If you love vintage clothes, dancing, rock ‘n’ roll, doo wop, classic cars, weekends by the seaside, staying up late playing on the penny arcades and generally having the greatest time imaginable then Rhythm Riot is the festival for you! Set at the suitably Kitsch British Seaside camp Pontins, Rhythm Riot does exactly what it says on the tin. A riotous weekend where the U.K vintage scene gathers in full force to rock the weekend away.
I caught one of the designated Rhythm Riot rockin’ coaches from London Embankment to Pontins Holdiay Camp in Rye on the pretty English Coast (Coach cost £40 Return). Arriving at Rhythm Riot you’ll receive your welcome pack complete with the weekend schedule packed with times and activities from the classic car show to dance classes, DJ sets and the almighty band lineup.
Accommodation: Pontins is a perfect choice for the weekender, with mini parties popping up in the chalets it’s easy to mingle with friends and dip in and out of each others accommodation. Some revelers bring their very own sound systems and play the greatest rock ‘n’ roll from their rooms. The chalet is pretty basic but what it may be lacking in luxury is certainly made up for in atmosphere! Each chalet has a TV showing a well chosen selection of vintage classics including my all time favourite film Sunset Boulevard and other classics like ‘The Girl Can’t Help It’, so in between partying you can watch regular T.V or catch a vintage movie.
Classic Cars: ‘Cruisin’ On Sunday’ is an incredible afternoon display of classic cars, starting with a convoy out of Pontins, the cars, trucks and rods drive down to the historical town of Rye, before stopping for a display and Prize Giving Ceremony. The sheer number of cars taking place, the drivers and passengers all immaculately dressed and the thousands of spectators that turned out to see the cruise made the event a true visual spectacular! As the cars drove out in procession revving their engines and beeping their horns suddenly from around the corner cycled two men dressed as Batman and Robin riding a tandem bicycle, oh how we laughed!
Vintage Fashion: Girls and Gals from England and across the globe gathered to don their finest vintage frocks, zoot suits, Hawaiin shirts, pin their hair, fix their Victory rolls and let the good times roll. Girls tended to opt for the 1940’s through to 1950’s era wearing floral tea dresses, circle skirts for dancing and 1950’s prom dresses. From the gals we saw plenty of Polka dots, ditsy floral prints, ginghams, nautical stripes and the guys on a whole we spied loads of dark wash denim with crisp turn ups, leather jackets, plaid shirts, striped tees and zoot suits. A very well turned out vintage loving crowd. What could be more fun than dressing up and rockin’ out?!
Shopping: Rhythm Riot also boasts an extensive vintage shopping experience with specialist traders and record dealers selling an array of top quality vintage vinyl, clothing, shoes, home-ware and accessories. So even if you don’t have a vintage wardrobe before the festival, you can always leave with one!
Dance: For all those dancers out there Rhythm Riot offers you the perfect excuse to put on your dancing shoes and flaunt those moves. For those of us a little less co-ordinated we were offered a chance to learn to dance the Hukilau with Miss Aloha on Sunday afternoon.Pedal Cars: This years Rhythm riot boasted a very unique collection of vintage Pedal cars brought to the Festival by the Pedal & Toy Car Museum in East Susses, England. We browsed the collection swooning at the lavish miniatures and cooing at the old photographs of children riding around in the cars back in the 1950’s. What an incredible collection.
What about the music? I hear you cry. A whole post dedicated to the incredible bands we heard and loved from the Rhythm Riot Weekender is coming your way! I’m still reeling from such a fun filled, action packed weekend of Rock ‘n’ Roll and vintage loveliness, we met some fabulously talented people who i’ll be sharing with you this week.
For future dates visit the Rhythm Riot Website. Special thank you to Robin & Colette for organising such n unforgettable event.
(The Fabulous Times was a guest of Rhythm Riot Rockabilly Weekend)