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Match the Music Festival to the Room

By: Sarah Beaumont

April 11, 2016

Coachella kicks off the summer music festival season this weekend with Radiohead, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, and many more exciting artists. But let’s be real—what you wear is almost as important as who’s on stage these days. And it’s not just flower crowns, fringe and caftans. From California’s Coachella to England’s Glastonbury, each crowd dons outfits inspired by the festival’s location and music style.

So how can you bring those festival vibes home? We picked six global music events and highlighted the best ways to translate their style into your interiors, so you can feel the beat and the glorious summer heat all year long.


Coachella – Indio, CA, April 14-23
via Zimbio / Amber Interiors

via Zimbio / Amber Interiors

The Look: “Oh this old kimono? I just threw it on.” – aka I had it handcrafted four months ago from vintage Japanese fabric imported by a costumer who worked on my indie film shoot. Don’t let those effortless looks fool you, this quintessential desert fest is like the runway of music festivals. Despite many attempts at appearing carefree, everyone looks like they’ve just stepped out of an Urban Outfitters ad.

The Home: Adjacent to midcentury modern capital Palm Springs, Coachella style pairs perfectly with desert modernism. To bring the look home, pair the clean-lined curves of modernism with eclectic patterns like shibori and Navajo prints. Add a nod to the locale with some cacti and succulents and a berber rug for texture. But don’t go over the top with the boho thing—your space should feel playful yet expertly curated.


New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival – Louisiana, April 28-May 7
via Dapper Lou / Apartment Therapy

via Dapper Lou / Apartment Therapy

The Look: Jazz Fest embodies the come-as-you-are, let-the-good-times-roll spirit of the Crescent City. While you’ll see everything from dropout stoners to hip hop dandies, there’s a reverence for creativity, Southern class and jazz-age style among festival goers.

The Home: In a city known for its treasure trove of antiques, Jazz Fest style is best illustrated at home through offbeat decorative oddities, restored architectural details, and furnishings that recall the swinging style of the 20s. And it has to be party-ready—think cut crystal glasses, an antique bar and a playful riot of colors.


Bonnaroo – Manchester, TN, June 8-11
via Forever Boho / Harpers Bazaar

via Forever Boho / Harpers Bazaar

The Look: Send up your shaka signs and toast to mother earth, this southern town is busting out the bare feet and banjos. Bonnaroo is like Coachella’s carefree cousin from the south. Think flowy flea market dresses, vintage hats and cowboy boots mixed with colorful crochet, peasant blouses, and a whole lotta vintage denim.

The Home: Bringing home Bonnaroo means mixing up a little bit of country with a lot of rock and roll and a dash of hippie style. Pair worn leathers with rattan seating and accessories that feature the occasional ethnic print. Macramé is as much a must as a vintage record player. If your living room looks like somewhere your favorite folk band might practice, you know you’ve nailed Bonnaroo style.


Glastonbury – Somerset, England, June 21-25
via Daily Mail / House and Garden

via Daily Mail / House and Garden

The Look: England’s countryside musical romp has been staging stars since the ‘70s. Year after year, a fashionable crowd of show-goers from Cara Delevigne to Florence Welch to Glastonbury queen Alexa Chung make their mark on the festival’s muddy terrain. Glastonbury fashion is an exhibition of the ultimate cool girl wardrobe; think Kate Moss for Burberry riding through the English countryside on the back of a motorcycle. It’s edgy London style meets bucolic English farmland.

The Home: When translating the look to an interior, imagine a charming country cottage that’s timeless and livable, grand but with more than a few edgy touches. Rustic woodwork, chintz patterns, and a soaring fireplace nod to a refined pedigree while black and gold pendants and hallmark pieces of contemporary art show a little rocker rebellion.


Warped Tour – June 16-August 6
via wheretoget.it / My Domaine

via wheretoget.it / My Domaine

The Look: “Mom, it’s not a phase, this is who I am!” Warped Tour is the angsty teenager of music festivals. Think Vans, ripped band tees, eyeliner and beanies. This traveling rock event jumps around the world every summer, showcasing hardcore, alternative and punk bands with a dose of skate culture.

The Home: When the angsty Warped Tour teen grows up, they buy a loft and bring home spray-painted skull graphics, bold monochrome color schemes and maybe a cuddly fur throw if they’re feeling emo. This look is industrial, edgy, and full of teen spirit.


Newport Folk Festival – Rhode Island, July 28-30
via Refinery 29 / Zillow

via Refinery 29 / Zillow

The Look: The Newport Folk Festival has been up and running for over 50 years, playing host to legendary acts from Bob Dylan to Johnny Cash. But its folksy roots mix with a nautical New England quirk thanks to its seaside locale—some lucky attendees sail up and drop anchor, listening to the bands from the comfort of their sailboats. The style? Zooey Deschanel by the seashore. Necessities include: a tambourine, retro sunnies, stripes, and a floppy hat.

The Home: The sartorial choices at the festival reflect its laid-back and welcoming vibe with playful patterns and delightfully preppy silhouettes. When translating the look to an interior, channel the coastal spirit of Newport with nautical colors, quirky prints and a folk-loving, hipster twist on traditional Cape Cod design.

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