I had the pleasure of going to the Isle of Wight festival last month courtesy of a very generous friend. I was very grateful to be camping in the guest area which was considerably cleaner and had the added luxury of (reasonably) nice bathrooms. I was left wishing I'd thought ahead and booked a 'pod pad' though as our flashy pop-up tent left much to be desired. Plus they looked super-cute! It was like a tiny, brightly-coloured village..
The weather was beautiful though so we couldn't really complain. This is the view that greeted me when I woke up on Saturday morning..
Saw lots of amazing acts but not nearly as many as I'd hoped to catch, as is usually the way with these things. Missed a fair few acts having been in the Ray-Ban Rooms taking full advantage of the free bar, spying on Kate Moss and commandeering The Hold Steady's previously peaceful baseball game..
There was some fantastic fashion on stage as demonstrated by Paloma Faith, Marina Diamandis, Coco Sumner and Florence Welch.
Paloma Faith had the best show-stopping stage outfit by far! She was fantastic.
Coco Sumner of I Blame Coco definitely had the best grunge look of the weekend. You can't see in the photo but she had the cutest brown brogues on with pulled up light grey socks too. I'd love this outfit!
Florence looked great in her usual floaty dress in either white/black/nude, hey, if it works..
Of course, there was lots of great festival fashion to feast your eyes on at the backstage bar too..
Kate Moss hitching a ride on a golf cart backstage, glamourous. The hair extensions were very questionable up close..
Alexa Chung showing everyone how utility chic should be done
Daisy Coburn of Daisy Dares You doing grunge very nicely
Marina looking good doing her usual quirky thing in a piano coat and bikini bod teeshirt
Pixie Geldof showing her patriotism for the England v USA World Cup match
I have to say, I was pretty impressed with H&M's first foray into festival lounges with their amazing teepee complete with bar, food, couches, beanbags, incense, flatscreens showing the main stage and much-needed and environmentally-friendly solar phone charging. If you felt like waiting an hour, you could also get a leopard print manicure in any combination of colours you chose! Well worth it, I know, but unfortunately my boyfriend did not feel like waiting and so we headed off to see more bands..
Standouts for me over the weekend were The Strokes (obviously) and one of my absolute favourite bands right now, Local Natives. Local Natives were so great, they just had so much energy and they kept switching up who was on what instrument which made it really interesting to watch, never a dull moment. I really can't get enough of them at the moment.
The Strokes Soma and What Ever Happened? (Sorry for my poor camera quality)
Local Natives performing a Talking Heads cover, 'Warning Sign'
I also enjoyed Marina and the Diamonds, I Blame Coco, Bombay Bicycle Club, La Roux, Paloma Faith, Blondie, Paul McCartney, Jay-Z and, for comedic value, Semi Precious Weapons. The only person I really regret missing is Florence!
Macca's big finish
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Fashion images from Vogue.com and zimbio.com