Back Of Beyond Festival

With festival season now in full swing, and millions flocking to see their favourite artists whilst pitched up in a confined tent, abandoning their usual hygiene habits and feeling cramped among the masses; we were kindly invited to try out a smaller, more different style of festival; Back of Beyond

Having only started in 2018, and only this year extending the festival to two days rather than one, the festival has already successfully carved its space within the British festival scene after recently being nominated as “Festival of the Future”. Focusing on Dance, EDM, House and Techno, this festival is on track to rival the best.

The festival itself is based in the picturesque Hertfordshire countryside with views of the sprawling hills and towering trees  taking up a full 360°perspective. This is the perfect excuse to escape the big city. Getting to the festival couldn’t be an easier commute with trains from London running into lots of nearby stations into such as Hertford and Ware.

Unlike other smaller festivals who struggle to attract big name talent, Back of Beyond definitely did not have this problem. Renowned DJ Goldie graced the decks on Friday night and Radio One’s Dance Anthem king Danny Howard headlined on the Saturday night. Both performed a substantial 1.5 hour set and showed exactly how to get the crowd going. Aside from the two top names, lots of other recognisable artists graced the main stage including Sam Divine, Nightmares on Wax and Crazy P. 

The main pyramid stage was only one of the stages though, with seven other stages dotted around the site including a UV stage, a “Hay Days” stage and even a secret stage within a truck. If you’re lucky enough to go VIP, then there is a separate stage also within this area. There was a lot going on across the site and you could be sure to always find music that you liked. 

With ticket options varying from day passes to weekend passes you can take in as much of the action for however long you want. We’d recommend paying the extra and going VIP as you gain access to the VIP area which has not only its own stage, but also hammocks to relax in and quite possibly the best toilets we’ve ever seen at a festival.

Food-wise, the festival had 5-6 establishments that all serve top-quality food. From pizzas to Thai, burgers to crepes, you are spoilt for choice and can overindulge with the pricing being lower than the typical big festival.

Overall, if you’re looking for a smaller festival with top-name artists, picturesque surroundings and lots of different stages with quality DJ’s, then we highly recommend you checking out Back of Beyond for summer 2020. 

boohooMAN: It’s Summer Season

Featuring heavily on our blog over the past year, boohooMAN are easily one of our favourite brands out there at the moment. With the affordable price tags and dedication to serving the most cutting edge menswear, it’s pretty easy to see why we can’t stop talking about them. Remember to enter our exclusive boohooMAN competition here.

SS19

boohooMAN have dropped their Spring Summer 19 range and it covers everything you need to keep you looking on trend this season. Whether you’re jetting off to a sunnier climate, heading out on a big night out or seeing your favourite bands at a festival, boohooMAN have every style and occasion covered. Here’s the standout collections from the brand right now.

Festival

Glastonbury, Wireless, Creamfields…the list goes on and on of all the amazing festivals to attend in the UK this summer. With festivals being one of the main times of year to show off those styles you wouldn’t usually dare to, boohooMAN have encapsulated perfectly the fun elements of the festival season.

Through a collaboration with the confectionary brand Swizzles, who produce all of your favourite childhood sweets like Love Hearts, Parma Violets and Refreshers to name a few, boohooMAN have released a unique collection that  is sure to make you stand out among the masses.

The range casts nostalgia using the Swizzles brand logos that you know and love, and brings to life the clothes in the most appropriate throwback colours.

Shop Festival here.

Quavo

The rap legend that is Quavo has teamed up with boohooMAN for an exclusive 200 piece collection. Focused around the appropriate theme of urban streetwear, the collaboration takes us through a full wardrobe from velour sets, tie dye denim and even onto accessories. Quavo leaves his unique style on every piece within the range.

Shop the Quavo collection here

Activewear

In January the brand launched their first ever activewear range. Pieces vary from tracksuits, t-shirts to hoodies, all in a sophisticated monochrome colour palette, with a cool blue bringing a splash of colour to the range. As the designs are fully technical, there’s no excuse to not be hitting the gym to gain that summer body.

Shop the activewear range.

Pride

With international pride month happening right now, this couldn’t be a more appropriate range to talk about. This is the third year boohooMAN have released a specific pride collection and this range tops all previous.

The “Love Without Limits” range encompases over 100 gender neutral pieces. Celebrating all sectors of the LGTBQ+ community, the collection covers those who want to make a bold statement as well as those looking for a more subtle approach.

Most importantly. 10% of all profits from the range will be donated to the LGBT Foundation and OutRight Action International.

Shop the Love Without Limits range.

Co-ords

Storming the season this summer as well, co-ords are back with a bang. boohooMAN have got the market covered with styles ranging from animal prints, stripes, logo and even floral.

Shop Co-ords

ABODE

The brand has just started a 12 month collaboration with one of the leading global event brands, ABODE. The partnership will see the online retailer as the lead sponsor for all ABODE events. boohooMAN have also launched the below exclusive capsule collection in line with the collaboration which is definitely worth checking out.

Shop boohooMAN x ABODE collection.

Tell us what you’re loving from boohooMAN this summer in the comments or over on our Instagram.

The Best Swim Shorts Of The High Street

For over 100 years swimwear has dominated the fashion landscape throughout the summer months.

Swimwear is important as it takes you through a mountain of memories in your lifetime; from riding the waves, to wild swimming in a deserted lake, to hitting the hotel pool on the first day of your holiday. It’s important to make sure that the swimwear you choose both suits the situation and makes you feel confident and feeling your best. After all you want to make the best memories possible.

Men have a whole host of different swimwear options for consideration, from small briefs, to the slightly more giving trunks, to the everyman’s board shorts. With swim shorts being the most universal choice from both a suits-most-situations perspective and holding the highest preference among men, this article will be entirely focused around this classic cut.

The StyePilot team have handpicked the best swim shorts on the high street this Spring/Summer so you don’t have to go out hunting. Let us know which pair is your favourite in the comments section or on Instagram.

Thanks to our friends over at Hatherley Manor Spa for allowing us to shoot there.

Palm Tree Print Mid Length Swim Short by boohooMAN

£10.50 (usually £14 RRP). Shop at www.boohooman.com

Take the Mediterranean with you wherever you go this summer with these palm tree shorts. The dark purple base overlayed with green palm tree print means that you’re guaranteed to make a lasting impression wherever you are. The length of the shorts come comfortably above the knee, with the fabric feeling premium creating a fit that will compliment most men. Pair with a plain white tee to draw attention to the palm tree print.

Echo Racer Swim Shorts by Superdry

£29.99 RRP. Shop at www.superdry.com

These shorts are instantly recognisable as Superdry and will definitely make a statement when you rock up at the beach. The dark navy panels meshed with light blue and pink panels make a fantastic colour-block combination for this season. You’ll be very thankful for the quick dry technology when you forget to pack the towel. The shorts also come in a variety of other prints including all-over ice lolly and a palm tree pattern which are both great for when you’re heading off to brighter shores.

Sustainable Quick Dry Swim Shorts by Marks & spencer

£10 RRP. Shop at www.marksandspencer.com

These classic look swim shorts pack in a lot of features. Made from 100% recycled materials; you don’t have to feel guilty about splashing out on another pair of swim shorts this summer. If you’re planning on hitting a pool these shorts are perfect for you thanks to the chlorine resistant technology which keeps them looking and feeling in top-notch condition. Other useful features include quick dry technology as well as UPF protection against harmful rays.

Stripe Swim Short in Mid Length by boohooMAN

£11.20 (usually £14 RRP). Shop at www.boohooman.com

Every man can rock this pair of swim shorts. The classic vertical stripes in navy and white gesture towards the timeless nautical theme making these the ideal staple piece for the beach, dock or poolside. You can be sure that they will see you through the next few Spring/Summer seasons. Pair with a similar vertical striped shirt to turn up the volume.

Bardo 80’s Swim Shorts by Fila and only at Urban Outfitters

£35 RRP. Shop at www.urbanoutfitters.com

Exclusive to Urban Outfitters, these Fila 80’s colour block shorts bring a retro addition to your summer swimwear wardrobe. The bright blue, yellow, red and white collide together flawlessly creating an explosion of boldness. Every angle offers a different colour. The Fila branding guarantees a high level of quality in terms of both style and material.

Runner Swim Shorts by boohooMAN

£9.60 (usually £12 RRP). Shop at www.boohooman.com

This classic cut nods gently to the 80’s whilst remaining contemporary to today’s market. The white piping detail along the sides and bottom compliments the pale pink to create a subtle yet stylish piece. Style with a grey t-shirt to fully enhance the pink. Other colour options include a deep pink as well as pale blue.

Pink Tiger Print Swim Shorts by Topman

£18 RRP. Shop at www.topman.com

The oriental-style tiger print brings something unique to the high street selection of swim shorts this season. The intricate details mean your eyes keep picking out new elements each time you wear them.

Beach Volley Swim Shorts by Superdry

£29.99 RRP. Shopt at www.superdry.com

Simple can be king. Completely different to the prior pair of Superdry, these shorts come in one all over colour. Still following the theme of standing out; the neon lime green colour is electric and one of our favourites this season. The shorts come complete with zipper back pocket which will be a lifesaver this summer. If you’re not brave enough to choose this shade yourself the product also comes in a colour scheme from black all the way through to pink.

STYLING TIPS

With so many different styling options out there it can be overwhelming to decide what’s going to look best with your shorts. Here’s our quick styling tips to make sure you’re on trend:

  • Sliders. The hottest footwear trend from the past two years has hit the market again this season. Sliders are great to wear around the pool or on the beach and will instantly up your fashion game. Try the Tommy Hilfiger sliders we featured in our shoot.
  • Shirt. Let your shorts do the talking. Marry a plain short sleeved shirt, and style it with the buttons all open for a retro California throwback. If you aren’t confident enough to bare your torso, then a simple short sleeve tee will also work the same.
  • Accessories. If you want to style the look further so you’re not limited to just sticking to the beach or pool, finish the look off with a classic hat like this from John Lewis. Be warned that hats will only work with a classic swimwear look (think plain shorts and simple sliders).

Hatherley Manor Spa

Thanks again to the team at Hatherley Manor Spa for allowing us to shoot at their luxury Cotswolds based hideaway. If you’re looking to get away from the big city, check out the great packages that are available to detox, relax and unwind throughout the summer.