Notting Hill Carnival, Rewind the 80s & Manchester Pride ..
ARE JUST SOME OF THIS MONTH'S EVENTS
Everybody loves August, don't they? The school holidays, sunshine and beach visits stretching out before you, with a bank holiday thrown in for good measure! The month of barbecues, weddings, perhaps a little moaning about the weather!
Of course, as well as sunshine and barbecues, there are music festivals galore, Notting Hill Carnival and Manchester Pride to keep that fancy dress flag flying through the Summer. And of course, because of the warmer weather we don't need to worry so much about making sure we're wrapped up warm - so break out those ridiculous fairy costumes, the Baywatch swimmers and perhaps a morphsuit or two!
This August Bank Holiday Weekend, there are two fabulous festivals taking place. The Reading and Leeds Festivals are unique in that they are two festivals in two separate places (Reading and Leeds, if you hadn't guessed), but with a shared line up. It's an amazing event with a history of fantastic things happening, for example Kurt Cobain's appearance on stage in a wheelchair in 1992, or the Stone Roses' disastrous final performance in 1996. There is always loads going on alongside the music too, and the fancy dress side of this festival is definitely something we look forward to!
Notting Hill Carnival is a fantastic event, one of the largest festivals in Europe. It begain in 1964 as an offshoot of the 1964 Trinidad Carnival, hence the amazing Caribbean theme. It's stayed true to its Caribbean roots and it's known for its Calypso music and steel bands, as well as - of course - amazing, outrageous outfits and amazing dancing.
This year, the Notting Hill Carnival runs from the 29th to 31st August. Every August Bank Holiday, the streets of West London come alive with Europe's biggest street festival. This is a massive party, to which everyone is invited - and with a Caribbean theme, steel bands and Calypso music, this really is the most welcoming of parades.
There really is no such thing as "over dressed" for the Notting Hill Carnival; the more outrageous and loud your outfit, the better. From feather boas to head dresses, if you like to get your fancy dress on, this is the event for you!
On August 16th, Madonna will turn 57. Can you believe she's almost 60? The Material Girl started out in the 1980s with her wavy, highlighted hair and skirts over cycling shorts? She's had so many iconic looks since then, it's definitely worth celebrating! Whether you love her or hate her, or perhaps love to hate her,you have to admit she's bloomin' successful! Since she first burst onto the scene in the early 80s, she's changed her look, her hair, her husband, more times than we care to count - but she's done it all with style and a fierce wardrobe! Her Wikipedia page has her listed as an entertainer, but we don't think that word is quite big enough for all that she's accomplished in her 57 years. It's time to celebrate...Why not throw a Madonna party, and challenge your friends to all come dressed as different Madonnas?
The 1980s is such a fantastic decade to relive, and the organisers of the Rewind festival know this - it's why they organise festivals in the north and the south of England, so that as many revellers as possible can be transported back in time 30 years. Thirty years! Can you believe it's been thirty years since the era of shoulder pads and Toyah Wilcox and mullets and... everything! August 7th to 9th sees Temple Island Meadows in Henley on Thames transported back in time for the Rewind the 80s Festival. It's a good job the Rewind Festival is here to help us rewind those years and go back to the least stylish, most fun decade in living memory. (see what we did there?)
And of course, you can't celebrate the 1980s without getting involved in a bit of 80s fancy dress! Whether you're sporting a Don Jonson pastel jacket with the sleeves rolled up or going all out to dress as a Rubik's Cube, this is the place to do it!
Manchester Pride is an annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender festival held from Friday 28th to Monday 31st August, and this year (as ever) there's an amazing line up. Music acts include Dannii Minogue, Texas and DJ Fresh; there is also a candlelit vigil and an expo. This is more than just a parade though; you can party for four days in the world famous Manchester Gay Village. But of course, the main event is the parade on Saturday 29th August. We can't wait to see all the amazing floats, costumes, and dancing. If last year is anything to go by, we're sure it'll be something to remember!A nd really, if you're going to go to the effort of partying for four days, you really should do it in style. Fancy dress style, that is!
V Festival is a unique festival in that it was set up in 1996 when Jarvis Cocker thought it would be a fun idea to play two outdoor venues in two days. They decided to set up festivals in Warrington and Chelmsford, with the idea that the bands would swap locations for the second day, giving audiences in both the north and the south the chance to see all bands. Over time, the locations have changed, but the atmosphere and ethos of the festival have not. It's now held in Staffordshire and Chelmsford, and it's bound to be a big one!
The festival is known for low queueing times and great organisation, meaning it's also one of the most popular in the UK. And as you know, these days if there's a festival, there's fancy dress! Festival goers often opt for the funniest fancy dress they can find, or perhaps super hero costumes.
We love Fashback Festivals, and this August there are two: Flashback '70s on August 21st, and Flashback '80s on 22nd. Two amazing decades, so many amazing acts - and outfits! The 1970s festival features Sister Sledge, Boney M, Real Thing, Hot Chocolate and Odyssey, while the 1980s festival has The Human League, Marc Almond, Jason Donovan, Fivestar, Toyah Wilcox, The Doctor and Soul II Soul. And of course, if you're going to a Flashback Festival, you need to get your fancy dress on! If you love the 80s and can't wait to get your hair crimper out, this is the event for you! Find your leg warmers and get ready for a lovely, long summer evening in the park re-living your mis-spent youth!