Bumbags, or fanny packs if you’re a friend from across the pond, are no longer the retro accessory of dads in the 80’s but an absolute festival essential for everyone! Here are 3 reasons why bumbags are so perfect for festivals:
✔ They’re hands-free! Leaving you your arms free to dance, eat & do whatever!
✔ They are safe – you can keep your valuables in front of you, zipped up & attached at all times.
✔ They’re good for crowds. Compact and not in the way, you can shimmy through to the front of any dance floor with a bumbag unlike a cumbersome backpack.
From purely functional to the star attraction I’ve gathered some of my favourite festival bum bags from ethical independent makers for you to peruse.
Scroll down to read more about these bumbags & each designer…
The Best Bumbags for Festivals
Bumbags by Beksies Boutique
Beksie is the original don dadda of the festival bumbag, I have two by her and they are such fantastic quality with handy zipped pockets and amazing attention to detail, I love this cotton tasselled one with a Crysanthenum print (1) or for a bit of understated disco vibes this ‘Petrol Sequin’ one (9) – it’s one that I have and it’s amazing cause it goes with everything.
Or, if you’re feeling flashy, you can even get her to make you a custom made bumbag, as wild as your imagination allows! You can see an example for inspiration on the lovely Sol in image 2 – some more proof that bum bags are certainly for all genders.
A bit more on the pricey side with prices ranging from £29 to £29 for a large custom one but they are made to last for LIFE!
Butchi & Gosmos Bumbags made in Bristol
My pal Joh makes lovely bumbags in her signature gold and bright coloured patterned fabric – you might remember me customising one at Port Eliot a couple of years ago!
Pup Tart Handmade Bumbag
Small but wonderfully formed, with the perfect amount of space for your phone and essentials – there are a number of colours to choose from but I like this mermaidy green glitter bumbag (4).
State Of Dissaray
Connoisseurs of outrageous spandex and clashing prints, State of Dissaray do bumbags like they do everything… BIG & BOLD! I love this black and gold animal print bumbag (5) but you can get them in loads of textures and every colour of the rainbow (including rainbow!)
Colourful, bold, ethnic prints are Jackfruit’s bag (excuse the pun!) and they make a whole range of clothes from your head to your toes. This festival bumbag is made from a woven fabric in an aztec style print (6), but the also do smaller ones with a flatter fabric like this cute one.
For those of you who want to go a bit more understated and practical, why not choose a vintage leather or retro sports style bum bag from Unexampled Vintage’s range (7)? Guaranteed to last the test of time – because they already have!
These guys have been producing fun irreverent festival clothes for years, their original fruity flavour bumbags come in watermelon as well as this zesty little kiwi shaped festival bumbag (12).
These IKEA bumbags are so funny and also an excellent example of upcycling!! You can finish off the whole lewk with a matching IKEA bucket hat as well – complete with IKEA pencil in a holder. If you want to go for the FULL Swedish set with accessories for every day there’s also a messenger bag and a baseball cap!
Get mouthy with this teeth printed Lady Gonzales bumbag (10), it’s seriously good quality faux leather and satin with a hardy metal zip.
This super cute bubblegum pink bumbag is from Barcelona designer Franic Tienda and is faux fur with cute smiley rave faces on the strap!
Festival Bumbag Styling Inspiration
Festival bumbags are not just for bums! Wear them around your waist or across your body or even stacked two at a time…
How do you wear yours?!