Glad rags on for Vintage Glasgow

Photo by Ian Watson
Photo by Ian Watson

The city’s love for bygone eras is no secret — which is perhaps why Glasgow’s first visit from the Vintage Festival went down a storm last year.

The Scottish debut was a sell-out success, bringing designers and festival founders Wayne and Geraldine Hemingway (both MBE) back in time for the Merchant City Festival, and of course Festival 2014.

Vintage takes place across the weekend (July 26-27), taking over the city centre streets alongside the Commonwealth Games with a programme of street performance, vintage music, arts and culture.

Wayne Hemingway commented: “We had a great time in Glasgow last summer; the Vintage Marketplace and Vintage Beauty Salon were mobbed from opening to close, dancing took place in the bars throughout the days and evenings and the sold out nightclubs were uplifting.

“The city of Glasgow sure knows how to party and this year, being part of the Commonwealth Games Culture 2014 programme will allow us to explore international elements of vintage culture that will take us all on a voyage of vintage discovery.

“This is a one off Vintage Festival and the team can’t wait to deliver something that will live long in the memory.”

There’s fashion, film, art, food, dance and design from the 1920s right up to the 80s, including performances from Glasgow dance troupe The Kennedy Cupcakes, DJ sets from gramophone guru Lord Holyrude, and a Scottish debut for the Bratislava Hot Serenaders — an in-demand 20s to 40s big band.

The Torch Club is in session, offering festival-goers the chance to doll up, sip period cocktails and indulge in a canape or two, while The Soul Casino transports audiences at The Old Fruitmarket back to the 60s, 70s and 80s, courtesy of the best soul, funk and disco DJs around.

The Vintage Makeover Salon will also be setting up stall once again, taking over a central area of Merchant Square and offering decade-specific hairstyles and beauty revamps.

And there’s a Commonwealth twist to the music at the square, as specialist DJs provide a vintage spin on ska, dub, calypso, Bollywood, Ghanaian funk, Nigerian afrobeat — a whirlwind musical tour, then.

The Vintage Marketplace will also run throughout, this year expanding to include Candleriggs, Bell Street and Walls Street.

Vintage lovers, it’s time to dig out those tea dresses and natty braces — and head to www.vintagefestival.co.uk for full programme info.