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Last weekend (or was it the one before? Who knows!), the Vintage Mafia headed en masse to Tooting Bec lido for a very special photoshoot. It was for The Retro Festival, which is going to be the absolute highlight of my summer this year, just as full of colour and sunshine as these smashing pictures!

 It’s worth noting that it’s taking place in 2012, rather than 2011 😉

We’re going to be at the Retro Festival for the full three days doing something rather special, so stay tuned to
hear more. But the festival itself looks like it’s going to be amazing,
and totally different from the other venture that’s taking place this summer.

This shindig is taking place at White Waltham Airfield, Berkshire from 10 – 12 August 2012. There will be not one, but  THREE live music and entertainment stages, a plethora of British rock n roll superstars, classic and vintage cars, caravans, military vehicles and steam engines, death-defying (ish) live action roller derby bouts, live flying displays, the legendary Wall of Death and all sorts of fun stuff for kids.

There will be vintage sellers, repro designers, crafty stalls, artisans and local produce sellers…glamping (as much as I dislike that term!), plus a huge vintage beauty salon and barbershop…

We’re all pretty excited about the bespoke 1930s Shanghai Ballroom which is being built, complete with chandeliers, cocktails, big bands, burlesque, comedy and dancing.

I’m not hugely au fait with the UK Rock n Roll scene, so here’s the skinny on what’s happening in the Black Hangar…

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.

I think the most heartening thing about the Retro Festival, is that it’s put on by huge enthusiasts, who have bent over backwards to keep the prices affordable. It will cost a mere £50 to attend for the entire weekend, only £34 for for young adults between 12-16 years (children under 12 go FREE), camping costs a miniscule £30 for up to 6 people and they’re even providing old-fashioned, highly glamorous (I can’t bring myself to write glamping again… oh whoops) bell tents (guess where we’re staying). There are even single day and evening tickets available. Compared to the prices on offer for similar events, I think we can all agree that this is an absolute bargain.

I hope you’ll all follow the links and think about joining us for a day, or two, or three, this August. We have some tricks up our sleeves and I can’t wait to tell you more! But for now, do enjoy the fruits of our photoshoot labour… the sun came out for us especially!  Hanson Leatherby, vintage photographer extraordinaire was the magician at work, mixing Leica lens and clever filters to make the Kodachrome-esque wonders you see before you.

Do leave me a comment if you’d like to know more… even if it’s just about our outfits! 😉

Hope you all have a lovely and painlessly quick Friday!

Fleur xx



Wonderful photos. I'd love to know outfit details.

Wish I wasn't on the other side of the world, this festival sounds amazing

Emma Litton

Ohhh that sounds like such fun!! Wish I lived there so I could go. These photos are incredible, and you all look gorgeous.



Lovely. And how nice you managed to find a pocket of decent weather for the shoot in that long gloomy period.


Amazing photo shoot, practically drooling over all the outfits! What glamour gals (as always of course). Sounds like such a fun event!


Just discovered your blog and wanted to say hi! The photos look amazing – I've never seen Tooting look so glamorous!

Nika Chick

What a lovely ladies! That's a big pleasure to look at you, so bright and colourful. I decided I also need summer outfit like this: short, sexy and elegant. Thank you for inspiration 🙂


You look fabulous! I have a quick question…How do you find affordable vintage or repro swimwear I cant find anything for under £80!!



Hi Georgia… in my experience… you don't! Everything is expensive, though all the high street shops seem to be doing high waisted bikini bottoms these days, so I'd try all the usual cheap suspects and you'll probably find something vintage inspired!


Please, dou you kow about some shops with parasols? 🙁 Im from Czech republic and there is only one shop with one parasol.. The same problem with swimsuits, high-waisted shorts etc.


Hi there

I got one quite cheaply online, would simply search 'paper parasols' and see what you can find 🙂 Swimsuits and shorts, try What Katie Did, Vivien of Holloway, Freddies of Pinewood, good luck!

Stacey Pa

This sounds great and I can't believe it's just down the road from where I live that's amazing I am so there!! Love the photo's you girls look gorgeous

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