Thursday, 20 January 2011

REVIEW - Vintage At Goodwood Festival

Welcome back!

I return back here after one of the most enjoyable weekends I’ve had in a very long time, having just got back from two days at Vintage At Goodwood

For those of you not in the know, Vintage At Goodwood is a brand new annual festival and is the brainchild of fashion designers Wayne & Geraldine Hemingway in collaboration with Lord March. It celebrates British Music, Fashion, Art and Design from the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, & 80s and fuses all the mediums together in an interesting way.

Seeing that it’s just a couple of miles from Chichester, where we host our monthly Hook & Sling night, it was too good an opportunity to miss. Once I saw the calibre of Artists and DJs that were scheduled to play I scrambled to score my tickets.

I’ve been to a few festivals before but this was above and beyond anything I’d experienced before. The level of atmosphere and the attention to detail from the organisers was unsurpassed. The majority of those that attended dressed up and really got into things which made the weekend all the more better!

Aside from The Main Stage and The Soul Stage there were also several large club rooms on the site each curated by an influential figure related to the genre of music .

The Soul Casino

The Soul Casino, a huge Mecca style ballroom was run by Eddie Pillar. The Torch Club complete with a dance floor side restaurant was run by Snowboy and focused on the 40’s.

The Torch

The Leisure Dome focused on easy listening and the 60s and was curated by Mike Flowers.

The Warehouse

Greg Wilson hosted The Warehouse and The Roller Disco areas which celebrated music from the 70s onwards

The Roller Disco

Luke Morgan rounded things up with Let It Rock, a 50s styled Rock & Roll joint.

You can check out the full weekends impressive line up HERE.

The High Street

Highlights for me were Ann Sexton, who delivered a simply faultless performance and Martha & The Vandellas who were absolutely sublime in everyway. Cymande II dropped the heat on The Soul Stage, and their performance of ‘Brothers On The Slide’ was worth the ticket price alone!

Amazing DJ sets from Chris Hill, Norman Jay, Craig Charles, Dr Bob Jones, Richard Searle, Dean Rudland, Keb Darge and Jazzie B to name just a few.

To be honest my words here really don’t do justice to the weekend I had and I strongly urge you to make the trip next year as you definitely wont be disappointed!!
I for one will definitely be grabbing tickets at the earliest opportunity!

Check out some of the pictures and videos below which should give you a taster of the weekend.

Ann Sexton – Soul Stage

Ann Sexton – Soul Stage

Ann Sexton – You’ve Been Gone Too Long

The Soul Casino

Mods Vs Rockers (Video – Mattdakav)

The Torch Club

Cymande II – Soul Stage

Cymande II – Brothers On The Slide – Soul Stage (Video – Keepyourdissonance)

The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show – Soul Stage

The funky Hologram ‘watch’ Wristbands from the weekend

Martha & The Vandellas – Main Stage

Martha & The Vandellas – Nowhere To Run

Head on over to Vintage At Good Wood's Face Book Page for more pictures and videos!

Don’t forget we’re fast approaching our second Soul Weekender on August Bank Holiday Weekend at The Vestry. We’re extremely luck to be able to have The Impellers Joining us as well as some great DJs to boot! It’s shaping up nicely so make sure you don’t miss out if you’re in the area!!

Stay safe and I’ll be back here shortly with more of ‘The Good Stuff’!

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