Dress up and dance – festival season is here!

Festival are not only music, and we had a little sample with Coachella’s section dedicated by Vogue. If you want to be cool and follow the trends you don’t have to underestimate your outfit. For this reason several shops started to suggest proper mise for the occasion. One above all, Topshop!  Topshop represents a very status quo, especially for the cool indie generation. There are many stores all over the world. This is their slogan:

“Stay chic in the mud at this summer’s festival”

On the website you can find a lot of useful suggestions. Click here and check it with your own eyes! So what do you think,are festival only a matter of music?

One for all kinds:

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Interviews’ section

If you want to know something specific or personal experience talking about festival, I suggest you to check the new interviews’ section of the blog!

Just a song for you

Mi Ami

Last edition was great, and in February there was an unexpected affluence for the Ancora ( “Again” ) edition, the winter one, me included. And i can confirm you that it was great,unbelievable!

The 6th edition concluded almost a week ago,and it was even better, if it’s possible! Organize,as always, by the Rockit crew the “Festival of Music and Kisses” was held June 4-5-6-7. The location was Circolo Magnolia,like every year, in the natural frame of Idroscalo in Milan. Two main stages: Palco Pertini and Collinetta di Jack. The first one is a tribute to the president Sandro Pertini and this year is the twentieth year from his death.

Many were the artists: Teatro degli Orrori, Tre Allegri Ragazzi Morti, Giardini di Mirò, Africa Unite and many other. This is year was introduced a day off, 7th June, called “Mi Pensi”.

Coachella: How was it?

SAND, MUSIC AND HIPPIE

What is Coachella 2010?

3 days, 11 editions, 128 bands, 225000 people, 20 bottles of water per day, 40° under the shadow, 269$ for the ticket, 400000 metres of grass, 57$ camping, 15$ an hat, 10000 cars parked, 69 arrests for recreational conduct and intoxication, 84 hospital recovers (95% for dehydration ). This is Coachella 2010!

[ One suggestion: never forget to drink WATER!! ]

Coachella is the demonstration of the new generation of hippie that uses social networks like Twitter and Facebook to keep in touch with the New World’s passionate. It’s the waitest annual event of Sud California, who attracts the best artists and performers and put together superstars’ glamour – this year Jay-Z and Beyoncè and other Hollywood stars – with the indie and new artists: Vampire Weekend, in particular. One of the news this year, except the WebCast live by Facebook or Myspace, was a ferris wheel 45 metres high with a wonderful view..

The best part of Coachella are the exclusive party, better known as pool side event: the destinations prefered by the band. The best super-exclusive party 2010: pool with jet ski and pintball guns, Lacoste party with music special guest, Devendra Banhart, Binki Shapiro from Little Joy and celebs like Kristen Stewart, Emile Hirsch, Natalie Portman, Rachel Bilson…better than a red carpet!

If you want to be sure to have backstage and vip section pass you should book the super-luxury Safari Tent: “only” 5000$ for two people,and 1500$ for every addition person. Instead, if you prefer a raw experience you have to book a tent place or camper, almost five mouths before the festival.

So are you curious to know how was Coachella 2010?

First day: Jay-Z closed the set performing, surprise, with Beyoncè singing Forever young, cover of the german Alphaville. The show started with She&Him, a couple formed from the actress Zooey Deschanel (known for playing Summer in “500 Days of Summer“) and country man M. Ward, then Crooked Vultures, John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, the great Dave Grohl of Foo Fighter and Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone age, Grizzly Bear, LSD Soundsystem and Vampire Weekend. And this was just the beginning!

Second day: MGMT, Muse, David Guetta, Faith No More… “Thanks” to the volcano Eyjafjallajokull some group were cancellated so the sudafro rapper Die Antwood were invited.

Third Day: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jònsi frontman of Sigur Ròs, Thom Yorke and Atoms for Peace with Flea from RHCP and Gorrilaz.

There were two very important initiatives:

  • every 10 empty bottles of water they gave you a full and iced one;
  • all the tends left go to Haiti, for the imminent raining season.

Not only music at Coachella, but also fashion! Check on Vogue website and read what they say. And bizarre installation, look!

Sziget

Sziget Festival was born in 1993 thanks to Peter Muller Sziami, an hungarian artist, and Gerendai Karoly. With a little stuff of students, at first they were more or less 10 people, they were able to transform a small reality in a REALLY big one: today is the bigest festival in Europe, and the third one in the world!! A great organization that can handle 7 days music no-stop, 1000 shows, 70.000 campers, 400.000 spectators.

It’s a multimedial and unique event, open to every genre and musical expression, a point of meeting for cultures. About that, Sziget is also a theater, installations, exhibitions, dances, extreme sports, tattoo and piercing point, internatinal cuisine…

The location is the beautiful and greenly island of Obuda. ( In Hungarian sziget means island) The place is only 2 km distant from Budapest.

This year will be the 18th edition of the festival, the recipe doesn’t change, thanks to the great organization who garanties a great experience to the attenders. This is one of the reason because it’s called the “Woodstock on Danubio”. The tickets allow you to camp on the island. And you can park your camper.

The festival organizes a contest for new artists. The winner of the italian contest will “fight” with the other winning bands in Spain, France, Hungery, UK, Holland, Germany, Belgium and Sweden. 10th of August all the winners will perform on the Sziget Sound Fest’s stage.

Pukkelpop

Pukkelpop takes place in Hasselt, Belgium. It’s another summer music festival, from 19 to 21 of August. Originally,when it was founded in 1985, was a single day event and the location was different. The event has since envolved to a three-day concert featuring eight stages and over 200 acts! At previuos eidtion have participated really important acts such as Ramones, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, The Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, Metallica, Sonic Youth, Green Day, Foo Fighters, Guns N’ Roses and Daft Punk.

This is an event based on rock music and this year there will be great headliner: Iron Maiden, Queens of The Stone Age, Placebo, Blink 182 and Limp Bizkit. Other bands that confirm are Prodigy, Soulwax, Jonsi, Kooks…

The festival provides free camping facilities to attendees. In fact, camping and train tickets, inland Belgium, are all included in the ticket. The tickets were on sale from 20th April. A day ticket costs € 76 and a combi ticket costs € 145 . How find them? You can find the tickets here, Goformusic.be.

Coachella Festival

This year Coachella Festival was held April 16-18 in California. Like always the lineup was great! The official one was annunced in January.

There were some relevant cancellations including The Who, that dropped out because Pete Toenshead (guitarist) decided that he prefered to continue to write instead of perform. This was not the only important lost for the festival, infact a lot of artists canceled their performace because their were stucked in the European travel chaos due to the ash plume from the eruption of the Icelandic volcano. The list of the missing performer included: Delphic, Gary Numan and The Cribs. By the way, the big names of the international music didn’t miss the event that every year attracts people from all over the world.

2010 was the first year that the festival didn’t make avaible single day tickets to access the concert. Paul Tollett, the organisator, said:

“We’re really trying to make it great for the fan. We understand it will affect some people who want to go for one day, but we have to protect the three-day people. It was a complex decision. We put some thought into it, and we’re trying our best to make it a good experience.” He also says that since 2007, over 80% of the sails were for three days tickets.”