I Love Events’ Favourite Vintage Festivals!

1 Jul

With summer just creeping onto our doorstep, festival season is officially in full swing! The weather is getting nicer and the desire to hang outside in the sunshine and dance about at the weekend is hotter than ever. Mainstream festivals are getting larger and more successful each year – but I have to admit I’m not a big fan when they start to get a bit too busy and out of control.

Last year I worked on an event at Isle of White Festival for Herbal Essences, the event we ran was a huge success and the footfall obviously great, but in my opinion mainstream festivals don’t provide adequate facilities for large numbers of people. Even the most basic of facilities (toilets, showers, bars etc) are limited and it becomes a stressful experience. Isle of White Festival this year was a shambles and very nearly got pulled because the event site got water logged and the stage nearly started sinking!

I’d rather go to smaller, boutique festivals that play the music I love and that haven’t got too big for their boots, so you can do what you want to do when you want to do it! As you all know I’m a huge fan of vintage style and music – and in the last few years vintage has become quite popular! Here’s a few vintage festivals across the world that look/are incredible! If I haven’t been already I will be going in the near future!

SCREAMIN FESTIVAL – BARCELONA SPAIN

Ever since I stumbled across Screamin Festival with Talie in 2005 I’ve been nearly every single year. It’s an awesome mix of sunbathing, drinking, eating, watching bands, learning to swing dance, buying vintage records and clothes, learning to sing doo wop, an awesome vintage car show, pool party, beautiful men, more drinking and more dancing. Screamin Festival is easily my favourite festival I’ve ever been to. It’s very well managed, the crowd is always friendly and fun, the bands are always top notch with a mixture of true Rockabilly, Rhythm and Blues and Swing legends and great new music – and lastly every year I make amazing friends that I’ve stayed in touch with ever since. LOVE IT!

VIVA LAS VEGAS – LAS VEGAS USA

I’ve never had the chance to go to this festival but I’ll be going to Viva Las Vegas in 2013. Set in the perfectly apt Las Vegas I’ve heard some awesome stories about this get together. Bands, burlesque, a car show, drinking, gambling, fashion show, bowling – the whole lot. This is easily the biggest and most successful Rockabilly meeting in the world. Roll on March 2013!

VINTAGE FESTIVAL – USUALLY LONDON BUT THIS YEAR AT WILDERNESS FESTIVAL OXFORDSHIRE UK

Unfortunately this year has seen poor ticket sales for Vintage Festival, so they’ve decided to guest at Wilderness Festival. Such a shame as I went to this last year and it was amazing. It was held at Royal Festival Hall and was a fabulous day. They had exhibitions of beautiful vintage furniture, fashion shows, sing dancing classes, food stalls, live bands, art exhibitions, hair and beauty make over salons, fashion photo shoots and a vintage cinema bus! It was great to see such a stylish festival in London! Vintage also run Vintage at Goodwood – one of the best vintage car shows in Europe.

RHYTHM RIOT – CAMBER SANDS UK

Went to The Rhythm Riot for the first time in November 2011 and had a fabulous time! This is held in Pontins Holiday Centre Camber Sands, which is an ideal setting for a festival like this. It can cater perfectly for the amount of people that attend, it’s affordable and comfortable with easy access to all the entertainment on offer. They offer transport into the nearest town by a renovated vintage bus that’s free of charge, whilst there’s all day shopping, live music, car show, dancing, drinking and walks along the nearby brisk English beach! Only problem is that it’s held in November and it’s a little too chilly to go sunbathing! But nonetheless, another friendly and entertaining crowd with fantastic bands over the whole weekend! Definitely going again this year!

RETRO FESTIVAL – BERKSHIRE UK

This is quite a new festival to my knowledge and I’ve never been but this year it looks amazing!! Roller rink, car show, boot sale, camping, bumper cars, food stalls, live bands – ideal! Got the details for this through Christine Macaulay a fellow vintage lover and fabulous friend. Hopefully she’ll be my partner in crime for this 🙂 PLUS King Candi and the Sugar Push are AMAZING! They played at the recent Benefit Mascarathon finish event I worked on which I have yet to blog about. Great line up!!!

There are so many more vintage festivals out there but so far these ones are my favourite. If you have any you want to share with the world then please leave a comment! x

 

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