Easter Sunday is a time of reflection and well, eating chocolate right? Not for the folk (including myself) who decided to don their finest vintage frocks and get their swing on at The Vintage Swing Festival at The Printworks. It was remarkably busy considering the fact it was Easter Sunday and it doesn’t seem to have been terribly well promoted in comparison with other similar events but it just goes to show that word of mouth is a powerful thing.
The vintage community is a welcoming one and people really love to get into the spirit of things. As a big fan of all things rockabilly and vintage I was really amazed at the effort people had gone to for the day. Major hair envy ensued as I realised that my victory roll skills left a lot to be desired in comparison to everyone else but at least I tried!
Adorned with union jacks, The Printworks really did become a time machine for the day with plenty vintage motors and costumes to be admired but most fun of all for me was the music. Live music from rockabilly/swing bands is not as common place as it ought to be in my humble opinion so to see a fair few people rocking out was really an amazing sight.
For those who wanted, there was the chance to learn a little swing/jive and plenty of people took advantage of this opportunity with no-one feeling like they would be judged or laughed at for having two left feet. I must say, the older folk really taught everyone a thing or two with skills and stamina, think I have some definite catching up to do before I’m at the level some of these people were at!
Live music is always a firm favourite of mine and the selection of live bands was varied with live music throughout the whole event. Real rockabilly bands are again something that you don’t see as much of on the live circuit as I think we should so it was a rare treat for me to take in some live action. Plenty of double bass and retro guitar tones all round!
Not only was the music fabulous, the range of ages for me was the truly exciting thing. People of all ages were dancing on the cobbles and had really made the effort to get into the spirit of things. It’s refreshing to see that Manchester has such a thriving vintage community and I can’t wait for next year!
Words: The Rock Fairy