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British Festival Fashion, Across the Years

by Abbie Franks |

As Glastonbury is round the corner, it got us at Phix thinking back across the years about menswear festival fashion. With the likes of the iconic Woodstock, Reading and Leeds, and Glastonbury, the festivals to come out of the UK are without-a-doubt something to be proud of.

Not only is the music at such festivals exciting, as is the fashion. Looking back through photographs of celebrities and fans represents a snippet of what it was like to be at these festivals, and encapsulates the feeling and atmosphere which could be experienced at that time. 

Below we have collected some of our favourite photographs, which we are sure you will enjoy as much as we do.  


George and Pattie Harrison, Woodstock: Kicking off the list is someone who had one of the most memorable menswear styles of the 60s: George Harrison. Both George and Pattie's outfits were, and still are, the epitome of cool.

George Harrison and Pattie Harrison, Woodstock Festival  Jimi Hendrix, Woodstock 1969: Similarly to Harrison, Jimi Hendrix's style is a great example of the counterculture of the late 1960s, early 1970s in Britain. In this Woodstock photograph we see Hendrix doing his thing in a beaded fringed jacket, pink headband and flares - something we would very rarely find on a man today.  
Jimi Hendrix, Woodstock
 Noel Gallagher, Glastonbury 1994 : In true 1990s style, we see Noel Gallagher sporting a blue Adidas jacket on stage at Glastonbury 1994. Again very representational of the time, and something which will be likely to be seen at Glastonbury this year.

Noel Gallagher, Glastonbury

Jarvis Cocker, Glastonbury 1995: Not many attendees of a festival will be be able to pull off a full 3-button suit, shirt and tie quite like Jarvis Cocker, at Glastonbury 1995. Combined with a pair of oversized sunglasses and double pinstripe, we love this.

Liam Gallagher, Glastonbury 1995: Liam Gallagher wearing a parka, have we seen that before? A classic, and effortlessly cool look which continues to prevail today.
Liam Gallagher, Glastonbury 1995
Attendees of Glastonbury 1998: A year-on-year standard ensemble of mud, which many attendees seemingly can't go without. 
Glastonbury 1999
Attendees of Glastonbury 1998: Partygoers at Glastonbury 1998 wearing classic festival looks; A bucket hat, denim jacket, and do we spot a 3-stripe jacket and a can of Stella in the background? 
Glastonbury 1999
David Bowie, Glastonbury 2000: A legendary performance at Glastonbury 2000. We saw the late David Bowie wearing a longline Alexander McQueen blazer, paired with a blue pinstripe shirt - always a man of unique style.
David Bowie, Glastonbury 2000
Beady Eye, Glastonbury 2013: All black attire for Beady Eye at Glastonbury 2013. We like this look as it's a classic and wearable festival style, made up of a wax jacket, zip up and a pullover. 

Miles Kane, Glastonbury 2013: How Miles Kane managed to make a Union Jack flag coat look rather cool is beyond us, but he's made it onto our list for doing just that.
Miles Kane
Liam Fray, Glastonbury 2015: 20 years on from Liam Gallagher in 1995, we see Liam Fray from the Courteeners also wearing a green parka - some things will never go out of style.
Liam Fray, The Courteeners
Noel Gallagher, Glastonbury 2016: Completing our list is none other than Noel Gallagher at Glastonbury last year. He's wearing a bright blue jacket, and looking very cool whilst doing so.
Noel Gallagher