1. It seems you've learnt from festivals past that no matter how well you try to describe your location in the mosh pit via text, your chances of finding your friends are almost nil to none. Introducing, the festival "beacon." Whether it is a stuffed animal, a novelty sized hand or mega phone, the smart festival goers know this is the best way to be found.
2. Secondary to "the beacon " was beacon headgear, examples include inflatable croc hat and a conical vietnamese hat, possibly to perform the same navigational function, possibly just to be different.
3. While it is understood that a whole day at a festival can get a little tiring, it is almost alarming the amount of punters wearing their pyjamas to festivals these days. Straight from the mosh pit to the crib?
4. Props also feature heavily, before they end up as festival roadkill, trampled to the ground amongst a sea of empty cans. Some of my favourites from last festival include inflatable instruments as well as a zebra on a stick, rubber ducks and a giant rubix cube.
5. When you can't piece together something that came from a bargain shop or costume hire, why not DIY? Many punters get crafty, with slogans paying homage to the festivals and their favourite bands, as well as this one guy I saw at parklife who simply used a roll of electrical tape to create fake abs and "electric nipples."
6. Good Vibes this year was more like Mud Vibes as Centennial Park in Sydney became plastic poncho city. People were prepared to wear anything made of plastic, including those unfortunate punters who donned a garbage bag, just to keep on dancing into the night.
7. On the other side of the weather spectrum was the severe cases of sunburn and sweat suffered by punters during the summer. Sombrero’s are always a popular solution to this, as well as colourful zinc and more recently parasol’s.
8. Sunnies have always been a fashion trend, and while the Corey Worthington look is on the way out, sunnies are more outrageous than ever before, like those diamante dazzlers you see everywhere. But nothing beats the classic raybans.
9. There seems to be something about safety in numbers at festivals, as matching costumes en mass are becoming the norm. And it's not just the girls, even the boys dared to co-ordinate and go "matchy matchy," bumbags and all.
10. It seems that cartoon capers are also a festival favourite, I rememeber spotting appearances from Futurama's Bender, the Power Rangers, Buzz Lightyear and even a Smurf.
I cant wait to see what everyone wips out this year. Festival Fashion is the best, as there are no rules or judges, just goodtimes and fun.