The global wave of transparency coming to a festival near you is not just a trend.
We could all use a little more transparency — in politics, the media, and now in our live music ventures.
Ever since the tragic bombing at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester in 2017, festivals and concert venues around the world have stepped up security, making transparency mandatory. That is, creating policies that allow attendees to carry totally see-through bags only. It might seem uncomfortable to bare-all (of your belongings) to the public, but aside from creating a safer environment, clear bags can be a creative way to express yourself.
Several brands have taken the opportunity to design their own take on this safety feature so you can showcase your stuff in style. As Grande says, “Having a clear bag ahead of time will for sure help things go as smooth as possible.”
So don’t wait to get a security-approved bag pre-party. Whether it’s simple and see-through, or colourful yet clear, just remember: it’s what’s inside that really counts.
adidas Originals Clear Festival Crossbody Bag
With a slew of happy customer reviews under its belt, this bag is a frontrunner for the festival season. Fits all the essentials. Detachable, adjustable strap can go across the shoulder or be strung through belt loops like a DIY fanny pack.
This faux-leather trimmed backpack is perfect for outdoor events. It’s roomy enough to fit a light sweater, water bottle, and snacks. Or stock up on merch, throw it in the pack, and stay hands free to dance like no one is watching.
Forever 21 Clear Vinyl Mini Backpack
Go from Pride to Coachella to Shambhala and back again in this strappy and chromatic pack. Front zip pocket for gum and big zip compartment for fun. Stuff it with glow sticks at night time and stay lit.
Ariana Grande made clear bags available as merch for her new sweetener tour, and they are totally affordable. Shipping takes 3-4 weeks, so keep your festival dates in mind. This fanny pack is simple, small, and oh-so-retro.
Designed by women and located in Vancouver, BC, STIL conflates clarity and organization. With gold-tone hardware and leather trim, this sleek tote is diverse enough to take you from the festival circuit to a job interview. Or backstage at Orville Peck.