Fancy Dress Festival Guide 2018
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 2018! 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 2018, 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.
Let's Rock The Moor 19th May Back to top
Headliners: OMD/ Adam Ant/ Billy Ocean/Thompson Twin's Tom Bailey
Ticket Prices -Per Adult: £42
Fancy Dress Theme: 80's
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!
Fancy Dress Ideas For The Let's Rock The Moor
Bournemouth 7's : 25th, 26th and 27th May Back to top
Ticket Prices - Adult Camping Weekend: £150
Fancy Dress Theme: Skool Disco vs Anything Goes
Over the May Bank Holiday weekend, Bournemouth plays host to the world’s largest sport and music festival. Three days jam packed with live music and teams from all over Europe entering into a range of social band elite cups across 6 sports; Rugby, Netball, Dodgeball, Hockey, Volleyball and Ultimate Frisbee, there is lots of action for all. It’s 3,000-person capacity campsite with luxury glamping tents which boasts a home away from home experience for all festival goers. Not to mention there will be 40 live acts and DJs across 12 festival arenas. The theme this year is Skool Disco vs Anything Goes.
Fancy Dress Ideas Ideas For The 2018 Bournemouth 7's Festival
Masked Ball: 25th - 27th May - Back to top
Headliners: Joe Goddard/Optimo/Horse Meat Disco/Danille Badelli
Ticket Prices - Adult Camping Weekend:£85
Fancy Dress Theme: Wear a mask of course
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!
Camden Rocks Festival 2nd June - Back to top
:Maximo Park/ PiL/ Twin AtlanticTicket Prices - Adult Day Ticket:
£39.50 + booking feeFancy Dress Theme:
Rock and Roll
We couldn't call ourselves true Camden folk if we didn't include a festival happening right on our doorstep! Camden Rocks Festival sees 7,000 live music lovers take over Camden Town for the most rock and rollone dayer of the year, with over 200 bands throughout 20 venues. After the sell-out success of all previous years, make sure you grab your tickets for this years event, get ready for madness and if you are feeling extra edgy pop into Escapade! with our awesome accessories and cool costumes we will have you channeling your inner Ozzy in no time!
Gottwood Festival: 7th - 10th of June - Back to top
Andrew Waetherall/Axel Boman/ Avalon EmersonTicket Prices - Adult Weekend:
£176.50Fancy Dress Theme:
Think crazy headpieces, extravagant hats and lots of glitter.
If you love electronic music then you will love Gottwood Festival. Based within an instimate setting, which has been beautifully constructed by a team of designers, carpeneters, painters and other artists, the Gottwood experience is one not to be missed! The line up for this year includes Andrew Weatherall, Axel Boman and Avalon Emerson and the dress code as always is anything goes. Expect the farm of Anglesey to transform into a parade of colour with crazy headpieces and plenty of glitter.
Download Festival: 8th - 10th of June - Back to top
Avenged Sevenfold/ Guns 'n' Roses/ Ozzy OsbourneTicket Prices - Adult Weekend:
£216Fancy Dress Theme:
Every year heavy metallers make the pilgrimage to Donington Park in Leicestershire for Download festival. Download was born from the ashes of the previous metal festival on the same grounds called Monsters of Rock. True to its predecessor, Download truly does host the biggest monsters in the rock industry! This year you have awesome headliners such as Guns 'n' Roses, Ozzy Osbourne and Avenged Sevenfold. To top things off the fancy dress theme takes place on the Friday and is SUPERVILLAINS! Get ready to strut out of your tent as the baddest of them all!
Fancy Dress Ideas For The 2018 Download Festival
3 Wishes Faery Fest: 15th - 17th of June - Back to top
Headliners:Rapalje/ Prima Nocta
Ticket Prices - Adult Camping Weekend: £99
Fancy Dress Theme: 16th June will be Unicorn Day, 17th June will be Fairy Circus Sunday
Boasting an extensive collection of festival awards, 3 wishes is the perfect family friendly event for music, magic and even a world record attempt. The theme, of course, is all things fairy! So don some wings and fly your way over to beautiful Cornwall for 3 Wishes Faery Fest 2018.
Fancy Dress Ideas For The 2018 3 Wishes Faery Fest
Blisscamp: 5th-8th July - Back to top
Headliners: Gold Panda / Baxter Dury /Mr Jukes
Ticket Prices - Adult Weekend: £110
Fancy Dress Theme: Animals
This year Blissfileds presents Blisscamp invoking yet another carefree party atmosphere. Blissfileds is all about love. Love for new talent, love for the artists that have flourished and love for the crowd and that's exactly what we can expect from Blisscamp too! Thjere will be 5 themed music and entertainment stages and 4 new areas which have been reinvented for this new adventure including The Outpost, The Arcade, Hidden Hege and The Bay.
Fancy Dress Ideas For The 2018 Blisscamp Festival
Wireless Festival: 6th - 9th of July - Back to top
J.Cole/Stormzy/DJ KhaledTicket Price - per Adult Weekend:
£160 + booking feeFancy Dress Theme:
No specific theme so why not create your own!
Taking place in Finsbury Park this year, Wireless is considered to be the ultimate summer festival in London and has only gone from strength to strength since it started in 2005! This standout festival promises only the biggest-chart topping acts and this year is playing host to J.Cole/Stormzy and DJ Khaled plus loads more!
Latitude Festival: 12th - 15th July - Back to top
Ticket Price: £213.30
Fancy Dress Theme: TBA
Set against a stunning background in Henham Park, Suffolk, Latitude is a family friendly festival with an edge. Touting the tagline “More than Just a Music Festival” it’s diverse and ever-changing activities mean it isn’t just for music lovers, but don’t be disappointed because the line up for 2018's latitude festival is couldn't be more exciting, with The Killers, Solange and alt-J headlining.
Lovebox Festival : 13th - 14th July - Back to top
Childish Gambino/ Skepta/N.E.R.DTicket Price:
Adult Day Ticket: £115Fancy Dress Theme:
Dating back to 2002 with it's first party which was thrown by Groove Armada in old strip club off Tottenham Court Road, Lovebox has since evolved into a colourful festival attended by over 20,000 people each year. This year it will be hosting a range of fabulous acts from Childish Gambino to Skepta and N.E.R.D not to mention a range of super exciting experiences fromn Hip Hop Karaoke at the Sweet Spot to The Chapel of Love (Box) where you can marry your best freind, dance down the aisles and pass out the party rings in a fantasy wedding outfit of your dreams.
Fancy Dress Ideas For Lovebox Festival
Beat Herder: 13th-15th July
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Django Django / Orbital / SoulwaxTicket Price:
Adult Weekend Camping: £158.00Fancy Dress Theme:
The Letter E
Set in Ribble Valley in lovely Lancashire, you'll be immersed the light of glow sticks, mirror balls and party people raving on top of vintage cars. Beat-Herder is sure to be like the birthday party your parents wouldn't let you have. This years theme is the letter E! Se get on it and dress like Elephants, Egyptian Goddesses, Elvis,Edward Scissor Hands and many, many more.
Fancy Dress Ideas For The Beat Herder Festival
NozStock The Hidden Valley: 20-22nd July- Back to top
Headliners: Chase & Status/ Goldfrapp/ The Selecter
Ticket Price - Adult Day Ticket: £125
Fancy Dress Theme: TBA
Amid the emerald fields and raggle-taggle farmhouses of Herefordshire’s ruralist countryside lies Nozstock The Hidden Valley. The festival’s ethos is about bringing play to everyone, in whatever form it can. Nozstock believes in the value of not only entertaining, but in participation and contribution. Last years theme was 'Keeping it Surreal' and saw all sorts of crazy and colourful costumes from Mad hatter's to fantastical woodland creatures. This year's theme is yet to be confirmed but we are certain it will be crazier than ever.
Bug Jam: 20-22nd July - Back to top
The South/ Doctor & The Medics/ Amy ClaireTicket Price:
Adult Day Ticket: £90Fancy Dress Theme:TBA
Bug Jam is not your average music festival as it celebrates all things VW and it does so with style. Despite the festival's theme being all things car related it still packs an impressive line-up across four music arenas. If the bands aren’t your style, there is also a talent show, drag racing, public track time, comedy and stunt driving.
Standon calling: 26th-29th July - Back to top
Headliners: Paloma Faith/ George Ezra/ Bryan Ferry
Ticket Price: Adult Weekend Camping: £159 + booking fee
Fancy Dress Theme: TBA
Beginning with a birthday BBQ, a set of decks and 25 friends Standon calling has gone from strength to strength over the past few years with 2018 being no exception. Offering such musical talents as Paloma Faith, Bryan Ferry and George Ezra, bespoke accomodation, plenty of entertainment for kids and an annual costume parade.
Kendall Calling: 26th-29th July - Back to top
Headliners: Catfish & The Bottlemen/The Libertines/Run DMC
Ticket Price: Sold out! However there will be a resale at the end of June so keeps your eyes peeled.
Fancy Dress Theme: Anything goes/TBA
Set in what used to be a wildlife theme park in the idyllic Lake District the location of the Kendal Calling festival alone makes it well worth a visit. Of course, the fact that they offer an event jam packed with world class music and entertainment also helps! 2018 is bursting with an eclectic collection of talent including Catfish & The Bottlemen, The Libertines and Run DMC.
Wilderness Festival: 2nd-5th August - Back to top
Headliners: Nile Rodgers & Chic/Bastille/Jon Hopkins
Ticket Price: Adult Weekend: £179.50 + £11.25 Booking Fee
Fancy Dress Theme: TBA
Passionate about nature and the wild, Wilderness is woven through a beautiful nature reserve in Cornbury park, Oxfordshire and offers a fantastical world where magic meets mystery. Their Ethos states 'What yu feel and experience shpuld last forever' so expect something special and truly unforgettable.
Bestival: 2nd-5th August- Back to top
Headliners:Silk City/London Grammar/MIA
Ticket Price: Adult Weekend: £160
Fancy Dress Theme: Circus
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 "Circus", 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 Ringmasters, Clowns, Wild animals and Tigt Rope Walkers.
Fancy Dress Ideas For The 2018 Bestival
Boomtown: 9th-12th August - Back to top
Headliners: Gorillaz/Die Antwoord/Limp Bizkit
Ticket Price: Sold out! Head over to the Boomtown website to register for resale tickets.
Fancy Dress Theme: TBA
BoomTown rose up from the underground scene in 2018 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!
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GreenMan Festival: 16th-19th August - Back to top
Headliners: The War on Drugs/ Fleet Foxes / John Grant
Ticket Price - Adult Weekend: £180
Fancy Dress Theme:TBA
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.
Beautiful Days Festival: 17th-19th August - Back to top
Headliners:Manic Street Preachers/Levellers
Ticket Price - Adult Weekend: £142.50
Fancy Dress Theme: Colourful
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 Manic Street Preachers. 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. This years theme is a 'Riot of Colour' and the festival will be encouraging all to wear all the colours of the rainbow!
Fancy Dress Ideas For The Beautiful Day Festival
Shambala: 23rd-26th August - Back to top
Ticket Price - Adult Weekend: £185.50
Fancy Dress Theme: TBA
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... 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.
End Of The Road Festival: 30st of August - 2nd September - Back to top
Vampire Weekend/ Feist/ St.Vincent/Yo La TengoTicket Price - Adult Weekend:£195Fancy Dress Theme: None set but taking funny group costumes is bound to get you attention.
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,
Festival Safety Tips - Back To Top
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.