To really make your party more summer festival than quaint garden party, you’ll want a decent sound system. Bluetooth-friendly, wireless speakers are essential – bonus points if they do funky things like projecting coloured patterns that change in time with the music. If you live in close proximity to others, rather than imposing an early sound curfew, you might want to consider devoting part of the night to a silent disco. Companies like the aptly named Silent Disco Company rent out multi-channel headsets and all the other equipment you need to pull this off.
Sound system sorted, it’s time to prep your playlists. If it’s a particular festival you’re missing out on and hoping to recreate at home, check out whether there’s an official playlist uploaded by the festival’s organisers on Spotify (festivals such as Green Man and Latitude produce one every year). Alternatively, curate your own based on your favourite hits by the artists who were due to be performing – and remember to invite your guests to submit theirs in advance, too.
If you’re hosting your own Glasthomebury festival, tune in to BBC Two, BBC Four and BBC iPlayer, where you can listen and watch some of the most iconic sets of former years: Adele (2016), Beyoncé (2011), David Bowie (2000) among them. Technology and weather permitting, you could set up a projector in your garden, inviting stars of the music world to perform at your own private party via the big screen.
CW picks: 1. Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A9 Speaker in Bronze, £2,500 – buy here. 2. Silent Disco headphone sets, £120 (for 10 sets) – rent here. 3. SONOS One Wireless Multi-room Speaker, £199 – buy here. 4. BOSE SoundLink Revolve Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker, £249 – buy here. 5. Bluetooth Speaker four colours LED Lights, £34.99 – buy here.