FIFTIES flair and swinging Sixties style will take over Wearside for the return of a popular festival.
Around 4,000 people flocked to the inaugural Vintage and Retro Festival, which took place in Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens and Mowbray Park last year.
Organisers Sunderland Live say it proved to be one of their most successful events yet and have brought it back to the venue next month.
In addition to free live music in Mowbray Park, an exhibition of vintage vehicles and a market in the museum, there has been an evening of live music added to the event.
Held at the Quayside Exchange, guests will be encouraged to dress in vintage style and will be entertained by music from Beefy La Slap Trio, Stormy Red and the Tornados and a DJ set from Sugar Doll.
DJ Sugar Doll, aka Emma Lowes, who performed at 2013’s festival, said: “Last year’s event was amazing, we never expected so many people to come down. We had such positive feedback. It’s great seeing people up and dancing.”
Emma, who also hosts Village Hall Hops in Coxhoe Village Hall, said: “At this year’s evening event, I’ll be playing 50s’ rock ‘n’ roll as well as Western swing, maybe even some ‘40s music.”
Julie Pickard from Whitburn, who runs vintage clothing company Hepcat Kitten, has long been a fan of the era and says it’s great that so many people are getting involved in the nostalgia event.
“I’ve exhibited at a number of retro events but last year’s in Sunderland was definitely the biggest,” she said. “It was brilliant. I was doing ‘50s hairstyles for people on one of the stalls and I didn’t stop all day. People were really enthusiastic about it.”
Entry to Mowbray Park and the museum will be free on the day of the fair, May 31, but there will a minimal charge to the vintage market of £1.
Jessica Regnart, creative development manager at Sunderland Live, said: “The overwhelming popularity of last year’s event really proved how much of an interest there is in all things vintage, both locally and regionally. It made sense to incorporate an evening event this year so that people can enjoy the fun for longer.”
Tickets for the evening event at Quayside Exchange, which also takes place on May 31, are £10 from www.sunderlandlive.co.uk.