Seaside Revival, the vintage festival celebrating Bangor’s heyday as a prominent seaside resort, returns to the new city’s seafront on Saturday 13th August.
A celebration of all things vintage, local and seaside-inspired, around 20,000 people are expected to attend the free event in the McKee Clock arena area overlooking Bangor Marina.
Organised by Open House, this year’s event is supported by Ards and North Down Borough Council and Tourism NI. Whilst not on the scale of the inaugural 2019 event, all of the main components will be back again this year, with live music, swing dancing, classic cars and a vintage car boot sale.
Headlining the music line-up are Seaside Revival favourites, rockabilly band the Sabrejets. Also performing are Bangor duo Jenna Frazer and David Arthur who’ll be singing hits from the American big band era. And there’ll be DJs playing vintage tunes throughout the afternoon, with dancing from the era of swing, jazz and big band – a nod to Bangor’s famous dancehall days at Caproni’s, Milano’s and The Savoy
The Vintage car show will take place in the bottom section of Queen’s Parade car park, with prizes for Best Original Car, Best Classic Car, Best Classic Bike, Best Classic Van & Best Modified Classic. Judging and presentation will take place on the day and all registered entrants will receive an official Seaside Revival certificate.
Other features include a vintage car boot sale, vintage makeovers, food trucks and a pop-up bar. And with Best Dressed spot prizes throughout the afternoon, the organisers are calling on people to dress in their best vintage attire.
“From the 1940s to the mid-70s, Bangor was a thriving seaside town with a strong local community and a successful tourism economy,” says Open House Director, Kieran Gilmore. “At Open House we work hard to re-connect the people of Bangor to the seafront and town centre through arts and cultural events, and Seaside Revival is a perfect way to embrace the things that made Bangor a great place in the past and help shape its future as a modern seaside city resort.”