The Vintage Festival took a one day trip to Morecambe to help celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the iconic art deco hotel, The Midland. There was not one bed space to be had in the town as every ticket sold and many thousands turned up to sample the free elements of the festival.
During a golden period before the Second World War, The Midland, recognised widely as a 1930s art deco masterpiece, played host to luminaries and fashion icons such as Coco Chanel, Wallace Simpson, Laurence Olivier and Noel Coward, who enjoyed the panoramic views across Morecambe Bay to the Lake District fells in the distance.
For one day only, the Vintage Festival transformed the hotel and surrounding landscape for a celebration of music, fashion, film, art, dance, food and design from those halcyon days when the Midland Hotel opened in 1933.
'The whole day and evening was absolutely fantastic – I have never seen the Midland Hotel so busy inside and out!! It certainly pulled the crowds in with lots of people enjoying what was on offer and entering into the spirit of the 30’s.in that fabulous sunshine. I’m already looking forward to seeing the plans for next year’s festival.' - June Ashworth, Mayor of Lancaster
Soul Casino at The Winter Gardens, Morecambe
Set in the most evocative of venues, The Soul Casino recreated the sounds and style of the classic 70s soul club and 80s disco scenes with DJs Steve Plumb & Sean O'Conner, Colin Curtis, Snowboy and Wayne & Jack Hemingway. The Winter Garden dance floor reverberated to the sound of deep funk to northern, rare groove to classic soul, disco, authentic R&B mod sounds and early house.
The Torch Club, Curated by Snowboy
Dancing to the legendary Palm Court Dance Orchestra and hosted by none other that cheeky chappie, Viv the Spiv, this was an unforgettable, unique and glamorous evening of 1930's and 40's entertainment, themed dining and period cocktails.
Vintage Tea by the Sea, Curated by Snowboy
What better way to spend an afternoon than experiencing an authentic and elegant 1930's Tea Dance in the beautiful Midland Hotel. Vintage revelers danced to period tea dance expert, DJ Okay For Sound, while dance tuition from Anthony Padgett taught those lovely easy-to-learn dances.
All Day Event: Rock N Roll at The Rotunda
There was a whole lotta shakin' going on! Shimmying and shuffling in blue suede shoes as rockin' DJs brought the best of 1950s rock 'n' roll to the Midland's stylish Rotunda bar. Join us at the bar for evocative food and cocktails and enjoy the panoramic views of Morecambe Bay as we rocked around the clock! The Rotunda served up hearty sharing boards which boasted the best of traditional British food!
The Vintage Marketplace, Curated by Dotty's Vintage
The Vintage Marketplace took place with The Midland Hotel as a backdrop gathering the finest purveyors of vintage clothes, accessories, mid century modern homewares, records, music memorabilia and up-cycled ephemera.
The Vintage Marketplace brought together couture labels with prêt a porter and street style from the 1920s through to the 1980s. Must have items where sold for anything between £5 and £500...There was no excuse to miss out on a bit of vintage shopping!
Best In Show, Judged by Madam Mayor of the City of Lancaster and Wayne Hemingway MBE
Style hunters roamed the Vintage site to snap the most fashion-savvy festival goers. Our special ‘fash-mob’ catwalk, where our chosen 'style hunted' gathered for a one-off event.
Our expert Vintage tutors helped festival goers learn a new skill or revive an old one from sewing vintage style fashion accessories, knitting, up-cycling, quilting, designing and generally getting creative.
Hair and Beauty
Festival goers sampled the flavours of the past at our Vintage food market, the finest street food and cocktails around where served up from vintage wheels. As well as providing some wicked cocktails at the Midland's Rotunda Bar, there where pop-up bars from Pimms, Hendricks Gin and Laurent Perrier Champagne!
Classic vehicles, vintage street theatre, classic ice cream vans and vintage street food, evocative rare film footage, carousel rides, peep boards and pop up performances where all part of the Vintage Festival experience.