In July 2013 Vintage Glasgow was a hit in the streets and in the wonderful civic buildings of Glasgow’s Merchant City. The stunning Old Fruitmarket provided a back drop for the Vintage Nightclubs, hosting four specially curated events. Festival goers learnt the dances, took in live performances and danced into the small hours to the finest DJs from each scene.
SOUL CASINO - Curated by Eddie Piller
Learn the dances, take in live performances and dance into the wee small hours to the finest DJs from each scene including:The Old Fruitmarket dance floor reverberated to the sound of classic 60s Northern Soul and uplifting ‘Modern’ Soul movements that fused so brilliantly in the early 70s through to the up-tempo Disco sounds of the 80s which covered über cool Jazz-Funk, Boogie, Rare Groove and everything in between.
Festival goers enjoyed an evocative 1920s brunch whilst expert dance teachers taught the moves and the Gramophone DJ provided the soundtrack. This was the only place to experience the 20s and 30s culture. There where concealed cocktails, cabaret and good time boys and gals!
LET IT ROCK
Three hours where filled with the finest 50s Rock n Roll, bopping Rockabilly and shuffling Rhythm and Blues. Festival goers helped themselves to a 50s makeover before taking wild jive classes with the rockin' dance tutors. They then tried out their moves to Scotland's finest rockin' band The Coy Dogs and vinyl collector extraordinaire DJ Tojo!
THE VINTAGE SUNDAY SOCIAL
TORCH CLUB – Curated by Snowboy
A glamorous evening of 1940s entertainment, themed dinning and period cocktails was had. Festival goers could have their hair and makeup done and then danced into the small hours in a truly immersive environment hosted by cheeky chappy Viv the Spiv. Expert dance teacher and DJ Ian 'G.I Jive' Hartley taught festival goers the steps bringing alive The Old Fruitmarket re-creating those packed dance floors. 18 piece swing orchestra the New Squadronaires provided the incredible sounds of the 40s.
THE LEISURE LOUNGE TIKI BAR
The Leisure Lounge, curated by The Charity Shop DJ, was an exotic and curious thrill of general groovy, psychedelic and tiki-flavoured fun. Think Butlins Ayr circa 1960 but with evocative exotic cocktails, food served from baskets and music from the DJs who know their Bacharach from their Pandit Ravi cover of Dear Prudence. Festival goers picked out records from The Charity Shop DJ’s weird and wonderful collection. Mysterious tipples and special guest DJ sets from a cornucopia of Scotland’s finest collectors of exotic vinyl. Special sessions included irresistible ‘Caribbean Funk and Samba Rock’ rhythms and ‘Protest Funk and Latin Soul’ –– and an impromptu performance from a Polynesian dance troupe.
VINTAGE HAIR & BEAUTY SALON
The Vintage Hair and Beauty Salon was brought to festival goers by The Makeup School London and vintage hairdressers Vanity Thrills, providing decade specific makeovers which kept everyone looking and feeling fabulous. 1940s finger waves, 60s bouffants, 80s new romantic curls and high volume waves, black liner, 50s flicks and gorgeous red pouts.
THE VINTAGE MARKETPLACE
The Vintage Marketplace was curated by Gin in Teacups, and situated at the corner where Ingram Street meets Candleriggs. The Marketplace gathered the finest purveyors of vintage clothes, accessories, mid century modern home wares, records, music memorabilia and up-cycled ephemera.
The Vintage Marketplace brought together couture labels with prêt a porter and street style from the 1920s through to the 1980s. Those must have items where sold for anything between £5 and £500...There was no excuse to miss out on a bit of vintage shopping!
VINTAGE 'GREAT GATSBY' 1920'S FASHION SHOW
36 looks capturing the 1920s hit the runway with pieces from spring/summer and autumn winter 2013 HOF stock. There was an opening live performance from Jazz singer Lou Hickey. Runway music from the twenties. Programmes provided background information on the show concept and store heritage.
While enjoying the amazing music line-up, the fashion, film, art, and design elements of Vintage people sampled the flavours of the past as authentically as possible, whatever your preference! There was food to fit the music, and historically linked eating opportunities, not to mention there where some wicked period cocktails from the bars. Candleriggs also hosted a themed food market where the finest street food round was be served up from vintage vehicles.ART & DESIGN WORKSHOPS
Vintage has art and design flowing through its veins. Opportunities to have a go at painting, designing and generally getting creative where everywhere. Workshop events took place in The Old Fruitmarket.
Top comic artist Gary Erskine and Mhairi Stewart from Perfect Spiral teamed up and uncovered the origins and evolution of our favourite comic superheroes and showed you how to design and illustrate your very own.
Ever noticed how Batman's shorts are much bigger in old comics? Or how Wonder Woman’s skirt is a little longer? Did they look better then or now? Or just a little bit different? Perfect Spiral showed you how the costumes have changed with fashion and got you to create your own superhero, or supervillain, and dressed them in styles gone by...
Damselfly Crafts hosted workshops dedicated to up-cycling old books and to the traditional art of decoupage, decorating an object by gluing on coloured paper cut-outs, albeit with a modern twist. People learnt how to make their own decorated treasure to take home or turned an old book into there own work of art by learning how to fold, cut and decorate its pages into fabulous pop-out sculptures.Tickets are available from www.merchantcityfestival.com
The Merchant City Festival encourages locals and visitors to the city to explore some of the rich cultural heritage, architecture and history of the region. Glasgow’s biggest cultural festival will also launch the one-year countdown to Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Celebrating its 12th year, the Merchant City Festival is one of Glasgow’s biggest cultural events and renowned for its cutting edge programme of street theatre, visual arts, design, film, dance, music, comedy, theatre, food & drink and much more. Join us in the cultural heart of Glasgow for a mesmerising extravaganza! Discover more and book your visit to Glasgow at www.merchantcityfestival.com.