Vintage at Goodwood
25 February 2010, 11:41
Designer Wayne Hemingway is launching his own summer festival to celebrate British music and design through the decades as a "successor'' to the Festival of Britain.
Acts such as Sandie Shaw, the Damned, the Buzzcocks and Heaven 17 will be performing at the event in West Sussex in August. Also on the bill for Vintage At Goodwood will be veteran comic and scriptwriter Barry Cryer, plus artists including the Beat.
The event is designed to be a celebration of the music, fashion and culture of yesteryear and organisers say it will be "celebrating five decades of British cool". It will feature a roller disco, a 40s-style nightclub and a recreation of the Northern Soul venue Wigan Casino, curated by aficionado Eddie Piller. And Hemingway, who has masterminded the three-day event with wife Gerardine and Goodwood estate owner Lord March, is aiming to bring "glamour'' to what he said was a "staid'' festival circuit.
Singer Lily Allen will be launching her fashion collection Lucy In Disguise at the event, running from August 13 to 15.
Hemingway, best known for setting up the hugely successful Red Or Dead fashion label, said: "In the last two decades of attending a myriad of festivals, I've been consistently underwhelmed by the lack of glamour, by the locations, by the scattergun approach to booking and scheduling and overall by the lack of attention to detail which has sadly not only become the standard but accepted as such.
"We have carefully curated a celebratory festival in complete contrast to this staid status quo, that re-unites music, fashion and culture; that is unashamedly about dressing up rather than down and being comfortable rather than compromised. There has been nothing to date like Vintage.''
Organisers will recreate a vintage high street and stage exhibitions about British design. Hemingway said: "It will be an exceptional festival, a worthy successor to the Festival of Britain in 1951 and a worthy ambassador for Britain's standing as the world's most creative nation.''