Gallery: the Cure for Festival Fever Can Be Found in These Images
Sled Island is in full swing, and the Calgary Folk Music Festival, Afrikadey! and ReggaeFest are just around the corner. That means it's time for this seasonal reminder: music appreciation is aided by preparation. Here are some stylish and useful items that will help you move to the beat.Recently Vans and Alexandria Cassaniti, the creative force behind Summer Bummer, collaborated on a seasonal line that features flip flops, a tank top and other summer goodies like this tote bag. The zipper at the back features a cool colour gradient; the bag, with its inner pocket and 14-litre capacity, is a functional gem. $60 at Gravity Pope,1126 17th Ave. S.W., 403-209-0961, gravitypope.com.A Meadow Mat from Alite Designs will prevent wet bums and grass allergies all summer long. One side is waterproof while the other side is cosy and comfortable. The mat can accommodate six to eight people, a sizable picnic and countless ants. It features loopholes at the corners, so the mat can be staked down if the wind comes up-or if those ants seem particularly determined. $65 at Mountain Equipment Co-op, 830 10th Ave. S.W., 403-269-2420, mec.ca.It's not cheap, so this short-sleeve button-up from The Hill Side is for the more mature festival-goer. If you think you can enjoy butter chicken and the beer tent without trashing the shirt, we say go ahead. $212 at Understudy Shop, 1312 1st St. S.W., 403-452-7151, understudyshop.com.A hat is a festival necessity, so you might as well find a cool one. We like this simple ball cap made of vegan suede from Wilfred Free, especially in the camel colour. (It also comes in black.) $35 at Aritzia, Chinook Centre, 403-252-3555, aritzia.com.When your phone dies at 2 a.m. and you can't find your friends, you're going to want the Mophie Powerstation (assuming, of course, you haven't had a falling out with those friends). The portable power comes in a variety of strengths, all the way up to eight times your phone's battery power. You can even charge two phones at the same time. $30 to $150 at the Apple Store, Market Mall, 403-648-4865, and Chinook Centre, 403-444-3759, apple.com.Into each festival a little rain must fall. Be prepared with Rains, a Danish brand that makes stylish and affordable rain gear. Featured here are the basic rain jacket, $120, and the waterproof bucket hat, $40. These are not yet available in Calgary, but you can get them online at altitude-sports.com or charlieandlee.com.If you aren't a huge fan of traditional sleeping bags, Sierra Designs has you covered. The Frontcountry double sleeping bag has enough room for two people, and features an integrated comforter and foot vent. Better still, there are no pesky zippers, cords or velcro. $250 at Mountain Equipment Co-op, 830 10th Ave. S.W., 403-269-2420, mec.ca.Ray Ban's Erika sunglasses update the classic look by using velvet as the frame material. This makes them extremely soft and comfortable, as well as eye-catching. $135 at holtrenfrew.com.