LushFest 2012: the fresh handmade festival gets fruity

A gallery of shots from LushFest 2012, which saw Turin Brakes play to a field of fragrant hippies

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Posted 12th July 2012 in Photos, Turin Brakes | By Richard Skins

It could only be a British summer in Dorset when the summer rain starts dripping down your face again. Fortunately for the people of LushFest, they got a weekend of incredible live music and mind-boggling scents as they slushed around the muddy bog that formed on Holton Lee.

What began as a meeting of Lush staff from around the world is now being dubbed the 'Fresh Handmade Festival' as a nod to the brand that birthed it. The weekend schedule for the festival had been packed full of live music, including a stunning live set from festival favourites Turin Brakes.

If the idea of a festival thrown by a cosmetics brand confuses you, it shouldn't. Not with this brand anyway. Lush has always had an intimate relationship with music. Since the brand began, the product inventors have taken inspiration from songs, artists and different sounds when creating new products in the lab.

Sister brand Gorilla Perfume takes its inspirations from music, too. Mark Constantine made the 1000 Kisses Deep perfume after hearing Madeleine Peyroux's cover of the Leonard Cohen song, and subsequently dedicated the fragrance to his wife.

LushFest was curated by brand creative directors Jo Evans and Katie Tabram, Matt Shaw, Hannah Dymond and Steve Brackstone.

Photography by: Sonja Blietschau, Cee Chan, James Shead, Richard Skins and Pawel Winnicki.