Flamping: That is your final information to flamboyant tenting


“Flamping” is a democratic antidote to the sadness of camping (Image: Damian Gabet)

Move over Glampers, a new generation of festival-goers is in town – and dressed from head to toe in suede and silk elegance, with my chandelier swinging majestically in my tent, I’m one of them.

let me explain.

The wardrobe? Think evening suits and dresses to match a debutante’s prom. None of the practical garments need be so closely linked to the myth of the “great nature”. No rain jackets. No backpacks.

For example, on day one of Glastonbury this year, I wore a purple velvet two-piece suit with oxblood tassel loafers—and a walking stick. Flampeurs claim that if you dress for mild weather, it will come.

When it does get wet, however, you have to stoically march on and pretend it’s a perfect summer’s day.

Then there is the tent. Just these ridiculously heavy Gumtree canvas finds from the 1970s will do. We did, and by Jupiter, it was a pleasure.

Opening our floral curtains every morning to wave to our neighbors – what a treat. Then you need to hang rococo mirrors over the place and find space for that chaise longue. There are foldable; we took two.

It’s all about the attention to detail (Image: Damien Gabet)

Damien Gabet flashes for Metro Gay Camping Credit: Damien Gabet

Why don’t you want a drinks table in your tent? (Image: Damien Gabet)

Damien Gabet flashes for Metro Gay Camping Credit: Damien Gabet

Or a globe (Image: Damien Gabet)

Damien Gabet flashes for Metro Gay Camping Credit: Damien Gabet

Why do we always think camping has to be uncomfortable? (Image: Damien Gabet)

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There is also the candelabra (helpful when going to the loo at 4am) and the used cutlery.

how did it start Well, after the lockdown monotony, a clique of like-minded pleasure-seekers and I went camping in France – only we wouldn’t do it the usual way.

We wanted to be very individual and unforgettable. Thus an absurd subgenre was born. And so, friends, I welcome you to join the festival revolution, a democratic antidote to the inherent sadness of camping.

Combine 70’s vintage with antique beauty to make every day unforgettable. Pack a full ’70s-inspired drinks cart with sherries and Italian amaros to consume as breakfast elixirs.

Fill your tent with tapestries or paintings depicting classical scenes and add gilded rococo mirrors that mask even the most party-weary face with Antoinette-style splendor.

Dine with silver-plated cutlery, cut crystal glass and table decorations scented with lavender. Bring a collapsible wardrobe to hang statement outfits that suit both your tent and decadent intentions. And then, campers, you’re ready to flicker.

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