Postcards from Festival Number 6

Festival season is over – boo hoo! We can’t believe we’re already packing away our tents for another year, but what a summer it has been! We’ve loved every second of meeting our customers in muddy fields, dancing at sunset and donning as much glitter as humanly possible – it’s a hard life eh?

We rounded things off with possible our most picturesque home yet – Portmeirion’s Festival No. 6. Set amongst the beautiful welsh countryside, the sun shone bright (for the most part) and we caught some great bands including one of our absolute inspirations Grace Jones. You didn’t let us down either, picking up some great bargains and sharing a gin or two with us in our marquee.

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Bands You Must See At Festival No.6 2015

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With less that a week to go until we arrive on site, we can barely contain our Festival No.6 2015 excitement! Set amongst the dreamy surrounds of Portmeirion in Wales, we’re going to be bringing some of the best and brightest of our trader roster right to you, kitting you out in all the festival and fabulous apparel you need to get your weekend going.

Of course when we’re not working, we’re also going to be joining you at some of the bands! With a line up that champions the legendary (Belle & Sebastian, Grace Jones) just as much as the new (Catfish & The Bottlemen, Shura), we’re looking forward to picking out some new tunes for the office stereo. Here are our top five picks…

Summer Camp
Favourites of Kilo Sale Manager Jenessa (who recently interviewed lead singer Elizabeth for our blog¬†here), Summer Camp will be bringing their retrophile indie-pop to the ‘i’ stage on the Sunday. We’re looking forward to them hopefully playing a few tracks from their Beyond Clueless OST, the perfect accompaniment to a documentary all about 90s teen movies.

LA Priest
The new reincarnation of Late Of The Pier’s Sam Dust, LA Priest is a glam-rock affair turned on it’s head, twisting and turning down labyrinth’s of glittery synth pop. We can’t stop playing his album ‘Inji’ while we work – perfect for a boogie!

Kate Tempest
If you fancy something a little more wordy, the urban poetry of Kate Tempest may well be up your street. Tales of millennial life mingle with hip-hop beats, bringing about more than a few relatable anecdotes. Check out her album ‘Everybody Down’ – more than deserving of it’s Mercury Music Prize nomination.

Hookworms

Hailing from our very own hometown of Leeds, Hookworms have a special place in our heart. Perfect for those who fancy their musical choices a little rockier, their fuzz and feral guitars recall the glory days of 90s grunge – just make sure you come visit our tent first to stock up on your flannel shirts!

James Bay
Fair Manager Emily will be making a beeline for James Bay on the mainstage on saturday – he’s been on her stereo for months! With a set time that should co-ordinate with the glorious Portmeirion sunset, we can’t think of much better way to unwind after a long day’s trading than a good singalong to ‘Hold Back The River’

Steal Their Style – Festival No.6 edition!

Keeping secrets has never been our forte, which is why we cannot wait any longer to share our latest news – we’re going to be pitching up in September at the wonderful Festival No. 6!!!

That’s right – we’ll be celebrating the end of the summer season with a whole marquee full of the best in vintage clothing and accessories traders, helping you enjoy your weekend in serious style.

If you haven’t heard of Festival No. 6, it’s an event like no other. Take the gorgeous backdrop of Portmeirion in North Wales, add a bunch of brilliant bands, arts and workshops, top off with a dash of artisan food and drink and then, for good measure, offer some luxury accommodation – what more could you want?

Here at Judy HQ there’s nothing we love more than the pairing of vintage fashion and music (and a cheeky gin or three), which makes this quaint and quirky festival pretty much our spiritual home! To get us all in the mood, we’ve picked out some of the acts we can’t wait to see, with some tips on how to channel their style for the summer season!

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Festival No. 6’s headliner and all-round style icon, Grace Jones’s influence stretches far and wide. While some of her crazier outfits might not be quite portaloo-proof, why not experiment with some diva-ish makeup? Grace Jones loves bright colours, and at a festival where anything goes, a loud yellow or blue eyeshadow is sure to help you stand out, 80s style.

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New kids on the block Years and Years have fast earnt a name for themselves as one of the biggest names in modern dance-pop, with a live show to match. While we love their songs ‘King’ and ‘Desire’, we’re more excited by their take on cheerful 90s fashion. Even better, it’s an easy look to recreate – simply throw on a cartoon print sweater or tee over some cut off shorts and add some chunky white trainers – but beware, they might get muddy!

stealing sheepStealing Sheep
Otherwordly and effervescent, Stealing Sheep make music that perfectly matches Festival No.6’s dreamlike setting, a mix of glittery synths and tribal drums. Their look is completely 70s – think floating dresses, waistcoats and clashing patterns. Top off with a good dose of facial glitter, and you’re good to go!

catfish_and_the_bottlemen2Catfish & The Bottlemen
Putting the cocky swagger back into rock’n’roll, Catfish & The Bottlemen seem set for every festival this summer. Their laidback 60s rocker look is low maintenance enough for the field and the tourbus, and can be adapted to suit men and women. Choose high necked striped tees, dark wash pinafores and skinny denim, and don’t even dare to forget your leather jacket and ankle boots – perfect for when the weather gets a little chillier in the evenings.

Will you be joining us at Festival No.6? Check out our events tab for all our upcoming city and festival dates – we;ll be adding more updates soon!

Festival Fashion – The best vintage-inspired looks from Coachella 2015

Rejoice – Spring has finally arrived! As temperatures creep up and layers come off, we’ve got our eyes firmly set on the spring/summer fair season – and of course, Festivals!

Here at Judy’s, we’ve got a string of vintage fairs, furniture fleas and kilo sales, and we’ll also be bringing our retro marquee to Beat-Herder Festival! But the question is – what does one wear when they’re out frolicking in the fields?

coachella vintageWe looked to the best street style from last weekend’s Coachella Festival to give you the lowdown on easy-to-wear vintage-inspired trends that will keep you looking good as you throw some shapes – and down several gins!

50s ladylike
While we probably wouldn’t advise donning your best authentic 50s frock at a muddy festival, a bold red lip paired with a polka-dot frock is a simple way to nod to the era without risking your favourite garment. If the British weather isn’t quite as kind as Coachella’s, simply throw on a raincoat or knitted cardigan – our Judy’s Traders have a great selection in every colour of the rainbow!

60s Colour Pop
Floaty stripes will never go out of style – keeping you cool in a busy crowd but still very easy to layer. For a 60s-inspired look, it’s all about the accessories – a strong pair of sunglasses in a bright colour will lift a whole outfit and cover up any dark circles from too much partying the night before! Check out the Affordable Vintage Fair for bold accessories that turn will turn a basic ensemble into a showstopper.

80s Double Denim
Double denim can be a tricky look to master, but it’s hardwearing, easy to shove into a bag and ensures you don’t have to put too much thought into your look when you wake up in your tent. Keep things 80s/90s by opting for denim with interesting patches or button rivets. Our Kilo Sale is a great place to pick up oversized denim which you can layer over a more fitted piece for contrast.

70s Folklore
Aztec, peasant sleeves and suede boots…this Coachella babe has got 70s style nailed! For a more weather-appropriate alternative, try bell bottom jeans or bring along a treated suede jacket and fedora to stave off any British downpours. We love our Judy’s trader Tallula Vintage for all patterns bold and beautiful!

DIY Ditsy Seperates
Can’t decide which era you want to channel at this years festivals? ¬†Ditsy Florals are always a good idea for a hint of retro! Summer is also a great opportunity to try some upcycling – this two piece could be easily achieved by cutting a kilo dress into two parts and giving each part a quick hem!

90s Girly Grunge
For those planning on elbowing their way to the front, the 90s grunge trend is a great option that won’t leave you feeling too precious about scrubbing out muddy stains later. Mix heavy boots and checks with feminine shapes and top it off with some great functional accessories – the chunkier the better!

Looking to stock up on your vintage festival fashion? Check out all our upcoming dates – including Beat-Herder! – here