Vintage Festival 2011

I went to Vintage Festival yesterday and spent far too much time in the (free) Vintage Village snapping 1960s plan chests and dressing tables and not enough time in the main event. I have to say it was all excellently done. The Northern Soul music playing in the main hall set the tone beautifully while The Warehouse transported me straight back to the days of illegal warehouse raves in a haze of dry ice and nostalgia. I loved the efforts people made to dress up in their vintage finery and I really hope Martin Parr was lurking to document it all.

The Vintage Village is geek heaven for post-war memorabilia fans

1950s Stag dressing table

Norman Jay MBE!

The visual and historical feast that is the Museum of 1951, sharing some amazing insights and memorabilia of the Festival of Britain (this is actually on til Sept 4th which is good as otherwise it would be a terrible waste)

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7 Responses to Vintage Festival 2011

  1. I didn’t make the cut then in your photo selection!!?? :( x

  2. {gemmifer} says:

    This looks like an amazing event–sadly I’m on the wrong side of the pond to experience it in person, so thank you for the chance to do so vicariously!

  3. a great event with many interesting individual styles.

  4. Ondo Lady says:

    I heard a lot about this, it looks like a great event. I heard that it cost £60 to get in which sounds a bit steep.

  5. Disneyrollergirl says:

    Ha ha Simon, I took loads of pics and had to do a very ruthless edit!

    Hi Ondo Lady, £60 is a lot and – full disclosure – I was lucky enough to get a press pass. That said, if I had to pay next year I would but I would make sure I spent the entire day and wrung every drop of activity out of the event. It is a bit overwhelming because there’s so much on but I think that’s why the prices are high. There are a few grumbles on the VF Facebook page about whether the event represented value for money. Friday day wasn’t as busy as it could have been but as it became evening, the place really came alive and the atmosphere was amazing so I think it would be worth staying til as late as possible or coming on the Sat/Sun instead when it’s likely to busier and ‘buzzier’ from the off.

  6. kathy says:

    Hi, Great pics, my friend and I are the first black and white one (I’m the little one). We spent all day and most of the evening at the free event only; had a brilliant time. Went back on Sunday as we enjoyed it so much. I’m 60 this year, same as Festival of Britain so it meant a lot to me! Bought a lovely vintage outfit for my son’s vintage wedding next year. We will be transporting bride in our 1948 Lanchester car.

  7. Disneyrollergirl says:

    Hi Kathy, I love that photo – I thought you both looked fab! Just Googled ‘1948 Lanchester’…. how cool!

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