Festival Essentials for 2018

Whether you’re looking for a local family-friendly festival, or a huge venture, there’s a British festival to suit everyone. It’s a time to enjoy some of your favourite music with your friends, get closer to nature with camping, and all of the weather conditions that go with it. The key to surviving a festival in pure comfort isn’t to buy cheap gear just to leave behind at the end, but rather invest in premium pieces crafted to survive multiple festivals, whilst still maintaining the key festival fashions. Not only does it mean you will stay dry, comfortable and warm, but also means you’re saving more money in the long run; so you can go to even more festivals.

A number of our Blackleaf team have been to multiple festivals from the quaint Festival Number 6 to the iconic Glastonbury, so we’ve chosen 6 essential items for any festival, to get you through the journey in style.


The first thing we would recommend is a sturdy tent. Sleep is a premium at any festival, so being kept awake by a drip or having your tent ripped isn’t ideal. We’re currently loving Poler’s Pendleton collaboration tent with the bright colours and sturdy design. The oversized design is ideal for festival life where you can easily sit up in your tent to get changed, and the porch is an essential for muddy wellies and storing your drinks. We’re strong believers in looking after our environment, so with the bright colourway standing out amongst other tents when you’re strolling back in the dead of night, we’re pretty sure this isn’t a tent you’d want to leave behind.


Let’s face it, if you’re heading out to a British festival, it’s probably going to rain. However, that doesn’t mean you should miss out on a style opportunity with Tretorn’s range of waterproof Wings rain jackets. The rain mac style is a festival fashion essential for this year, but the water-tight material and pocketed design means you’ll stay totally dry, and even have somewhere to store your sunnies if the weather turns.


If you’re lucky enough to have some sunshine, or even just want to shield your eyes from the bright lights or the rain, sunglasses are the easiest choice for a hint of festival style. Ray-Ban Clubrounds are our choice for this year’s festival season, fusing classic Clubmaster style with a modern round frame. Festivals have a tendency to get a little raucous, so take the case that comes with your sunnies to keep them protected!


Hunters are a festival classic, and 2018 fashion isn’t going to change. With so many colourways and styles, it’s easy to add a touch of colour to any outfit or complete your style. Hunters are an icon for the festival circuit due to their comfort, as well as the hand-crafted rubber providing supreme waterproofing to keep your toes dry and a bouncy, grippy sole for all day comfort and dancing.


A comfortable sleeping bag can make the difference between being full of energy the next morning or wanting to crawl back into the tent and miss the first band. The North Face Aleutian Light 50-10 sleeping bag is the perfect choice for festivals. It’s easy to unzip flat for a floor liner, or wrap it around youself to keep you supremely warm with the cool weather comfort. Sleeping bags that wrap up tightly are ideal space savers for the dreaded walk of death from the car to the camp site, so this lightweight bag is an ideal bag.


Finally, you need a sturdy backpack to pack all of your gear into for the trek between the car or bus and your campsite. Fjallraven’s Abisko Hike 35 backpack combines minimal Swedish design with sturdy materials fit for hikes in the mountains as well as the campsite. Padded straps and comfortable hip straps are a necessity for heading in and out of the campsite, and the top loading design makes it easy to store all of your clothes, equipment, food and drinks.

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