Style Confessions with Audrey Lombard
The modern music festival can be traced back to Woodstock in 1969, where 400,000 hippies converged to pay homage to peace and love while listening to legends such as Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. It was a pivotal moment in history and sowed the seeds for a cultural ritual that continues to thrive.
Over the next few decades music festivals began to flourish across the globe. Although each one was dedicated to a specific genre, be it rock, alternative or jazz, their ultimate goal was the same – to bring together like-minded people to share in their passion for sound.
By the mid-noughties, a new generation of music lovers were looking for a new experience altogether and festivals were extended to multiple days over consecutive weekends. No longer reserved for the disenfranchised youth and countercultures, they became mainstream and open to all.
Fashion also plays a starring role as festival style became a major phenomenon. The focus moved offstage as attendees started to express their personal style in a range of looks that would become huge trends, be it boho hippy or rock chic.
Whether you go for the art or music, there is no doubt that music festivals will continue to tap into the cultural zeitgeist for many generations to come.