The Vintage Festival

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The Vintage Festival is a truly unique annual event which celebrates 7 decades of British Cool.

It brings together and celebrates the music, fashion, film , art, dance and design from the 1920s to the 1980s that has made Britain the world's creative and cultural hot bed. Vintage explores this rich cultural history and the extraordinary influence that it has had on the modern world.

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The Vintage Festival Concept

In 2007 Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway and the HemingwayDesign team developed a concept of a festival that celebrated the history of British Creativity. Working with a team of researchers from Wolverhampton University they forensically assembled the archives, the experts, the knowledge bases that would enable an authentic celebration of the music, fashion, art, design, film and food of the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s and be able to look at how these 'decades of cool' are influencing today’s world renowned British creative culture.

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The concept had its birth in August 2010 at the highly acclaimed Vintage Festival on The Sussex Downs. Over 50,000 people came to party, the majority ‘dressed to the nines’. Vintage 2010 dominated the media coverage of summer events and dominated the nominations at the 2010 Festival Awards, walking away with the Best New Festival category. The feedback proved the Hemingway hunch that there is a glaring gap in the summer festival calendar for an annual event the reunites music and fashion and ties in the wider cultural influences.

In 2011 Vintage at Southbank Centre and Royal Festival Hall, helped London celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Festival of Britain and in 2012 provide a two day highlight of the Preston Guild. In July 2013 Vintage Glasgow was a hit in the streets and wonderful civic buildings of Glasgow’s Merchant City. 

In 2011 Vintage moved to Southbank to coincide with the Festival of Britain celebrations, over 200,000 people a day enjoyed the celebrations.

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A Winning Team

All aspects of the Vintage Festival are curated by a team containing the most experienced, knowledgeable and respected figures within the music, design, film, fashion and entertainment industries. The Vintage curatorial team bring an unparalleled authenticity and attention to detail to the Vintage experience.

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 Festival is a sensual delight, a big dressing-up box, a collector’s dream and a joyous creative feast for all ages.

“A festival appealing to everyone from the casual vintage admirer to the hardcore devotee." - Dazed & Confused

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"An offbeat, cultural haven... If you’re looking for something a little different to the festival norm, take a look at the most stylish from this truly unique event." - Elle

“A gaudy but unselfconscious celebration of 20th century popular culture." - The Guardian

“Loved the atmosphere, the amazing attention to detail, the music, the fashions....everything was so inspiring. Our new favourite festival” - The Independent

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“Seeing a younger generation engaging, perhaps for the first time, in something usually reserved for generations past is a perfect symbol of what the Vintage Festival represents. There's none of the sniggering irony which sometimes taints 'retro' events: everybody is fully appreciative of timeless style – whether they were there the first time round or not. To me this is the point the Vintage Festival succeeds in making: great style deserves not to be confined to the past.” - Spoonfed

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