Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Redleg's Retro Rave Up!

I didn’t go to Vintage at Goodwood, and although people had a good time on reflection, weather, queues, primark an’ all I am quite glad I didn’t. However it is all well and good (and a national pastime) to have a good moan but have any of us considered how we would go about it ourselves? I have thought about the kind of vintage event(s) I’d enjoy and came to the conclusion of how I’d do it. Welcome to Redleg’s Retro Rave-Up (first thing I would do is change the name!)

Era. I’d go for an inclusive 20’s/30’s and 40’s theme. The reasons for this are that:

a) The 20’s and 30’s are under-represented.

b) The 40’s on it’s own gets bogged down in the war which are covered in re-enactment events although forties home-front style would be welcomed.

c) The music and dance of the period, jazz, swing, big band, lindy-hop, jive etc works across the periods and might appeal to fifties fans too.

Location. Smaller events appeal to me and this kind of location would suit:

a) Somewhere like Bisley where the Hotrod Hayride is held. It is close to London, near a major train line, has camping facilities and a charming retro-feel. No Glamping or camp apartheid.

b) A London park ie Victoria or Crystal Palace Parks. Easy to get to, a huge range of accommodation on the doorstep and historical park features (boating lakes, bandstands, dinosaurs). Plus profits go to local council.

c) Cost: daily advance entry, reasonable pitch and vendor charges to cover licensing, security, amenities and clean-up. Sponsorship welcome only from relevant suppliers ie: gin and lingerie companies.

Organisation. Divide into four sections:

a) The Chap Olympiad in one section (because you can never have too many Chap Olympiads!)

b) A vintage fete: beer and cider tents, entertainment marquees and bands, performers and activities. And bumper cars.

c) Vintage flea market: vendors, vintage emporiums.

d) Arena. Area for display of cars, motorbikes, bicycles, utility vehicles and other shiny things that people are proud of.

Things I’d like to see?

A dress code at the entry gates.

Lectures on dress from various periods and how to preserve, care and clean vintage clobber. Fan painting.

Men’s hat doffing classes.

A dog show.

A fashion show a la the Chapwalk but where visitors can sign up on the day and show off their best togs.

A bonfire of jeans to end the day with pagan purification.

Now I just need someone with a bit of cash to help out with the funding.

Would you come to this or do you have ideas for your perfect vintage beano, please share, who knows perhaps a future organiser might listen, so please comment. x


Claire said...

I absolutely agree with everything on the list, although I would still include the 50s because it's my favourite era.

I found VAG sadly lacking in atmosphere, overpriced and so badly organised it's untrue. I also suspect it wasn't aimed at me though...

Since then I've also been giving some thought to how I'd run my own version...and wished I could win the lottery to make it happen :o)

Retro Chick said...

That sounds perfect!

I got an email from someone wanting to organise a vintage event in Norwich next year and asking for suggestions. I'm not sure exactly what she has in mind or how much input she really wants me to have as after I emailed her back she suggested maybe I'd like to have a stall there!

I'm going to arrange to meet with her I think.

Foxy Coxy said...

I think you have exactley the right idea!

Claire, you win the lottery and then with Red Legs' ideas and my event management skills it will be happening this time next year!!!

garofit said...

the jeans bonfire sounds like fun...:)
i'd definitely like to come to your event, especially if it's not too big, has the right atmosphere and is not overpriced. a dress code is a must.

Straight Talking Mama! said...

All sounds great but of course as 50s chick I would quite like the 50s too though would be happy either way!!

I think you missed cocktail making classes though ;o)

Sue George said...

Not only do I agree, I'd help organising. Especially, especially, as I like the 20s and 30s best and they are woefully (and bafflingly) undercovered in this century's vintage scene.
No money though :(

Ephraim Gadsby said...

Bang on! If only......

Mim said...

I'd quite like a cinema tent, although I'm not sure if spending an hour and a half in one place is in the festival spirit. If there's a 20s element to the event, the film could be silent, with live accompaniment.

I think the most important thing is for attendees to feel like part of the event, not 'consumers' of a 'lifestyle'. It's good to buy things not available near one's own home, but it's also important to enjoy dancing, music, cocktails - just having fun. Reading reviews of VaG, there seem to be a lot of people who went to see, not to be.

A little 'makeover' stand giving people a bit of the look might be a good way to get people tempted but uncertain to make the transition from seeing to being.

RedlegsinSoho said...

I think you've hit it on the head there. x

RedlegsinSoho said...

I think you've hit it on the head there. x

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