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Classic festival style
By Matt Glazebrook, 18 June 2014
Over the next few months, we'll be helping you fill your festival survival kit with all the style essentials needed for a weekend of fun, music and not being able to get phone reception. But it's also worth taking a look at some of the great outfits from festivals past. Read on for the ultimate rockstar's guide to looking suave and sophisticated amid the mud-splattered masses.
How to maintain an air of angsty mystery while playing at noon to a crowd of semi-conscious and sunburnt cider victims? Big sunglasses, my friend, big sunglasses, as the Radiohead frontman shows.
JC was officially crowned king of Glastonbury in 1995, after Pulp's barnstorming set as emergency stand-ins for the Stone Roses. Here he is, surveying his domain and mingling with his subjects, like a corduroy-clad colossus.
Robbie may be off spotting UFOs in America, and Liam may now approach playing festivals with all the joie de vivre of an office worker tackling a Monday morning email backlog, but for a brief, glorious moment in 1995, the pair were united in celebration of mud, music and the credibility-bestowing power of the Adidas three-stripe.
Sometimes, all it takes to make a great summer festival look is a really killer T-shirt, as the frontman of Blur ably demonstrated in the late 90s.
Say what you like about old Pete, but this Glastonbury walkabout basically invented late-2000s festival style (with a little help from companion Kate Moss). Gone were the days of combat boots, rain ponchos and jester hats: from here on out it was all about skinny-jeaned (and short-shorted) rock 'n' roll finery with only Hunter wellies to spare your duds from the elements.
It's always fun when a certain of vintage of pop star refuses to dress down for a festival appearance, teetering through the mud in their Vegas finery. Confusingly, Snoop Dogg/Lion actively dressed up for a recent Philadelphia festival appearance, ditching Long Beach casj for a preppy, collegiate vibe that was more lawns of Harvard than fields of beer and bad decisions.