Music Festivals 2014

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Ooooya Ooooyaaaa even though it is not April yet we have already been getting all ready for the music festivals we are going to do this year. Remember you could find us the last year at the Isle of Wight Festival, V Festival, T in the Park, Leeds and Reading Festivals in the UK  and Roskilde in Denamrk? Guess what – you are going to be able to find our stalls over there this summer as well! If you haven’t got your tickets yet, get them as soon as possible and in the meantime you can have a quick look at what you can see this year. Remember – music is life, there’s no better fun than the festivals and a worn vintage look is a must. We presented the festival outfits in one of our posts the last summer. There is not much that has changed – it is still Levi’s 501 cut offs, Barbour coats, worn denim, flannel and aztec shirts, wellies, bumbags, bandanas and flowers in your hair that are a must – make sure you’re already prepared! If not – visit one of our shops in Birmingham or visit Harper and Lewis Vintage Boutique on ASOS Marketplace.



The Isle of Wight Festival is bringing together more than 75,000 revellers for a weekend of live acts in a tradition going back more than 40 years.

Tickets cost just £1.25 for the first festival on the island in 1968 which gave the 10,000 who attended the privilege of watching the bands perform from the back of a trailer as well as contend with a large open sewer on the site.








What began in 1994 as a founding partnership between Tennent’s Lager and T in the Park, has become a hugely successful, long-standing relationship for over 20 years






The infamous Reading & Leeds Festival is heralded as the best music show on the planet. With the most revered artists from across the globe playing each year across the August Bank Holiday weekend, it is a genuine rite of passage for discerning music lovers everywhere.

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The V Festival is an annual music festival held in the United Kingdom during the penultimate weekend in August. The event is held at two parks simultaneously which share the same bill; artists perform at one location on Saturday and then swap on Sunday. The sites are located at Hylands Park in Chelmsford and Weston Park in South Staffordshire. Although predominantly a rock music festival, a wide range of musical genres are accepted; in recent years pop acts have become more common.

The “V” represents the Virgin Group, with the event being sponsored by Virgin Media. It was previously televised by Channel 4, predominantly on their sister channel 4 Music, although for the 2014 edition of the festival it was announced that television broadcast rights would be returned to MTV.







Roskilde Festival 2014 takes place from 29 June to 6 July.
Roskilde Festival lasts eight intense days. Four days of celebration, music, co-creation and commitment in the camping area followed by four days of music and art at the festival site.
A full ticket with access to eight days costs DKK 1910 incl. fee (approx. EURO 256).
The Full line-up is revealed on Wednesday 2. April 2014 at 12.00 CET.
The line-up currently includes acts as diverse as Arctic Monkeys, Damon Albarn, Interpol, Haim, Major Lazer, Earl Sweatshirt, Pusha T, Rob Zombie, Trentemøller and MØ. See the current band list here.

Approximately 160 artists will perform on the seven stages in 2014. 

The stages are called Rising, Apollo, Avalon, Orange Stage, Gloria and Arena.
Roskilde Festival is created by 32,000 volunteers.

Maximum capacity is 80,000 paying guests. In total, 130,000 people are expected to take over the festival city in 2014 – this makes Roskilde Festival Denmark’s fourth largest city. 
Roskilde Festival takes place on the fields south of the town of Roskilde, which is one of Denmark’s oldest cities and known for its of historical relics from the Viking Age. 
The capital Copenhagen is located just 35 kilometers from the festival site. This is also the approximate distance to the closest international airport. Se practical travel information here.
Roskilde Festival was first held in 1971
Over the years, the festival has presented names such as Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys , Beastie Boys, Björk , Black Sabbath , David Bowie, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds , Coldplay, The Cure , Daft Punk , Bob Dylan, Faith No More , Foo Fighters, Gorillaz , Iron Maiden , Jay -Z, Paul Kalkbrenner , Kraftwerk , Metallica , MIA , Muse, My Bloody Valentine, Nirvana , PJ Harvey, Prince, Radiohead, Rage Against The Machine , Rammstein , Red Hot Chili Peppers , Rihanna, Ravi Shankar , Slayer , Slipknot , Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, The Strokes , Tiësto , U2 , Kanye West, Jack White , The White Stripes and Neil Young.







The Latitude Festival is an annual music festival that takes place in Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk, England. It was first held in July 2006. Latitude is said to be more similar to continental European festivals; as well as a comprehensive bill of musicians, bands and artists across four stages – The Obelisk Arena, The BBC Radio 6 Music Stage, The i Arena, and the Huw Stephens curated Lake Stage, the festival comprises elements of theatre, art, comedy, cabaret, poetry, politics, dance and literature.

The festival is run by Festival Republic (formerly the Mean Fiddler Group), which also run the Reading and Leeds festivals and is contracted to run Glastonbury Festival.








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We did the Isle of Wight. Hell Yeah!

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As probably most of you already know Harper & Lewis Vintage do some of the best festivals. It means we travel around the UK, no wait, actually around the whole Europe with our vintage stock. Yes, we let our customers to get the vintage beauties directly from our market!

We would like to share our experience, feelings and all the crazy stories we went through on tour. Well, mostly the stories. And the photos, which are maybe not of the best quality but that’s all we’ve got as souvenirs we can publish on the blog. As far as we can remember there are many of them. Read on if interested and curious; and remember – photos included 🙂

The first festival we did this year was the Isle of Wight Festival which obviously takes place on the Isle of Wight in South East England. It lasted from 13th to 16th June. We had to arrive there earlier of course to move our market in! How many of you were there with us??


  • June 11th, late evening

This is Gaz. Yes, you all know him. Our van is packed to the top and bursting at the seams! Gaz who is normally our full-time model is now our driver. Guess what is in the boxes? Well, simply a bit of everything! Everything you need at the festivals and everything you need when you’re back home. Anyway, we are now ready to leave the next day around midday!


  • June 12th, midday

Everything is double checked. Flozzza is still here. She spent the whole night watching our stock. We’re leaving our warehouse in the Brummieland all being excited because of the fact we are coming back to the IOW again! We are heading straight down to the island in a HEAVY rain and hitting the ferry at 6 p.m. Some of us suffer from seasickness (we cannot say who that person is 😀 ). Luckily we are all just fine and arrive at the campsite at 7.30p.m.  Oh wait, we are getting lost near Dover. Guess whose fault it is?! ONLY JOKING, Gary is a good driver and navigator. But still – we are getting lost! All yelling and terrified because of the fact we can miss the last ferry we finally find the right way. So yeah, we got there safe and sound:)


To whomever the tent belongs – we’d like to thank you for letting us to stay under its roof for one night 🙂

  • Late evening

We are finally here. It is too late to set the market up so we decide to sleep anywhere. Oh yeah, because we have no tents. So we find this empty market with no doors and no windows which is just by the sea and it is freezing cold outside. Actually being in this market means we are still outside. Sleeping on the lawn is a great fun anyway.


This is a hammer. Our hammer.


This is our market. Well, almost.

  • June 13th, early morning

We start the first morning on a campsite from setting the market up. It is going to be our shop, tent, home, dining room and everything for the next few days. Boys are working hard, pretending they are builders. Girls are working hard, hanging stock on the rails – they do not have to pretend anything, they are just gorgeous.


Floooooreeence is watching youuu!!


Well done boys’n’girls. Hooters and other bad boi’zz ready to be sold out ha!


  • Late afternoon

The market is ready to welcome all the vintage lovers. Our model Kinga joins us today so now we are here all together ready to serve you!


  • Late evening

Everything is finally in the right place now. We cannot wait to greet the first customers tomorrow!

  • Very late evening

Everyone seems to be asleep. We are looking for a party to join with no luck at all. Chatting till early hours in the morning then falling asleep in our cozy market! Well, most of us…


Peace in the morning!


  • June 14th, morning

It is windy. Very windy – way tooooooo windyyy! The opening of all the stalls is delayed.

Oh, and Gary says hi from his bed – bed for the champions. He just loves his van!


Waiting for the gates to be opened. Ready to rock!

  • Early afternoon

Here we go! The Sun is shining, the wind cannot kill anyone anymore, all the gates are opened, the crowd is heading our way! We are busy, yesss we are!


  • Late evening

Nick’s dinner time! We are so amazing we can manage to cook at the festivals ha! Absolutely beautiful chicken curry.

  • Very late evening

Two of us are going to see the first of the big headliners – the Stone Roses. Kinga sees the band for the third time in the last two weeks. No one knows why but she seems to be a little sick of the same line-up now! Enjoying the gig anyway 🙂

  • Late night

We are hitting the Hipshaker’s dancefloor. Rock’n’roll!! Photos not found. 😉


Gary’s new uniform – Harper & Lewis Vintage rules!!


  • June 15th, early morning

The Sun is shining, it’s 98 degrees in the shadow and we are walking into town to do some food shopping for tonight’s dinner. Festooned with all the heavy bags, we are walking back into the festival to open the market at 10.a.m. It should be just a boring and exhaustive long walk back but no, not for us. Kinga is gazing at something on her left hand side while walking and she is hitting the LAMPPOST. With her FACE. There are no more than 300 other people around her who see it. We are all lying on the ground, laughing. She is laughing with us. Good times! (Are you one of the witnesses?! 😀

The market is rolling up! What are you mostly interested in? Well – them Levi’s 501 cutoff shooooooooooortssssssss naturally!!!




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  •  Afternoon

Kinga is off to see the Maccabees and Ben Howard. Good gigs she says!!



  • Evening

Nick’s dinner day two! What we’ve got tonight? The meatballssssss and spaghetti. The spaghettiiiiiiiiii omnomnomnomnommmmm.

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  • Late evening

We are going to see the Block Party (hell yeahhhhhhhhhhhh!) and a bit of the Killers. The Killers are finishing their performance with the explosion of the fireworks.

  • Late night

The Hipshaker – oh well… 🙂


Peace in the morning II

  • June 16th, morning

Gaz says hi ready for the last day of the festival!

What is going on today? We are having fun with all our customers – as always!!!

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Peace in the afternoon.

  • Afternoon

Kinga says hi in the afternoon. Paul is taking a photo. He says hi too! 🙂

(Here we should tell you the story of clicking one’s back but we will leave it…:) Any witnesses?? 😀 )


Where’s everyone?!

  • Evening

Nick’s dinner day 3! Lamb curry – LAMB CURRY! We love Nick’s meals!



  • Late night

We are all off to see Blondie. She is absolutely amazing!


Find Gaz in the photo.

  • Very late night

Kinga and Gaz are having a beer fight – both pretending that they are spraying the champagne on eachother to celebrate the whole festival, which we have to admit was a great fun!

  • Very very late night

Guess what?! Yes, we are at the hipshaker again. So sad it is the last night in here!!!


We’ve done it! We’ve done it again!!!

  • June 17th, morning

It always happens, sooner or later – time to leave… Where is the hammer?!

We spend few hours packing all the stock and getting ready for the trip back home.

Before getting into the ferry we are walking around Newport and popping in to one of the nice restaurants for some fish and chips, oh yeah!

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  • Afternoon

Bye bye Isle of Wight! We’re gonna miss you!


Our top sales man is sleepy – well, we don’t blame him!



  • Evening

We spend few hours waiting in a long queue on the motorway, getting home late in the evening!

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Peace in the evening


We’ve made a wish to come back there the next year! Have you done it?!

We’ll see you the next year IOW! So far – we need to get ready for the Roskilde Festival in Denmark now – boom town boom town!!

Stay tuned, H&L xxx