Step Back in time with Vintage on the Dock
Marking the finale weekend of One Magnificent City, the 4 and 5 July will see Liverpool play host to ‘Vintage on the Dock’ – part of the celebrations to mark the 175th anniversary of the first transatlantic crossing from Liverpool.
A bespoke version of Wayne Hemingway MBE’s highly acclaimed Vintage Festival, this event has everything. Visitors will step back in time as the Albert Dock is transformed into a vintage playground. Retro threads, vintage tunes and the music of yesteryear will be the order of the day as visitors are immersed in the sights, sounds and that define Liverpool’s 175 year relationship with transatlantic travel.
Celebrating the music, fashion, art, design, film and food of the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, the event looks at how British popular culture throughout the decades has been influenced by a special cultural relationship with North America.
Visitors can smell the sea air with the stories of the Cunard Yanks as they re-live their journeys on board the famous liners, enjoy street performers and live bands lining the dock, listen to the sounds of the decades on the DJ bus, get dolled up Russell and Brown’s Vintage Hair and Beauty Salon and even take part in classic pop-up dances from the Charleston, Jive, Jitter Bug to the Lindy Hop.
At the Vintage Marketplace, some of the best retro traders from across the UK will be selling fashion, homewares, vinyl and memorabilia from the 1920s through to the 1980s. Over at Liverpool ONE’S Chavasse Park there will be music from throughout the decades. Adults and children alike can also learn the skills their grandmother’s cherished with a series of hands-on creative workshops that will showcase the ‘make do and mend’ ethos of years gone by.
Having made his name by starring as Carlo Rizzi in The Godfather, Gianni Russo will entertain an intimate audience at the Martin Luther King Building (formerly Granada Studios) with many famous Sinatra songs as part of his repertoire and stories about the Mob, The Godfather, the links between Liverpool and New York and of the days he travelled and performed on Cunard liners with Frank Sinatra and Grace Kelly.Discussing the event Wayne Hemingway MBE said: “Fashions in food, clothes and music have changed a lot since that first transatlantic crossing from Liverpool some 175 years ago and this festival will celebrate all the trends of yesteryear.
“It’s a great way to celebrate Liverpool’s past, and we’re hoping that visitors will dig out their old flares or borrow one of nana’s petticoats and head on down to the docks for some old-fashioned fun.” Vintage-attired visitors can also enjoy their moment in the spotlight, by taking part in the Very Big Catwalk. Taking place at the Pier Head, the event aims to smash the Guinness World Record for the ‘Most Models on a Catwalk’ by having thousands of people sashaying down to the runway at once.
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