Top ‘Festival Fashion’ trends expected to take over BASSINTHEGRASS this year!

BASSINTHEGRASS, Australia’s favourite Top End music festival, is nearly upon us. With Jessica Mauboy, Vera Blue, Hilltop Hoods, and a whole bunch of top Aussie acts set to perform, this iconic beachside festival is not to be missed!

You’ll want to look on point at the Northern Territory’s biggest music event, so it’s time to start planning your outfit. If you’re struggling for ideas, we’ve got you covered with this season’s top Festival Fashions from some of your favourite BASSINTHEGRASS artists. And remember – BASSINTHEGRASS promises guaranteed blue skies all-day long, so you don’t need to worry about the weather!

Theme 1: Colour me crazy

Inject a dose of fun into your BASSINTHEGRASS outfit by getting creative with bold colours. Remember, this is the tropics, so don’t be afraid to let your wild side loose!

Darwin-born performer Jessica Mauboy is a big supporter of experimenting with colour. “Festival fashion is always fun and allows people to be creative and express themselves through fashion,” Mauboy says.

“I love having fun by mixing up different colours and textures, so I hope to see people playing around with patterns and colour shades.”

Theme 2: Mix it up

Aligning your festival outfit with what’s in style can be tricky. Although different trends come and go, one thing is for sure – mixing it up can make you stand out.

Pop icon Jessica Mauboy enjoys combining high-street fashion with designer pieces, or keeping it chic with an edge by mixing different colours and textures.

Whether you enjoy fringe and gingham or sequins and sheer, invest in high-quality staples that transcend time, season and occasion. These pieces paired with basics means you’ll have a versatile festival staple for this year’s BASSINTHEGRASS that you can repurpose for years to come.

Theme 3: Go Aussie Go!

When thinking about your festival outfit, consider local Australian designers.

“We have so many incredible Australian designers, we are spoilt for choice. Now, more than ever if you can, supporting Australian designers and local brands that manufacture locally is important to keep the industry thriving,” Jessica Mauboy says.

So, just like Jess is hoping to, parade in some fun pieces from local designers this year at BASSINTHEGRASS.

Theme 4: A shoe-in

One of the most important parts of your outfit is your shoes and, as you’ll be dancing for most of the day, you’ll need something comfortable yet stylish.

From a New Balance 574 to Doc Martens, closed-toes are ideal for being on your feet all day, and provide protection when it comes to enthusiastic dancers stepping on you. Sneakers and boots are trending at the moment, and can elevate any outfit.

But remember, BASSINTHEGRASS is a tropical beachside festival, so you might just want to take a breather from the party and feel the sand between your toes at the Sunset Beach Club…

Theme 5: Get your head in the game

Like the humble hat, hair accessories are the perfect way to show off your own unique style at BASSINTHEGRASS. They can be bold or, if your vibe is more subtle, keep it minimal!

Hair accessories are a chic way to modernise and uplift just about any outfit. If hair accessories aren’t your style, adorn your head with a hat, or even your favourite pair of sunnies can do the trick.

Australian band Boy & Bear advocates for hats and sunglasses at festivals, for style and to stay cool!

Theme 6: Have a belt-er

Belt bags or “bum bags” have long pervaded the festival scene. While they aren’t always viewed as stylish by some, they really come into their own at festivals.

If you’re in any doubt as to whether they’re hip or not, Saint Lauren, Adidas, Gucci and Alexander Wang are just some of the companies succeeding at reinventing the belt bag, targeting different price brackets.

Both a fashion accessory and storage, the belt bag is still the perfect companion for the style-conscious or practically-minded festivalgoer.

Theme 7: Vintage is hip

You’d be forgiven for thinking ‘vintage’ implies Victorian-era style clothing. But the fashion industry progresses so quickly that ‘vintage’ clothing could easily refer to the old-school tie-dye nostalgia of the early 2000s.

As the fashion industry steadily moves towards a greener, more sustainable mindset, vintage couture edges closer into view. Vintage fashion stole hearts last year, and this trend looks set to continue this year.

The Boy & Bear crew eagerly indulge in vintage shopping and have incorporated it as part of their tour routine. “We love a bit of vintage shopping … it’s nice being able to give things a second or third life,” the band says.

“The hard part can be finding a cool outfit first that everyone then wants!”

Regardless of what you don for this year’s BASSINTHEGRASS, take a page out of Jessica Mauboy’s book and remember to “dress for yourself and nobody else”. Your outfit is, after all, an expression of your style and creativity – show it off with pride!

“If you feel great in what you’re wearing, you will feel confident and just glow. Don’t take it too seriously, just try to have some fun,” Mauboy concludes.

BASSINTHEGRASS Final Release tickets are on sale now for $130 each (plus booking fee). Last year’s event sold out months in advance. To find out more or to buy a ticket, visit

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