May 25, 2011

Recoil at (London) Vintage Festival in July

We are very excited to announce that Recoil will be taking part in this year's Vintage Festival in London on 29th July. Alan and Paul Kendall will be presenting a dynamic, slightly shorter version of 'A Strange Hour' - similar to the recent & well-received Short Circuit outing at The Roundhouse for Mute Records.

Clubs, bands, fashion, art, design, film, shops, vintage retailers, dance lessons, makeovers, workshops - these are the things that made Vintage 2010 so memorable - and this year the music and fashion-led celebration of creative British cool from the '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s & '80s returns with even more to offer.

The Vintage Festival 2011 ( will be taking place between Friday 29th and Sunday 31st July at London's Southbank Centre. The brainchild of designers Wayne and Geraldine Hemingway - design duo behind clothing label 'Red or Dead' - the 21 acre South Bank site will be transformed into a Vintage wonderland utilising the Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and The British Film Institute, as well as various shops, restaurants and bars along the Thames Embankment itself.

2011's Vintage will present an inspirational line-up of world renowned bands and DJs (most are still to be announced). Also featured will be a line-up of catwalk shows, a gathering of over 200 of the finest purveyors of vintage clothing, accessories and homewares in a marketplace spanning hundreds of metres along the Thames. Visitors will be able to get their hair + make up done in a iconic style, as well as take part in fashion, design and art workshops, with the best dressed getting a chance to strut their stuff on the Vintage Catwalk!

By night, the whole of the South Bank complex (which is also celebrating the 60th anniversary of the 1951 Festival of Britain) 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 music from funk to electro swing.

The British Film Institute will also host three days of 20th century classic and iconic movies, public information films and documentaries.

Vintage reviews:

On Friday night - 'An Electronic Phuture' curated by Mark Jones and Martyn Ware - an electronic revue featuring cameos from new artists and legends from the day. (This is the part of the event where Recoil will feature.)

On Saturday night - 'The Sound Of Soul' curated by Eddie Piller - an array of guest vocalists including Soul legends, contemporary talent and the occasional 'curve ball' performing Soul classics with an orchestral backing.

On Sunday - 'Hit Parade' curated by Bob Stanley (St Etienne) - celebrating the legends of British song-writing with special guest vocalists re-imagining great British tunes with an orchestral backing.

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