Robin Gibb, Percy Sledge, Thomas Dolby, & Sandie Shaw for Vintage

plus more for London's Southbank

published: Tue 7th Jun 2011

Thomas Dolby

Friday 29th to Sunday 31st July 2011
Southbank Centre, London, SE1 8XX, England MAP
£60 per day (£75 with evening review)
last updated: Fri 22nd Jul 2011

Thomas Dolby, Robin Gibb, Percy Sledge, and Sandie Shaw top the first acts to be announced for the line-up at this year's Vintage Festival which takes place at London's Southbank Centre

Thomas Dolby
Each evening the Royal Festival Hall's main auditorium will host a differently themed Vintage Revue. Friday's Electronic Phuture will feature new and old interpretations of the groundbreaking genre with performances by electronic pioneers Thomas Dolby, Alan Wilder of Depeche Mode and Heaven 17, and Mirrors. On Saturday the Soul Revue will present an array of Soul legends, including the only UK appearance of legendary Atlantic Records icon Percy Sledge, and Booker T. performing soul classics with an orchestral backing.

While Sunday's Hit Parade will celebrate British hits from the past seven decades, re-imagined and performed by an array of guest vocalists with an orchestral backing. The evening is headlined by Bee Gees' Robin Gibb with guest performances by Sandie Shaw and David McAlmont. More names to be announced.

Robin Gibb, said, "I am delighted to be playing at the Royal Festival Hall in London this year on July 31st. This will be a unique concert as I will be performing with an orchestra hit songs written by my brothers Barry, Maurice and myself that have gone to No.1 in each of the last five decades."

The six levels of the building will be transformed into a multi-venue featuring ten nightclubs contained within Royal Festival Hall hosting 70s Disco clubs, 1930s and 1940s, 80s rave culture, 50s Rock 'n Roll, swinging London, Soul Casinos, London night spots, and the 1920s Prohibition era with a line-up featuring The Jim Jones Revue, Andrej Havelka & His Melody Makers, John Miller Orchestra, The Jive Aces, Fargo, Trio Manouche, and DC Fontana.

With over 150 DJs including Dr Robert, Chris Dale, Speed and Pid, George Power, Norman Jay, Terry Farley, Jay Strongman, Mike Pickering, Graeme Park, A Guy Called Gerald, Craig Charles, Jon Da Silva, Greg Wilson, Noel Watson, Sean Rowley, and Ashley Beedle.

Also confirmed are Horse Meat Disco, Disco Bloodbath DJs, Low Life, The Bombshelettes, Jivin Miss Daisy, The Swinging Belles, Winston Hazel, Original Blitz Club DJs, The Vintage Tea Dance Orchestra, Tim Helzapoppin, Ian Hartley, The Shirt Tail Stompers, Dom James and his Dixie Ticklers, The Hep Chaps, DJ El Nino & Lady Kamikaze, Swinging Dickie, Andy Smith, Keb Darge, Colin Curtis, Eddie Piller, Joe Harris, Stone Foundation, and Big Boss Man.

Plus Feeling Gloomy DJs, Pump Up The Volume, Club De Fromage, Amarylas, Thee Vicars, Speak & The Spells, Helmholtz Resonators, King Salami & Cumberland 3, Voola & The Jayhawks, Katy Prado & The Mamboleros, Rudy La Croux & The All Stars, The Preacher, Spizz, The Caezars, The Bonnevile Barons, and Black Elvis.

also confirmed to appear are Si Cranstoun, Andy Smith, Big Boy Bloater, Big Joe Louis & His Blues Kings, Snakebone, Dollar Bill, Linda Popcorn, Scott Charles, and Kav Kavanagh, Emergent Behaviour, Gwen Jones, Jim & Bob, DJs Aidan Robinson, Al Riedl and Phil Moore, Greg Wilson, The Revenge, Colin Curtis, Leo Zero, Disco Deviance, Chris Duckenfield, Leftside Wobble, Les Spaine, Ian Dewhirst, and The Strumpettes.

Other highlights include Soundtrack of Their Lives catwalk shows with Jo Wood, Pearl & Daisy Lowe and Leigh Bowery and Lucien Freud muse Sue Tilley, the North / South Divide Pub featuring pub-themed happenings encouraging friendly rivalry between Northern and Southern festival goers, with music and entertainment from The Voguettes, Bip Ling and Jonny Woo's Gay Bingo Crew; creative Vintage workshops, Vintage restaurants, and more.

Wayne Hemingway, said, "Vintage at Southbank Centre will be a glamorous and cool antidote to festivals in a field, the emphasis being on head-turning style. Whether your thing is swing, rockabilly, mod, soul, funk, disco, ska, film, art or design, or if you just want to dress up and get an authentic make-over for a day, Vintage at Southbank Centre is a sensual delight, a big dressing-up box, a collector’s dream and joyous creative feast."

Vintage is the brainchild of designers Gerardine and Wayne Hemingway. The family friendly music and fashion led celebration of creative British cool from the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s and fashion festival.

Vintage 2011 will be taking place from Friday 29th until Sunday 31st July with the 21 acre South Bank site transformed into a Vintage wonderland. All the clubs, bands, fashions, art, and design, film, shops, vintage retailers, dance lessons, makeovers, workshops, and Thames boat party surprises.

By night the whole of the Southbank complex will be transformed into a series of evocative set dressed venues, complimented by a flotilla of party boats, cruising The Thames on a summer evening specialising in genres from funk, to electro swing.

Other Vintage attractions across the Southbank Centre site include a one-off parade; The Chap Olympiad, where festival goers can enjoy umbrella jousting and sandwich tossing; the Peter Blake CCA Art Bus, a mobile art work and art gallery by Sir Peter Blake; the worst art ever made in the Bad Art Salon; sound systems and live music across the site, including the final stage of the Mayor's Rhythm of London Busking competition; and 3 das of 20th century film classics, iconic TV with free screenings of The Avengers and a Vintage Bus which will present a complementary programme with the BFI Southbank, curated by director Stephen Woolley. The BFI weekender will showcase films starring Terry Thomas, Alec Guinness and Oliver Reed; and from behind the camera Ken Russell will present screening of The Devils and Tommy.

Tickets for Friday, Saturday or Sunday are priced at £60, with a day + Vintage revue show pass priced from £75. To buy tickets, click here.

The award-winning Vintage concept, developed by the Hemingway family and the HemingwayDesign team, was launched in August 2010 at the highly acclaimed Vintage at Goodwood event. It is one of a number of differently-themed weekends as part of Southbank Centre's Festival of Britain 60th anniversary celebrations with MasterCard (22 April to 4 September 2011), a four-month long festival paying homage to the landmark 1951 Festival and the South Bank Exhibition, situated on what is now Southbank Centre.

Friday 29th to Sunday 31st July 2011
Southbank Centre, London, SE1 8XX, England MAP
£60 per day (£75 with evening review)
last updated: Fri 22nd Jul 2011


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