June 11 -13
On the musical front, There’ll be La Roux, Blondie (worth the ticket price alone!) plus Jay-Z for hip hop heads and The Strokes, to bring a touch of gritty downtown
Hat - £18 ASOS.com and Jacket £199.95 from Barbour.com
July 9-11 Lounge on the Farm festival Merton Farm,
won the best line-up prize at last year's UK Festival Awards and this year the Kent-based shindig offers cheerful vibes from soul and reggae veterans Martha Reeves & the Vandellas and Toots & the Maytals, Irish folk man Fionn Regan and the ever-wacky DJ Yoda. Good food and local cider are also plentiful and the kids will be kept amused by the Little Lounge, featuring animals from Aspinall's zoos. Style tip – go for vintage inspired comfy gear.
July 15-18 LATITUDE
The preferred choice for culture vultures and serious music fans. The festival site itself is compact and easy to navigate, beautifully decorated and the toilets are the cleanest on the scene. The line-ups are always among the best of the summer – the promorters have the nous to choose the best performers, rather than biggest selling artists and this year is no exception. Folk heroes Belle and Sebastian, Grazia favourite
22 – 25 July The
This teeny little festie is becoming less and less secret, so you better get a wriggle on if you want to buy tickets. As if the headliners Gorillaz, Grazia girl Marina and her Diamonds weren’t enough to tempt you, then perhaps its reputation as the friendliest of all the outdoor shindigs will reel you in. Style tip – you can afford to go quite ‘kooky’ at this one, and be more original than a tutu.
Shorts - Awear £20 awear.com and headdress by Bitching and Junkfood £100 from urbanoutfitters.co.uk
August 5th-8th The Big Chill
This year’s Big Chill is quite a jump-up one with Tinie Tempah and DJ Ashley Beedle's soul project Mavis, as well as Plan B and Massive Attack. There will also be an emphasis on art and literature with artist Spencer Tunick, who'll be creating a mass nude installation (!) and a Spoken Word Tent, a Words In Motion Tent filled with literary luminaries. Style tip – as hip and Hoxton as you can.
9-12 September BESTIVAL -
Rounding off the season will be The Prodigy, Dizzee Rascal, Hot Chip, LCD Soundsystem, and Ellie Goulding on stage at the three day extravaganza but everyone knows Bestival is ALL about the fancy dress. This year’s theme is The Fantastic Fantasy. Organisers suggest
Fan front dress £100 from Aqua - aquabyaqua.com
- Naomi Attwood