Whether its fashion’s fetish for the ‘pre-loved’ frock or music’s fixation with reunions, reissues and recycling the sounds of yesteryear, retro has never been more popular. Cue design don Wayne Hemingway’s Vintage festival, now in its 2nd year. For 3 days and nights (July 29-31), it takes over much of Southbank Centre, as part of the platinum anniversary celebrations of the Festival of Britain. Vintage’s emphasis is on toasting British style throughout the last 70 years – in music, fashion, food, film, art and design – and to that end, ‘sets’ in various venues recreate each decade with live music, period drinks and snacks, dance lessons, hair/beauty stylists and more. Party-goers can jitterbug in bobby socks or shake some action à la ’90s rave culture with legendary DJs such as Andy Weatherall, A Guy Called Gerald and Terry Farley. If that’s not sufficiently entertaining, there are catwalk shows, a Vintage market place and pop-up high street, displays of antique audio gear, workshops in everything from screen printing to darning and the eccentric Chap Olympiad. A late licence (until 1.30am) is the vital icing on the Vintage celebratory cake.
For info, see Vintage Festival listing.