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  • Kate Goldstone

Music Festivals in Sussex - Our Festival Fashion Special

scene from Elderflower Festival

Image credit: Elderflower Fields Family Festival

Down in sunny Sussex we're being woken up by the birds yelling at dawn. The bees are out and about. It's lighter in the evenings. And last weekend Brighton beach was absolutely rammed with revellers as temperatures soared. It looks like spring has finally sprung. Which means festival season is almost upon us. Excellent.

This is one of our favourite times of year, with a host of brilliant music festivals on the horizon. If the weather gurus' predictions come true it's set to be a hot one.

If you're doing your thing at a festival or ten this summer, you know where to come for cool threads and unique festival fashion. In the meantime, here are our recommendations for some of the best Sussex music festivals for 2014, something for everyone, plus a few tips about fab cheap hippy clothes to see you through the highs and lows, heat and chills.

The best Sussex festivals for 2014... plus cool festival fashion

There's something for everyone in Sussex this summer, whether you want to throw shapes from dawn 'til dawn, mellow out to folk or blues or sample a load of big-name acts. Here are five of our favourites.

Blues on the Farm - "A little piece of the Mississippi Delta on the Chichester Plain"

Aerial View of Blues on the farm

© Pictures From Above 2013

Forty acres of fields and lovely cool, green woods with the sound of Delta blues wafting your way on the warm May breeze. It's Blues on the Farm and it's an award-winner, voted Best British Blues Festival 2010 by the British Blues Awards, just south of Chichester. It's family-friendly, has a collection of world-class blues dudes on the rosta and is well known for its especially warm atmosphere.

It's not strictly summer in May, so it's wise to take something woolly and cosy, warm festival clothes to ward off goosebumps after dark. How about our unisex ponchos, beautifully snuggly garments that leave your arms free to dance all night?

Love Supreme Jazz Festival - "A classic boutique green field festival"

love supreme jazz festival

Image credit: Love Supreme Jazz Festival

Fantastic facilities, more than fifty jazz acts - including a bunch of legends - and one of the most beautiful sites you can imagine, with stunning South Downs views. This year Jamie Cullum, Gregory Porter, Laura Mvula and Soul II Soul are headlining, and there's a choice of camping, VIP camping, glamping, campervans and caravans. About as cool as it gets, and jazz fans' newest and hottest July event.

Summer in Sussex gets pretty hot, and the site is sheltered by the Downs. Ladies and girls, you need floaty hippy clothes, flowing, fresh and breezy, colourful and cool. Have a look at our collection of gorgeous hippy dresses.

Shakedown Brighton - "New date, new home"

Shakedown festival

Image credit: Shakedown Festival

19th July sees Brighton's Waterhall rocking to the sound of a zillion hip hop fans, an over 18s only one-day event that's fast becoming a fixture in the city's festival calendar. This year's line-up is yet to be announced, but one thing is certain: it's going to be loud, there will be a top line up of DJs and bands.

When the festival you're going to is likely to be wall-to-wall hoodies, you want something that stands out from the crowd. Our bright, funky hoodies make perfect festival wear... and there's no way your mates will lose you in one of these!

The Great Escape Festival - "100s of pop, cutting edge, hip hop, electronic and rock acts"

Great Escape Festival

Image credit: Tori Clarkson

Brighton hosts the Great Escape Festival between 8th and 10th May, spread over the city's finest venues. It's massive event with an enormous act list including Example, TOKiMONSTA, Darq E Freaker, Alix Perez, LV, Blue Daisy, A Plastic Rose, Afterpartees, Ages And Ages, Aisha Orazbayeva, Albert Hammond Jr, Alec Benjamin, All We Are, Angel At My Table, Anna Meredith, Asgeir Trausti and many, many more.

Feel the love! Our hippy fashion bags go like hot cakes, much more fun at a festival than an ordinary, everyday bag.

Elderflower Fields Family Festival - "A magical weekend"

Elderflower fields festival

Image credit: Elderflower Fields Family Festival

If you have kids of any age in tow, you can't go far wrong with Elderflower Fields, family festival, a magical event packed with fun activities, eclectic music and tasty local food. It's on in late May at the lovely Pippingford Park estate, about 20 miles north east of Brighton. How about our collection of hand-created tie dye festival fashion, including tie dye t-shirts? We even make tiny, weeny tie dye onesies for babies... ridiculously cute, and ideal festival clothing for little 'uns.

What are your favourite festival clothes, and why?

We'd love to share your festival clothing stories.What's your favourite item of festival fashion, and why?

  • Kate Goldstone

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