I wonder if, until the past few years, there have been groups held in secret to celebrate past decades? Vintage hasn’t always been so cool, you see. Maybe there was a Depression-era Lovers Anonymous? Or a ‘You don’t have to be square to love the 50s’ group?
And if you’ve ever found yourself feeling out of place in a club as everyone sings along to lyrics like “I like my beats fast and my bass down low” you’ll know what I’m talking about. Some of us just want to tap dance and lindyhop.
There’s no need to hide anymore – embrace your oddball approach to the 2010s with a trip to the Vintage Festival at the Southbank Centre, now just two weekends away (Friday 29th to Sunday 31st July). You can get makeovers to make you look like you’ve just stepped out of your chosen decade and the Royal Festival Hall will be transformed into eight different nightclubs playing music from seven decades by Wayne and Geraldine Hemingway – who were involved in the Vintage at Goodwood festival.
Tickets start at £75 (or £60 without an evening Revue show) so it’s not cheap but once you’re in, it sounds like there will be all manner of retro delights. Yes, there will be catwalk shows from Jo Wood and Pearl and Daisy Lowe but if you thought vintage was just about the fashion, you need to catch up. Sample some food and cocktails from the 1960s or watch classic 1970s films inside a Routemaster bus, thanks to the BFI.
Date for the sofa: Speaking of vintage, The Hour starts on Tuesday on BBC2 and I’m tempted to get into it. If you haven’t heard of it yet, it’s basically Mad Men but set in a BBC TV Newsroom in 1956. The cast includes the Wire’s Dominic West and Romola Garai as pioneering producer Bel Rowley (based on the BBC’s real life producer Grace Wyndham Goldie).