So it’s been a few months since our last festival of the summer, Bestival, and we are already itching for summer to roll round again. Sadly this will be my last blog post as social media intern and I can say that I have had a truly amazing summer filled with music, new friends, mud, new experiences and more mud. So to round off an amazing summer, here is a look back on what went down at each festival with Oxfam Festival Shop in 2016…
When: Jun 10 – Jun 12, 2016
Where: Donington Park, Derby
Who: Rammstein, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Korn, Twin Atlantic, Deftones, Neck Deep, Baby Metal
What Went Down: So Download (or Drownload as it has been renamed) was the first festival of the season and the team headed down to Derby with fresh faces, new tents and a whole load of Download appropriate stock. This was also the shops first ever visit to the festival so we made sure we brought everything from band tees to corsets, ready for the Download punters to have a rummage through. The first few days of Download were so unbearably hot, which is surprising considering how quickly the festival became flooded when the rain started. Highlights of the festival include;
Rammstein’s insane firework display on the Friday night, team rides in the bumper cars opposite the shop, lattes from Mr.Tea’s during the cold night shifts, witnessing many muddy falls, the lovely download punters who didn’t let the rain get them down.
Song of the festival: Tenacious D – Tribute. This song was played everywhere, especially right outside our shop every night…
When: Jun 22 – Jun 26, 2016
Where: Worthy Farm, Pilton
Who: Muse, Adele, Coldplay, Tame Impala, The Last Shadow Puppets, Madness, New Order, Mac Demarco, Jake Bug, Wolf Alice
What Went Down: We spent 10 days in total at Worthy Farm, the first few were spent prepping the 4 festival shops that we have at Glastonbury. The Glade Shop housed festival essentials, The Park shop had your vintage gear and we discovered that festival goers were mad for ‘Wavey Garms’. Our third shop, Pom Pom Palace, was your one-stop-shop for handmade gems and our 4th shop was in the exclusive inter-stage area catering to V.I.Ps, journalists and celebs (Will Young bought a very nice jacket). This year the mud appeared before the punters making this one of
the muddiest yet. However, this didn’t stop anyone from exploring everything Glastonbury had to offer. So much happened at Glastonbury that it’s impossible to list it all but some highlights include; seeing a Smiths tribute act on the Thursday, discovering up and coming bands like Yak, mornings spent chilling in the healing fields, afternoons and evenings spent seeing acts like Tame Impala, Mac Demarco and The Last Shadow Puppets putting on some amazing performances, and late nights dancing away in Shangri-La or a staff bar.
Song of the festival: GALA – Freed from desire. In fact this song played so much it might be the song of the summer, but it played 9 times in one night so it will always remind me of Glastonbury.
When: Jul 14 – Jul 17, 2016
Where: Henham Park, Suffolk
Who: The Maccabees, Grimes, Courtney Barnett, Father John Misty, Grimes, The National, New Order, Chvrches, Squeeze
What Went Down: Latitude was the first hot festival of the season for us meaning we spent our shifts trying to stay cool and hydrating with the free coconut water from the Innocent smoothie tree house that was next door. The shop was stocked with everything fashionable and sparkly, which looked amazing in the sun. Other highlights include; The famous pink sheep, the birthday night out for our shop manager Fran, Father John Misty’s gig, Louis Theroux rapping, hammock naps in the shade and The Maccabees headline slot before they announced their split.
Song of the festival: Grimes’ Latitude performance had the whole shop begging for this shift off as she was not to be missed!
When: Jul 28 – Jul 31, 2016
Where: Charlton Park, Wiltshire
Who: Baaba Maal, John Grant, Roots Manuva, Cats Eyes
What Went Down: When we think of Womad we think of the amazing festival food on offer there. Other highlights were Cerys Matthews presenting her BBC 6 Music show from the stage right next to our shop, yoga sessions throughout the day and generally just chilling out in the fields. Our shop was a treasure trove of rainbow fabrics, cashmere jumpers, Saris and so much more.
Song of the festival: Otava Yo had the whole team jumping around the shop and rightly so!
When: Jul 28 – Jul 31, 2016
Where: Lowther Deer Park, The Lake District
Who: Noel Gallagher, Rudimental, Madness, Sundara Karma, Spring King, The Amazons, Blossoms, Cabbage, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Yak, Egulls, The Wytches, Pale Waves, The Big Moon
What Went Down: We arrived at Kendal Calling ready for some music and boy did they deliver. We saw so many upcoming and established bands throughout the weekend and I feel that Kendal Calling really knew how to keep the balance between them. There were DJ sets from Slaves and Blossoms and the Indie Disco tent was always a good shout at the end of the day. As the festivals theme was ‘Carnival of Colour’ we filled our shop with tropical and tie-dye goods ready for the parade. Highlights included; free coffee from Café Latte, toastie breaks between shifts, a Northern Soul
dance class at the Tim Peaks diner, Blossoms DJ set, Pete Doherty’s secret set, Yak and The Wytches playing the tiny Jagerhaus.
Song of the festival: Yak – Harbour The Feeling. We decided to skip Noel Gallagher’s headline slot to see Yak play a tiny gig and it was worth it.
When: 10th – 13th August, 2016
Where: Matterley Estate, Winchester
Who: Madness, Damien Marley, Electronic dance music, Reggae, Dub, Punk rock, Swing music, Folk music, World music, Hip hop music
What Went Down: Boomtown is a weird festival. It’s also hard to explain if you have never been so I’m just going to say the highlights and let you interpret it how you want (I suggest you read our Boomtown blog for some context). Highlights included; A bath of money, going to the job centre, taking out a loan, booking a pirate cruise, going to the post office, seeing Madness (the only normal thing that happened), going on a fox hunt and being part of a revolution. The shop was
transformed into a dressing up box for Boomtown customers to get stuck into and dress according to the districts of Boomtown. This was only our second year at Boomtown and we loved every weird and wonderful moment of it!
Song of the festival: Madness Baggy Trousers. For a festival that’s more than the music, Madness put on an really good show.
When: Aug 26 – Aug 28, 2016
Where: Bramham Park, Leeds
Who: Foals, Biffy Clyro, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Cage The Elephant, The Vaccines, Fall Out Boy, Die Antwoord, Disclosure, Fat White Family, Boy Better Know, The Wytches, Rat Boy, Blossoms, Super Hans
What Went Down: Leeds Festival was the wettest festival of the season but also one of the best for music, you can’t fault the Leeds line-up! We started the week off with glorious sunshine but the rain came and many punters were left needing sleeping bags, wellies and anything waterproof really. The shop was the busiest and most hectic it had been all summer with us selling out of wellies twice and queues forming outside the shop before we even opened on some days (well done to all the staff who kept their cool during the hectic shifts). It wasn’t all bad though as the
Leeds Festival line up was full of some amazing bands to see. Highlights included; Super Hans’ DJ set, Fat White Family’s 12am show, The Unsigned acts playing the Jack Rocks/This Feeling tent, the silent disco which made a triumphant return and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers headline performance.
Song of the festival: The Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger. They didn’t play the festival but an advert for their 10th anniversary tour played with this song pretty much before every act so lots of ‘Lad’ chanting and dancing occurred to this song.
When: Sep 8 – Sep 11, 2016
Where: Robin Hill Country Park, Iles of White
Who: The Cure, Skepta, Years and Years, Major Lazar, Black Honey, Spring King, The Wytches, Girli, Jaws, Wolf Alice, Sunflower Bean, SWMRS
What Went Down: Our final and favourite festival of the summer, Bestival was a futuristic themed end to the season. We decked our shop out in the finest space gear we could find and were ready to go into the future. Our shop was right next to the new ‘Invaders of the future’ Stage and we got to see some amazing bands play like Black Honey who captivated the whole audience and are sure to go on to big things. Other highlights included seeing the drag show ‘Sink the Pink’, bouncing on the biggest bouncy castle in the world, holding some owls, seeing The Cure,
drinking frozen margaritas in Bollywood and taking part in a powder paint fight.
Song of the festival: The Wytches – Digsaw. I ended up seeing these guys three times this summer ending with Bestival as the last performance of the Sunday night.
So that’s it, the Oxfam festival shop’s summer in one blog post! If you have read this blog post and feel like you want to be in on the action, all you have to do is volunteer with your local Oxfam shop for a minimum of three months to be in with the chance of volunteering with us next summer (I couldn’t recommend enough that you go out do this because I have had the most insane summer). This summer we raised an incredible amount of money for Oxfam and we are not stopping there. Find us next at a special Halloween pop-up shop
in London’s own Box park in Shoreditch, Manchester Tattoo convention and more!
Read more about our time this summer by looking through our previous blogs.