Sloss Music & Arts Festival

This past weekend I had the most unforgettable time at the Sloss Music & Arts Festival in Birmingham, AL with my sister Ariel and my best friend Kensley. When you combine listening to some of your favorite bands with great food and drinks, how could it not be a blast? I was able to see bands like Alabama Shakes, Nathaniel Rateliff, Judah and the Lion, NEEDTOBREATHE, Sturgill Simpson, Widespread Panic, and many more.

This was my very first music festival, and now I’m hooked!  They are such an amazing experience that everyone should get to do at least once. One of the main things that caught my attention all weekend was all of the wonderful and unique festival fashion that I was surrounded by. I love seeing individuals express themselves through fashion, and a festival is the best place to witness that. It’s a an event where you can completely mix up your usual style and maybe rock something new that you thought you could never pull off.

Day 1:

This was more of an exploring day for us because most of the bands we wanted to see were on day two. So we started the day by exploring all of the adorable photo walls and looking at the local artists’ art work.

Then we hit up the Tito’s tent where they had a build your own drink bar. It’s safe to say that this tent is where we spent most our day at to hide from the rain (the delicious drinks didn’t hurt either). I just mean, is it me, or does a pretty drink somehow seem to taste better?


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Later, we danced the night away in the rain listening to Spoon, NEEDTOBREATHE, and Widespread Panic.  This dress was super breezy and perfect for the rain. It originally came with a white slip dress underneath. However, the material would have been crazy hot, so I took out the slip dress and opted for a black sports bra and Spanx. I really stepped out of my comfort zone with this outfit (which is what you should do a music festival). This backpack purse is a must have for a festival because it allows you to dance the night away while holding everything that you will need.

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Dress: Forever 21
Shoes: Steve Madden
Purse: Forever 21 (similar version)
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters
Necklace: Nordstrom Rack

Day 2:

This was the biggest day of the festival, so we spent all day hopping from stage to stage with not much exploring time in between. I didn’t mind at all though; I got to spend all day listening to some of my favorite bands while obviously making pit stops at the Tito’s tent again. I’m not kidding, those drinks were incredible!

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We then went back and forth between stages to see Judah and the Lion, Nathaniel Rateliff, Sturgill Simpson, K-Flay, and Alabama Shakes. All of these bands put on incredible and unforgettable shows, but I have to say Alabama Shakes was the best. If you ever have a chance to see them live, DO IT!
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The weather was much more cooperative on day two, but that meant it was hotter than day one. So I went with a white one-piece swimsuit that I wore as a bodysuit with my favorite blue jean cut-off shorts on top (this made peeing extremely difficult). This outfit was perfect for beating the heat! For shoes I went with a pair of 4 year old combat boots to help me dance and get around in the mud more comfortably. Of course this outfit was completed with a crap ton of glitter (which I’m still covered in 3 days later) — it wouldn’t be a festival if there wasn’t glitter right?

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Bodysuit: Aerie
Shorts: American Eagle
Scarf: Nordstrom Rack (similar version)
Shoes: Wanted (similar version)

Which was your favorite music festival that you went to this festival season? Which festival should I experience next?


Krista Williams


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