As the hordes in hi-vis jackets continue to dismantle the Southbank’s Vintage festival, returning the Royal Festival Hall to its oh-so-2011 set-up, we’ve pored through our footage shot over the weekend to give you a flavour of London’s most fashionable festival in years.
After curator Wayne Hemingway gave us an exclusive preview a fortnight ago, we went along for the opening of his Vintage festival on London’s Southbank. On the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain, Hemingway and his team transformed the Royal Festival Hall into a decade-spanning wonderland. Across three sun-soaked days, Forties flappers mingled with disco divas, ravers with rockabillies and old with young.
The afternoons were given over to craft workshops, vintage fairs and fashion shows, moving into party mode as the evening drew in, with dancers and DJs occupying every space possible. Whether you were there for a cheeky Charleston or some Sixties soul, all bases were covered with the ‘tribes’ happily mixing. Indeed, it was a genuine pleasure to witness two gentlemen in original 1940s pilot outfits shaking their stuff to Donna Summer on the terrace.
Co-curator Jack Hemingway, Wayne’s son (very much a family affair, this), told us Vintage would return next year, possibly on the Southbank, possibly somewhere new. He said: “We like to keep people guessing, and there is something appealing about having a travelling festival.”
Wherever Vintage ends up next year, a visit is a must. We’ll see you there.