When it comes to festivals and concerts, I like to don denim shorts and playsuits and pretend I don’t live in Ireland, land of the perpetual rain.
But for once, the weather gods smiled on us when Ed Sheeran played Phoenix Park.
The warm weather meant I could throw all caution to the wind (almost) and dig out my summer outfits.
I paid about €27 for this plus a pair of jeans and two swimsuits, so cost per item was €6.75 – bargain!
I wore this with a white t-shirt from Mango, two-tone denim shorts, fishnet tights and ankle boots.
The fishnets and ankle boots proved to be an unwise decision as I must have walked over 10km that day and the tights dug into my feet until I put a pair of socks underneath.
Unfortunately, my phone was having a hiccup on the day so I’ve only one full-length photo of my outfit.
The night before the gig, my phone wouldn’t charge so I had to turn it off to save battery.
I was miffed at first because I wanted to take loads of Snapchats and Instagram stories and photos but I probably had a better time without it.
There were restrictions on the size of bag you could take in, so I brought my blue crossbody from River Island which was just the right size for all the essentials.
I tried on several variations of this outfit at home with my old Levis shorts but sadly they are falling apart.
Eventually, I panicked and bought three pairs of shorts online with just two days to go – first time I ever paid for express delivery but so worth it!
I settled for this colour block pair from Pretty Little Thing at Asos and was really happy with the fit.
They are high-waisted without being overly revealing and the ten was true to size.
I hate when denim shorts are uncomfortably short and these had just the right amount of coverage!
I wore them with a little western buckle belt that was only €7 from Nasty Gal.
I’ll put up some more pics of the waistcoat but for now you can see the detail below.
It has suede patches, buttons up the front, plait detail on either side and lace-up tassels on the side.
I tried it on buttoned up but found it far more flattering left open.
My fishnets were €5 from Dublin Vintage Factory in Smithfield and while they really made the outfit, they were quite impractical in the sense that they caught off everything!
My total outfit cost around €97, but the boots made up almost half of that and everything else was quite affordable.
I normally wear more colourful makeup to a gig or concert but I didn’t have much time to prepare so I did a standard winged eyeliner, matte lip and bronzer.
I put a sea salt texturising spray in my hair but it didn’t turn out quite as wavy as I’d hoped.
I also used an iridescent green eyeshadow all over my eyelids.
As for the gig itself? It was very enjoyable and well-organised, the only real complaint I had was the time it took to walk up to the Castleknock end of the park where it was being held.
Ed’s support acts were traditional Irish band Beoga, Jamie Lawson and Anne-Marie.
We sat just outside the concert area on the grass, enjoying a beer in the sunshine for Jamie Lawson and Beoga as we weren’t too familiar with either.
I absolutely love Anne-Marie and I had seen her before in the Academy over a year ago.
She looked amazing in a red denim jeans and jacket co-ord set with a black crop top with her hair crimped – perhaps a nod to her recent hit 2002?!
Ed’s set was incredible – first of all, it was a really long set, possibly an hour and a half and he performed about 18 songs.
In terms of bang for your buck, he delivered!
We literally flung our the remainders of our food away when he took to the stage around 8.45pm.
He opened the show with Castle on the Hill, followed by a string of hits including Dive, Perfect, a medley of New Man and Don’t and Eraser.
My personal favourites were the New Man/Don’t medley, a stirring performance of I See Fire, Thinking Out Loud, and Nancy Mulligan.
We were pretty far back in the crowd but it wasn’t impossible to see him.
The only thing that slightly blighted the night for us (apart from the ridiculously long walk) was an obnoxious group of drunk girls who kept bumping into everyone in front of them on purpose.
But despite this and my bleeding feet after walking for miles, I had a great night.
Hope you all enjoyed this post and I’ll be back soon with a swimwear or festival post next.
I’m going to Kodaline this Friday, keep an eye on my Insta for updates 🙂