The Hemingway-inspired Vintage by the Sea will once again transform Morecambe’s seafront and landmark venues on 5-6 September after more than 40,000 visitors took over the town last year.
Morecambe-based organisation, Deco Publique, will co-deliver the festival, along with Lancaster City Council and Hemingway Design’s Vintage Festival team, led by Morecambe-born Wayne Hemingway MBE, Gerardine Hemingway MBE and son Jack Hemingway.
The festival is billed as a sensual delight, with a big dressing-up box, a collector’s dream and a joyous creative feast for all ages.
The weekend celebrates music, fashion, film, art, design and dance from the 1920s to the 1990s.
The event features vintage workshops, music, people, classic cars and glamour.
Supported by Morecambe Town Council, and held at Morecambe’s seafront and the art deco Midland Hotel along with the iconic Winter Gardens, the old railway station will again provide the backdrop and be transformed into a multi-venue playground.
Visitors can ‘learn the dances’, take in specially curated live performances, exclusive DJ sets, classic car shows, air displays, catwalk shows, food and cocktails and take advantage of the decade specific hair and beauty makeovers alongside vintage shopping.
Returning in 2015 is the RouteMaster Bar Bus with its team of vinyl spinning DJs, the Charity Shop DJ who entertained the crowds with his ‘Choose Your Cheese’ pop up DJ booth and Viv the Spiv who will be gracing the promenade for a second year.
As a major sponsor The Midland will host festival activities such as the Design and Craft Market, Maker’s Workshops and Afternoon Teas throughout both Saturday and Sunday.
New events introduced last year including Vintage Pooch Parade in association with Cancer Care and Vintage Bike Ride By the Sea will both be back alongside new attractions.
This year the vehicular extravaganza will expand as Vintage by the Sea plays host to the renowned Bradford to Morecambe Classic Car Rally with over one hundred vintage cars rolling into town to line the Promenade on Sunday (6 September).
The club nights are now being finalised and will be announced shortly.
“Last year’s Vintage Festival was a roaring success and reached out to a new generation of visitors, encouraging them to fall in love with Morecambe and come back again and again. I’m looking forward to enjoying the atmosphere at this year’s event and strolling down the promenade as our communities come together again to enjoy the best that our district has to offer,” said Anne Marie Harrison, economic development manager, Lancaster City Council.
Wayne Hemingway added: “Being born in Morecambe, it means a lot personally to me to be able to bring our Vintage Festival to the town and see so many people flocking to the seafront. Festivals like Vintage by The Sea can do so much for the wellbeing of a place and add a feel good factor that spreads far beyond the local community. We can’t wait to announce the full line up.“
Simon Berry, chairman of English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues – which runs The Midland – said: “ Ever since the first ever vintage by the sea event which celebrated the 80th birthday of The Midland it has gone from strength to strength as the highlight of the calendar in Morecambe. We were so proud that the inaugural event was recently recognised as the Lancashire tourism event of the year and are looking forward in another spectacular weekend this September.”
Wayne Hemingway featured in Access’ recent article on the importance of festival headliners and finding new talent.