Now in its fourth year, the ever-growing Air Festival has moved from Gili Air Island to the shores of our swanky surf town (Canggu, obvs) – set to hit La Brisa on Echo Beach in style from the from Friday 30th March through to Sunday 1st April. And we JUST. CAN’T. WAIT!
The creative masterminds behind Bali’s ultimate celebration of music & dance are oncemore bringing a super impressive line-up to cover all kinds of tasteful indie genres. Air Festival has built its reputation as one of the leading gatherings of Djs, musicians and artists in the region. Its two stages unify alternative dance music culture with sacredness and mindfulness, designing a remarkable three-day festival experience. House-n-Techno, Disco and Cacao (yes, you read that right. Cacao), live music, slow and organic beats, transformational workshops and vibrant yoga (from 11am daily – hangover? what hangover? Ommmm).. not to mention legendary surfing – all within the same few hectares. Musically, you can look forward to Makam, Rampa, Riccardo Who?, Boris Werner, Mimi Love, Peak & Swift, Esther Silex and many more legends who will rock the stage under the stars at Echo Beach. Gu-sebumps just think about it.
Psst! Have you got your tix yet? Use the code GUGUIDE when you book and score 10% off. You’re welcome chicks.
Now – where are you going to get prepped for an event of such epic proportions? As always – the Gu girl crew have got you covered. We’ve round up a complete list of venues you can get dressed up, glammed up and pampered into oblivion (because; hello any excuse to mermaid out in head-to-toe glitter, obvs). Drumroll please, as we bring you..
THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO AIR FESTIVAL CANGGU
We kick this comprehensive list off with our top choices for where to pick your stylish & on trend festival gear. We have scoured the Canggu boutique’s rails to find you shopping ideas that cover all your endless summer festival needs and to make sure all you’ll have to worry about it is your dance moves. The festival season is all about getting wild and experimental with your wardrobe. From Canggu hipster to boho babe.. whatever your vibe is, we have the best insider tips on where to find these key staples to look festival cool.
Festival Fashion Finds
Jl Padang Linjong Canggu, Canggu
A curated collection of the best threads to come out of the budding Canggu creative scene, Crate Concept Store is a part of hipster central hang out Crate Café. Get your “so-Canggu-right-now” on with one-off vintage gems, oh-so-Canggu-chic designer pieces (we see you Rue Stiic.. oh heyy Farron), hipster accessories (shout out to The Looking Forward!) and lust-worthy jewels – like cult-label Henesii chains – layer that s**t babes. We’re also loving on their linen overalls, flirty rompers and feminine satine slip dresses. A bit too showy for your liking? They got you, girl – Hara the Label lines the Crate Conept Store racks, with their all-natural plant died bamboo intimates. Festival fashions on FLEEK!
Jl Batu Bolong 59a, Canggu
Another vintage fashion and designer label store in Canggu not to miss. They have a mammoth variety to choose from as they stock over hundred quality designer brands. You an find everything here – from clothing, bags, shoes from high-end to street wear, to accessories and jewelry, plus pre-loved vintage pieces for those classic one-off looks! All their vintage is authentic and you can dig out original Adidas, Champion, Nike, Puma, or even Nina Ricci or Gucci here at discount prices. If you’re looking for a unique piece of fashion, this is a place for you.
Shortcut Road, Canggu
This high quality vintage boutique looks like it landed in Canggu straight from Coachella. A thrift store of your wildest festival fantasies, Jane Doe has hand-picked one-off pieces, and styled them with a wicked range of denim, swimwear, jewellery, accessories.. everything you could dream up for your unique festival look. Think lush vintage silk kimonos, colourful printed shirts (special mention to Cute Mistake), vintage denim, old-school street wear tees and the most badass leather jackets. You’ll find some cool pre-loved pieces here as well. Who has time to froggy market anyway? Jane Doe has done the hunting for you.
Jl Batu Bolong, Canggu
LIttle sister store to the uber-famous Prisoners of St Petersburg in Seminyak, The Esoteric World is a tiny boutique packed with festival potential. A well-curated closet of quirky, original accessories and other rare & eccentric treasures. Dance through their trippy collection of playsuits in colorful prints, extravagant sandals, funky clutches in a wide range of (faux) leather animal prints, super statement rings and bling-bling necklaces. The Air Festival calls for their signature square-shaped sunnies, oh yea and they’re pink – because world just looks better viewed through rose colored glasses. Come get your trip on.
Jl Munduk Catu 1, Canggu
You’re going to be “festivaling” hard three days straight, so you want to look cute-but-comfy-but-cute, #amiright? You’ll wanna dance the night away without any awkies nip slips. Cue: Les Basics. Totes on-trend with house label denim cut-offs, simple tanks and cute crop tees. It’s a treasure chest full of minimal, comfy (did we mention comfy!?!) pieces. We are also loving that Les Basics are timeless wardrobe staples, which means they can go home with you from your vacay and be worn time and time again.
Pre-Festival Party Prep
Want to look like a queen of Air Festival? Read on and follow our fool proof tips on how to get that festi-glam! Nobody wants to worry about make-up melting off their faces or having raccoon eyes, right? We’ve personally tested all that’s available on the beauty & pampering scene in our hip hood, so we can only give you the best of the best advice. Get inspired and get creative with your look, but the top priority should always be having the most fun!
Mobile in-villa service
So these guys – they cure the most massive of hangovers. Hand on our hearts, this s**t works. Hook yourself up for an IV infusion and go from world-of-pain to your best self in under an hour. And our favourite part? There is no need to leave your pad, just let their mobile IV clinic come to you and their certified staff will make sure you feel better, STAT.
Becuase, aint nobody got time for a hangover.
Mobile in-villa service
This mobile lash extension studio brings the lash extensions to your villa, so you can get prettified and dolled up without having to leave your abode and facing the potential helmet hair situation.
They’ve got a fun menu of different styles, that everyone can choose from. They use the highest quality products, so these bad boys will last impressive 3-6 weeks depending on your natural lash cycle. Ashari’s technicians are super-trained super-pros and they will consult all your festival lashes wants and needs and have your lashes turn magnificent before you blink.
Hot tip: We recommend the “Vamped up Vera” style for that wide eyed dolled up look, so you can bat your eyelashes all night long, we swear nobody will recognize they’re not real. Check out their website for list of tips on how to take care of these babies to make the most out of them and then go parade them to Air Fest, they will stand the test of the wildest of dance moves.
Jl Batu Bolong 83c, Canggu
The acclaimed spa power house hailing from New Zealand landed in Canggu with its hip interior design and top-notch spa services. Hotspot for this seasons hottest nail trend: SNS dip powder SPARKLY MERMAID NAILS! (and yahoo vegan babes, it’s all-natural ingredients!). Dip powder nails are somewhere between a regular mani and a fake nail. In this revolutionary treatment your little claws are shaped, cuticles tidied and then the powder dipping system magic happens and voilaaaa:. your nails are festi-cool and chip free for up to impressive 4 weeks! Can you believe that? We’ve been dreaming about fresh mani that would last that long ever since we ditched our high heels for flip flops! To get your nails into festival shape will take about 45 mins and you can be on your way to scoot to another appointment.
Jl Batu Bolong No.69, Canggu
This epicenter of ultimate full-range spa treatments is our go to for their detox trinity: the sauna / steam room / ice plunge pool, all overlooking a stretch of emerald green rice paddy. Reserve a solid amount of time repeating the hot/cold cycle and it’s pure elation guaranteed! The perfect pre-party natural high. This is dead set the best thing to happen to Canggu since, well since forever, because we have nothing to compare it with. On top of these funtastic Nordic inspired saunas, the spa center features two expansive levels of social spa spaces, so bring your besties along and dunk each other in the pools and/or sip on a glass of chilled vino in the jacuzzi. Get it? Detox, retox. Becuase, balance.
Jl.Pantai Berawa No.1, Canggu
These guys are like Edward the Scissorhands of Canggu. Stop in for dope braids that will last longer than the festival does. Manik staff are also masters of coloring – they can do anything from regrowth touch up, to toner color refresh (or even a wild unicorn coloured mane, if that’s your thing). Tame your mane with a pre-party blow out, and look mermaid fabulous with some loose luscious curls. Went a little far for the festival? The perfect post-party rehab is Manik’s indulgent Chocolate moisture mask – in under ten minutes your hair will be transformed into soft, shiny and hydrated locks. Bali hair? Pfft! What’s that?
So now when you’re all set, we can’t wait to see you all minxes raving at Echo beach at everyone’s fave Eco hang-out @labrisabali – we couldn’t think of any more perfect venue for the 2018 Air Festival!
Last minute festival stays
Looking for a place to rest your pretty head in-between all the festival madness? We got you, crew. From budget to beachfront, here’s our top tips handy to Air Festival Canggu.
Dorm-style accommodation with Air Con & pool located along Batu Bolong – from $10USD/Night
Private rooms in a modern surfer guest house – metres from the beach & walk to Air Festival – from $25USD/Night
Loft-style private guest rooms with a pool – walk to EVERYTHING! along Jl Batu Bolong – from $30USD/Night
Echo Beach surf-themed hotel, metres from the beach & walk to Air Festival – from $40USD/Night
Designer apartments with share pool located along Batu Bolong – walk to EVERYTHING! – from $70USD/Night
Modern Loft apartments with share pool, metres from the beach & walk to Air Festival – from $80USD/Night
Brand new beachfront hotel directly beside Air Festival – rooms from $240USD/night
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So now when you’re all set, we can’t wait to see you all minxes raving at Echo beach at everyone’s fave Eco hang-out La Brisa – we couldn’t think of any more perfect venue to dance under the stars all night. Good times guaranteed no matter your music tastes. And since the king of all the festivals – the famed Glastonbury is having a fallow year, this is probably your next best bet to get a taste of something new and get your festival kicks in 2018. See you on the D-floor babes.. we’ll be the ones mermaiding out in head to toe glitter glam – YASS!