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Music fests turn into fashion utopias

music Updated: Jan 17, 2013 14:23 IST
Nirmika Singh
Nirmika Singh
Hindustan Times
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Many stock up on quirky sunglasses and kaleidoscopic party wigs, while others carefully pack clothes that make a loud fashion statement. Besides the obvious reason, a lot of people love attending music festivals for the liberty they give them to dress they way they desire.

And a music festival would be incomplete without its own share of glow-band-sporting, headgear-flaunting and ripped-denims-and-grafitti-tee-wearing idiosyncratic populace.


That’s where every kind of festival — whether it’s a beach party (Sunburn and Live From The Console), a fest held on lush greens (NH7 Weekender), a desert adventure (Ragasthan) or a concert in the hills (Storm) — gets its quirks from.

“That’s what music fests are meant to do — give you the freedom to wear anything you want, without having to worry about inviting stares,” says Ankita Kumar, a 23-year-old media professional.

Spot the stereotypes

If you’ve been festival hopping, finding groups that fit into these typecasts won’t be too difficult: (disclaimer: The groups aren’t mutually exclusive and often overlap):

First-time attendees: People out on their first fest take their clothes too seriously. Mostly spotted trying to ‘fit in’. They’re also the ones who love the annoying glow-bands and similar accessories.

The Rastafarians: These dread-locked happy-go-lucky souls will invariably sport the rasta colours (green, yellow and red) on their body, a Buddha-like smile on their face and will always speak with a low drawl.

The veterans: They place comfort over style and do a great job of carrying off their clothes, whether it’s a bikini top over shorts or an ethnic kurta on denims.

The metalheads: With their black tees and goatees, one can spot them a kilometre away.

The downright bizarre: You know who we are talking about. The Bling Baba of Sunburn fame (who shoots his own videos) and wears some outrageous clothes could well be the flagbearer of this group.

Pack right

Carry comfortable clothes; remember that at a festival you’ll be sitting on the ground, dancing and walking around a lot.

Go mad with colours; trust us, they brighten up your mood too.

Experiment with quirky sunglasses as you’ll be out in the sun for long hours.

The more adventurous ones can choose from kaleidoscopic wigs, neckpieces and more.

Effortless or over-the-top?

To some people, style comes effortlessly. While others can only keep trying. Anyone who attended the NH7 Weekender fest at Pune will agree that it could have done with fewer hotpants and the really-short shorts-wearing ladies.