Listen Up! 7 High-Potential High-Style Moments on the Music Festival Circuit


Music festival season is upon us and to stand out in the crowd of normies, we recommend hitting the Magic Hour Pop-In@Nordstrom–it’s full of slightly bugged-out festi-gear curated by our director of creative projects Olivia Kim.

But we’re also wondering: Who’s likely to look freshest on stage?

We’ve got seven ideas, including country star Nikki Lane at Stagecoach, April 24-26, in Indio, CA–where Nordstrom will be on the grounds, representing on our How We Roll tour.

Lane’s known to rock sheer, ruffly dresses and can stand on two bulls at the same dang time. Her 1970s cowgirl punk style gets a thumbs up over here.

Six more picks, in chronological order:

iLoveMakonnen at CounterPoint May 22-24, Kingston Downs, GA

Makonnen, crooning rapper and beauty school dropout, is working on a look that prioritizes dashikis and tie-dye. We dig. He also has a knack for finding retro style in places we didn’t expect, like French sports brand Vuarnet, and strangely pulling off what would seem to be woefully inadvisable DIY moves like writing “ASSPIZZA” on pink Timbs.

Lana Del Rey at Sasquatch May 22-25

The queen of a certain decayed version of Hollywood glamour will pull out a rad throwback gown or tiara. Call it a hunch.

Leikeli47 at Electric Daisy New York May 23 & 24, MetLife Stadium, NJ

New York rapper makes her own beats, wears allover print Clashist gear with Pussy Riot facemasks, is at risk to combine a bikini with snowboots.

Björk at Governors Ball June 5-7, Randall’s Island Park, NY

In-N-Out Burger is cool, but our favorite practitioner of animal style is Björk. You’ve seen her go full swan-body. Now she’s back in feather mode with her Vulnicura album. There’s no telling how fly she’ll get.

Florence and the Machine at Bonnaroo June 11-14, Manchester, TN

Florence Welch brought you the modern She-Ra, the terraced haircut, has burned down several red carpets and been lusted after and designed for by major fashion houses. It seems she looks amazing all the time. Based on what we’ve seen over the years, whatever she wears will probably whip and swirl. But some sort of power suit is not out of the question.

Shabazz Palaces at Pickathon Jul 31-Aug 2, Happy Valley, OR

Come for the bad-ass raps and next-level beats, stay for the shirtless satin and snakeskin. Part of Shabazz Palaces’ attack on boring hip-hop is fashion-based, involving cargo shorts that look like ancient Chinese armor, masks and head adornments created from garbage and recycling, and the odd red cowboy boot.

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