Monday, 8 July 2013

Fashion and Fun at Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival

This weekend we hit our first festival of the year, Mostly Jazz, Soul and Funk Festival in beautiful Moseley Park in Birmingham. It was lovely to do a festival that was so close to home, it was a real luxury to go home to your own bed and have a proper shower each night! Our stall was right next to the bar, and we were busy all weekend, with folks on their way to and from the bar stopping to pick up a bit of vintage finery on their way past. The festival coincided with a heatwave here in the UK, so it was no surprise that sunglasses, straw hats and hawaiian shirts were our best sellers! Here are some snaps from the weekend-

It was our first time at this festival, and we really enjoyed the friendly, laid back feel. Moseley Park is a hidden paradise, tucked away just off Moseley high street, it isn't usually open to the public as it operates on a key system - local residents can pay an annual fee to have their own key to the park and so it's a rare treat to get to enjoy it. It was lovely to see such a great mix of people at the festival, there were people of all ages from newborn babies to true festival veterans soaking up the sun and enjoying the music.

Our stall was situated next to the bar, on the tennis courts. Our vintage hawaiian shirts were soon snapped up, and our floral headbands and crowns were a hit. Thanks to everyone who came to have a look!

Our neighbours for the weekend were Summer and Silver, who are based in Birmingham's famous Jewellery Quarter and sell beautiful silver jewellery. Their stall was a real treasure trove of pretty treats! Highly recommended.

Mostly Jazz is a pretty chilled out affair, and the weather was scorching all weekend, so sun dresses and shorts were definitely the order of the day! We saw so many stylish folks over the weekend but I didn't get much time to take photos, so here are just a few of the well dressed ladies who came by our stall at the weekend.

You can't beat a vintage print dress, wide brimmed hat and ladylike sandals for an effortless summer look.
Floral print dress, tribal style sandals and a bright yellow bag = festival perfection.

This cute eastern inspired playsuit and strappy sandals combo is simple and stylish.
I just love this citrus sun dress! The chunky necklace and preppy loafers add an individual twist to the outfit.
This group of girls have nailed colourful and fun festival dressing. Who needs shoes when you're looking this good!

This cute and quirky look is utterly adorable, and we just love the matching satchel and sunnies.

And finally, we have to talk about the music. Initially I wasn't too excited about this festival, I don't really like jazz music and that made me wary, but the line up was really diverse and so much fun. The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble really got the crowd going, as did Craig Charles' DJ set and The Blockheads. But the ultimate highlights were Candi Staton's polished performance and and Chic's closing night set which was the ultimate disco party. They even filled the stage with festival goers at the end and it really did feel like such a treat to get to see them play hit after hit after hit.

We'll be back at Moseley Park later on in the summer for Moseley Folk Festival, Mostly Jazz's sister festival, and we're very much looking forward to it. We just need a couple of lazy days to recover after this three day party and we'll be raring to go again! Next stop, Secret Garden Party!

Chic's On Stage Party

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