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“Blink” Events: Bestival’15 and the Summer of Love

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Now that we have got Wilderness, Camp Bestival and Notting Hill Carnival out of the way we can focus all of our attention on our final festival of 2015. Our grand finale festival event is always the brilliant Bestival. If you don’t have tickets I think there are a few still available if you get your skates on, and once you have those tickets the next thing on your Bestival ‘things to do’ list must surely be the preparation of your outfit.

This year’s theme is ‘Summer of Love’ and so we’ve decided to help you out with some inspiration. In our opinion, to nail this look you need the three F’s. That’s flowers, fringing and a flippin’ big smile. We’ve headed right back to ’69 which was the original Summer of Love and the year of Woodstock. We hope this helps focus your mind and looking forward to seeing what you all come up with!

Flowers for your perfect 'Summer of Love' Bestival'15 look. All images with thanks to Pinterest. Hippy, festival fashion, Woodstock, flower crowns, Blink London

Flowers for your perfect ‘Summer of Love’ Bestival’15 look. All images with thanks to Pinterest.

Fringing for your perfect 'Summer of Love' Bestival'15 look. All images with thanks to Pinterest. Hippy, festival fashion, Woodstock, flower crowns, Blink London

Fringing for your perfect ‘Summer of Love’ Bestival’15 look. All images with thanks to Pinterest

A huge smile for your perfect 'Summer of Love' Bestival'15 look. All images with thanks to Pinterest. Hippy, festival fashion, Woodstock, Blink London

A huge smile for your perfect ‘Summer of Love’ Bestival’15 look. All images with thanks to Pinterest.

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“Blink” Music: Bestival’s Headliners- Duran Duran!

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

A slightly different approach to our #MusicMonday post today and this time it’s even more self-indulgent than usual! Hope you don’t mind too much.

Now that the wonderful Camp Bestival is done (I’m sure you lucky folks who went had an amazing time), our eyes look ahead to the original and still that absolute best by name and nature, Bestival! Here’s Bestival’s own Rob da Bank chatting with Duran Duran‘s John Taylor. Yup, Duran Duran are the Friday night headline act at Bestival! Ooh, I’ve come over all hot…

Yes I am showing my age, but Duran Duran were the band that my teenage self lived for. They were plastered all over my teenage bedroom walls, doodled all over my schoolbooks, and it was John Taylor’s name that was surrounded by hearts in particular. This guy inspired my semi mullet resplendent with a Sun-In lightened ginger fringe, my teen wardrobe of frilly white shirts, the early adoption of heavy handed, kohl lined eyes and my (still remaining) penchant for a felt trilby. He was probably my first taste of heartbreak too (darn you Amanda de Cadenet).

Enough of my trip down memory lane. The fact of the matter is that these guys haven’t played the festival circuit for a long time so that fact alone makes this great news. In addition Duran Duran have been working on new album. It’s called ‘Paper Gods‘ and will be out in August. Here’s a track from it. ‘Pressure Off’ features Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers. Based on this track, and probably also some of my teenage love for these guys, I think this is going to be a great album.

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“Blink” Music: SG Lewis ‘No Less’ feat Louis Mattrs

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Our choice for today’s #MusicMonday isn’t going to help boost your energy levels this grey and drizzly Monday. Sorry! SG Lewis delivers an ultra smooth, super laid back, Monday-angst-eliminating feel with ‘No Less’. So laid back it’s pretty much horizontal.

So who is this SG Lewis chap? Well he’s actually 20 years Liverpudlian, Sam Lewis. He’s been producing music for less than a year, but already his moochy, soulful sound is grabbing the attention of music industry movers and shakers. He’s also on the roster for this year’s Bestival.

On this track, ‘No Less’ he’s accompanied by Brighton born and bred, singer and songwriter, Louis Mattrs who adds a heartbreakingly honest vocal to this delicious track. You can check out more of his work on his EP called ‘Beachy Head’.

For more great music posts, just have a looky here.

“Blink” Beauty: Be your most sparkly self at Bestival

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

We do hope that you enjoyed our introductory Bestival post. This one is dedicated to a festival beauty look that we saw lots of at Wilderness, and the sparkly festival make up trend looked wonderful at Bestival too.

I am intrigued to see whether any of this translates to real life, and I find myself hoping that it might. I think we could all do with a little more light heartedness and whimsy in our lives and what better way than a sweep of stardust and spangles? I think it also provides a wonderful contrast to all of that heavy-handed, obsessive, Kardashian-inspired, video-tutorial-driven, seriously nuts contouring business. I should think this is a sight faster to achieve too!

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Thanks to everyone who stopped to have their picture taken. Thanks also to Megan for all of the great work.

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“Blink” Events: Desert Island Disco-ing at Bestival 2014

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Wowsers, what a weekend! The sun shone on the Bestival fields of joy and made an amazing event even more incredible. Thanks to Megan who pitched her tent and hit the party for us. Today you get to rest and recuperate in readiness for London Fashion Week!

This year, Bestival seems to have outdone itself. Not only was the ‘Desert Island Disco’ theme stunningly embraced by the fancy-dressed crowd, Robin Hill Country Park was transformed with beautiful installations, swathes of sandy beaches and a very tropical-island-looking procession of utterly beautiful, awe-inspiring costumes.

Let’s not loose track of the fact that this is essentially a music festival though, and the line up was unbelievably exciting topped off for us by Sam Smith (smashing it again), Outkast and Chic as well as loads of brilliant DJ sets and exciting pop up events.

We’ll kick off our coverage with some shots to set the scene…

Bestival 2014 by Blink London. Yes, that is a mermaid casually hanging out by the bar...

Bestival 2014 by Blink London. Yes, that is a mermaid casually hanging out by the bar…

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bollywood at Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bollywood at Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bollywood at Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bollywood at Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

And last but not least, Bestival set a new world record for the largest disco ball ever, launched high into the night sky and ending the festivities in utterly magical, appropriately bonkers style!

Bestival's World Record Disco Ball

Bestival’s World Record Disco Ball

Watch out for more from Bestival in the days ahead. For more amazing events including other festivals, just take a look here.

“Blink” Music: Kwabs ‘Pray for Love’

Monday, September 8th, 2014

To keep us in the Bestival mood after a wonderous weekend on the Isle of Wight we’ve chosen this track from one of our favourite artists who performed there.

This is Kwabena Sarkodee Adjepong, known as Kwabs. This Ghanaian-born, London based, former jazz music student at the Royal Academy of Music, has created a sound that is both synth oriented and based in gifted musicality. His voice is deep, full and confidently strong yet smooth. I may have made him sound like a coffee or a good red wine but when you listen to this track, I hope you’ll understand what I mean!

‘Pray for Love’ dropped in April this year, following ‘Right or Wrong’ which I thought was going to be a tough act to follow but this track absolutely does it, building on the beauty of the previous releases and helping to crystallise Kwabs spot as a gifted new name to watch out for.

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“Blink” Events: Bestival gets better and better!

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

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Are you ready for imminent huge, fancy dressed, field based fun! So exciting. We shall see you there!!

“Blink” Events: thank you Wilderness

Friday, August 22nd, 2014
This way for Wilderness festival fun!

This way for Wilderness festival fun!

The sun is setting both literally and figuratively, on our Wilderness festival coverage.

Wilderness festival 2014

Wilderness festival 2014

We hope we managed to convey the beauty, joy and brilliance of this unique festival. Thanks to Wilderness and Family PR for the wonderful time, as well as to all of you who let us take your picture. It was immense, regardless of the rain. Hope to see you all again next year.

Pandemonium, Wilderness festival 2014

Pandemonium, Wilderness festival 2014

Blink rocking a finger torch at Wilderness

Blink rocking a finger torch at Wilderness

Wilderness festival 2014 , view of the spa from across the lake

Wilderness festival 2014 , view of the spa from across the lake

Next on our festival schedule is Bestival, our final festival fling before London Fashion Week, so watch out for lots of nutty brilliance from that!

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“Blink” Competitions: Bestival & Mr Motivator need your creative skills

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Did you check out our tips on getting your outfit ready for Bestival 2014’s ‘Desert Island Disco’ theme? Well then you’ll be more than sorted already and perhaps looking for the next festival oriented creative challenge. Let us help you out with this Bestival barmy design competition…

Mr Motivator will be back at Bestival to help lift those flagging spirits whilst also ensuring your glutes are well warmed up for days and nights of booty shaking. Always a snazzy dresser, the big M is well known for his form fitting, rainbow-hued biketards. It seems that he hasn’t managed to track down one that is just right for working up a Desert Island Disco sweat in, so our help has been requested. Can you design him the ultimate Desert Island Disco biketard?

Just get your Karl Lagerfeld on and, using the special sheet which you can download here, let those creative juices flow! Once you’re satisfied that you have created the biketard of joy, email it to lycra@bestival.net or you can tweet or instagram Bestival your entry using #BestiLycra.

Bestival and Mr Motivator need YOU!

Bestival and Mr Motivator need YOU!

You can either print off  the special design sheet to hand-draw your idea or you can be tres modern and design it on your computer. The winning designer will get their Desert Island Disco Biketard made for Mr Motivator who will wear it at Bestival 2014, where the lucky winner will be watching from the side of the stage! The closing date for entries is Tuesday 29th July. Five lucky runners up will win a Bestival T Shirt! Where did I leave my felt tips?

“Blink” Events: Bestival does ‘Desert Island Disco’

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Glastonbury may be done, but as far as we are concerned, some of the best festivals are yet to come. One that we have known and loved since it’s very first outing (yes, we were there!) is the brilliant Bestival. Every year this event gets a theme for all attendees to embrace, and this year the theme is ‘Desert Island Disco’. As I’m not a natural dresser-upper, I have been scouring Pinterest for some inspiration on this one. If you’d like some help on getting this theme sorted sooner rather than later (like on the ferry with the Isle of Wight on the horizon) then I hope that this helps.

So we started by looking at the stunning Brooke Shields in ‘Blue Lagoon’, the seminal shipwreck style movie, and then spotted some gorgeous editorials with the castaway theme to help inspire you in creating your own variation on this bonkers theme…

Brooke Shields in Blue Lagoon, via Pinterest

Brooke Shields in Blue Lagoon, via Pinterest

make up and accessories inspiration, via Pinterest

make up and accessories inspiration, via Pinterest

a touch of Kate Moss perhaps? via Pinterest

a touch of Kate Moss perhaps? via Pinterest

Disco does shipwrecked? via Pinterest

Disco does shipwrecked? via Pinterest

Uhm, not sure how to describe this one... aside from nutso fabulous! via Pinterest

Uhm, not sure how to describe this one… aside from nutso fabulous! via Pinterest

That should be the starting point I guess, embracing our inner boogie mermaid, but let’s face it, if you really do Bestival properly, this is how you’ll end up looking by going home time…

Tom Hanks in Castaway, via Pinterest

Tom Hanks in Castaway, via Pinterest

Hurry up and buy your tickets ASAP before they sell out and we’ll see you there! For more event news, just take a look here.