Vintage At Southbank - The Most Stylish Festival Of The Summer

25/07/2011 15:42 | Updated 22 May 2015
Wayne and Geraldine Hemingway are bringing their award-winning Vintage, the UK's Best New Festival as voted for in the 2010 Festival Awards, to Southbank Centre from 29 – 31 July 2011 as part of the Festival of Britain 60th anniversary celebrations.

Some of the fantastic pieces available at the Vintage Marketplace. Pic: Vintage at Southbank

Billed as 'London's most uplifting and stylish party of the summer', Vintage celebrates seven decades of British cool: the music, dance, fashion, food, art, design and film from the 1920s to the 1980s. The music line-up will span eight decade-specific nightclubs and feature performances by soul legend Percy Sledge, electronics pioneer Thomas Dolby and 60s icon Sandie Shaw.

On the fashion front there will be 'Soundtrack of Their Lives' catwalk shows with Jo Wood, Pearl and Daisy Lowe and Leigh Bowery and Lucien Freud muse Sue Tilley. For those keen to do some mid-century shopping there will be a Vintage Marketplace with over 250 of the finest purveyors of vintage clothes and accessories, as well as mid-century modern homewares, records, music memorabilia and up-cycled ephemera, and a pop-up high street with brands including Benefit, Cath Kidston and Horrockses.

Festival curator Wayne Hemingway says: "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."

You too can get a Forties makeover at Vintage. Pic: Courtesy of Vintage

With stylists and barbers on hand, festival goers will also be able to get a free decade-specific hair and beauty makeover. The venues will not only transport visitors to the music and style of the decades, but also to the eating and drinking habits of days gone by with authentically conceived Vintage food and cocktails served throughout the day and evening.
Other highlights of the Vintage wonderland experience will include creative Vintage workshops ranging from 'make do and mend' and screen printing, to 20s style hat trimming and pom-pom making.

Click here to watch a preview film for Southbank Centre's Festival of Britain anniversary celebrations, including an interview with Wayne Hemingway.

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