Given that the British countryside now plays host to some 300 music festivals a year, it’s difficult to believe that there’s any room left for start-up events.
Enter British fashion designer Wayne Hemmingway and his wife Gerardine, whose latest venture, “Vintage” looks set to –ever so gently - shake up the British festival scene.
Set in the lush surrounds of West Sussex’s Goodwood Estate, the three-day celebration of fashion, music and art takes its cue from the tastes and styles of the five decades stretching between the 40s and the 80s.
With a "Soul Casino Nightclub" representing the 70s, a “Let it Rock” club the face of the 50s and a 40s style “Torch Club” offering tea dances and burlesque shows a-plenty, all tastes will be catered to – providing you’re facing down three or more decades.
Alongside musical offerings from British Supergroup Faces - whose original members Ronnie Wood, Kenney Jones and Ian McLagan will be joined by Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols and Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall for a one off performance -The Noisettes, The Buzzcocks, Horsemeat Disco and Sandie Shaw (her first performance in some 20 years), the event will also feature runway shows, exhibitions of garments from the past 60 years and a “Vintage High Street” with several pop-up shops from the likes of Barbour and Oxfam -who will be recreating their original 1947 store.
If you’re lucky, and solvent, enough to own a pre-1989 classic car, you’re invited to take part in the Classic Car Boot Sale, which will be held on the final day of the event. But be sure you have some proper vintage clobber to shift however, as a few old vids and a box of threadbare Care Bears just won't cut the mustard.
Words by Fernando Augusto Pacheco