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Vintage at the Southbank Centre

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by Catherine Stobbs (subscribe)
I'm an actress and freelance writer living in North London
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Do you love everything vintage? Do you feel complete when you are browsing around Brick Lane, and think CD's are far too advanced?

Then Vintage at the Southbank could be your answer to the perfect weekend.

Vintage is a weekend long festival celebrating everything vintage. It is taking place in the Southbank Centre from the 29th to 31st of July, 2011 and is part of the Festival of Britain. During this glamorous weekend you can sample an array of music, fashion, film, art and design from the 1920s through to the 1980s. Rumour has it they will also be touching on the early 90s, but I don't think the Spice Girls will be there.

The whole weekend is the brainchild of designer Wayne Hemingway. He is yet to reveal what a lot of the activities and special events are going to be, as he wants to make sure visitors will have an experience they will never forget. More information about his various other vintage events and activities can be found at Vintage by Hemingway.

Over the three days guests can buy a day pass for over 13 hours of daily entertainment, or a day and evening pass which also includes entry to the evenings exclusive entertainment. The Royal Festival Hall is said to be getting a 60th Birthday make-over, and we'll be like nothing you have seen before.

The six levels of the building will be transformed into a multitude of different venues and locations in fashion and music history. If you have a pass for the whole day, you will be free to explore the huge variety of activities and surprises.

This includes DJ sets, makeovers, live performances, catwalk shows, food, drinks, top vintage retailers and whole host of other vintage goodies yet to be revealed by the organisers.

For those of you who are really keen to keep the party going, there will be a whole host of themed nightclubs setting up home in the Royal Festival Hall. Each of the ten nightclubs has its own theme and style. So whether you are a rock and roll star at heart or prefer something a little more chilled there is something for everyone.

The nightclubs will include;

The Soul Casino

Let It Rock
The Torch Club
The Leisure Lounge
The Studio
Shhh! The Vintage Prohibition Club

Be sure to check out the website to ensure you don't miss anything, and that you are in the right era at the right time.

The price for full day pass is around 60 which is a lot, but more than worth the expense if you are a huge vintage fan, as it promises to be an unforgettable experience, and there is so much going on you will never run out of things to explore.
Full information about tickets, times and booking can be found via the Southbank's website.

For those of you who would just like to take a quick dip into the vintage world there will also be a whole host of free events taking place as well. In and around the Southbank and Royal Festival Hall there will be a full Vintage Marketplace, including, clothes, accessories, music, art and home wares. As well as beauty parlours, themed bars and restaurants, tea parties and not forgetting everything else that is going on as part of the Festival of Britain.

So if you find you have some free time that weekend, and you want a trip down memory lane, whether you were born in the 40s or 90s I guarantee you will find something to do which will make for a memorable day out.
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Why? A must for any vintage lover, or someone who fancies a trip down memory lane.
When: 29th - 31st July 2011, opening times vary
Where: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre
Cost: Full Day Tickets from 60, while some events are free
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