Spring has sprung and as the sun graces our sky for longer and the days get longer we know what that means... Festival season is here! Wellies, beer and a lot of Fancy Dress. Have you got your tickets yet? If you’re still unsure which festival to attend this year? We’ve planned a list of fancy dress themed festivals that are going to be rocking the calendar in the sweet sweet summer of 2017! So here’s to the nights that turned into mornings and the friends that turn into family!
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 2017, 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 : 26th, 27th and 28th May Back to top
Over the May bank holiday weekend Bournemouth plays host to the world's largest sport and music festival. 2017 will be it’s the tenth anniversary and continuing it’s tradition, we are sure it will be even bigger than last year. 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. It’s 3,000-person capacity campsite with luxury glamping tents boasts a home away from home experience for all festival goers. The theme this year is Skool Disco vs Anything Goes
Ticket Prices - Adult Camping Weekend: £140
Fancy Dress Theme: Skool Disco vs Anything Goes
Fancy Dress Ideas Ideas For The 2017 Bournemouth 7's Festival
Masked Ball: 26th - 28th 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:DJ Marky & MC GQ / Austin ATO / Craig Rixhards
Ticket Prices - Adult Camping Weekend:£69
Fancy Dress Theme: The Underworld
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 20th May -Back to top
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Blissfields: 6th - 8th 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 exploring a tunnel through the fantastic, via fantasy and freakshow, celebrate and fearfully poke the unknown. A gateway to new frontiers, what will this playground for imagination hold for you? For the ultimate weekend party, grab your tickets before they sell out!
Headliners: The Cinematic Orchestra / Metronomy /Lady Leshurr
Ticket Price: Adult Weekend Camping: £100.45
Fancy Dress Theme: The Bizzare
Boomtown: 10th - 13th 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: Behind the Mask
GreenMan Festival: 17th - 20th August - Back to top
In the breath-taking beauty of the Brecon beacon between 17th-20th of August Something magical is stirring.. Made up of all the freethinking, Inquisitive people that wander its wild ways Green Man Festival is the perfect place to drink, make merry and dance until dawn. This year it will also be celebrating its 15th birthday! Be prepared to discover, meet new friends, try something new and create memories to last a lifetime!
Headliners:PJ Harvey / Ryan Adams / Future Islands
Ticket Price: Adult Weekend: £180
Fancy Dress Theme: TBA
Beautiful Days: 18th - 20th August - Back to top
Beautiful Days Festival is held at Escot Park, Devon. Spread across 3 days with 5 stages filled with over a hundred music acts from local up-and-coming performers to well known and loved bands like Sisters of Mercy. The festival also offers comedy, theatre, fancy dress and interactive art Beautiful Days is guaranteed to provide a great weekend away for the whole family.
V Festival: 19th - 20th August - Back to top
Taking place simultaneously at venues in Chelmsford and South Staffordshire in the penultimate week of August, You’re bound to have cracking weekend with chart topping acts like Emeli Sande, pink and Ellie Goulding as well as the rap superstar, Jay Z! Bring your most colourful wellies and get ready to have weekend of game changing Instagram opportunities.
Headliners: Pink / Rudimental / Pete Tong
Ticket Price - Adult Weekend: £195
Fancy Dress Theme:None given. We expect there to be a lot of festival glitter looks this year! Mermaid hair and unicorn accessories too.
Shambala: 24th to 27th 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 Cloud Cuckoo Land which offers endless fancy dress opportunities. So Unicorns, get those horns polished! Pigs, spread your wings and prepare to dance, sing and march your way through the hallowed fields of Utopia.
Headliners:Dubi Dolczek / TheTriangulators / Bulldozer
Ticket Price - Adult Weekend: £179.00
Fancy Dress Theme: Cloud Cuckoo Land
Fancy Dress Ideas For The Shambala Festival
End Of The Road Festival: 31st of August - 3rd 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: Father John Misty/ Mac Demarco/ Bill Callahan
Ticket Price - Adult Weekend:£195
Fancy Dress Theme: None set but taking funny group costumes is bound to get you attention.
Bestival: 7th - 10th September - Back to top
Infamous for its magical offerings a pretty eclectic and not to mention awesome line up 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 inbetween!
Headliners:The XX / Dizzee Rascal / Pet Shop Boys
Ticket Price - Adult Weekend: £181
Fancy Dress Theme:Festival of colour
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.