After a sell-out and critically acclaimed Scottish
debut last summer, Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway’s Vintage Festival will return
– on a grander scale – to Merchant City Festival, Glasgow as part of Festival
2014. Vintage will take place in the
streets and evocative venues across the Merchant City
on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 July, .the first weekend of the XX Commonwealth Games.
The 13th Merchant City Festival is a key component of
Festival 2014, the massive Games-time celebration in Glasgow running alongside
the sporting action of the XX Commonwealth Games. It will be one of three Live Zones that will
transform the city, from 23 July to 3 August, with an invigorating mix of
entertainment, culture and enjoyment filling the streets, spaces and stages of Glasgow.
Designers Wayne Hemingway MBE
and Gerardine Hemingway MBE announced the Vintage programme highlights at the
iconic Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow. For the first time ever Vintage will reach
out to embrace and rejoice in vintage music,
arts and culture from across the
Commonwealth to celebrate being part of Festival 2014, as well as bringing
together British music, fashion, film, art, dance, food and design from the
1920’s to the 1980’s.
Designer Wayne Hemingway MBE
said: “We had a great time in Glasgow last summer, the Vintage Marketplace and
the 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. 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 will ensure that
this is a one off Vintage Festival and the team can’t wait to deliver something
that will live long in the memory”
Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, Chair of the
Merchant City Festival and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “After
a magnificent debut last summer we are delighted to welcome Vintage back to
Merchant City Festival as part of Festival 2014. Festival 2014, the
massive cultural celebration running alongside the sporting action of the
Commonwealth Games, will demonstrate to the world Glasgow’s
ability to deliver a world-class cultural programme.
Festival will be one of three live zones transforming Glasgow this summer. As such the festival has expanded from 5 days
and will amaze and engage visitors for an incredible 11 days. Vintage takes place during the first weekend
of Festival 2014 and is certain to be one of the highlights.”
A flavour of what’s in store came to Glasgow as members
of the 1940/ 50s inspired dance troupe The Kennedy Cupcakes, who will perform at Vintage, danced
under the iconic balcony signage inside the Old Fruitmarket. Vintage gramophone DJ Lord Holyrude, who will
spin the tunes at various sites across the festival, provided the music.
The show-stopping, sell-out
sensations of Vintage 2013 are back at Glasgow's
iconic Old Fruitmarket. But they are
bigger, they are better and on 27 July they will bring from Slovakia, the Bratislava Hot Serenaders, one of the world’s most in
demand and authentic 1920s to 40s bands for their first Scottish big band
performance. The evening will be
hosted by Viv the Spiv alongside expert dance teachers who will guide
festival-goers through the steps. The Torch
Club promises an evening of themed canapés, period cocktails and a wonderful
opportunity for all ages to glam up and dance.
On Saturday 26 July the legendary The Soul Casino
will transform the Old Fruitmarket, with some of the UK’s best soul, funk, and disco
DJ’s on the decks, spinning vinyl from the 60s 70s and 80s .
Tickets for these events are now on sale.
The incredible Vintage Makeover Salon
will delight once again. Having sold out
within hours last year, the Vintage team have commandeered the large central area
of Merchant Square
in Glasgow this
july. The Salon will be able to cater
for many more party-goers keen to be transformed with a decade specific
hairstyle and beauty makeover from the vintage beauty experts. The Merchant Square will also be home to the
'Charity Shop DJ' playing across the weekend, with a little help from a host of
internationally respected specialist collector DJ’s who will take all those
within earshot on a 'vintage spin through the commonwealth from ska to dub, to
calypso and on to Bollywood psycadelia, Ghanaian funk, Nigerian afrobeat, Cameroonian
makossa and much much more.
The Vintage Marketplace, one of Europe’s most exciting Vintage collections, has expanded
this year to include Candleriggs, Bell
Street and Walls Street. There will be wonderful vintage shopping, food
and traders from classic vehicles.
The full Vintage Festival programme will be announced shortly, including
more events, masterclasses and workshops, the free live stage and a whole host
of daytime, evening and nighttime events.
For live updates on these as they are added to the programme, follow @MerchCityFest and @vintage_2014 on
Twitter, visit www.merchantcityfestival.com,
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