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Vintage Glasgow Merchant City Festival 26th & 27th July 2014

After a sell-out and critically acclaimed Scottish debut last summer, the Vintage Festival is returning to Glasgow as part of Festival 2014. Festival 2014 is a massive Commonwealth Games time celebration in Glasgow running alongside the sporting action, transforming the city from 19 July to 3 August with an invigorating mix of entertainment, culture and enjoyment filling the streets, spaces and stages of Glasgow.

Vintage will take place in the streets and evocative venues across the Merchant City on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 July, the first weekend of the Games. Set right in the heart of the Merchant City Games Live Zone for the first time ever, Vintage will reach out to embrace and rejoice in vintage music, arts and culture from across the Commonwealth.


We will celebrate being part of Festival 2014, as well as bringing together British music, fashion, film, art, dance, food and design from the 1920s to the 1980s. A one off Vintage Festival that will take us on a voyage of vintage discovery and the team can’t wait to deliver something that will live long in the memory!

CHARLESTON BRUNCH - Curated by Snowboy


Enjoy an evocative 1920s brunch whilst expert dance teachers teach the moves. This is the only place to experience the 20s and 30s culture. There will be concealed cocktails, cabaret and good time boys and gals!

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SOUL CASINO - Curated by Eddie Piller


The Soul Casino recreates the sounds and style of the classic 70s soul club and 80s disco scenes with DJs Eddie Piller, Wayne & Jack Hemingway and more to be announced. The Old Fruit Market dance floor will reverberate to the sound of classic 60s Northern Soul and the uplifting ‘Modern’ Soul movements that fused so brilliantly in the early 70s through to the up-tempo Disco sounds of the 80s covering uber cool Jazz-Funk, Boogie, Rare Groove and everything in between.

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The finest 50s Rock n Roll, bopping Rockabilly and shuffling Rhythm and Blues. Help yourself to a 50s makeover before taking wild jive classes with the rockin' dance tutors. You can then try out your new moves to Scotland's finest rockin' bands and vinyl collector extraordinaire's!

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TORCH CLUB – Curated by Snowboy


The Torch Club, set in the evocative Old Fruitmarket, will feature a rare UK appearance from The Bratislava Hot Serenaders - one of the world’s most in demand and authentic 1920s to 40s orchestras. This glamorous evening of 1940s enterainment, themed dinning and period cocktails will be hosted by cheeky chappy Viv the Spiv. Expert dance teachers will be on hand to teach you the steps, bringing alive The Old Fruitmarket and re-creating those packed dance floors.

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With a little help from a host of internationally respected specialist collector DJs bringing selected tracks and rare grooves, we will take you for a spin around the Commonwealth from ska to dub, to calypso, and on to Bollywood psychedelia, Ghanaian funk, Nigerian afrobeat, Cameroonian makossa and much much more!


The Vintage Hair and Beauty Salon is brought to you by The Makeup School London they will be on hand to provide decade specific makeovers to keep everyone looking and feeling fabulous. From 1940s finger waves, 60s bouffants to 80s new romantic curls and high volume waves, black liner, 50s flicks and gorgeous red pouts.


The Vintage Marketplace gathers the finest purveyors of vintage clothes, accessories, mid century modern home wares, records, music memorabilia and up-cycled ephemera. Bringing together couture labels with prêt a porter and street style from the 1920s through to the 1980s. There is no excuse to miss out on a bit of vintage shopping!

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Not only can you enjoy the amazing music line-up, the fashion, film, art, and design elements of Vintage, you can sample the flavours of the past as authentically as possible, whatever your preference! There is food to fit the music and historically linked eating opportunities, not to mention some wicked period cocktails from the bars.


If you have a pre 1989 classic car from which you would like to trade (be that selling vintage garments, accessories, homewares, records or automotive memorabilia.) You have a pre-1989 vehicle and simply want to show off your pride and joy (there is limited space for those not wishing to trade from the boot of their vehicle but wishing to show it off!) Or if you have a vintage vehicle from which you sell street food, craft beer or cocktails! If you have great vintage clothing, accessories, memorabilia, homewares or vinyl to sell! Please get in touch! Email: to register your interest.


Glasgow is going to be buzzing, so we suggest you book tickets, accommodation and travel soon! There’s a higher demand than usual for accommodation in Glasgow around Festival 2014 and the games. You may have to shop around more to find and book a place to stay in the City.

Click HERE to search for accommodation in and around Glasgow, including B&Bs, guesthouses, serviced apartments and student rooms. 


Click HERE to read about the campsites available in Glasgow during the games.

For further accommodation advice for visitors click HERE to read more!

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The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme is a partnership between Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee, Glasgow Life, and Creative Scotland through National Lottery funding.


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