top
In the breath-taking beauty of the Brecon beacon between 18-21st of August Something magical is stirring. GreenMan's chilled atmosphere is made by all the freethinking, inquisitive people who wander its wild ways. The festival is the perfect place to drink, make merry and dance until dawn. Its headliners include Belle and Sebastian, James blake and Wild beasts. This year there isn't an overall theme but if you have kids (or feel like a big one) feel free to indulge in the jungle theme at the 'Little Folk" area. Be prepared to discover exciting music, meet new friends and create memories to last a lifetime!
Headliners: Belle and Sebastian / James Blake / Wild Beasts
Ticket Price: Adult Weekend: £175
Fancy Dress Theme: The Jungle
Fancy Dress Ideas For The 2016 GreenMan Festival
Beautiful Days: 19th - 21st August - Back to top
Hot on the heels of their 2015 success and a regular holder of the crown of Best Family Festival - Beautiful Days 2016 is set to be bigger and better than ever before. Spread across 3 days with 5 stages filled with over a hundred music acts and a smattering of comedy, theatre, fancy dress and interactive art Beautiful Days is guaranteed to provide a great weekend away for the whole family.
V Festival: 20th - 21st August - Back to top
Taking place simultaneously at venues in Chelmsford and South Staffordshire in the penultimate week of August, V Fest is turning 21 and it really does pack a punch! With chart-topping acts like Justin Bieber, Rihanna and SIA as well as the legendary, Rick-rolling, Rick Astley! Pop lovers of all ages are sure to have a cracking weekend. Bring your most colourful wellies and get ready to have a weekend of game-changing Instagram opportunities.
Headliners: Justin Bieber / David Guetta / Kaiser Chiefs
Ticket Price - Adult Weekend: £195
Fancy Dress Theme: TBA
Shambala: 25th - 28th August - Back to top
Shambala is an environmentally conscious festival that is 100% wind, sun and Veg oil powered. The music acts are kept secret until the opening day to add to the mystery. The festival is renowned for its outrageous fancy dress and on the Saturday every year there is a customary fancy dress parade, which everyone gets involved in. This year's festival theme is Myths and Monsters which offers endless fancy dress opportunities. So Unicorns, get those horns polished! Griffins, spread your wings and prepare to dance, sing and march your way through the hallowed fields of Utopia.
Headliners: 47 Soul /
Ticket Price - Adult Weekend: £174.99
Fancy Dress Theme: Myths & Monsters
Fancy Dress Ideas For The Shambala Festival
End Of The Road Festival: 1st - 4th September - Back to top
Alternative festival lovers rejoice! End of the Road is a unique festival set in the scenic Larmer Tree Gardens in South Wiltshire. This carefully curated festival will have you discovering new and exciting music from many genres. The festival prides itself in not choosing one particular style of music, so bring an open mind and some funky threads and get ready to party down! This would be the perfect opportunity to curate your own fancy dress theme with some friends!
Headliners: Joanna Newsom/ Animal Collective / Bat for Lashes
Ticket Price - Adult Weekend:
Fancy Dress Theme: None specified
Bestival: 8th - 11th September - Back to top
Infamous for its magical offerings a pretty eclectic and not to mention awesome lineup and top notch fancy dress, Bestival is an absolute favourite among festival-goers. This year's theme "The future is here", sets sights firmly ahead With a reputation as one of the festival to show off your fancy dress skills and wares, intense planning always goes into the outfits on show – so Think lasers, aliens, rock stars, Robots and everything in between!
Headliners: The Cure / Major Lazer / Hot Chip
Ticket Price - Adult Weekend: £200
Fancy Dress Theme: The Future Is Here
1) Don’t flash your cash or your bling - avoid wearing expensive jewelry and watches and invest in an uncool, but very useful money belt.
2) Keep items of value on your person at all times, better yet when it comes to really expensive items, don't bring them at all.
3) Sunburn - Yes we all love the sun, but it doesn't love us back, wear sunscreen so your festival isn't ruined on the first day.
4) Don’t carry more cash than is needed as most festivals will provide cash machines.
5) Dehydration - Keep hydrated, festivals are active and if (it's a big if) the weather is good you will become dehydrated quickly.
6) Avoid drug and alcohol abuse, while festivals provide security and medical care adverse reactions to drug and alcohol abuse can leave you isolated and vulnerable.
7) Heat Exhaustion - Symptoms will include dizziness, nausea and potentially vomiting. If this happens, get out of the sun and into a cool area where you can consume plenty of fluids and shower or sponge yourself with water.
8) Keep expensive cameras and video recording equipment safely hidden. Avoid dangling your camera as it makes it easy to be snatched.