Music That Matters – an Oxfam Pop Up Shop in Manchester

Article by Alice Liddell

The Oxfam Festival Shop are bringing another exciting pop-up shop to Manchester in collaboration with Oxjam’s ‘Music That Matters’ event.

The one day pop-up will be held at ‘The Font Manchester’, New Wakefield Street from 3pm to 9pm on Saturday the 3rd of November. It will be open to those attending the Oxjam event along with ‘The Font’ customers.

A pair of denim dungarees styled with a Hawaiian shirt

The Festival Shop team has hand-picked pieces specially for Manchester. This includes brands such as Nike, Levi and Tommy Hilfiger, plus exciting one-offs. Accompanying these big brands will be an array of hats, headscarves, shoes and belts to complete any outfit. We have been stocking up on faux fur coats with enough vairety to suit everyone’s needs. The Festival Shop is based at Wastesaver, Oxfam’s textile recycling centre, giving clothes a second chance to be sold or resued and preventing landfill.

Two looks featuring denim

Oxjam Mcr will be hosted at five different venues throughout Manchester working with upcoming artists including the alternative band ‘Pacific’ and the comedic artisit ‘Chris Tavener’. There will be variety of music ranging from funk to garage rock to blues from 4pm – 11pm.

A selection of sport jackets and a peaked cap from Oxfam

The money raised from the pop-up will go to support important Oxfam campaigns such as the recent Indonesian earthquake and tsunami crisis. Along with long term projects such as preventing violence against women in Bolivia and empowering survivors of sexual violence in Iraq.

For more information on the pop-up, follow Oxfam Festival Shop:

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4 Tips to Help You Slay your Festival Fashion Look

Festival season is upon us once again! And the question what to wear becomes even more intense than ever…  Everyone wants to stand out from the crowd and be as instagrammable as possible. Don’t fret because Oxfam Batley Online will give you the best tips on how to prepare for the festival!

Dress to Impress without the inconvience

1.       Start early. As you’ve probably heard before preparation is key. Well the same is true of fashion – you don’t want to go to into shopping frenzy at the last minute. Few months before the festival, look for inspiration on Instagram, Pinterest & other apps. Note any trends that are going on – and plan accordingly. The Oxfam Festival Shop’s social is a great place to start! Follow them on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

2.       Be comfortable. We can’t stress this one enough. If you’re at a festival for days, the last thing you want is feeling out of your place with uncomfortable clothing. That said, it’s not advisable to go to a festival in high – heels unless you want your feet to be covered in blisters and trampled down by thousands of festival goers. Wellies are our top choice to ensure a fun filled festival.

Good footwear for a festival

3.       Be creative. Festival fashion is a great way to expresses yourself, it’s all about freedom, fun & creativity. Try to reflect those qualities into your outfit choices. Shimmery glitter, floaty dresses, distressed denim, crop tops, band tees & braids are all great festival pieces. Liven up your look with crazy colours, and don’t forget to accessorize!

Denim and Sequins - Creative festival style

4.    Most of all have fun! Festival time is the time to experiment with your looks, and discover new trends. So mix and match your outfits, be brave and party like there’s no tomorrow!

Make fresh looks by combineing styles

Shop the festival look now at www.oxfam.org.uk/shop or visit one of our festival pop shops at Boardmasters, Leeds Festival and Bestival. All welcome!

 This blog post was written by Oxfam Batley Volunteer Deimante:

“Hi! My name is Deimante, and I’m from Huddersfield (originally from Lithuania). I’m a second year student at University of Huddersfield studying Fashion Communication and Promotion – love it! I’m a sometime fashion blogger and currently on a placement with Oxfam Batley Online listing clothes online and managing social media & PR.”

Find out more about how you can volunteer here.

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Glastonbury Round Up 2017 – The Oxfam Shop Edition!

Each year the Oxfam festival team make the journey down to Somerset to assemble four Oxfam shops with four different themes, types of stock and targeted consumer in the hopes of raising as much money as possible for Oxfam’s many causes. This year we battled the hottest Glasto set up of all time and raised a record amount of money for the Festival shop! Here is a blog post to sum up our time at the festival and to mention some of my own highlights. If you want to take a sneaky look at some of the goodies in our shops check out my last blog .

Oxfam’s Glastonbury Shops:

Glade

Oxfam Shop at Glade, Glastonbury

If you visited our shop in the Glade area of Glastonbury then you will know that it was a one-stop-shop for sleeping bags, wellies, socks and a dip into our £3 hat bucket (because why not). This year’s Glade shop had a 60’s ‘summer of love’ theme which was perfectly fitting for the weather. We stocked floral dresses and fake fur and sheepskin coats, which were, as always, popular amongst male customers and they pulled them off in true style.

Park

Oxfam Shop at Park, Glastonbury

If you were in the market for some ‘Wavy Garms’ then our shop in the Park area would have been perfect for you. Stocking everything from one off  vintage items to retro branded goods like Levi Jackets, Adidas tracksuits to name a few, Park catered to the eclectic tastes of Glastonbury’s hipsters. This year we also featured hand painted jackets created by some of our volunteers, these were popular amongst people wanting to get their hands on a one-off creation.

Treasure Trove

Oxfam Shop at Treasure Trove, Glastonbury

This year we said goodbye to one of our shops, Pom Pom Palace and said hello instead to Treasure Trove!  A shop that was filled with the best sparkle and gems that we could find. The shop’s new concept was embraced by everyone with free glitter being done by our Oxfam campaigns team.

 

4th Shop (Interstage)

Oxfam Shop Interstage, Glastonbury

Our 4th shop was located in the interstage area between the Pyramid and Other stage of Glastonbury, catering to journalists and VIPs it stocking items like Cashmere jumpers, Barbour jackets and vintage/ boutique gems. With previous customers like Alexa Chung and Nick Grimshaw this year’s celeb visitors included Matt Smith, Dan from Bastille Blossoms, Black Honey and photographer Charlotte Patmore.

Oxfam Festival Shop Team at Glastonbury 2017

Overall it was an amazing year for the me and the shop, Thank you to all our amazing volunteers who made the running of the shops as smooth as ever and thanks to all our amazing customers who helped us raise an amazing amount of money for Oxfam. See you all in 2019!

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Oxfam is Launching It’s Own Newspaper! Fashion Pages Preview

Oxfam is launching its own newspaper this summer with copies available for free from every Oxfam high street shop it is the perfect feel-good paper to bring a wave of positivity to your day! There are stories from volunteers, Oxfam project updates, book reviews, games, a summer recipe and more it’s definitely worth a read. Today I’m going to give you a tiny sneak peek into the fashion content which focuses on Bridal and Festival fashion.

 

“Together, we save and rebuild lives in disasters. We help people build better lives for themselves. We speak out on the big issues that keep people poor, like inequality, discrimination against women and climate change. Together we can end poverty for everyone.”

The New Oxfam Newspaper

“From stunning designer bridal wear – more than 95% of our dresses are brand new – to world-changing wedding lists, you’ll find everything you need for your big day at Oxfam. Here four brides-to-be give our dresses a try. Keep an eye out for our Chippenham bridal department on Say Yes To The Dress UK too, TLC, 8 Septemeber, 9pm.”

 

Bridal Fashion #foundinoxfam

I love the wedding dresses featured, especially Tobi’s on the far right, so elegant and floaty! I recently got to have a nose around the online bridal collection to choose my seven favourites for my recent blog and had a great time drooling over the beautiful dresses!

“I knew Oxfam did wedding dresses but was surprised by the range. This one’s really fun – the Vegas dress! I love the huge skirt.” – Caely Beecham, Bride-to-be

 

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Festival Fashion #foundinoxfam

“Vintage Street #foundinoxfam: Pair branded streetwear – new or vintage – with a hit of bling for a look guaranteed to make you stand out.” Look inspired by Rita Ora.

 

As I’m headed off to help the festival shop team at Latitude this week the festival fashion was great inspiration for my packing. I like the Classic Festival, Laura Whitmore inspired look best with its floaty, hippy, floral top and modern cut off shorts. With these complete outfits starting from £41 you know you can be decked out in style whatever festival you’re headed to this summer.

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Get a Sneak Peek of the Treats in Oxfam’s Glastonbury Shops

It’s the final countdown to Glastonbury, the weather forecasts are on our side and the line-up is looking as beautiful as ever. What could be better?

We’ll be back in the Somerset fields this weekend, bringing you Oxfam treats you won’t be able to say no to. From RuPaul-friendly glitz in Treasure Trove to Bowie-loving leather jackets in The Park, the festival shops have you covered this Glasto!

Glastonbury Style at Park Shop Oxfam

Park

For everything on the wavy spectrum, head to our shop in the Park area. If you’re wanting denim jackets, funky patterned shirts or some fancy jumpsuits then you know where to head!

We’ve even reworked some denim and leather jackets, so if you’re in need of a one-off statement addition to your outfit then you better head down quick. You can, of course, follow our DIY to make your own too.

Glastonbury Style at Park Shop Oxfam

Treasure Trove

This year, we’ve goodbye to the Pom Pom Palace, and said hello to the Treasure Trove. It’s located in the William’s Green area, by the meeting point.

Expect dragtastic glitter and sequins everywhere! From a fully sequined LBD to a gold trench coat even Eurovision’s Verka Serduchka would be jealous of, this shop is the place to be when you’re in need of a sparkle top-up.

Glastonbury Style at Treasure Trove Shop Oxfam

Glade

We’re turning the Glade shop into a flower power wonderland. There’ll be 70s florals everywhere, so make sure you’re a part of the revival of the summer of love. It’ll be full of huge floral prints, Hawaiian shirts and hippy trousers galore.

As well as the 70s love, we’ll also be stocking sleeping bags, wellies and socks for all your festival needs! It’ll be a one-stop-shop for all your fashion possibilities (and emergencies).

Glastonbury Style at Glade Shop Oxfam

Interstage 

For those lucky enough to have access to the interstage area between the Pyramid and Other stages, make sure to pay us a visit. Previous years have seen the likes of Alexa Chung and Nick Grimshaw have a look at our Barbour jackets, cashmere jumpers and boutique garms. Will Young even bought a beautiful Jaeger jacket to add to his festival
essentials!

This year’s stock includes a bold pair of leather trousers, a beautiful tapestry skirt and wavy patterned dress that we restyled into a top!

 

Glastonbury Style at Interstage Shop Oxfam

Be sure to visit us this weekend, and tag us at @OxfamFestShop on both Twitter and Instagram along with the hashtag #foundinoxfam so we can see all your finds. Also, keep an eye on our feeds as we’ll be updating you on everything fashion, music and Oxfam throughout the festival. Let’s just hope there’s no mention of mud this weekend!

Not going to Glastonbury but still want a bit of festival style? Check out our festival collection on the Online Shop.

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Do the Trend On the Cheap: Make Your Own Personalised Jacket

One of the biggest trends of both 2016 and 2017 has been slogan clothing, especially DIY style jackets. Seen on both the catwalk from the likes of Gucci and Ashish to high-street stores like Topshop and ASOS all coming out with their own DIY/ Up-cycle feel clothes from patch jackets to painted leather. We have done a blog post in the past on how to make your own slogan t-shirt and now we will show you how we have been up-cycling our plain leather jackets to be sold at our Glastonbury Park
shop and how you can make your own!

You will need:

  • A Leather Jacket
  • Acrylic Paint Pens
  • Water and a cloth
  • Chalk (Optional)
  • Stencil (Optional)

Leather Jacket Upcycle Inspiration

1)       The ​first step of creating your own leather jacket is to first think of a design, I suggest looking on Pinterest for ideas or creating a mood board like the one above.

2)       On a hard surface like a table or the floor, lay your jacket down as flat as possible. Then take your chalk and mark out the design that you want. The chalk is good to use if you are not confident in creating a design free hand because it simply wipes away.


Personalised Jacket How to Instructions

3)       The next step is to take your acrylic paint pen and start drawing your design over the chalk. If you make a mistake you can scrub away the paint with a damp tissue or cloth.
4)       Once the outline is done you can fill it in or leave it as it is, it’s totally up to you what you do!  I chose to add some detail to this lettering with a vibrant pink design.


The Completed DIY Leather Slogan Jacket Look

This is a fun, easy and fashionable way to upcycle old leather jackets to give them a new lease of life. We will be taking lots of custom jackets made by our volunteers to our Glastonbury Park shop, so if you are heading over to Worthy Farm at the end of June check them out!

Here is a sneak peek at some of the designs available…

DIY Slogan Jacket



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Royal Windsor Horse Show

The Oxfam Festival Shop will be making another appearance at this year’s Royal Windsor Horse Show between May 10th and 14th.

For those wanting a second-hand steal, take a break between the show jumping and dressage, and head down to our stall and see what bargains can be found.

We’ll be bringing a range of accessories to add that little bit extra to your outfit. Treat yourself to a silk scarf (we’ll be jealous of whoever gets the Hermes, Burberry or Gucci ones…), a feathered fedora or even a classic Harris Tweed.

Fashion from the Royal Windsor Horse Show Festival Shop

Need a comfy, warm and durable coat? We’ll be stocked up with wax jackets, including Barbour favourites, that will last from country walks to mucking out the stables. There’ll also be other styles from a Burberry trench coat, to lighter options as the summer draws even closer.

Fashion from the Royal Windsor Horse Show Festival Shop

For those wanting something for those smarter occasions, head to our stall to take your pick over a range of tweed jackets, stylish shirts and slick bottoms to finish off the outfit. We’ll be bringing items for both ladies and gents, so both will have the chance to get their hands on new attire.

Fashion from the Royal Windsor Horse Show Festival Shop

With all the riding events happening over the show we had to bring some riding gear for people to get their hands on. We have a couple of jodhpurs, some pairs of riding boots and a variety of jumpers for when the sun decides to shy away.

Make sure you send us your fashion finds. Tag us on Instagram (@OxfamFestShop) and use the hashtag #foundinoxfam!

To keep up with everything happening with Oxfam at the show, give us a follow:

Twitter – @OxfamFestShop

Facebook – Oxfam Festival Shop

Instagram – @OxfamFestShop

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My Favourite Fashion Picks from Oxfam’s Day at Geek Fest: Marvel and More!

On Saturday 4th March, I went as a part of the Oxfam Festival Shop Team to our first Geek Festival held at Elsecar Heritage Centre, near Barnsley.

I was really looking forward to seeing what outfits people had chosen to wear for the day. I went dressed in a Steam-Punk style outfit and enjoyed allowing others to see a more fun side of me. I have noticed over the years how popular Steam-Punk fashion has become with its great modernized Victorian look. There are more events related to Steam-Punk, such as Whitby Goth weekend and other events around Yorkshire.

Steampunk style and Oxfam's pop up shop

The main focus of the event was the cos-players, from Marvel characters, including Spider Man, Thor, Iron Man to characters from Game of Thrones. The atmosphere was brilliant; it was full of mad, quirky and friendly people out to have a good time with their friends and families. It was also a fun day for the kids too; they could have a photo with their favourite cos-play characters and have a photo with Doctor Who characters and the TARDIS.

Cosplay characters

Doctor Who Tardis and Cosplay

Customers were really impressed with Oxfam’s good selection of dresses, Adventure Time jackets, Marvel bags and Superhero t-shirts.

Here are some of my favourite picks from Oxfam’s donated range:

Smurf top and marvel bag and hoodie

Marvel top and cos play

We really enjoyed going to our first Geek Fest and loved to see the kind of fashion people were into. We hope to do similar events in the future. We would like to thank everyone who either donated or bought an item from Oxfam.

Remember:

 WE WON’T LIVE WITH POVERTY

 The GeekFest Guests

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Yorkshire GeekFest 2017

After the success of the first ever Yorkshire GeekFest in 2016, it’s back; bigger and better on 4th March 2017! 

Held at Elsecar Heritage Centre near Barnsley, just off the M1, Junction 35 Northbound or Junction 36 Southbound, it’s easily accessible by car.

Last year’s guest appearances from TV and film proved to be a massive success with stars from Game of Thrones, Dr Who and James Bond, to name a few.

The Oxfam Festival Shop will make its debut appearance at this year’s Geek Festival and we’re really excited about bringing our carefully selected clothes and accessories to the event.

This year, guest appearances include: Mel Pickup (Star Wars), Martin Ballantyne (Harry Potter), Pam Rose (Superman), Miltos Yerolemou (Game of Thrones) and Norman Lovett (Red Dwarf). So, it’s going to be a fun packed day for all age groups!

The Oxfam Festival Shop will be full of colourful surprises, carefully picked for the festival, including T-shirts of comic book heroes, a range of gothic clothing, cos-play, cult classics and multi coloured leg-wear.

This is a festival for the quirky, unique, mad, bad and slightly crazy people who love to dress differently and express themselves. If this sounds like you, come and visit the Oxfam shop and see for yourself!

Rest assured, every purchase you make directly funds Oxfam’s humanitarian work. Below are some examples of how your money could be used on one of Oxfam’s projects.

  • £5.00 could buy a goat for a family.
  • £20.00 could buy two toilets.
  • £42.00 could help provide water for three villages.

We won’t live with poverty

  

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Oxfam Festival Shop Round Up

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…

Download

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…

Glastonbury

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.

Latitude

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!

Womad

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!

Kendal Calling

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.

Boomtown

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.

Leeds Fest

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.

Bestival

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.

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