The Retro Festival

So, my on-off plans to go to The Vintage Festival are officially off. The festival was cancelled just two weeks before it was due to take place, due to poor ticket sales. They are now joining forces with Wilderness Festival and will be running at a later date – People can transfer their tickets over to the new event or get a refund, but what a lot of chaos this has caused! People have booked hotels, flights and camper vans, and many of them have lost their deposits and much more.

I know that often these things can’t be helped, but the ticket prices were steep this year. Last year they offered a lot of 2-4-1 tickets when sales were slow, so I think people were probably holding out for that again… However, the most they got was a small reduction deal on Time Out. I kind of saw this coming when I noticed them up their PR game online (being my line of work), so I held out on buying tickets and only booked a hotel room that would give me a refund up to 24 hours before. No loss for me, but I feel truly sorry for those that have lost hundreds of pounds.

We had been quite looking forward to a bit of Vintage, but all is not lost! Last week I discovered the Retro Festival in Maidenhead and have now got tickets to attend on August 10/11/12th. Turns out the festival has been running for six years, yet I have never been!

The Retro festival seems quite different to the Vintage Festival and is aimed at the pre 1966 era.  They promise the following… ‘Three live music and entertainment stages with some of the very best acts in UK vintage and Rock n Roll; hundreds of classic and vintage cars, caravans, military vehicles and steam engines; live action roller derby bouts from the London Rockin Rollers; the Demon Drome Wall of Death and  many more surprises’.

Sounds terrific to me!

There is camping and more importantly glamping, for those that want to look their very vintage best and have that little bit of luxury. Who knew camping had got so fancy?! With a choice of bell tents, high end toilets and showers, on site beauty tent providing hair and makeup artists and access to hair rollers, straighteners, hairdryers and other beauty equipment – 24 hour security, secure lockers with built in mobile chargers, bell boys, 24 hour reception, concierge and food and beverage delivery service – WOW! We however, have rented someone’s flat down the road (via Airbnb) for just £37 a night. I’m a sucker for bricks and mortar!

The main problem I’m going to have, up until the event is sourcing some clothes to wear for three vintage days and nights. As much as I love vintage, I’ve got a lot more furniture than clothes. I’m going to enjoy shopping in Brick Lane to style both Alex and myself, and if that fails us, there are going to be plenty of retro  stalls at the festival.

If you fancy coming along take a look at all of the festival details here:

Facebook page: The-Retro-Festival

It looks like a fab weekend and the ticket prices are not too bad either.

£50 for a 3 day ticket per adult. From £17.50 for a single.
Young persons pass is £34 for the duration or from £11.50, depending on the day.
Children under 11 FREE.
See WEBSITE for full Details

Do you wear vintage and if so, where do you usually buy it from?

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  1. Maxine July 6, 2012 / 2:07 pm

    I saw this and got emails about it as well. Really want to go but alas I am at Fringe that weekend :(

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