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Wayne & Gerardine Hemingway Announce MCF Vintage Programme

  • Vintage returns to Glasgow for a spectacular Commonwealth celebration running along the sporting action 26 - 27 July 2014
Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway MBE announce full vintage Glasgow programme as it returns to MCF

The Vintage Festival is set to return to Merchant City Festival after a sell out début last summer.  Vintage Glasgow co-founders Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway MBE joined Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of the Merchant City Festival, Councillor Gordon Matheson, to announce the full festival line-up, with an expanded programme and more venues.

The hugely popular Vintage Festival is back this summer, a highlight of Festival 2014, the massive Games-time celebration in Glasgow running alongside the sporting action of the XX Commonwealth Games.  Vintage will take place in the streets and evocative venues across the Merchant City on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 July, the middle weekend of Festival 2014.

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, Merchant Square, Wild Cabaret and the streets in the Merchant City.  Merchant City Festival is one of three main event areas in Glasgow 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 brought the 1950's to new Vintage Venue, Wild Cabaret as they announced the programme.  Dance teachers from the Rock till u Drop dance academy showed off their moves and DJ's Tojo and Keb Darge spun some vinyl to give a flavour of 'Let it Rock', one of the Vintage clubs that will take place this July.

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 début last summer we are delighted to welcome Vintage back to Merchant City Festival.   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.

“Merchant City 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.

“It has been wonderful to hear a little more of the exciting events that will take place during Vintage, whether your thing is swing, rockabilly, soul or disco, or if you just want to dress up and get an authentic make-over for a day Vintage is certain to delight.”

Wayne Hemingway said:

“Last Summer we learnt that Glasgow folk know how to party and in this very special summer for the city we are expanding Vintage Glasgow in the knowledge that it’s time to turn up the partying a notch or two. So there are more vintage dance classes, more vintage traders, more entertainment and more nightclubs. All the tickets are now on sale and based on last year are likely to sell out .For those of you that don’t get tickets, come on down to the Merchant City on the 26th and 27th July Candleriggs, Merchant Square and Bell St will be teeming with great music, great food, vintage goodies, a hair and beauty salon, classic cars, street entertainment and vintage eye candy galore"

Details of the club events were unveiled; Let It Rock (1950s) extended to 9 hours, The Charleston Brunch (1920s), The Devils Music (1960's- 1980's) and alongside this - Vintage Spins the Commonwealth in Merchant Square, curated by the ever popular Charity Shop DJ.  Already announced are Soul Casino and The Torch club.

For Vintage fashion there is the coveted 'Best in Show' public Fashion Parade, the Vintage Marketplace with around 50 stalls, hands-on creative workshops and a Vintage hair and beauty salon. Music, dance and fashion will be complimented by Vintage food, drinks and vintage film.


The musical experience at Vintage covers decades, genres and styles capturing the classic sounds that shaped pop culture.  Set in the stunning Old Fruitmarket and new venue Wild Cabaret in Candleriggs, expert curators will bring an array of different sounds to keep everyone dancing.

The Charleston Brunch, 1920's

Saturday 26h July 11am-1pm £15

Curated by Snowboy, you can enjoy an evocative 1920s brunch whilst gramophone DJ Lord Holyrude provides the music and expert dance teachers from the Fly Right Dance Co. teach the moves. This is the only place to experience elegant and authentic 20s and 30s culture. There will be concealed cocktails, and good time boys and gals!

Let It Rock

Saturday 26th July 3pm - midnight £15
Wild Cabaret curated by Tojo.

The finest 50s Rock n Roll, bopping Rockabilly and shuffling Rhythm and Blues. Help yourself to a 50s makeover, at the Vintage Salon in Merchant Square, before taking wild jive classes with expert dance tutors Ray & Nicky From Rock Till U Drop Jive Club. You can then try out your new moves to rockin' bands Miss Mary and The Mr Rights and The FretTones and vinyl collectors DJ Tojo, Keb Darge and Snowboy.

Vintage presents the 'Devils Music'

Sunday 27th July 7pm - 2am, Wild Cabaret, £10
Curated by Keb Darge. Guest Dj's Mark Linton & "Kris Funk aka Monkeyboy" and special guests

From raucous rockabilly, to northern soul stompers, to real R & B, disco, wild surf and vintage garage.

The 'Devils Music' presents seven inch gems that inspired those late night delinquents that have frequented the true underground scenes of Britain since the birth of rock and roll, and new discoveries from those scenes that still inspire today. Not for the faint hearted this volatile adventure is revved up by the scenes that exploded around it with no sympathy for the mediocre, a wickedly mixed irreverent cocktail guaranteed to leave your hips shaken  - Sunday’s will never feel the same again!

A Unique Vintage Dance Course


SUN 27 July at WILD CABARET 12 - 4pm  (£15 includes a light snack)
Limited spaces

Curated by Snowboy.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn and dance the evolution of the exciting Swing dance, Jitterbug. Over an afternoon, our expert dance teachers and historians, Fly Right Dance Company, will teach you a specially-curated sequence of  partner dances that eventually led to the world-famous Jitterbug - One-Step (aka Peabody), Two-Step, Midway Rhythm and Original Foxtrot to Jitterbug itself of course. Absolutely essential for all lovers of partner dancing and an interest in Swing. This is a unique event that has been specially curated for Vintage, and has never been offered anywhere before, perfect for those who want to shine on the dance floor of the Torch Club on Sunday evening!

The Torch Club

Old Fruitmarket, Sunday 27th July, 8pm - 1am, tickets £25 (includes canapés),

Curated by Snowboy, Torch Club brings you a glamorous evening of 1940s entertainment, themed canapés, period cocktails and a wonderful opportunity for all ages to dress up and dance, in a truly immersive atmosphere.

Under the expert tuition of dance teachers the Fly Right Dance Co, the Old Fruitmarket will come alive as we recreate those packed dance halls of the 30s & 40s with help from host Viv the Spiv. Vintage are delighted to bring you, for the first time in Scotland, The Bratislava Hot Serenaders. The Bratislava Hot Serenaders, one of the world's most in demand and authentic 1920s to 1940s orchestras, make a rare UK appearance at the Torch Club in one of Britain's most evocative venues.

Soul Casino

Old Fruitmarket, Saturday 26th July, 9pm - 3am, Tickets £20

The Soul Casino recreates the sounds and style of the classic 70s soul club and 80s disco scenes with DJs Eddie Piller, Mark Linton, Wayne & Jack Hemingway and more to be announced. The Old Fruit Market dance floor will reverberate to the sound of classic 60s Northern Soul and the uplifting ‘Modern’ Soul movements that fused so brilliantly in the early 70s through to the up-tempo Disco sounds of the 80s covering uber cool Jazz-Funk, Boogie, Rare Groove and everything in between.


The Vintage Makover Salon

Merchant Square, Sat & Sun 10am - 6pm
From £15 - Appointments, book in advance, tickets available w/c 26 May

The Vintage Makeover Salon will be setting up shop this year in the historic Merchant Square curated by Jacqui McIroy, founder of the The Make Up School, (London & Glasgow) and expert vintage hairdresser Ariana Marcantorio from Miss Dixiebelle. After a sell out in 2013 they are back with a team of 30 experts to help festival-goers capture the look of their favourite vintage era.  For those lucky enough to be 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 (Merchant Square, 10am - 7pm From £15).

On the menu 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, from which the transformed can take home memories of their day. The Appointments are on sale in advance this year, so do book to avoid disappointment, you have been warned!



Sat 26th & Sun 27th, 10am - 8pm Merchant Square, FREE
at Vintage Spins the Commonwealth

Calling all music lovers!

Be a World Record Holder this Summer. Charity Shop DJ has travelled the world collecting the stories behind the music, and he is delighted to be in Glasgow to host Vintage Spins the Commonwealth at Vintage 2014. We are inviting everyone from Glasgow and visitors to the city to join our celebration and add their musical memories to our World Map of Music.

We want to unite people across the city through the music they love. We will also be welcoming throughout the weekend a host of special guest DJs from across the city and beyond. Through selected tracks and rare grooves, we will take you for a spin around the Commonwealth from ska to dub, to calypso, and on to Bollywood psychedelia, Ghanaian funk, Nigerian afrobeat, Cameroonian makossa and much much more!


Sat 26 & Sun 27th 10am - 7pm - FREE to browse - BELL STRET

Stuck for something vintage to wear to complete the look? Enter the Scotland's finest Vintage Marketplace Curated by ‘The Vintage Vendors'. This year's Vintage Marketplace brings together around 50 hand-picked vintage sellers featuring vintage clothing from the 20s to the 80s, eyewear, jewellery, accessories, mid-century homewares, ceramics, collectables, kitchenalia and furniture. Plus a mini classic car boot sale!


Sat 26 & Sun 27th - FREE

The emphasis throughout Vintage is glamour and head turning style.  The festival celebrates the very best of British fashion creativity across the decades.  Style hunters roam the Vintage site to snap the most fashion-savvy festival goers. Watch out for our special ‘fash-mob’ catwalks, where our chosen ‘style hunted’ gather for a one-off event.


Sat 26th & Sun 27th Workshops (fee applicable) & Free Demonstrations

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.   For 2014 Vintage are bringing expert Vintage Tutors, Pea Cooper Hats, Treemendous and are working with Re Fashion at the Merchant City Festival, watch out for more announcements about our workshops and how to participate.


Sat 26th & Sun 27th  Free to Browse, Candleriggs

The Vintage food Marketplace will take over the historic cobbled street, Candleriggs, outside the historic Old Fruitmarket.  You can browse & buy from the high quality Street Food traders serving up some of the finest street food in the UK, served from genuine vintage wheels! You might even be surprised by our vintage street acts, the 'Kennedy Cup Cakes' and the 'Tea Club', perfect for your Vintage photographs!

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