Sunday, 10 July 2011

Hop Farm Music Festival, 1st - 3rd July 2011

This time last week Mr Mouse and I were just getting ready to shut up shop for the final time and go off to see the legend that this Prince! Today it's nice to take a moment and reminisce...

The first morning and the shoppers arrive

We were at Hop Farm Music Festival in Kent with our friends from The Vintage Fair, who were hosting a marquee filled with vintage delights to enthuse and bedazzle the festival goers. When we read the line up for this festival we knew we had to be a part of it, so we packed up our finest vintage festival fashion (denim shorts - check, cosy knits - check, waterproofs - check, crazy things we would never be able to sell anywhere else - double check!) and headed south for some fun in the sun.
Browsers in the menswear department!

More lovely stalls

The weather was scorching throughout the festival, as was the line up - we managed to check out The Eagles, 10CC, Ocean Colour Scene, Graham Coxon, Young Rebel Set, Brandon Flowers, Morrissey, Prince and Stewart Lee doing a spot of late night comedy. We also got our groove on at the indie disco each night, while still managing to work 10 hour days manning our stall - phew, no wonder it has taken us a week to recover!

The crowd rather enjoying Brandon Flowers

Birmingham legends Ocean Colour Scene

The Eagles had an impressive show

Indie Disco!


A giant puppet in the kids' area


The crowd were friendly and very diverse, with everyone from families with young children, teens and students through to people who most likely saw all the legends on stage the first time around. And they were all into different looks - for example the more mature Eagles fans were loving our denim jackets while the younger crowd loved our kitsch sweatshirts and denim shorts (practically a festival uniform now!).

There were a few celebrity visitors to The Vintage Fair tent too - Kitty, Daisy and Lewis popped in before their superb set and their mum picked up a dress from our friends at Jeny & Amber, The Secret Sisters, who I watched and really enjoyed at the Big Tent stage just minutes before, came by and bought a few bracelets and necklaces from us, and the legendary Patti Smith took a browse with some friends (one of whom bought a pair of braces with pictures of horses on - how apt!).

Of course it was all about the music really though, and Prince did close the show with an amazing set - with purple rain tumbling from the sky as the sun set (I still have a few pieces zipped safely away in my purse). What a weekend.
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