Music Review: Festifeel 2017
For its eighth year running, Festifeel again took over House of Vans in aid of charity Coppafeel. Festifeel 2017 had music from the likes of headliner Busted, Pixie Lott, Fleur East, Will Heard, the Staves and Denai Moore, all curated by Fearne Cotton and hosted by Lauren Laverne. There were also DJ sets by Mystery Jets and Basement Jaxx all in aid of spreading awareness of breast cancer.
Coppafeel and it’s yearly event Festifeel aim to get everyone, but particularly young people, talking about breast cancer. This year their aims of raising awareness for the ‘check your boobs’ campaign were certainly met. When walking into the tunnels at House of Vans you were met with a Boobtown, boob t-shirts and accessories and even the House of Vans signs had been altered to read ‘House of Boobs’. The incredible décor and art installations (like the layered TV screens) even displayed pictures of glittered boobs just in case anyone was still shy about talking about breast cancer.
The amazing Coppafeel team had completely taken over the House of Vans tunnels and pumped them full to the brim with glitter, music and art. Even outside the tunnels, the walls were given a Festifeel makeover by graffiti artist Carleen De Sözer.
Aside from the amazing line-up, the day also had an array of other activities including a skate park, comedy and a poetry from the likes of Laurie Bolger, competitions, a graffiti workshop and places to relax and talk about the charity, aka. Casa Coppafeel. The event even had its own signature Coppafeel cocktail. In case peoples moods weren’t elevated enough, just past the main stage you were immediately met with crowds waiting to have face, eye and lip glitter applied generously, as well as nail art to complete the festival look.
The sense of community for the Coppafield cause was contagious. Everyone was singing, dancing, wearing glitter and of course getting into the spirit of talking about boobs. This was helped by the amazing line-up of music and in particular the last set of the night – noughties boyband Busted which left the main stage completely packed. All in all the day long festival was a completely success. It went far beyond raising money and awareness of Coppafeel and left everyone in high spirits and with a shared sense that they had experienced something truly memorable.