…If you’re a 90s baby like myself, you’re probably used to being called ‘new school’. Now, prepare for your era to be celebrated at the Vintage festival, with support from the academic team at the University of Wolverhampton, it has been announced the 1990s is now officially vintage!
Confirming its place in British cultural heritage, Patricia Dillon, Divisional Leader of Design and Applied Arts at the University of Wolverhampton commented. ‘The 90s are now officially classified as Vintage because we are two decades on and a new generation is starting to discover and enjoy the creative fruits of musicians, designers, artists and film makers who delivered their ideas 20 years ago.’
Vintage festival was developed by English fashion designer, Wayne Hemingway, who is the co-founder of the fashion label Red or Dead. This will be the first year the best of 90s British will be included in this famous festival, that provides more than just music.
You can’t go wrong purchasing a ticket to this festival considering the amount of exciting and exceptional activity that will be taking place. Do you remember the Madchester music scene that dominated the late 80s and early 90s? Get reacquainted or enjoy your first experience at Madchester style raves at the Warehouse, where legendary 90s club nights, Sub Club and Back to Basics, will be mixing it up side by side. Pump Up The Volume will do just that; ‘the original 90’s hip hop, house and pop night’ will be hosting a special 1990s rave. You’ll need a fitting 90s outfit for all of these events though. Vintage festival has it all – its huge marketplace is home to 250 traders who will be stocked up with an endless range of 90s garments and accessories. Grunge shirts to Dr. Martens, crop tops and peace sign jewellery to early authentic pieces from designers like Jean Paul Gaultier.
Recent reprisal of bands like Pulp and Blur, Damien Hirst’s exhibition at Tate Modern through to the nostalgic catwalk shows at London Fashion Week, guarantees the 90s are set to make an impact this summer. You ‘can enjoy it all again’ at Vintage festival.
You might have noticed the festival begins ominously on Friday 13 and Vintage will be curating a unique ‘Friday 13th’ special experience for festival-goers. Expect the unexpected because it expects you on this extra special fright night featuring a skating session to all your goth favourites, at the ‘Roller Rink of Doom’ hosted by popular club night, Feeling Gloomy. Take care around the festival grounds, you never know when you might receive a ‘Thrilling’ surprise. A must-attend event is the cinema screening; Vintage will be dusting off its hammer horror back catalogue to bring you two early 90s classics.
For Wayne Hemingway ‘the nineties was a rare and exciting time, the last time that we had an original fashion look born from music; where everyone had an individual style, based on their musical tastes… The Vintage festival is a place of discovery – where families and friends can indulge in times gone by and younger generations can uncover them for the first time.’