Vintage Glasgow returns for second year to coincide with 2014 Commonwealth Games

Vintage Glasgow

A weekend of fashion, music and dressing up as part of the Merchant City Festival

We predict the 2014 look du jour over at the Athletes’ Village will be going very big on Lycra singlets, tech-filled running shoes and racerback sports bras. Meanwhile, down in the Merchant City, the fashion will be feeling far more nostalgic. Over two days, as part of the Merchant City Festival, streets and venues in this part of town will be taken over by Vintage Glasgow, a festival run by fashion designer Wayne Hemingway which debuted (and sold out) last summer, and returns to tie in with Glasgow 2014

Dressing up is strongly encouraged – and according to festival assistant producer, Sophie Crabb, ‘People go to so much trouble with their outfits. Just walking in, you sense you’re entering somewhere really special.’

It’s a celebration of British fashion, design and dance culture from the 1920s to the 1980s (think mink stoles, wartime tea dresses or Mod suits – 90s shellsuits or scrunchies may well be disqualified) so the organisers are laying on a cocktail-soaked Charleston Brunch, rock ’n’ roll dance classes, retro food stalls and ‘flash-mob’ catwalks, alongside a massive vintage clothes marketplace, mini car boot sale, and two themed club nights.

The Hair and Beauty Salon in Merchant Square will be dolling customers up with a variety of 40s finger-waves, 60s bouffants and backcombs, which can then be paraded at Soul Casino (featuring DJs playing Northern Soul and disco from the 70s and 80s), the Devil’s Music (featuring unlikely guest DJ Martin Compston playing ‘wild surf and vintage garage’), or the Torch Club, with live music from the Bratislava Hot Serenaders orchestra.

It’s a tribute to the elegance, rebellion and escapism of bygone eras, so for those about to rock – or jitterbug, peabody, foxtrot, twist, jive or do the mashed potato with a Paul Weller hairdo – we salute you.

Various venues (Merchant City, Glasgow), Sat 26–Sun 27 Jul.

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Vintage Glasgow

Hemingway Design bring their Vintage Festival format to Glasgow, featuring music, fashion, film, design and dance that celebrates British creativity from the 1920s to 1980s. In the evening time, things get fancy dress with Vintage Nightclubs themed Soul Casino on Saturday and the Torch Club on Sunday.