At this point in the post-festival summer, we have seen the street-style posts on blogs, Instagram, and numerous other places. While attendees of Wayhome and Osheaga definitely brought it this year with their unique looks and fabulous festival attires, the onstage acts certainly did not ignore the call to action from both a musical and fashion standpoint. Of course the music the the initial draw at a live show. But at a festival — or any live-music atmosphere in general — the performance is equally important in attracting attention. Here is a list of artists who performed in festivals over the past month who completely got the importance of onstage visual-fashion appeal.
Tove Lo (Osheaga)
Tove Lo always has a tomboy flare to her onstage and off stage looks. She emphasizes both comfort and edginess with her cool graphics and loose vintage pieces. This year at Osheaga, the singer was clearly geared up to work the stage and keep her audience dancing. Her graphic sweat combo allowed for comfortable movement and just generally looked really cool. The best thing about this combo is how the two pieces work harmoniously together in their colour story without appearing too put-together or ‘matchy.’ This is an all around fun look for the stage!
It’s no surprise given our current rain-filled summer that it poured during the acts at Osheaga. Lorde was one of the performers who had to work it out in the rain. However, the attire that she chose gave off the impression that she is an angel in the mist. The singer always keeps her fans guessing and this crisp white period-like dress certainly did not let them down. A perfect look to wear with a rainy backdrop, Lorde belted out everyone’s favourite songs while her dress, which allowed great movement, stood at attention for all to enjoy.
Cage the Elephant (Wayhome)
Sometimes, after hearing recorded and produced tracks by well known bands, an audience starts to make assumptions about a band before ever actually seeing them live. After seeing Cage the Elephant live, I was in awe as to how I had never watched them before, and how the onstage energy and presence completely changed my overall image of the band. Singer Matt Shultz performs like a modern Mick Jagger and has the style to back it up. Each member of the band had their own unique look but still allowed room for some sense of unity. Shultz stood proud in a red loose button up and tailored pants, which gave room for him to work the entire stage, whether he was dancing across it or running around. A high energy band with high energy style, Cage the Elephant was definitely a fashion highlight at Wayhome.
Solange’s look reigns supreme among festival attires. Her performance at Wayhome was stunning and her attention to aesthetics was half of it. Solange, her beautiful background singers, and her huge accompanying band were all unified in perfectly tailored red. Red is the color of celebration in many cultures. This look and the overall show definitely screamed celebration to so many people who were gratified by her performance. Working with designer Telfar Clemens, Solange made sure that her costumes be made with built in mic packs, which allows her to throw herself on the stage, roll around, or do whatever her heart desires. Corners were not cut in this performance or its costumes.
Danny Brown (Osheaga)
Known for his mix of busy pieces with classic street-style flare, Danny Brown had the perfect blend for his Osheaga stage. His matching colorful pants and top combination could have looked too busy onstage, but the use of his Nike rain coat broke up the details in a way that created a more fashion-forward, athleisure look.
Charles Bradley (Wayhome)
Charles Bradley stepped onto the WAyhome stage and made an absolute statement in his crisp and flashy matching suit and spectacular belt. The look celebrated his musical roots and also separated him from many acts on a fashion level. If there was ever any doubt whether fashion is an important component of live music, Bradley stomped it out as his look triumphed in delivering his overall musical vibe.