6 Reasons You’d Be A Fool To Miss Boomtown Festival This Summer

On the 11th August 50,000 people will descend upon Matterley Estate in Winchester because for one weekend, and one weekend only, it is erupts into a weird and wonderful, crazy pop up jungle utopia known more commonly as “Boomtown Fair”

Old Mines - Photo by Scott Salt

Old Mines – Photo by Scott Salt

1. You can escape into another world

This is the 8th year of Boomtown. Boomtown is not just a festival, it is an all engrossing, multi dimensional, sense thrashing experience that will take you into another world, somewhere which feels so far from everday life that you’ll completely forget you’re in a country park in Hampshire, let alone on this planet.

Viewpoint over Boomtown - Photo by Daisy Brasington

Viewpoint over Boomtown – Photo by Daisy Brasington

2. You’ll hear an incredible diversity of music

You will experience a complete diversity of music, art, craft, colour and costume over the course of one weekend. Prepare to embrace ska, folk, gypsy, reggae, world, punk, pirate, disco, electro-swing, jazz, blue-grass, bass, jungle and techno across a massive 23 main stage areas.

Some big stage acts look out for over the weekend include Madness, Damian Marley, The Correspondents, Beardyman, Afro Celt Soundsystem, Levellers, Parov Stellar and Fat Freddy’s Drop.

Lions Den - Photo by Benjamin Paul

Lions Den – Photo by Benjamin Paul

3. You have the excuse to dress up like a pirate/cowboy

Admit it, we all the love the excuse to dress up! At Boomtown dressing up is practically compulsory. There are four main areas of the festival which are split into nine different sections, known as “Districts”. Each district emulates a different way of life, a different type of music and a completely alternative immersive experience.

Photo by Caltristan - Face painting in Old Town

Face painting in Old Town – Photo by Caltristan

This disturbed yet delightful world can be overwhelming to an inexperienced Boomtown civilian so we’ve provided you with a brief summary of what’s what:

Old Town Strap on your best peg leg, kohl your eyes and swagger on down to the Jolly Dodger Pirate Ship in Old Town to embrace your inner gypsy and throw some moves to fast paced, energy fuelled balkan beats.

♩ ♪ ♫ ♬ Gypsies of Bohemia

Photo by Tom Martin - Jolly Dodger Pirate Ship

Photo by Tom Martin – Jolly Dodger Pirate Ship

Wild West Head to the Wild West and take a step back in time to the western saloons of centuries gone by. Prop yourself up, having a drink or two and enjoy everything capable of a Western twang including Blues, Country, Bluegrass and American notes. You’ll also hear world, roots and folk here.

♩ ♪ ♫ ♬ The White City Shakers, Afro Celt Soundsystem, Steve ‘n’ Seagulls, Afriquoi

Wild West - Photo by Jody Hartley

Wild West – Photo by Jody Hartley

Mayfair Saunter over to The Bandstand to enjoy the jaunty tones of electro swing pulsing through high society and the live rhythms of swing taking you back to the 1920s with a twist. If electro swing is your thing, brace yourself as Parov Stellar will be performing on the Town Centre Stage over the course of the weekend.

♩ ♪ ♫ ♬ Electric Swing Circus, Renegade Brass Band

Photo by Jody Hartley

Photo by Jody Hartley

Barrio Loco Head to POCO LOCO in Barrio Alto, the district home to funk, hip hop, live bass, house and garage.

♩ ♪ ♫ ♬  Foreign Beggars, Submotion Orchestra

ChinaTown Everything ska and punk resides here. Hit the abandoned 50s diner Devil Kicks Dancehall for iconic ska, psycho and folk punk from across the world.

♩ ♪ ♫ ♬ Jaya the Cat, Sonic Boom Six

DSTRKT 5 A place of late night descent, here you’ll find jungle, drum ‘n’ bass and house to see you through to the early hours. Venues include the Bang-Hai Palace, Robotika (fresh for 2016) the Scrapyard and the Sewage Works.

♩ ♪ ♫ ♬ A Skillz, Krafty Kuts

Bang Hai Palace - Photo by Jody Hartley

Bang Hai Palace – Photo by Jody Hartley

Trench Town Dancehall, Dub and Reggae reside in The Lion’s Den stage of Trench Town.

♩ ♪ ♫ ♬ Damien Marley, Fat Freddys Drop, Madness, Congo Natty

Lions Den - Photo by Jody Hartley

Lions Den – Photo by Jody Hartley

Sector 6 New for 2016! Old school rap, hip hop and urban sounds

♩ ♪ ♫ ♬  Ms Dynamite, So Solid Crew

4. You can learn how to juggle

Whistlers Green Area: Whistlers Green and KidzTown

For a breath of fresh air head to Whistlers Green. This garden of Eden-like paradise will give you enough space to relax, rewind and take five from the surrounding mayhem. Chill out here, grab a chai tea and kick back whilst allowing your ears to entertain the funk and soul beats of Craig Charles and the atmospheric, silky trip hop of Banco De Gaia.

Kidstown - Daisy Brasington

Kidstown – Daisy Brasington

Whistlers green is the umbrella of everything sustainable and organic at Boomtown. Here, recycling and up-cycling are a passion with a focus on the wholesome and nurturing side of the festival. Crafts, workshops and green pastures greet you engage you in a number of creative endeavors.

From dance workshops and morning yoga to an interactive open mic jamming stage, this is the place where you can really get involved. Teach yourself a thing or two at the green innovations area with talks and discussions aplenty. Ever wondered how to juggle? You can learn here!

5. You can treat yourself to a hangover massage

There’s not many festivals where this is an option! For those needing some serious time out from the party, treat yourself to a much needed massage in Whistlers Green to soothe those dancing limbs before you head out on your next adventure.

Photo by Jody Hartley

Photo by Jody Hartley

6. There’s a festival campfire!

How many festival’s of this size can say they have an after hours campfire? After you’ve danced the night away at The Windmill Stage to some soul, funk and reggae then soaked up the atmospheric beats at the Floating Lotus, finish off the day’s adventures with a wind down around the campfire and a touch of late night storytelling, the ultimate calm down.

Written by Becca Linnard at Brag Vintage

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What To Wear To A Gig

Here are Brag we love live music, that’s why we’ve put together a bunch of outfits that are perfect for wearing to a gig. You can always throw on the standard plain black band tee and black jeans, but why not mix it up a bit? We’ve got some ideas for you.

This gig-wear is inspired by the Stone Roses who are re-forming this summer for a few select shows in Dublin, Scotland and Manchester. However, these outfits are great for any event or festival this summer as they are the perfect blend of practical and stylish. You get to relax and enjoy the music whilst looking good.

Maybe you’re haven’t booked anything yet but you’re keen to get on board. Have you thought about what you’re going to wear? Don’t worry we have a bunch of options for you here at Brag Vintage.

We’ve gone for a casual sporty vibe with mid blue shorts & a purple Levi’s denim shirt to add a splash of summer. We’ve paired the denim with the cropped baseball T-shirt for an easy to pull off casual look & the Adidas Superstars are a throwback to the era The Roses took by storm, the 90’s.

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For the guys we’ve put together a classic outfit that pulses 90’s vibes left, right & centre while staying on track with the latest trends. With a pair of Levi 501’s as the foundation to this outfit you can’t go wrong, 501’s have been the go-to pair of jeans since 1873 when the company got their patent. The original Adidas jackets scream 90’s & everything to do with The Stone Roses, We picked our favourite red & blue ones to match The Roses’ colours & matched with just a plain Nike T-shirt to keep you looking fresh in the crowd.

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Another summery number for the ladies, this time with dungarees a staple festival/outdoor gig piece again sticking to the sporty casual theme that runs through The Stone Roses. We’ve layered the dungarees with a lightweight Adidas gold striped top. To keep all your valuables like your ticket, phone & money safe we added a leather bumbag that won’t get in your way while you’re in big crowds & won’t be lost easily. Pop on a pair of black leather Lacoste trainers & an oversized suede jacket & your look is completed.

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The final outfit falls into the men’s category with a laidback Nike top & cutoff 501 shorts to keep you looking & feeling cool. We added a pair of contrasting Stan Smith’s & a corduroy Levi’s black jacket. This look is perfect for gigs & summer giving you the best of both worlds.

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Written by Hannah Bellamy for Brag Vintage

 

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A Vintage Inspired Day Out In Sheffield

Shop ’till you drop, dance the night away, and indulge in some unashamed luxury on a retro day out to remember in one of the north’s most vibrant cities.

The York

The York

What better way to start your day than with some shopping? The Sheffield Antiques Quarter boasts some high-quality shops and a number of antique centres with dozens of independent traders. You will find all manner of wonderful and quirky things in these places. Not only larger items for the home such as authentic furniture or decorative pieces, but you will also discover accessories for your favourite vintage outfits including belts, buckles, and bags. In any antique shop it pays to rummage around and make sure you dig right to the back of the shelves so you don’t miss out on any buried treasures.

Photo by Ellie Grace Photography

Photo by Ellie Grace Photography

Every first Sunday of the month Abbeydale Picture House hosts a car boot sale from 10am-3pm. All sorts of treasure lurks here, plus a range of homemade savoury and sweet snacks. There’s always a great turn out rain or shine as the venue has both and indoor and outside areas for traders.

Abbeydale Picture House. Photo by Ellie Grace Photography

Abbeydale Picture House. Photo by Ellie Grace Photography

The venue hosts music, cinema and events including comedy and theatre productions. There is even a cafe where you can grab a “Vintage Platter” featuring a tapas style snacking assortment of cheese, fish and salad to nibble on.

Abbeydale Picture House. Photo by Ellie Grace Photography

Abbeydale Picture House. Photo by Ellie Grace Photography

Head to Picture House Social, a venue set within the ballroom and billiard hall of Abbeydale Picture House. They do cocktails, beer and amazing authentic Italian pizzas with the majority of ingredients actually sourced directly from Italy.

All music lovers, behold. We love Spinning Discs, a record shop within The Antiques Quarter which stocks a huge range and quantity of (over 1,200) vinyl for you to flick away the hours to. You’ll find not only familiar old school names such as Led Zeppelin and Queen but also fresh new local bands, which is a testiment to the integrated, inclusive community attitude that Sheffield is famous for. Time your visit carefully though, as Spinning Discs only opens Thursday, Friday and Saturdays.

Photo source: www.OurFave Places.co.uk

Photo source: www.OurFave Places.co.uk

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Don’t forget to visit the Devonshire Quarter (feat. Devonshire Street), a great place to find small independent shops selling everything from old books to vintage jewellery and art. To round off your day’s shopping come and visit us at Brag Vintage on the High Street. Here you will find rack after rack of genuine retro clothing ranging from sixties miniskirts to vintage Levis. Treat yourself to a whole new outfit or unearth that hard to find piece you have been searching for from the hundreds of garments on display in the shop

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Delicious treats

After a hectic mornings shopping there is no better way to relax than with afternoon tea. Sandwiches, cakes, and, of course, pots of tea make for a delightful break and in Sheffield you have a wide choice of teashops, artisan bakeries, and cafes. For something different and a refreshing coffee try the tiny but hugely popular Tamper Coffee or for something sweet Cake ‘R’ Us  is a tearoom with a difference.

Time for dinner?

There are plenty of traditional pubs in Sheffield along with numerous bars and restaurants. The York is a great place to combine a drink with something to eat. The pub is tastefully fitted out in period detail and provides the perfect ambience for an early evening meal whilst the comprehensive menu provides plenty of choice for any pallette.

The York

The York

The York

The York

After your meal why not spend some time investigating some of the other pubs the steel city has to offer? The city is brimming with pubs and bars which have retained their original character including The Bath Hotel (est. 1867) which will delight all lovers of nostalgia with it’s Sheffield themed memorabilia pinned to the walls. Whisky aficionados, not to mention pie connoisseurs, should head for the historic Broadfield Ale House on Abbeydale Road.

Cheese board at The Broadfield

Cheese board at The Broadfield

Pie at The Broadfield

Pie at The Broadfield

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Room with a view

After a hectic day spend the night in luxury at Sheffield’s Whitley Hall Hotel. The timeless elegance of the 16th century building will transport you back in time to when good service and fine surroundings where the staple of every hotel. After a great night’s sleep refuel with a hearty breakfast before heading home.

For a more budget friendly option, head  to the Harley Hotel on Glossop Road. The ground floor of this building is a renowed Sheffield venue putting on events and gigs most nights of the week (and weekend) so be prepared for a lively atmosphere around the place.

With its numerous rail and road links Sheffield is easily accessible from anywhere in the country so why not treat yourself to a weekend away some time soon?

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Why Not Head To Y Not This Summer?

Y Not Festival is a medium sized festival set in Pikehall, Derbyshire in the Peak District. Starting off as just a ‘mini festival’ planned amongst friends for when the parents were away back in August 2006, it got moved to a disused quarry because they cancelled their holiday. With around 120 people turning up over the course of 2 days and a gazebo for the main stage Y Not comes from humble beginnings. Skip to 10 years later and in 2015 Y Not celebrated it’s 10th birthday, was the winner of the best medium sized festival in the UK a put on a cracking weekend with acts such as Snoop Dogg, Johnny Marr & Basement Jaxx taking to the stage.

Main stage at Y Not Festival

Main stage at Y Not Festival

This year Y Not have got one new stage amongst the usual:

  • The Big Gin stage (the main one, outdoor)- This year welcomes the likes of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Madness, The Editors & The Cribs
  • The Quarry (biggest indoor stage, has no genre distinction just good vibes) – Expect to see Blossoms, DJ Fresh, Band Of Skulls, Beans On Toast & many more
  • The Giant Squid (indoor & entirely dedicated to heavy, loud, metal, prog and more guitars thrashing than you could shake a stick at.) – Hosting acts Deap Vally, Neck Deep, Sickth, Moose Blood, & tonnes more
  • NEW: The Neon Coconut (the new stage, indoors, best place to party with live DJ’s & club vibes)- Headliner’s confirmed are Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, Mike Skinner, DJ Yoda with more to be announced
Photo by Ross Silcocks

The Big Gin Stage. Photo by Ross Silcocks

More stages include;

  • Arnie’s- In association with BIMM (British & Irish Modern Music Institute) small stage for small up & coming bands
  • The Saloon- Best place to go to get your fill of the best country & western acts
  • The Hog & Barrel- Home to Y Not’s open mic & In Keeper Sessions
  • The Allotment- Small indoor stage bursting with unsigned talent & grass roots bands waiting to be discovered
Photo by Ross Silcocks

Photo by Ross Silcocks

This got you wanting to go? Y Not offers a wide range of ways to camp in order to make it as accessible as possible. You can get your standard camping tickets for those of you that don’t mind the noise, family camping that’s more quiet for those of you coming as a family or maybe you just want the family atmosphere. This site offers showers, too.

Camping at Y Not

Main campsite at Y Not

Head to quiet camping and escape the riff raff to ensure your 40 winks before the next day of music filled shenanigans. Glamping tents are available for the more glamorous of you; these wigwams are already set up and fully loaded with a carpet, fairy lights and plug sockets. VIP camping is located in it’s own isolated area and you will need a different wrist band to get into this site which offers more space between tents, flushing toilets, showers, VIP bar with DJ, cocktail bar and ample seating.

Street food traders, camping and caravaning pitches can also be found at Y Not for those wanting to feel as homely as possible. Y Not also offers disabled access for wheelchair users- this includes access to the raised viewing platform a free ticket for their carer.

See you there on the 29th of July for a long weekend of musical fuelled delights!

Written by Hannah Bellamy

 

 

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Gig Review: Kasabian // King Power Stadium

The 28th May saw the first of two massive Kasabian gigs hosted at the King Power Stadium in celebration of Leicester’s recent league win. Safe to say the gig was something special & the atmosphere was thick with celebration when the band walked on stage to ‘Nessun Dorma’ by Andrea Bocelli, who had performed this a couple of weeks earlier just before Leicester raised the trophy at their final home game of the season.

This one is for the underdogs” frontman Tom Meighan demands as Serge (Sergio Pizzorno) begins to blast out the first few notes of ‘Underdog’, immediately the crowd lose it & the whole celebration is in motion. Like any other Kasabian gig they demanded a huge presence at every single minute from the new album tracks such as ‘bumblebeee’ & ‘treat’ to the older, more deep cut ones like ‘The Doberman’ & ‘Empire’. Leicester truly was their empire, it felt as if the entirety of the city was there in support of not only their musical legends but their footballing ones too.

Not only did Kasabian throw in some amazing covers, such as Gnarls Barkley’s ‘Crazy’ which Serge absolutely nailed giving the song a new twist & making it his own, using just his voice and an acoustic guitar, he had the whole crowd hooked to each note in the most surreal way. Fat Boy Slim’s ‘Praise You’ had the entire stadium buzzing like a live wire which then cut straight into ‘L.S.F’ only to send the crowd into even more of a frenzy. At this point the venue came awash of pits opening up & flares raising up & out of the stadium, with “L.S.F” by far receiving the most ferocious reception of all. Kasabian also played a new song ‘Put Your Life On It’, their live premier of the track which was dedicated to all the people who are no longer here to see Leicester win the league. The entire crowd became a mass of phone lights waving about in support & the odd person standing on their mate’s shoulders, a thick atmosphere of peace and celebration fell upon everyone.


For the encore Kasabian opened up with ‘stevie’, although in this final leg they were not alone. At the end of ‘Stevie’, while the guitars were still giving feedback, Tom introduced Vlad The Impaler (Noel Fielding) on stage but instead of his usual outfit & sword this time Fielding wore a vintage Leicester City kit under his black sparkly cape & a corner flag as his weapon, which he frantically waved about for the entire song. After Fielding’s appearance was Kasabian’s last song ‘Fire’, probably the most fitting song to end on and also the song Leicester City used in the season of 2009 to walk out onto the pitch to. With the last of the flares saved for the end set off and the carnage of the crowd well underway, the lads played through ‘Fire’ and left the stage shouting “Championees, Championees, Championees! Ole, Ole, Ole!”

Written by Hannah Bellamy at Brag Vintage

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Top Vintage Nights Out In Sheffield

Two universities and a booming service industry combined with urban regeneration and thriving shops has enabled Sheffield to bounce back from the decline it suffered following the collapse of the steel foundries. The city was built on steel but it has successfully reinvented itself and this northern powerhouse is flourishing.

Like any other vibrant and successful city, Sheffield has a rich and varied night life with events, clubs, and pubs attracting revellers every day of the week. As you would expect in any university city there are plenty of student nights but there are also numerous themed pubs and clubs catering to all tastes. There is no shortage of places to dance or drink the night away.

But if you want to go somewhere different and indulge your love of retro there are some inspired vintage nights out to be had in Sheffield. If you make the trip to South Yorkshire make sure these venues are on your list of places to visit.

The Great Gatsby / Daisy’s, Division Street

greatgatsbysignThe Great Gatsbys on Division Street is a snug, cosy retro cocktail bar offering possibly the most extensive cocktail menu in the whole of Sheffield. Here the bartenders are experts at what they do, to put it lightly, and will happily craft you anything from the menu or delight in engineering you a freestyle cocktail based on your favourite ingredients. With a retro feel and a history of cocktails recipes on the menu, this is a perfect spot for those looking to recline, martini in hand, and people watch on Division Street for an hour or so.

Upstairs at Daisy’s, the vintage decor and old fashioned table service provides a small but wonderful setting for enjoying the bar’s unique cocktails. This part of the bar is open on Friday’s and Saturdays from 8pm ’til 3am. If you are hungry after enjoying one of the off the wall concoctions Daisy’s is becoming renowned for, you can always grab a taco on your way out from Gatsby’s Shy Boy Cantina.

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Probably Sheffield’s most renowned venue. The Leadmill opened in 1980 and has an impressive history of hosting world famous bands including Pulp, Coldplay, Muse, Oasis, Kings of Leon, Kasabian and (of course) the Arctic Monkeys to name a few . Leadmill has been voted best live music venue in Sheffield and won awards from NME. The venue hosts gigs throughout the week and club nights at the weekend. Although you will find mainstream chart music Friday and Saturday nights, walk your way through to Room 2 on a Saturday for THE BEAT CLUB where your feet will start moving to the Motown, Soul, 50s and 60s sounds on their own accord.

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The Yorkshireman, Burgess Street

This pub opened around 1790 and became a rock/metal bar in the 80s. Here you’ll hear classic rock & metal music with a DJ on Friday and Saturday night. You’ll also spot the walls adorned with memorabilia from Guns ‘n’ Roses, Motley Crue, Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath & many more iconic bands.

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The Rocking Chair, Furnival Gate

Another bar in Sheffield where you”ll hear vintage sounds in the form of rock classics. This venue supports local up and coming bands and plays rock anthems through the speakers all night long.

Pop World, Carver Street

Formally known as “Babylon”, Pop World is not historically vintage as a venue but dedicates itself to the 90s. If you love the sound and style of Britpop, and have the outfits to match, Pop World is a great night out.

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Reflex, Holly Street

A late night bar just round the corner from Pop World where you can hear music from the 70s right through to the 90s with an 80s disco on Saturdays. With a similar vibe to Pop World, this is a great venue if you just want to have fun, dance with your friends and let your hair down.

The O2 Academy, Arundel Gate

This venue was known as “ROXY” back in the 80s and was a hub for pop, dance and cheesy anthems. The venue would host a rock night ever other Monday. However, this venue is now largely a venue for gigs rather than club nights but is still worth a mention for it’s vintage status.

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Aside from the above, Sheffield offers a wide selection plenty of great pubs and bars. More traditional than purely vintage they nevertheless provide a friendly atmosphere and reasonably priced booze. You can’t really ask for more.

Try The Harley on Glossop Road for different entertainment every night of the week. The York in Broomhill is a nostalgic and atmospheric bar with wonderful vintage furnishings. Good food and a large selection of beer and cider, not to mention over 50 varieties of gin, make this pub a must visit on any retro night out.

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And for a final nugget of vintage history, did you know that the Brag Vintage shop premesis used to be a gig venue/club in the 80s owned by Peter Stringfellow? The place was called “Down Broadway” and hosted Jethro Tull and Billy Stuart in it’s time.

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As a city, Sheffield has so much to offer and there are many more pubs and bars to choose from. Next time you’re planning a night out and feel like trying somewhere new, head over to Sheffield and see how vibrant and alive this city is.

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Why You Need To Be At Tramlines 2016

We’re incredibly excited to be covering Tramlimes this summer! This festival is dear to our heart as it happens across our own beloved city, Sheffield.

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Tramlines is music festival spanning over the third weekend of July from 22nd – 24th. It will be offering four outdoor spaces with live music throughout the weekend as well as taking over a huge 15 venues across Sheffield including The Frog & Parrot, Bungalows and Bears,The Harley and the O2 Academy.

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A huge 100,00 people flock to Shefield for this diverse event every year, making Tramlines a huge player in the UK festival scene. This explains why big time international musicians grab the chance to play on the main stage at our very own Ponderosa. Previous acts have included Ms Dynamite, Reverend & The Makers, Craig David, Roots Manuva, We Are Scientists, Katy B, Pixie Lott, Toddla T and The XX – with the festival’s reputation growing and enticing more and more artists every year.

Kick back on the grass (weather dependant!), relax and feel the vibrant festival energy running through the city.

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One of the key strengths of the festival is it’s hige diversity of genres, with so many performance outlets there is space for everything from folk to rock, indie to funk. There really is no stone left unturned when it comes to the eclectic variety of music your ears can choose from!

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Electronic music dominates the night scene where the warehosues and nightclubs are overun by techno, house, grime and drum and bass lovers who can’t help but soak up the energy of a city alive with music.

Mr Scruff & MC Kwasi will be kicking off the Thursday night with set at Sheffield’s one and only Leadmill, a venue famous it it’s own right for playing to host to the likes of The White Stripes, Primal Scream, Muse, Oasis, Coldplay, Kings Of Leon, Kasabian and The Artic Monkeys, many before they later rocketed to worldwide fame.13129023_10208462578354929_901716504_o(1)Tramlines 2010

Dizzee Rascal will be performing at the Ponderosa on Friday night, taking the crown as first official headliner at Tramlines 2016.

Alll funk and soul fans out there, take note! George Clinton and The Funkadelic will be bringing The Funk to the main stage on Saturday night, with Craig Charles continuing the party at the Foundry with a set seeing us through to the early hours of Sunday.

Tramlines has seen it’s fair share of vintage acts, on the Saturday afternoon in 2015 Martha Reeves dominated the main stage and got everyone dancing to her 60s hits. Later on, Basement Jaxx performed taking everyone for a ride back to the 90s with their popular songs “Good Luck”, “Romeo”and “Where’s Your Head At?”

The main stage was also graced by the iconic Sugarhill Gang, 90s rap and hip legends who will be followed this year by the equally iconic Jurassic 5 on Sunday evening.

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Tickets for Tramlines are a budget-friendly £42, rivalling many other UK weekend festivals which tend to average between £150 and £220.

We’ll be on the front line bringing you all important festival style updates, with the best dressed snapped and posted on our Instagram. Dress to impress, we’ll see you there!

Written by Becca Linnard

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Vintage NFL Jerseys

This summer, just like they did last year, and as they will next year, tens of thousands of football fans will throng the Olympic Way with millions more watching their progress on televisions around the world. But the excited fans won’t be heading to Wembley Stadium to watch the FA Cup Final, or even the England team in international action.

Those football supporters will be watching the American version of the game. They won’t be rooting for United, City, or Rangers, instead they will be cheering on the Jaguars, Rams, or Redskins. Yes folks, gridiron has arrived in the UK.

In fact it has been here for several years and a London based franchise playing in the NFL (National Football League) is just around the corner. For the Americans another British invasion is coming and this burgeoning interest can be seen in the increasing amount of US sportswear being worn every day by fans and casual fashionistas.

American sports gear, in particular NFL jerseys, are ideal for everyday wear. They are well made, very colourful, and, unlike British and European football shirts, don’t have invasive sponsorship logos to spoil the design.

Interestingly, fans are now discovering vintage NFL jerseys with their attractive retro designs. They can show their colours, though many who wear these jerseys have no affiliation to the team, and enjoy what is still an exclusive, when compared to the number of English football shirts, fashion item.

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Replica or match worn?

With all sportswear, including NFL jerseys, an important distinction has to be drawn between replica and match worn. A replica jersey is the type which can be purchased in club shops and high street stores. They are the same design as official club strips but don’t carry the league insignia and are made from different material. Match worn jerseys on the other hand have actually being worn by a player during a game. Match worn kit is hard to find with vintage items, especially if worn by a star player, very expensive in comparison to replica jerseys.

Wearing replica kit first became popular in the States during the 1970s though it didn’t catch on in the UK until much later. Now, of course, any sporting event anywhere in the world will see the majority of fans bedecked in replica shirts. Riding on the back of this popularity sportswear has become firmly established as a fashion item and vintage NFL jerseys can help anyone stand out from the crowd with their colourful designs and stamp of individuality.

What to look for in a vintage NFL shirt

Unsurprisingly, condition is, if not quite everything, obviously the most important thing to look for. Aside from the obvious checks you would carry out on any vintage garment, carefully examine the logos and team names as the lettering can fade or peel as time goes by. Also check the jersey has the official NFL logos on its labels. There are lots of counterfeit sportswear out there, mostly produced in the far east, which are not authentic, are invariably poorly manufactured, and will quickly fall apart.

One of the tricky things with NFL jerseys is to get the right size. In my experience American sportswear sizes are, to say the least, generous. My first NFL jersey, labelled as extra-large, could comfortably have moonlighted as a two person tent. Fortunately, Brag Vintage do a great job here by listing detailed measurements including pit to pit and sleeve length for each jersey on their NFL page. Use these measurements to ensure you get a jersey which fits. Remember to allow for extra room if you plan to dress in the jersey for a winter sporting event so you can wear it over a sweatshirt or jumper.

The perfect combination?

Gin and tonic? Strawberries and cream? Perhaps. But, team up a vintage NFL jersey with a pair of original Levi’s and you really do have the perfect combination.

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Vintage Inspired VS. Genuine Vintage

Fashion, like any genre of design, has often looked backwards for inspiration. New fashion is invariably influenced by what has gone before. But, the current vogue for retro has seen an explosion of new fashion lines appearing in stores which are based on, or even directly copied from, designs which were all the rage in decades gone by. These clothing lines are labelled as vintage inspired or vintage style.

What is vintage?

Rather like the perennial question, “when does something become an antique?” The question of what exactly vintage equates to is confusing. There are certainly conflicting viewpoints on the matter. It seems to be that the younger the person, the more flexible they tend to be with the term “vintage”, and the older vice versa.

It has to be right

For many vintage clothing enthusiasts nothing less than 100% genuine, made back in the day, garments are acceptable. They build their collections and outfits from vintage clothes they find online, at specialist boutiques, or at car boot sales. They will spend months, if not years, hunting a missing jacket, pair of shoes, or piece of jewellery to complete their collection. They would never consider wearing new vintage inspired gear.

Vintage “Inspired”

However, some turn to vintage inspired styles over their genuine counterparts. Vintage inspired fashion may attempt to imitate a vintage article in a straight forward manner. An example of this would be producing a pair of brand new jeans and then distressing them in the production factory prior to sale. They might be given a “stone wash” or “acid wash” effect to imitate years of wear. This can help to replicate a vintage look. Passionate collectors would argue that this imitated style is never a satisfactory replacement for the real thing, however there are some up sides to shopping for vintage inspired clothing if you can’t quite find that vintage original you’ve been looking for..

  • Convenience. Pop into a high street store and all the vintage style clothing you need is neatly aligned on the racks. Vintage stores are harder to come by, so settling for a high street replica may sometimes be the only option.
  • Size availability. Items of genuine vintage are one-offs and you may struggle to find a jacket or skirt to fit. Retro inspired clothing is often available in various sizes which is a plus when you’ve got little time on your hands to sort through and find something that fits.
  • Condition. The items have never been worn (though a lot of vintage is in excellent, hardly worn condition)
  • Laziness. If you can’t find that specific vintage item for your night out, picking up a last minute substitute might be your only option.

But it isn’t really vintage, is it?

It may not be readily available in high street stores but there are several compelling reasons why you should always shop vintage.

  • Convenience. It’s true, you may not be able to find that exact pair of high waisted polkadot cigarette pants you’ve been lusting after when you set foot in a vintage store, but why not check their website? A vintage company will often stock a huge variety of specific items online which are just as ordered and convenient to navigate as any high street shopping website. You can filter through categories, styles and sizes all at the click of a mouse. Who said shopping vintage was difficult?
  • Condition. Don’t be put off by the claim that vintage can be second hand. Most vintage supplies will make a rigorous and committed effort to filter through their stock before putting it out for sale. They are understand that the vintage market must reach the same standard of quality as the high street market, if not exceed it, and for that reason only the best vintage makes it to the shelves. Plus, a lot of the time items have only been worn a handful of times and are only “vintage “ by virtue of their age, not the amount of wear to them.
  • Quality. By definition genuine vintage clothing was made when manufacturing standards were much higher. Or at least less automated. Vintage clothing is usually handmade and of a much higher quality than its contemporary counterparts. If that hand-stitched skirt you’re wearing has already survived 50 years, surely it has better odds to last vs. something cheaply manufactured last month?
  • Unique. Unlike the bland rows of unlimited sameness with new fashion, vintage was produced in much lower numbers and the passage of time will have thinned the numbers even more. Buy genuine vintage and you are purchasing a unique item.
  • No chance of a clash. Because of their variety of vintage articles available it is highly unlikely you will turn up at a social gathering and see anyone else wearing the same thing.
  • Individuality. Vintage allows you to express yourself and stand out from the crowd by creating a unique and individual style. Mix and match various eras to create your own 90s-inspired-60s-mod vibe.

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Fashion in the Field: Musicians & Bands #1

With many new bands emerging on the scene filling every style from Reggae to Punk Rock, fashion plays a large part in creating a musician’s image and defining them within a genre. The perfect outfit can set a band apart from the rest of the line-up and attract all of the right attention.

When styling, a band must consider their sound and how they want to portray themselves towards their audience. For example, Classic Rock artists may decide to don a studded leather jacket with slim-fit jeans whereas a Folk group could opt for a flat cap and tweed jacket.

Here are a few of the bands that I’ve had the pleasure of photographing in the past year. Check out how they own the stage in their finest threads.

CASUAL INDIE

Taking laid-back approach, Connor Schofield – lead vocalist of Birmingham band JAWS – wears this effortlessly urbane outfit that definitely reflects the Indie Pop band’s sound and style. Pairing a basic raglan tee with a navy unbuttoned cord shirt gives off a casual vibe that means serious business.

Fancy replicating this swanky look? In store and online at Brag Vintage we have a range of casual tees and corduroy button-ups in a range of different colours and shades. Incorporate some distressed jeans and classic Converse to add a grungy dimension. Sew-on patches/retro badges are also a great way to alter and adorn.

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GRUNGE GODDESS

Ellie Rowsell, female vocalist of North-London Alt Rock group Wolf Alice takes grunge and makes it beautiful by bringing together glamorous dresses and sturdy lace-up boots along with suedette skirts and floral blouses to create a girly look that still packs a punch. This image shows Ellie wearing a show-stopping metallic silver dress and tights whilst limiting accessories to prove that less really is more. This gorgeously quirky outfit can be duplicated by melding a pair of classic Dr. Martens 1460’s with one of our stunning, glitzy dresses and a distressed denim jacket.

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SUAVE & SOPHISTICATED BLUES

Self-proclaimed ‘Eerie Rocking-Blues’ band The Ruby Blues have mastered the relationship between style and sound with their rather dapper looking attire. The Sheffield squad coordinate their outfits well and bring a sense of sensibility to the stage whilst still causing overwhelmingly powerful responses from their audience. How do they do it?

Perhaps it’s their Peaky Blinders-esque ensemble that keeps this quartet feeling and looking so fine! The gents’ outfits feature wardrobe staples such as smart white evening shirts and snazzy waistcoats. By bringing the braces back and combining with fitted suit trousers this band really do know how to create a timeless image.

Reproduce this style with one of our tweed suit jackets and a matching waistcoat or add a twist by styling with a flat cap.

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Photos & Article: Harley Kate Young

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