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Wayne Hemingway announces full Vintage Glasgow Programme

Wayne Hemingway announces full Vintage Glasgow Festival Programme as The Great Gatsby comes to Glasgow​

Vintage Glasgow curator Wayne Hemingway MBE announced the full festival line-up today (Tuesday 14 May).  Details of three new club events were unveiled; Let It Rock (1950s), Charleston Brunch (1920s) and The Vintage Sunday Social, alongside the free Leisure Lounge Tiki Bar (think Butlins Ayr circa 1960).  

Together with a full fashion and beauty programme, which includes a mesmerizing Great Gatsby 1920s catwalk show, the Vintage Marketplace with over 30 stalls, hands-on creative workshops and a Vintage hair and beauty salon.  Music, dance and fashion will be complimented by Vintage food, drinks and film, with a chance to relive the golden era of cinema clubs in the 1940s and 50s, screening classic and original movies and wonderful, mainly unseen archive footage. 

Vintage will make its Scottish debut this summer, a highlight of Glasgow’s vibrant Merchant City Festival.  Set to bring together and celebrate the music, fashion, film, art, dance, food and design across seven decades, it will take over and transform Candleriggs, the Old Fruitmarket and City Halls in the Merchant City, on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July.

As the UK anticipates the release of The Great Gatsby on May 16, designer Wayne Hemingway MBE brought the 1920s to Rogano restaurant, where two stunning models in Jazz era’s style provided a glimpse of the Vintage ‘Great Gatsby’ Fashion Show that will take place in July.  

Wayne Hemingway said: “It’s less than 3 months now till the streets of the Merchant City will be turned into a Vintage Wonderland. We have some wonderfully evocative music, fashion, beauty, film, art, design and cocktails and food planned and the Vintage team can’t wait to put our dancing shoes on.  Get your tickets and come and join us!  The great things about Vintage at The Merchant City Festival is that even when all the tickets for the nightclubs and fashion shows have gone there will be still plenty of workshops, street food, films, vintage sellers and wonderful eye candy make for a great weekend out.“

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, Chair of the Merchant City Festival and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “The full programme announced today is incredibly exciting.  Glasgow is a world-class city that has always enjoyed a good party and Vintage Glasgow at Merchant City Festival is a unique opportunity to relive the many highlights from times gone by.  

“For some that will be the rock n’ roll clubs of the 50s, for others the great cinema house heyday of the 40s, while others still might remember a little further back and dig out their two-tone dancing shoes for a spot of Charleston at the 20s brunch.  This is a one-off occasion where the whole family can come together, enjoy the music, learn the dances, watch old movies and recall the fashions, just think of the memories that will be revived and the stories to be shared.”

The musical experience at Vintage covers decades, genres and styles capturing the classic sounds that shaped pop culture.  Set in the stunning Old Fruitmarket festival-goers can first learn the moves with organised dance lessons during the day, then enjoy live performances and boogie the afternoon or evening away. 

Three carefully curated events have been added to Vintage favourites The Torch Club, a glamorous evening of 1940s entertainment with the 18 piece Swing orchestra The New Squadronaires, and Soul Casino, which were launched in February when it was confirmed that Vintage would come to the Merchant City Festival www.merchantcityfestival.com\vintage 

In the summer of The Great Gatsby this is a wonderful opportunity to step back to the Jazz era and enjoy an evocative 1920s Charleston Brunch (Saturday 27th July 11am-1pm £12).  Set to the soundtrack of The Gramophone DJ, make like Carey Mulligan and imagine you are in DiCaprio’s arms as you learn the moves, enjoy a cocktail and a great day from a time gone by.

Scotland’s finest rockin band, The Coy Dogs and vinyl collector extraordinaire DJ Tojo will bring the finest 50s rock, bopping Rockabiliy and shuffling Rhythm and Blues together at Let It Rock (Saturday 27th July 2-5pm £10).  This is a chance to live real Rock n’ Roll.  Revellers can spend the afternoon jiving, with a backdrop of archive film footage and enjoying 50's diner food and drinks served up at the bar.  

The Vintage Social Sunday (Sunday 28th July 12.30 – 5pm £10) will see DJs Eddie Piller, Paul Molloy, Mikey Collins, Simon Hodge and Mark Robb open their record boxes to bring the people of Glasgow an afternoon filled with the finest exponents of Boogaloo, Latin, Mod Classics, Freakbeat , Northern, Modern and Crossover Soul.  This is a one-off celebration of the colour and vibrancy of a period of music that continues to inspire much of what we hear on radio today.

Over two days the Candleriggs Bar will be transformed into a curious thrill of general groovy, psychedelic and tiki-flavoured fun as the Leisure Lounge Tiki Bar (Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July 11am-6pm FREE) comes to Glasgow.  For those who experienced Butlins Ayr circa 1960s and are keen to share the delights with younger family members this is the place to be.  Curated by The Charity Shop DJ, revellers are invited to settle down with an evocative tipple and pick out a record from their wonderful collection.  Special sessions include irresistible Caribbean Funk and Samba Rock and an impromptu performance from a Polynesian dance troupe.

The emphasis throughout Vintage is glamour and head turning style.  The festival celebrates the very best of British fashion creativity across the decades.  There will be a mesmerising display of catwalk shows and hands-on creative workshops.

House of Fraser was founded in 1849 in Glasgow.  The man responsible for turning it into the brand we recognise today was Hugh Fraser the 3rd.  In the roaring twenties and aged only 21 he became managing director.  To celebrate their vintage history Frasers Glasgow will curate a catwalk show dedicated to the 1920s Great Gatsby era taking place in the glamorously fitting Grand Hall in City Halls, Merchant City.  The Great Gatsby Fashion Show (Sunday 28th July 2pm £10) will open with a live performance from Jazz singer Lou Hickey, with music throughout from the twenties.

The Make Up School London and expert vintage hairdresser Ariana Marcantorio and her team from Vanity Thrills will be there to help festival-goers capture the look of their favourite vintage era.  Those heading to the club events, or those who simply fancy seeing what they would have looked like if they had been born in a different era, can choose decade specific makeovers at the Vintage Hair and Beauty Salon (all weekend, £10).  On offer are 1940s finger waves, 60s bouffant Beehives, 80s New Romantic curls and high volume waves, matched with the black liquid liner 50s flick and gorgeous red pout.  Be prepared to look and feel fabulous, ready for the dance floor at the glamorous evening clubs.  And of course there will be a vintage photo booth Retro Me from which the transformed can take home memories of their day.

Stuck for something vintage to wear to complete the look?  Enter the Vintage Marketplace (all weekend, free to browse).  A one-stop shop where couture labels will mix happily with street style from the 1920s to 1980s.   Curated by Judy Berger of Judy’s Vintage Fairs, the Vintage Marketplace will gather together the finest purveyors of vintage clothes, accessories, mid-century modern homewares, records, music memorabilia and up-cycled ephemera.

Fashion at Vintage is a truly bespoke offering.  The call out is to dress up as the Vintage ‘Best in Show Parade’ will be looking out for those who stand out from the crowd, individuality and simply looking fabulous will bring its just rewards.  While special one-off ‘fash-mob’ catwalk shows will delight audiences as Vintage style hunters gather together those in the know.  

Vintage Glasgow presents an eclectic collection of classic and original movies combined with documentary footage, amateur films, newsreels and period adverts across the weekend, screened in both the Grand Hall and throughout all the Vintage Club events in the Old Fruitmarket.  

Archive films will provide a glimpse of Glasgow and further afield from the 1920s on thanks to a partnership with Park Circus Films, Pathe, Scottish Screen Archive, Co-operative Group and BFI National Archive.  Starring glamorous Glaswegians and well-known landmarks from cinemas to dancehalls, including special Pathe clips from the Empire Exhibition in Bellahouston Park in 1938, it is certain to reignite fond memories for many of the cities old shops, styles, dance crazes and good times.  

Set to recapture the spirit of the cinema clubs of the 40s and 50s the Vintage Saturday Cinema Club presents a free screening of Bugsy Malone (Saturday 27th July 12noon FREE).  Families are invited to come dressed in their best 1920s mobster or flapper outfits for the event, which will bring newsreel, shorts and the chance to a Charleston step or two before settling down for the movie, starring an all-child cast including Jodie Foster and Scott Baio.  The afternoon screening will see British heart-throb Robert Donat take to the screen in Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, a movie that is considered by many to be the highlight of his career (Saturday 27th July 3pm FREE).

Vintage has art and design flowing through its veins.  Art and design workshops, many of which are free to attend, will offer people the opportunity to get creative.  Top comic artist Gary Erskine and Mhairi Stewart from Perfect Spiral will team up for ‘Draw Your Own Superhero’ (Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July, FREE).   This workshop will uncover the origins and evolution of favourite comic superheroes and give tips on designing and illustrating your very own character.

For those keen to breath new life into a precious possession Damselfly Crafts have the answer.  Yvonne Macfarlane and Anni Kennedy who run a quirky independent art and craft boutique in Glasgow’s West End, will host Papercraft (Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July, from £3), workshops dedicated to up-cycling old books and the traditional art of decoupage, albeit with a modern twist as Decopatch.

Festival-goers can sample the flavours of the past, brought up to date, with food and cocktails to fit the music, fashion and film of the decades covered.  Outside, Candleriggs will host a themed food market where the finest street food will be served from genuine vintage vehicles. 

In total some 300 events and performances across 11 arts strands will combine to wow an expected audience of around 100,000 this summer at the Merchant City Festival.  It was set up to encourage locals and visitors to the city to explore some of the rich heritage, architecture and history of the area, before stopping to appreciate its vibrant café culture, shops, bars and restaurants.  

The Merchant City Festival will run from 24 July to 28 July, for live updates on additional events and performances as they are added to the programme follow @MerchCityFest on Twitter or visit www.merchantcityfestival.com.  The full Merchant City Festival programme will be launched early June.

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