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Thursday, 12 September 2013

Vintage By The Sea

Iconic hotel set to party as Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway’s Vintage Festival line-up is finalized

The full line-up of activities for Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway’s Vintage by the Sea event has been finalised as Morecambe’s iconic Midland Hotel continues to celebrate its 80th anniversary in style.

On Saturday, September 14 the award winning  Vintage Festival is having a holiday in Morecambe to help the Grade II listed 1930’s art deco masterpiece that is the Midland Hotel herald its landmark year.

For one day only, Vintage by the Sea celebrates the music, fashion, film, art, dance, food and design from those halcyon days when the Midland Hotel opened in 1933, as well as other classic styles from the 20th Century.
 Wayne Hemingway, co-founder of the Vintage Festival and who was born and grew up in Morecambe, said: “The Midland is a very special hotel and it feels right for us to bring a pop-up version of our Vintage Festival experience to help celebrate this iconic building’s landmark year.

“We have assembled a fantastic range of fun and immersive activities and attractions that showcase the very best in music, fashion, food and design from the last 80 years for people to come and enjoy. We are looking forward to a great day out by the seaside and can’t wait to see people coming to join in the vintage fun at The Midland.”
 Highlights of the event include an unforgettable and glamorous 1930s-themed ‘Torch Club’ evening in The Midland, which includes a themed five-course meal with dancing and lead instruction to The Palm Court Dance Orchestra.

There will be two sessions of vintage tea dances, which includes afternoon tea with authentic Charleston period music and dance lessons delivered by renowned instructor Anthony Padgett.

The Midland’s Rotunda Bar will become a 50s Rock and Roll venue with guest DJ  appearances from Joseph Kondras and Matthew Whitehouse of Morecambe band The Heartbreaks.

“The 50’s and 60’s have had such a profound influence on the clothes we wear, the music we listen to and the music we make,” said Joseph. “To pay homage to it at an event such as this in our hometown will be a real joy.”

The five luxurious booths are bookable for parties of eight to enjoy a menu and cocktails based on a British diner in the 1950s.

Set in the most evocative of venues, The Morecambe Winter Gardens, The Soul Casino recreates the sounds and style of the classic 70s soul club and 80s disco scenes with DJs Colin Curtis, Snowboy and Wayne & Jack Hemingway. The Winter Garden dance floor will reverberate to the sound of deep funk to northern, rare groove to classic soul, disco, authentic R&B mod sounds and early house.

The Vintage Marketplace takes place with The Midland Hotel as a backdrop and gathers the finest purveyors of vintage clothes, accessories, mid-century modern homewares, records, music memorabilia and up-cycled items.

Bringing together couture labels with prĂȘt a porter and street style from the 1920s through to the 1980s, the Vintage Marketplace will tempt bargain hunters with must have items sold for anything between £5 and £500.

Other highlights include:

Best In Show
Style hunters roam the Vintage site to snap the most fashion-savvy festival goers. Watch out for our special ‘fash-mob’ catwalks, where our chosen 'style hunted' gather for a one-off event.

Our expert Vintage tutors will help people learn a new skill or revive an old one from sewing vintage style fashion accessories, knitting, up-cycling, quilting, designing and generally getting creative.

Hair and Beauty
Guys and Dolls Hair Boutique host The Vintage Salon providing hair and beauty makeovers which are decade specific, from 1920s to the 1970s. Booking will be taken on the day. Vintage hair ‘Up-Do’s’ will cost £14.00 and a vintage beauty makeover will cost £10.00. 

Vintage Serendipity
Classic vehicles, vintage street theatre, classic ice cream vans and vintage street food, evocative and rare film footage, pop up performances are all part of the Vintage Festival experience.
 There will be a food market hosted from classic vehicles

Timings:          Vintage Marketplace – 11am – 6pm (The Midland) - Free
Vintage Salon – 11am – 6pm (The Midland) – Hair ‘up-dos’ £14, beauty makeovers £10
Vintage Playground – 11am – 6pm (The Midland car park) - Free
Vintage Tea by the Sea – 12.30pm - 2pm and 2.30pm - 4pm (The Midland) - £16.50 – SOLD OUT
Rock n Roll at the Rotunda - 11am to 6pm  free
Rock n Roll at the Rotunda – 7pm – Midnight (The Midland) - £35 per person for groups of eight in a booth.
                        The Torch Club – 7.30pm – Midnight (The Midland) – SOLD OUT
                        Soul Casino – 9pm – 2am (Winter Gardens) - £12.00

Tickets can be booked for Vintage Tea by the Sea and Rock n Roll at the Rotunda by calling 01524 428370.

For more information on Vintage by the Sea please see

And here is a short video from a previous Vintage Festival event
For more information about The Midland and to book rooms visit

            Media contacts

Ian Boydon or Karen Gardner on 01524 782086 or

The Midland was commissioned in 1932 by The London, Midland and Scottish Railway Company and architect Oliver Hill was selected to create a building “of international quality in the modern style”.Hill’s holistic approach, where he insisted the hotel’s interior matched the architecture design, set The Midland apart from other hotels of the period. He took complete control of colour schemes, furnishings, decoration and works of art, right down to the detail of the door handles.

English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues are a family owned and run group of properties based in the Lake District on the shores of Windermere, as well as The Midland on the north west coast of Lancashire and one hotel close to the city of Lancaster.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a really exciting event! Would have been fun to be there.


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