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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Barbour; the festival ‘must have’

Over the past 20 years festivals have grown bigger, better and more abundant in the UK. The rise in commercial festivals has meant a welcome improvement in venue facilities and a desire for design-led clothing suitable for roughing-it style.

Celebrity Endorsment

Alexa Chung, Pixie Geldof and Lilly Allen have all been spotted in Barbour jackets at festivals in the past few years and Barbour has maintained a balance in its ranges; appealing to younger on-trend buyers while keeping its more traditional designs alive. Celebrity adoption of the waxed Barbour jacket as the perfect festival accessory has encouraged a new, younger, customer base and Barbour have risen to the challenge.

Barbour has a strong British identity and provides integrity and credibility for the discerning festival goer or ‘hackney farmer’.  As Barbour effortlessly mixes country practicality with city style more and more young people have turned to Barbour to provide them with a statement jacket, wellies and accessories to rock the festivals in.

Design Led

The Barbour Gold Label by Temperley (Alice Temperley) and The Paul Smith and Barbour Collaboration range has brought Barbour to the fore of desirable designer fashion. Gone are the days when Barbour was seen as just a green wax jacket maker, now there is a huge range of jackets and layers for men and women to choose from;

The Print Beadnell jacket has all you need to stay warm and dry this summer with an exclusive printed trim to lift your spirits in the rain.

Strip off your layers when the sun comes out with a choice of knits and 4 adorable t-shirts from Barbour this summer including heart, hare, squirrel and poppy graphic print

Pinks, purples, blues, limes and greens. All the colours of the rainbow can be worn as a quilted Barbour Jacket. Fitted for comfort and to flatter your silhouette, with hand pockets for those all-important wet wipes.

Print Beadnell JacketSquirrel TeeSummer Liddesdale


For Men, The Fieldstack is a great mix of water proof but breathable keeping you cool and it’s bright beautiful colour ensuring you’ll be easily spotted in a crowd.

The Flyweight Chelsea is a lightweight charcoal jacket with a light trim and tailored fit. It has a comfortable fabric funnel collar stand and contrast inner lining.

An update on the motorcycling jacket the Enfield, the Gruff has the International branding trim and offers classic effortless style.

Flyweight Chelsea Gruff Fieldstack

Have a read of our brief outline of some of the biggest and best festivals this year and come visit us in Oxford for your Barbour jackets and accessories to ensure you get kitted out by the best.

What will you be wearing?

25 May

Field Day
Victoria Park, East London

Resembling a village fete with a sack race and a tug-of-war but with cutting-edge dance and indie bands.

7-9 June

Loch Ness, Scotland

An annual music festival at Clune Farm on the banks of Loch Ness.

8-9 June

Parklife Weekender, Manchester

With a line-up of globally renowned artists it is probably the best value UK festival of 2013.

13-16 June

Isle of Wight Festival

Despite its focus on rock, visitors can enjoy a live cabaret, a real beach, hot tubs, a sauna, Champagne Garden, Bohemian Woods and vintage tea room.

14-16 June

Download Festival
Donnington Park

The UK's largest metal festival

26-30 June


Returns from a fallow year with the Rolling Stones  playing on the Saturday night.

11-14 July

T in the Park
Strathclyde Country Park, North Lanarkshire

Scotland’s biggest music festival.

12-14 July

Wireless Festival
Olympic Park, London

Jay Z headlines Saturday night and performs with Justin Timberlake on Sunday.

18-21 July

Southwold, Suffolk

Attracting a slightly more sophisticated crowd this festival is a mix of the arts as well as headline music acts.

25-28 July

Global Gathering
Long Marston Airfield, Stratford Upon Avon

A celebration of rave culture


26-28 July
16-18 August

Rewind Festival
Scone Castle, Pershire
Henley on Thames

80s music, live comedy, street entertainers and a fun fair

17-18 August

V Festival
Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, South Staffordshire

Beyonce is headlining V, one of the year’s most popular events.

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