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Lost Weekend: 29 – 31 July

This weekend's best culture, shopping, food and drink events

Published on July 28th 2011.

Lost Weekend: 29 – 31 July

Vintage Festival
VINTAGE at Southbank Centre is a three-day party, a big dressing-up box and a collector’s dream, celebrating the 1920s to the 1980s. The six levels of the Royal Festival Hall are transformed into a multi-venue playground, curated by Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway and the Hemingway Design team, with eight vintage nightclubs offering seven decades of British cool. Every evening, Southbank Centre plays host to a one-off, themed Vintage Revue focusing on electronica, soul or British hits. The festival will include a variety of vintage and retro music, fashion, film, art, design and dance with 70 live performances and 150 DJs providing the entertainment. Vintage food and cocktails are on offer and 250 sellers will ply their trade at the Vintage Marketplace. Other highlights are the 'Soundtrack of Their Lives' catwalk shows with Jo Wood, Pearl and Daisy Lowe, Sue Tilley and others, as well as dance lessons, workshops and decade specific makeovers.

Fri July 29th – Sun July 31st
South Bank Centre

£60 per day (£75 with evening review)



Foodies Yellow TailFoodies Yellow Tail

Foodies Festival
Foodies Festival promises to be a celebration of fine food and drink and culinary talent. A must for food lovers, with the chance to sample fine foods, sip delicious drinks and buy seasonal and locally-sourced produce from more than 100 exhibitors. The event offers the opportunity to meet Michelin-starred and top chefs in the Chefs Theatre, watch award-winning chefs prepare their favourite dishes live on stage and participate in hands-on food and drink masterclasses led by industry experts. There will be plenty of tastings and many opportunities to enjoy signature recipes and seasonal cocktails from the capital's top bars and restaurants like The Ivy, J Sheeky and Le Caprice. There's also cooking with kids masterclasses for budding young chefs, making it a fun day out for the whole family.

Battersea Park
Fri: Noon – 8pm, Sat: 10am – 6pm, Sun: 11am – 5pm
Three Day Tickets £25 (concession £20)
Free for under 16's accompanied by an adult
Valid for re-entry on all three days
Day Tickets £15 (concessions £10) 
Free for under 16's accompanied by an ad




Triptych at Jack's on Crucifix Lane is three original and popular nights (Virus Project, Temple of Bass and Flush) coming together to bring you some hard and heavy tunes this Friday. There will be two huge soundsystems delivering the very best of Bass, Beats and Beeps – a musical journey of choice cuts from live dubstep, jungle, breakbeat and drum and bass to cool as ice electro house. Alongside this will be some live Capoeira and a poetry slam. Set in a mysterious setting with an Elysian cafe and bespoke decor it should be worth popping by.

Fri: 10pm – 6am
Crucifix Lane AKA Jack's, 7 – 9 Crucifix Lane, London SE1 3JW
£6 earlybird / £8 advance / £10 OTD



Summer ScreenSummer Screen

Film4 Summer Screen
Somerset House's screenings take place among the surroundings of its beautiful neo-classical courtyard. It's no wonder, then, that they're some of the capital's most popular outdoor film events. The opening film on Wednesday was the premiere of Pedro Almodóvar's lauded new thriller 'The Skin I Live In'. On this weekend are Luc Besson's sub-aquatic drama 'The Big Blue', Joe Cornish's 'Attack the Block', 'Die Hard' and 'The Appartment. These screenings are more than just the movies with the option of arriving early to come and picnic in the magnificent Somerset House courtyard while DJs play or attend one of the fascinating companion events as part of Behind the Screen with BAFTA.

Jul 27th – Aug 7th
Somerset House, The Strand, London, WC2R 1LA
6:30pm doors, 9:15pm screening

£14.50, £18 double-bills, plus booking fee



The Greenwich Summer Sessions
The Greenwich Summer Sessions is an open-air series of concerts spread over six summer evenings, set in the stunning grounds of the Old Royal Naval College. The first night open with The Divine Comedy (with Neil Hannon) and the awesome José Gonzalés, followed by Mark Ronson (27th) and Status Quo (28th). This weekend will see Squeeze play on Friday, The Pogues on Saturday finishing on Sunday with a unique finale concert, in which Chris Difford of Squeeze curates a special event entitled Songs In the Key of London; he describes it as “a live celebration of all the great songs inspired by and written about this wonderful city of ours.”  This concert will feature the crème de la crème of musical talent, songwriters, tunesmiths and stars – personally invited by Difford – coming together to celebrate London in song.

Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, Greenwich
Sat: 5:30pm
£27.50 to £42.50


Bob Marley and the WailersBob Marley and the Wailers

One Love Peace Festival
This proclaimed reggae music last took place at the West London Stadium in 1991. It was attended then by 25,000 peaceful revelers who turned up to see the likes of The Wailers, Gregory Isaacs, Freddie McGregor and Barrington Levy. Now back, and moved to the Webley Arena, the reggae-themed One Love Peace Festival will feature a host of top names, including Busta Rhymes, Sean Paul, Shaggy, Gyptian and Skepta.

Wembley Arena
Sun: 2:30pm onwards
£35 to £55

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