2019 Costume Festival Guide

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Fancy Dress Festival Guide 2019


Spring has sprung and as the sun graces our sky for longer and the days get longer we know what that means... Festival season is here! Wellies, beer and a lot of Fancy Dress. Have you got your tickets yet? If you’re still unsure which festival to attend this year? We’ve planned a list of fancy dress themed festivals that are going to be rocking the calendar in the sweet sweet summer of 2019! So here’s to the nights that turned into mornings and the friends that turn into family!

So prepare yourselves for house parties, wonders of the ancient world, boomboxes and lots of tents. The festival Gods have spoken: summer is coming! 

See below for a full list of our favourite festivals during 2019, their bios, headliners and their fancy dress themes. Have a great festival season and make sure you check out the festival safety tips to ensure you stay safe over the summer.

Glastonbury festival fancy dress costumes

May Festival Fancy Dress Themes

Let's Rock The Moor 18th  May Back to top

Let's Rock The Moor

Headliners: Erasure's Andy Bell/Marc Almond/Shalamar
Ticket Prices -Per Adult: £42
Fancy Dress Theme: 80's

Let’s Rock The Moor has been leading the way for quality 80s music festivals since 2009. Offering a fabulous lineup of artists and an action packed day of general 80s madness, there is plenty to do for everyone at this family friendly festival. So dress to impress, strike a pose and don’t miss out on this chance for a retro blast with the very best of the 80s! Looking for some fab outfits to rock? Take a look at our 80's fancy dress and retro costumes.

Click here to purchase your tickets.

Bournemouth 7's : 24th, 25th and 26th May
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Winterwell Fancy Dress Theme

Ticket Prices - Adult Camping Weekend: £180-£190
New for 2019-Ultimate Ticket (includes weekend wristband, VIP colourseum wristband and V.VIP Wristband: £100
Fancy Dress Theme: Out of this World

Over the May Bank Holiday weekend, Bournemouth plays host to the world’s largest sport and music festival. Three days jam packed with live music and teams from all over Europe entering into a range of social band elite cups across 6 sports; Rugby, Netball, Dodgeball, Hockey, Volleyball and Ultimate Frisbee, there is lots of action for all.  It’s 3,000-person capacity campsite with luxury glamping tents which boasts a home away from home experience for all festival goers. Not to mention there will be 40 live acts and DJs across 15 festival arenas.   Standard weekend tickets range between £180-£190 depending on when you purchase them, however this year they are also giving you the opportunity to purchase the 'Ultimate Ticket' for just £100 (depending on when yopui purchase).  This includes a weekend wristband plus and VIP Colourseum wristband and a V.VIP wrsitband as well as a festival queue jump and access to the posh toilets. The theme this year is 'Out of this World' so let's get creative! Think aliens and astronauts or why not even creatre your favourite Sci-Fi movie. Take a look at our Alien fancy dress costumes for some great ideas. 

 For more information on ticket prices and to make a purchase, click here.


Masked Ball: 3rd - 5th May - Back to top

Masked Ball Festival

Ticket Prices - Adult Camping Weekend:£89.95-99.95
Fancy Dress Theme: Wear a mask of course 

The Masked Ball is a spectacular themed party staged in Cornwall. A multilevel party kingdom where themed venues range from outrageous to downright unsavoury and spectacular. So if you like the sound of celebrating a decade of decadence and debauchery, across multiple magical venues, on a festival site carved into a Cornish cliff top, grab a mask and get your tickets here!

June Festival Fancy Dress Themes

Camden Rocks Festival 1st- 2nd June  - Back to top

Camden Rocks FestivalHeadliners:Frank Turner/ Deaf Havana/ Carl Barat/ Wheatus
Weeend Ticket: £70
Ticket Prices - Adult Day Ticket: £40 + booking fee
Fancy Dress Theme: Rock and Roll

We couldn't call ourselves true Camden folk if we didn't include a festival happening right on our doorstep! Camden Rocks Festival sees 7,000 live music lovers take over Camden Town for the most rock and roll one dayer of the year, with over 200 bands throughout 20 venues. After the sell-out success of all previous years, make sure you grab your tickets for this years event here, get ready for madness and if you are feeling extra edgy pop into Escapade! with our awesome accessories and cool costumes we will have you channeling your inner Ozzy in no time! Shop our rockstar fancy dress now!

Gottwood Festival: 6th - 9th of June  - Back to top

Gottwood FestivalHeadliners: Alfos/ Andrew Weatherall b2b Manfredas/Antal
Ticket Prices - Adult Weekend: £180
Fancy Dress Theme: Think crazy headpieces, extravagant hats and lots of glitter.

If you love electronic music then you will love Gottwood Festival. Based within an intimate setting, which has been beautifully constructed by a team of designers, carpeneters, painters and other artists, the Gottwood experience is one not to be missed! The line up for this year includes Andrew Weatherall, Alfos and Antaln and the dress code as always is anything goes.  Expect the farm of Anglesey to transform into a parade of colour with crazy headpieces and plenty of glitter. Shop our accessories and hats and look the part! Tickets can be purchased here.


Download Festival: 14th - 16th of June  - Back to top

Download FestivalHeadliners: Def Leppard/ Slipknot/Tool
Ticket Prices - Adult Weekend: £216
Fancy Dress Theme: TBA

Every year heavy metallers make the pilgrimage to Donington Park in Leicestershire for Download festival. Download was born from the ashes of the previous metal festival on the same grounds called Monsters of Rock. True to its predecessor, Download truly does host the biggest monsters in the rock industry! This year you have awesome headliners such as Def Leppard, Slipknot and Tool. To top things off the fancy dress theme takes place on the Friday and is yet to be announced...be excited and be prepared! Get your tickets here!  



3 Wishes Faery Fest: 21st- 23rd of June  - 
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3 wishes festival
Headliners: Prima Nocta/ The Dolmen/ 3 Daft Monkey/ Mobius Loop/ Perkelt
Ticket Prices - Adult Camping Weekend: £110
Fancy Dress Theme: 21st June will be Mermaids & Dragon Fae Day, 23rd June will be Unicorn Day.

Boasting an extensive collection of festival awards, 3 wishes is the perfect family friendly event for music, magic and even a world record attempt. This year's world record attempt will be the largest gathering of people wearing unicorn horns and will take place on the Sunday, so grab yours here.  The theme for Friday will be Mermaids and Dragons, so browse our extensive range of fairy tale fancy dress and head over to Cornwall looking rather magical indeed. You can purchase tickets here.


Glastonbury Festival: 26th- 30th of June  - 
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3 wishes festival
Headliners: The Killers/ The Cure/ Stormzy/Kylie/Janet Jackson
Ticket Prices -Full Weekend: £248 + £5 booking fee
Fancy Dress Theme: Think full on eccentricity, crazy hats, feather boas and some fun sunnies.

Glastonbury is arguably one of the most famous festivals in the world and most certainly the largest performing arts festival in the world. Hosting some of the biggest acts in the music biz and a whole wealth of entertainment and arts from dance, comedy, theatre, circus and cabaret, it's no wonder why tickets to  this festival are quick to sell out. Whilst there is no fancy dress theme in particular, you might just want to make sure that whatever you wear is as vibrant as the culture itself. Think face paints, accessories and of course ponchos to protect yourself from that heavy rain which seems to grace the festival every year without fail.  In order to get tickets, you have to register and you can do that here. 


July Festivals

Wireless Festival: 5th - 7th of July - Back to top

Wireless festival
Headliners: Cardi B/Travis Scott/A$ap Rocky
Ticket Price - per Adult Weekend: £175 + booking fee
Fancy Dress Theme:  No specific theme so why not create your own!

Taking place in Finsbury Park this year, Wireless is considered to be the ultimate summer festival in London and has only gone from strength to strength since it started in 2005! This standout festival promises only the biggest-chart topping acts and this year is playing host to Cardi B, Travis Scott, A$ap Rocky plus loads more!

Get your tickets here.


Latitude Festival: 18th - 21st July - 
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George Ezra/ Snow Patrol/ Lana Del Rey
Ticket Price-per Adult Weekend Camping: £202.50 + £16.20 booking fee
Fancy Dress Theme: TBA

Set against a stunning background in Henham Park, Suffolk, Latitude is a family friendly festival with an edge. Touting the tagline “More than Just a Music Festival” it’s diverse and ever-changing activities mean it isn’t just for music lovers, but don’t be disappointed because the line up for 2019's latitude festival is couldn't be more exciting, with George Ezra, Snow Patrol and Lana Del Rey headlining.  A  standard weekend camping ticket is £202.50 plus a booking fee of £16.20, however ticket prices vary and you can find out more information about the different types of tickets here.


Lovebox Festival : 12th - 13th July - Back to top
Headliners: Chance the Rapper/Solange
Ticket Price: Adult Two Day Ticket: £120 + booking fee
Fancy Dress Theme:  TBA

Dating back to 2002 with it's first party which was thrown by Groove Armada in old strip club off Tottenham Court Road, Lovebox has since evolved into a colourful festival attended by over 20,000 people each year. This year it will be hosting a range of fabulous acts from Chance the Rapper to Solange.

Tickets range in price, a two day ticket costs £120 plus a booking fee, however you can pay £175 to upgrade to VIP. For more information about tickets and to make a purchase click here.


Beat Herder: 12th-14th July  Back to top
Beat Herder
 Rudimental/Groove Armada/Basement Jaxx
Ticket Price: Adult Weekend Camping: £174.45
Fancy Dress Theme: The Letter R

Set in Ribble Valley in lovely Lancashire, you'll be immersed the light of glow sticks, mirror balls and party people raving on top of vintage cars. Beat-Herder is sure to be like the birthday party your parents wouldn't let you have. This years theme is the letter R! Se get on it and dress like Rabbits, Rockstars, Robin Hood, Rey and many, many more, browse our fancy dress costumes and find endless ideas. . Tickets vary in price depending on how early you make the purchase, which you can do here.


  NozStock The Hidden Valley: 18-21st July- Back to top

Nozstock Festival
Headliners: Rudimental/ DJ Zinc + SP:MC/ Kings of the Rollers
Ticket Price - Adult Day Ticket: £153.70
Fancy Dress Theme: Wizard of Noz

Amid the emerald fields and raggle-taggle farmhouses of Herefordshire’s ruralist countryside lies Nozstock The Hidden Valley. The festival’s ethos is about bringing play to everyone, in whatever form it can. Nozstock believes in the value of not only entertaining, but in participation and contribution. Last years theme was 'Nozstalgia' and saw all sorts of crazy and colourful costumes from Mad hatter's to fantastical woodland creatures.  This year's theme is Wizard of Noz and you will get to see the farm transformed into a glittering Emerald City. Why not take part and don a Dorothy, Scxarecrow or Wicked Witch costume?  We have the whole range, just browse our Wizard of Oz costumes for more ideas.

You can purchase your tickets here.


Bug Jam: 26-28th July - Back to top

Bug Jam
Headliners: Ash/ Example/The Electric Swing Circus/ 90s Explosion
Ticket Price: Adult Weekend Ticket: £90-£98
Fancy Dress Theme: TBA 

Bug Jam is not your average music festival as it celebrates all things VW and it does so with style. Despite the festival's theme being all things car related it still packs an impressive line-up across four music arenas. If the bands aren’t your style, there is also a talent show, drag racing, public track time, comedy and stunt driving. Tickets vary in price depending on when you make your purchase and which days you intend on going, however kids under 13 get in for free. You can find out more here.

Standon calling: 25th-28th July  - Back to top

Standon Calling

 Rag 'n' Bone Man/Wolf Alice/Nile Rodgers & Chic
Ticket Price: Adult Weekend Camping: £159 + booking fee
Fancy Dress Theme: Twisted Creatures: A Strange Evolution.  Think walking fish, flying dinosaurs and underwater birds.

Beginning with a birthday BBQ, a set of decks and 25 friends Standon Calling has gone from strength to strength over the past few years with 2019 being no exception. Offering such musical talents as Rag 'n' Bone Man, Wolf Alice and Nile Rodgers & Chic, bespoke accomodation, plenty of entertainment for kids and an annual costume parade. Browse our animal costumes, accessories and masks to create the perfect hybrid look. 

Get your tickets here.


Kendal Calling: 25th-28th July  - Back to top

Kendal Calling

Headliners: Courteeners, Doves, Years & Years and Nile Rodgers & Chic
Ticket Price: Adult Weekend Camping-£139 + Booking Fee
Fancy Dress Theme: Jurassic! Think dinosaurs!

Set in what used to be a wildlife theme park in the idyllic Lake District the location of the Kendal Calling festival alone makes it well worth a visit. Of course, the fact that they offer an event jam packed with world class music and entertainment also helps! 2019 is bursting with an eclectic collection of talent including Courteeners, Years & Years, Doves and Nile Rodgers & Chic. This year's theme is Jurassic, so why not grab a dinosaur costume and mask for the ultimate prehistoric look before you purchase your tickets here! 

August Festival fancy dress themes

Wilderness Festival: 1st-4th August - Back to top


Robyn/Bombay Bicycle Club/Groove Armada
Ticket Price: Adult Weekend: £179.70 + £11.25 Booking Fee
Fancy Dress Theme: TBA

Passionate about nature and the wild, Wilderness is woven through a beautiful nature reserve in Cornbury park, Oxfordshire and offers a fantastical world where magic meets mystery.  Their Ethos states 'What you feel and experience should last forever' so expect something special and truly unforgettable. You can get different tickets depending on your needs and requirements, for more info visit this page.


Camp Bestival: 2nd-5th August- 
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Headliners:Jess Glynne/The Human League/
Ticket Price: Adult Weekend: £180
Fancy Dress Theme: Heroes Vs Superheroes

Camp  Bestival is the sister festival of Bestival and is a multi award winning, family friendly festival with an action packed camping holiday like experience Expect lots of fantastic entertainment and activities for kids from soft play and circus skills to go-carts and glitter. This year's theme "Heroes vs Superheroes", sets sights firmly ahead. With a reputation as one of the festival to show off your fancy dress skills and wares, intense planning always goes into the outfits on show – so think Captain Marvel, Aquaman, Captain America and Superman to name but a few. Shop our enless superhero costumes and capes for more ideas. 

Tickets vary in price depending on your criteria and you can purchase them here.


Boomtown: 7th-12th August - Back to top


Headliners: Lauryn Hill/Prophets of Rage/The Streets
Ticket Price: Adult 5 Days-£236.50
Fancy Dress Theme: A Radical City

BoomTown rose up from the underground scene in 2009 to become one of the UK’s wildest and most inspiring independent festivals. Offering a sprawling creative metropolis, every kind of musical genre you could want or imagine and a global community of music and freedom loving people Boomtown really is a festival like no other! The festival is split into nine totally individual districts across the four areas of the festival each offering endless fancy dress opportunities. The fancy dress themes for this year are Bohemian Circus, Metropolis and Revolutionary which means brightly coloured, bedazzling outfits with a futuristic twist. Check out the website to find out more about what to expect from each district and get your tickets here.

Area 404
Town centre
Lion's Den
Copper Country
Paradise Heights
Whistlers Green
Forest Parties
Sector 6
Dstrkt 5
Barrio Loco
Bang Hai Towers

GreenMan Festival: 15th-18th August - Back to top

Green Man Festival

Headliners: Four Tet/ Father John Misty/ Idles/ Sharon Van Etten
Ticket Price - Adult Weekend: £189
Fancy Dress Theme: Outer Space

In the breath-taking beauty of the Brecon beacon between 16th-19th of August Something magical is stirring.. Made up of all the freethinking, Inquisitive people that wander its wild ways Green Man Festival is the perfect place to drink, make merry and dance until dawn. This year it will also be celebrating its 15th birthday! Be prepared to discover, meet new friends, try something new and create memories to last a lifetime. The fancy dress theme for this year is 'Outer Space' so shop our alien fancy dress costumes and face paints and get creating an intergalactic look. 

Get your tickets here as well as treat yourself to a yoga class or massage at the festival.



Beautiful Days Festival: 16th-18th August  - Back to top

Beautiful Days Festival

Headliners: Skunk Anansie/ Ziggy Marley/ Levellers
Ticket Price - Adult Weekend: £142.50
Fancy Dress Theme:  Fairy Tales-Elves, fairies, giants, gno,mes, dragons, witches, princesses & wizards. 

Beautiful Days Festival is held at Escot Park, Devon. Spread across 3 days with 5 stages filled with over a hundred music acts from local up-and-coming performers to well known and loved bands and artists such as Skunk Anansie. The festival also offers comedy, theatre, fancy dress and interactive art. Beautiful Days is guaranteed to provide a great weekend away for the whole family. This years Sunday theme is a 'Fairy Tales' and the festival will be encouraging you to dress up as mythical creatures, think elves, giants, fairies, dragons etc! Browse our fairy tale costumes for some great fancy dress ensembles. We have a huge selection of fairy and angel costumes in particular.  Tickets vary in price depending on your age bracket, find out more over here.



Shambala: 22nd-25th August  - Back to top

V festivalHeadliners: Amy True/ BCUC/Blow 3.D
Ticket Price - Adult Weekend: £165.95-£205.95
Fancy Dress Theme:  Extinction Carnival

Shambala is an environmentally conscious festival that is 100% wind, sun and veg oil powered. The music acts are kept secret until the opening day to add to the mystery. The festival is renowned for its outrageous fancy dress and on the Saturday every year there is a customary fancy dress parade, which everyone gets involved in. This year's festival theme is Extinction which offers endless animal fancy dress opportunities. Think disco dancing beatles, venus flytraps and any other magical creature you can imagine.

 Tickets vary in price depending on when you make your purchase.  More information regarding tickets can be found here.

September Festival Fancy Dress Themes

End Of The Road Festival: 29th of August - 1stSeptember - Back to top

End Of The Road Festival

Beirut/ Michael Kiwanuka/Metronomy
Ticket Price - Adult Weekend:£192 + Booking Fee
Fancy Dress Theme: None set but taking funny costumes is bound to get you attention especially when worn in groups. 

Alternative festival lovers rejoice! End of the Road is a unique festival set in the scenic Larmer Tree Gardens in South Wiltshire. This carefully curated festival will have you discovering new and exciting music from many genres. The festival prides itself in not choosing one particular style of music, so bring an open mind and some funky threads and get ready to party down! This would be the perfect opportunity to curate your own fancy dress theme with some friends.

Book your tickets here!



Festival Safety

Festival Safety Tips - Back To Top

1) Don’t flash your cash or your bling - avoid wearing expensive jewelry and watches and invest in an uncool, but very useful money belt.

2) Keep items of value on your person at all times, better yet when it comes to really expensive items, don't bring them at all. 

3) Sunburn - Yes we all love the sun, but it doesn't love us back, wear sunscreen so your festival isn't ruined on the first day.

4) Don’t carry more cash than is needed as most festivals will provide cash machines.  

5) Dehydration - Keep hydrated, festivals are active and if (it's a big if) the weather is good you will become dehydrated quickly. 

6) Avoid drug and alcohol abuse, while festivals provide security and medical care adverse reactions to drug and alcohol abuse can leave you isolated and vulnerable.  

7) Heat Exhaustion - Symptoms will include dizziness, nausea and potentially vomiting. If this happens, get out of the sun and into a cool area where you can consume plenty of fluids and shower or sponge yourself with water.

8) Keep expensive cameras and video recording equipment safely hidden. Avoid dangling your camera as it makes it easy to be snatched