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How to do a summer music festival at home

Will Gore

Posted on July 07 2020

How to do a summer music festival at home

Due to coronavirus, Glastonbury, Latitude and a whole host of other 2020 music festivals have had to be cancelled this summer. With changes to the lockdown rules meaning friends and families can visit each other’s houses, why not host a mini-festival of your own at home to get those summer good vibes going?


Festivals are, of course, all about the music, so you’ll want to get some summer tunes lined up in playlists. You could also create your own festival line-up by creating dream ‘setlists’ of songs by your favourite artists to play throughout the day. If the neighbours won’t appreciate music blasting out, then get everyone to sync their playlists and put on headphones for a silent disco. There are also plenty of Glastonbury performances available to watch on iPlayer, so you could always get these playing on the biggest screen you can find. Better still, if anyone at your festival is a musician, ask them to play a headline set.




Music might be the mainstay of a summer festival, but getting the food right is also very important for creating that all-important festival spirit. Whether you want to recreate the dirty burger experience or would prefer to go for something a bit posher, the choice is yours. For burgers, put a bit of effort in and make your own. This recipe is about as basic as you can get, and once you’ve fired up the barbecue and got them cooked, you won’t be sorry you made an extra bit of effort. Try these sriracha and lime chicken skewers or these halloumi kebabs if you want something a little fancier. Serve the food on either our eco-friendly Palm Leaf plates or our Happy Doodle plates. Either will be perfectly matched with our pastel mix wooden party cutlery.


You’ll want to keeping the drinks flowing at your at home festival (in a sensible way, of course!), so select what you serve carefully. Set up a bar in the most convenient corner of your garden – our Tiki Hut will look fab wherever you put it. Aside from your favourite beers, wines and that festival favourite, cider, offer delicious non-alcoholic cocktails, like this pineapple sparkler, to your fellow festival-goers. Guests can help themselves from our Boho Spice glass pitcher or Kilner drinks dispenser, and go for these snazzy gold highball cups to add a touch of glamour to the day.



To transform your home and garden into a place worthy of a summer festival, you should put plenty of decorations up around the place. Bunting is all-important – go for our Boho Spice paper or fabric bunting or our multi-coloured flag bunting. Pom-pom lights and paper lanterns hung around your bar and garden will create a magical scene as the sun goes down. Tassel garlands, paper streamers and a rainbow balloon arch will enhance the look even further. To truly embrace the hippy spirit, add this flower chandelier somewhere in the mix. Setting up a wigwam play tent will help keep any festival kids entertained and will look the part, but it will be up to you whether you really want to fully commit to your event by putting up a grown-up tent and camping out under the stars for the night!

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