Blink Events: Vintage London, The Southbank Vintage Festival

If you are a vintage fan, then this post will leave you rather over excited. You’ve been warned!

The Southbank Centre will play host to Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway’s amazing Vintage festival from 29 – 31 July 2011 as part of the Festival of Britain 60th anniversary celebrations. Wayne Hemingway, said: “Vintage at Southbank Centre will be a glamorous and cool antidote to festivals in a field, the emphasis being on head-turning style. Whether your thing is swing, rockabilly, mod, soul, funk, disco, ska, film, art or design, or if you just want to dress up and get an authentic make-over for a day, Vintage at Southbank Centre is a sensual delight, a big dressing-up box, a collector’s dream and joyous creative feast.”

The Royal Festival Hall will be transformed into a multi-venue playground where, over 13 hours each day (from 12pm to 1am), pass holders can learn the dances of the decades, take in over 70 live performances, boogie along to the tunes of 150 DJs, enjoy exclusive catwalk shows and decade specific make-overs, sample Vintage food and cocktails, shop at one of world’s most exciting Vintage marketplaces (over 250 stalls!), and take to the Thames on the Love Boat!

Aside from the amazing shopping opportunities, we are super excited that on the Friday there will be performances by electronic pioneers Thomas Dolby, Alan Wilder of Depeche Mode and Heaven 17, alongside hotly tipped new act Mirrors. On Saturday you’ll have the chance to attend the only UK appearance of legendary Atlantic Records icon Percy Sledge. Sunday’s Hit Parade (31 July) will celebrate British hits from the past seven decades, re-imagined and performed by an array of guest vocalists with an orchestral backing. The evening is headlined by Bee Gees’ Robin Gibb with guest performances by Sandie Shaw! Throughout each day and evening, The Royal Festival Hall will host 8 Vintage nightclubs, immersing visitors in the dance and club scenes of seven decades of British cool. Each club venue will offer free dance lessons led by professional instructors so visitors can learn the Foxtrot, Jive, a Northern Soul backdrop or whatever gets them grooving, before trying out the moves in the Vintage clubs. With stylists and barbers on hand, ticket holders will also be able to get free decade-specific hair and beauty makeovers. The venues will not only transport visitors to the music and style of the decades, but also– via their taste buds–  to the eating and drinking habits of days gone by with authentically conceived Vintage food and cocktails served throughout the day and evening. Genius!

As part of this great gathering of all things Vintage, you will also have the chance to set sail on The Love Boat. A celebration of all things nautical, kitsch and disco, The Love Boat promises passengers a retro summer party palace as it cruises the Thames on one of the rivers oldest boats – The MV Royalty. With five different themed vintage socials a day, hosted by a selection of five-star disc jockeys and taken care of by the colourfully kitsch boat crew, you can party under a giant disco ball all whilst enjoying the spectacular views of London from the Thames. Now that’s what I can a good weekend. Get you tickets sorted and we’ll see you there!

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