The Midland created the Vintage by The Sea festival in collaboration with Hemingway Design to celebrate the building’s 80th anniversary in 2013.
Now an award winning annual event in Morecambe’s calendar, Vintage by the Sea brings thousands of people to the town each year to celebrate vintage style and music.
Award Winning Event
The fantastic setting of Morecambe’s seafront provides the backdrop and is transformed into a multi-venue playground where, visitors can ‘learn the dances’, take in specially curated live performances, exclusive DJ sets, catwalk shows, brilliantly conceived food and cocktails, or take advantage of the decade specific hair and beauty makeovers and all the wonderful vintage shopping on offer.
A Big Dressing Up Box!
Whether your thing is swing, rockabilly, mod, soul, funk, disco, ska, film, art or design, or if you just want to dress up and get an authentic makeover for a day, the Vintage by the Sea Festival is a sensual delight, a big dressing-up box, a collector’s dream and a joyous creative feast for all ages. For one glamorous weekend the music, fashion, film, art, design and dance from the 1920s to the 1990s that has made Britain the world’s creative and cultural hot bed is celebrated.
The Festival offers a packed weekend, with something for everyone, combining a mix of dancing, music, fashion, glamour, film, classic cars, delicious street food, creative workshops, kid’s activities, street theatre, a vintage fairground, vintage bus tours and an eclectic vintage and up-cycled market place to browse vintage treasures.
Let It Rock
‘Let It Rock’ at the town’s former railway station – The Platform, curated by legend of the rockin’ scene, Tojo.
‘Let It Rock’ band ‘Miss Mary and the Rights’ bring the best of 1950s rock ‘n’ roll, while DJs play bopping rockabilly and shuffling rhythm ’n’blues.
Special guests DJs Graeme Park & Dave Haslam celebrate 80s and 90s club culture as the festival presented The Warehouse.
The Warehouse brings Britain’s distinctive dance culture and DJ history to the fore by paying respect to the rich club culture and the DJs that have shaped it.
Dave Haslam commented,
“From arriving in Morecambe in the afternoon I knew it was going to be a special occasion, the atmosphere in the town was so good and positive. Then, later, the audience that came out at night were very tuned in to the music and it felt like a great celebration of dance music past and present”
The Torch Club
The Torch Club hosted by The Midland is an unforgettable evening of 1930s and 1940s glamour.
Soul Casino traces the history of North West soul and was curated by Richard Searling. This event is being held in memory of Sean O’Connor, who played a huge part in the local soul music scene and who passed away recently.
Local DJs from Morecambe and the surrounding areas and the Blackpool Mecca and Wigan Casino took to the floor and visitors enjoyed Northern Soul dance lessons and soak up Jazz Funk and Disco anthems from the 70s.
Vintage Tea by the Sea
Vintage Tea by the Sea is always hugely popular. The Midland re-creates the authentic atmosphere of an elegant 1930s tea dance in beautiful artdeco surroundings.
Wayne Hemingway said:
“Last year’s event was unbelievable, tens of thousands of people joined us on and around the promenade soaking up the atmosphere and celebrating seven decades of cool.