5 Ridiculously Hipster Festivals

Hipsters, don’t you just love ’em? Those bushy beards, skinny legs, mum jeans and can’t-keep-up-fashion sense – what will they think of next hey?

I like to think of myself as part hipster, part emo, part a bit weird and part whatever’s comfy. That little hipster part of me can’t resist going to the festivals and making the most of the people watching opportunities though. Here are 5 festivals where you can track down the best fashions, the most ‘sustainable, gluten-free, raw-food vegan, pulled pork’ and the coolest bands.

festival fashion with zalando

1. Field Day, London

It was… Jun 6 & 7 2015 

A combination of school sports day and late night acoustic sessions, Field Day takes place in London’s Victoria Park. The musical line-up includes a diverse mix of folk favourites, weird pop, indie newbies and urban dance acts so those seeking to embrace the edgy and step away from the mainstream can find a full schedule for alternative, feel-good tunes.

Making this three-day London event a little more kitsch is Village Mentality. This is a series of daytime events plucked straight from a fifties village fete. It’s all hay bales, brass bands and jam jars as festival go-ers compete in egg and spoon races, tugs of war and sack races. Florals, bow ties and a quirky Urban Outfitters tee are 100% suitable attire.

I’ve been, I wasn’t sure, I didn’t get the man with the flower pot on his head, or the queues and meanness of the staff – Field Day Sort Your Toilets Out

2. Hipster Cup, Berlin

It was… July 4 2015 


– Photo from nymag.com

The guys at Hipster Cup are all about the irony, in an ironic sense. They designed an entire festival to poke fun at the stereotypes and instead of saying ‘hell no we won’t go,’ the hipsters are loving it.

The Berlin factory fills up with hipster’ed up Lena Dunham / Chloe Sevigny lookalikes who take part in the iPhone toss, compete in a skinny jeans tug and ride the bucking moustache. Yes a little odd but extremely good fun, this is for all of the ukelele-playing, bearded folk who love what it means to be a twenty-first century hipster.

All of this takes place to a soundtrack of big DJs and live bands that are all about the latest mixes, in an ironic way, of course.

3. Lollapalooza, Berlin

Sept 12 & 13, 2015

Speaking of Berlin, Lollapalooza’s first European event takes place here. Lollapalooza was originally a strictly-Chicago fest but they’ve been expanding round the world for the last few years.

“Lollapalooza Berlin will follow in the tradition of Lollapalooza US bringing incredible music, food, art and social responsibility to a location in the heart of Berlin.”

Little Dragon, The 2 Bears and Kygo will all be standing up for the hipsters at the inaugral German event – and MUSE will be playing who are my most favourite ever band. I’d go, if I wasn’t already going to Bestival that weekend.

4. Austin City Limits, Texas

Oct 2-4 & 9-11 2015 

Austin City Limits

– photo from the Dallas Observer

This Austin City Limits Music Festival comes off the back of the TV concert series of the same name. The programme has been such a success in the US over the years, showcasing new acts from a multitude of genres, that someone had the ‘far out’ idea of taking it on the road.

Held in Zilker Park in Austin, Texas over two weekends, it draws in music fans looking to hear quirky faves and alternative newbies across the eight stages.

But it’s not just about the music. Falling in line with the hipster vow of sustainability and saving the planet one coffee bean at a time, organisations such as Oxfam America are there to show us the way.

It runs over my birthday, so if anyone wants to treat me, I’m available.

5. Pitchfork Festival, Paris / Chicago

The Pitchfork Festivals are definitely in the top 5 of my festivals I want to go to list. Held in Paris and Chicago, they usually have the best line ups (according to me) – ones that attract a more ‘discerning customer’. Both versions encourage attendees to arrive by bike, they have craft fairs, food fairs and vinyl fairs within the grounds and the book fort is one of the best places for those all important Instagram shots.

So pull up your socks, grab your Ray-Bans, denim cut offs with the pockets showing, festival hats and statement jewellery and you’ll fit right in, but that’s not what it’s all about is it?  

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  1. by Sheree Milli on August 7, 2015  1:53 pm Reply

    Fab competition, in the interests of butt-kissing I choose you! I do have a penchant for glitter during festival season. I'd love to win as I have a spending ban so I can save for my own world travels! Following you on Twitter & Facebook.
    Ciao ciao Sheree xx

    • by Vicky on August 9, 2015  5:31 pm Reply

      Ha, thanks Sheree. Also partial to a bit of glitter, as I'm sure you can tell!

  2. by Kiara Gallop on August 8, 2015  7:26 am Reply

    I'm going for Chloe. It's the look I'm most likely to rock at a festival, plus it looks like she May be wearing DMs ;-)

    • by Vicky on August 9, 2015  5:26 pm Reply

      Ha, you like the DMs? I've had a few pairs in my life, don't think I could really carry them off now. :)

  3. by heoen b on August 9, 2015  5:23 pm Reply

    I like Rachel's look. It is fun,young and stylish

  4. by Lisa Rowsell on August 9, 2015  5:35 pm Reply

    Thanks for the giveaway. I really love Chloe's outfit as it's closest to my style.

    • by Vicky on August 15, 2015  10:48 pm Reply

      Good choice!

  5. by iain maciver on August 9, 2015  6:22 pm Reply


  6. by Martina Pichova on August 9, 2015  7:29 pm Reply

    I like Chloe, especially her see-through top.

  7. by iona on August 9, 2015  7:51 pm Reply

    Hi there, I think Rachel looks fabulous and is my fav. look.

  8. by Mary Heald on August 9, 2015  8:28 pm Reply

    Love Jamie's look

  9. by Lucy camilla on August 10, 2015  1:54 am Reply

    Really difficult as they're all fab but I must say I absolutely Iove Murphy's look!

  10. by Claire Davies on August 10, 2015  10:39 am Reply

    I love Murphy's look - Fantastic #competition :-) Would love to win!

  11. by Nicki Evans on August 10, 2015  11:54 am Reply

    I think Chloe.

  12. by Stephen Fowler on August 11, 2015  8:16 am Reply

    No contest - Rachel looks the best.

  13. by claire woods on August 11, 2015  5:16 pm Reply

    Rachel's look

  14. by Sarah S on August 11, 2015  7:43 pm Reply

    Jamie's look is my favourite. She looks cool and stylish.

  15. by Christine Caple on August 13, 2015  12:46 pm Reply

    I like Chloe's look.

  16. by Hazel Rea on August 13, 2015  9:14 pm Reply

    I love Jamie's look - it is very striking!

  17. by janine atkin on August 15, 2015  9:59 am Reply

    i like jamies look

  18. by lindsey stuart on August 15, 2015  1:21 pm Reply

    My favourite is Murphy! I love the style! I have always been a fan of denim for the festival season, Her top goes so well and i am loving her accessories the boots are the perfect match! I love to wear boots with shorts.
    I am following you on facebook - Lindsey Stuart
    Thankyou :)

    • by Vicky on August 15, 2015  10:23 pm Reply

      Thanks Lindsey!

  19. by Kelly F on August 16, 2015  9:04 pm Reply

    I like Jamie's look

  20. by Michaela Turner on August 18, 2015  3:13 pm Reply

    I love Jamie's outfit, very cool!

  21. by [email protected] on August 18, 2015  4:28 pm Reply

    Chloe Looks Great!! Thats definitely the style I would opt for. Very Chic!!

    • by Vicky on August 19, 2015  8:25 pm Reply

      Seems like Chloe is the most popular choice for sure!

  22. by [email protected] on August 18, 2015  5:30 pm Reply

    I like Rachel's look best but they are all good in their own way!

  23. by Jayne K on August 19, 2015  5:06 pm Reply

    I love Chloe's style best.

  24. by Jade H on August 19, 2015  5:26 pm Reply

    I like Chloe's look

  25. by Eleanor Powell on August 19, 2015  6:28 pm Reply

    I love Chloes look

  26. by SandraB on August 19, 2015  9:11 pm Reply

    I think Chloe's festival look is the best.

  27. by Claire ward on August 19, 2015  10:31 pm Reply

    Love Chloe's outfit

  28. by Kat Glynn on August 20, 2015  12:59 am Reply

    I love Rachels floaty summery look, not sure I would be brave enough to wear it myself though! x

  29. by SARAH WILLIAMS-THOMAS on August 20, 2015  7:11 am Reply

    Love Chloe xxx

  30. by Nina Motylinski-Davies on August 20, 2015  7:19 am Reply

    Rachel, She looks AMAZE-ing and the epitome of festival chic!

  31. by emma kinsey on August 20, 2015  7:31 am Reply


  32. by Christine Hobbs on August 20, 2015  8:39 am Reply

    Chloe is my favourite. Im off to the Jamie Oliver Festival and will perhaps give this look a go x

  33. by Laura Pritchard on August 20, 2015  11:31 am Reply

    I love Chloe's look (following on FB as Laura Pritchard)

  34. by Anne Woodthorpe on August 20, 2015  2:29 pm Reply

    My favourite look is Rachel :)

  35. by Kelly Hirst on August 20, 2015  7:52 pm Reply

    I love Alec's glam look, her dress is gorgeous

  36. by audrey spratt on August 20, 2015  8:53 pm Reply

    I love the Chloe look! :) x

  37. by Christine OPrey on August 20, 2015  9:40 pm Reply

    I like Murphy's outfit the best :) xx

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