Retro Festival


There is a hot vintage festival kid on the block called Retro Festival. The line up has been announced and tickets are now on sale. The event will be held at White Waltham Airfield, Berkshire from 10 – 12 August 2012.

Previously known as The Royal Berkshire Festival of Wings, Wheels, Speed & Steam and now in its 6th year, the 3 day event is set to be the biggest and best yet! It promises an authentic experience including THREE live music and entertainment stages, 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 flying displays and The Wall of Death.

There will be a large selection of vintage traders and brands selling some of the very best the UK has to offer in vintage and Rock n Roll clothing and home wear, craft sellers, artisans and local produce sellers. For those who want to fully immerse themselves in the experience there will be glamping and camping, including a huge vintage beauty salon and barbershop to maintain the glam and polished look, and a family fun day with lots to entertain the children.

Retro Festival 2012 is the authentic UK vintage, rock n roll and rockabilly music, motors and fashion festival and attracts a wonderful mix of vintage lovers, forties enthusiasts, rockabilly’s, mods, hepcats, lindy hoppers, boppers, and jivers as well as the general public and hundreds of classic and vintage automobile owners and enthusiasts. There will be something for everyone – in recent years there has been a tangible mainstream shift towards vintage, with people from all walks of life consciously embracing a “make do & mend” lifestyle due to factors including the mood for austerity and the creation of high profile vintage festival by designers Wayne & Geraldine Hemingway. It shows no signs of abating.

Musical line up.

There will be three stages including the Scarlet Ballroom, a huge temporary pavilion Ballroom that will be created especially for the festival and will transport the audience to a 1930s Shanghai Ballroom complete with chandeliers, cocktails, big bands, burlesque, comedy and dancing. It will give festival goers the chance to dress in their black tie finest within a festival.

There will also be a homage to the “Ricky Tick“, the famous and influential 1960s rhythm & blues club which was host to many culturally important acts such as The Rolling Stones, and The Who. Each stage will feature a full line up of exciting acts over 3 days and 2 nights with music that has been carefully selected and curated by experts in this area including Molly Marriott, daughter of Steve Marriott of The Small Faces and Martin Fuggles one of the original “Ricky Tick” DJ’s. Martin played vinyl at The Golden Piano which will be remembered by Ricky Tick Fans as the place where the Dj’s set up their decks. The line up includes Chris Farlow, Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band and Simon Townshend.

The Black Hangar stage promises a truly MONSTER line up, offering some of the best Rock N Roll the UK has to offer and will be running all day every day!

Friday Night kicks off with The Jim Jones Revue as our headliners, a cross between Jerry Lee Lewis and Marilyn Manson. Living legends and Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Jets, those crazy young rockabilly upstarts The Ceazars and the fast and dirty sounds of Jack Rabbit Slim.

Saturday night features headliner Big Boy Bloater and the Limits, up and coming vintage music star of the future Si Cranstoun, gorgeous young things The Lady Killers, Jake Allen, Derriere, and the coolest Johnny Cash tribute on our shores, Cash.

Sunday and the stage lights up with Greggy G, Berni Woods and the Forest Fires,  Rock n Roll DJ’s, dance displays and the Retro Festival’s first ever annual “ Battle of the best Amateur UK Elvis” competition.

The organizers are delighted to be able to announce the line up to date but more artists will be revealed in the run up to the event, so fans are advised to follow Retro Festival on Facebook and check the website for more details

Tickets are on sale now and are priced at £50 for weekend adult, £34 for young adults between 12-16 years.  A family camping pitch costs only £30 for up to 6 people and glamping in a luxurious bell tent is also available.

Children, up to and including 11 years old, go free and day tickets are also available.

Day and evening tickets are also available.

Sadie Boon, Creative Director for the festival said, “What I’m most looking forward to is our audience experiencing the very heart of vintage and retro culture created for them by a team who live and love the lifestyle. I am extremely excited to be able to say that there is no other vintage or retro event in the UK that offers such a current and relevant musical line up. Amongst our acts are some of the freshest most up and coming vintage and retro acts on the planet! It only takes a moment to see we are putting on a truly amazing show for the audience, from our monster line up of bands and acts, hundreds of vintage and classic autos, huge Retro Market with catwalk shows and live demo’s, to the stages which are being painstakingly created including the famous Ricky Tic nightclub and a 1930s Shanghai Ballroom. And all at an incredibly reasonable ticket price.

Retro Festival focuses on the very HEART of the vintage movement, we like to get our kicks pre ’66! Our passion is for the music, vehicles, lifestyle and fashion of the vintage revival and we celebrate it with an almighty get together for the nostalgic hardcore and retro curious alike! We are very proud of our music line up, and are bringing some of the most important bands that currently represent the vintage and retro music scene in the UK.”

The festival site, White Waltham Airfield has such a rich heritage and is in a fantastic position for easy access, situated just three miles from the M4 (J8/9) and six miles from the M40 (J4).”

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