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Live Music & Vintage DJ's

We have a great lineup of Live Music and Dj's playing music from the 1930's-60's

The stages are indoors which means space to dance and no problems with the weather!


The Rockin Stage Line Up 2018

(so far!)

The Jets-Saturday 

THE JETS secured a major recording contract with media giants EMI, achieving phenomenal success. Scoring hit records around the world,” Love Makes the world go round”,” Yes tonite Josephine” “Rockin around the xmas tree” appearing on hundreds of TV shows and featuring in national BBC and ITV Dramas.

The ultra talented Cotton Brothers, have thrilled audiences professionally since 1980.

Having performed alongside Sir Cliff Richard, Shakin Stevens, Meatloaf, the Police, Boy George, Madness and even Led Zeppelin!

With over an amazing 2000 live shows to their credit, THE JETS never fail to deliver a sensational show.

The Outsiders- Saturday

The Outsiders" formed 2014, 4 piece Rockin' band, playing a good mixture of Jivers, Strollers & Boppers,

Charismatic hip shakin front man Joe, James on guitar, Stan on drums and Steve on the big bass.We have all come from various bands and bring experience and a real love for the rockin music of the 50's, and keeping it alive

Moonshiners- Saturday 

Moonshiners were formed in January 2017. The Duo was formed so we could both follow our dream of becoming full time musicians.

Giving up our day jobs of over 18 yrs and hitting the streets in the day and pubs/Clubs by Night to become full time Street entertainers has proved to be a great success, making us very popular in the Towns and Cities up and down the country.

With years of experience behind us both playing in various bands we have managed to form a great vocal Harmony Duo, this making us one of the newest and different type of entertainers on the current rock n roll circuit today 

The Revolutionaires- Sunday

Established within the ‘hotbed’ of the North East music scene in the UK, they power out jumpin’ hot rhythm & blues in their own indomitable hard hitting style.

Primarily, they are influenced by 1940’s and 1950’s R&B. In particular, Louis Jordan, Big Joe Turner, Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Roy Brown but have adopted a harder and more aggressive approach, synonymous with modern blues artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Duke Robillard, Jools Holland and Mike Henderson which helps create their own high energy sound.

Over the last decade, The Revolutionaires have established themselves on the UK and European Rockin’ circuit, as well as the Blues scene.

They have toured extensively both in the UK and abroad, performing at festivals in Ireland, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Holland, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Malta and Dubai.

Highlights include performing at festivals with artistes such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Sting, Tom Jones, Hugh Laurie, Jimmie Vaughan, Robert Cray, Walter Trout, Eric Bibb, Albert Lee, Snake Davis and Dave Edmunds.

Now also touring with their Big Band project which consists of extra horns and pianist, The Revs are hitting the Festival circuit with this power house line up and big sound.

Ruby and The Prowlers- Sunday

Reformed from the once born 'Darktown Prowlers', Ruby and The Prowlers are four folks, with four different personal influences, four different styles.. Together, one rockin' band with one authentic, hillbilly boppin', rockabilly stompin' sound

Rockin Deke Rivers- Sunday

Rockin’ Deke Rivers and the Jitters have been playing Red Hot Rockabilly and Wild Rock ‘n’ Roll around the North of England for over five years and have drawn from many years of experience in other bands. With a twanging guitar, slappin' of the bass and a pounding on the drums these guys have delighting audiences with their Raw 1950s Rockabilly sound.

Anthony Purdy-Sunday

Playing guitar from the age of 15, music has always been my passion, but it is the love and admiration of the music from the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s that inspired me to write and perform into what became Anth Purdy’s solo show

These eras produced some of the greatest music ever written by some of the best musicians and Anth Purdy’s solo act captures the sounds and styles to bring this wonderful music back to life.

All original material, with styles ranging from Swing, Western Swing, Gypsy Jazz , Rock and Roll and Rockabilly.

A unique act with its roots in the early guitar greats.

The Victory Stage Line Up 2018

(so far!)

The Washboard Resonators-Both Days

The Washboard Resonators play 1920s & 30s vaudeville, ragtime, swing and blues like it was in days gone by. Expect tweed suits, washboards, bowties, shiny guitars, spats, banjos, ukuleles, suitcase bass drums, tap-dancing, foot stomping music and tear jerking harmonies.

Paul'Peaky'Shelby- Saturday

Paul 'Peaky' Shelby favours the Big Band songs of Sinatra, Dean Martin and Nat King Cole, amongst others. An ex bass section singer of Saddleworth male voice choir and classic car enthusiast, enjoys promoting and encouraging newcomers to a go in the wonderful vintage scene

Katie Mustang-Sunday 

A stalwart of the 40's, WW2 weekend circuit for 9 years. Headlining all the major war weekends around the country, backed up with 23 year career in cabaret and cruise ship entertainment 


DJ's & Other Entertainment


Vintage Rewind-Both Days on the Victory Stage

Vintage Rewind are a vintage entertainment team based in South Lancashire, DJing and singing all the great dance tracks from the 20's through to the 70's

They organise and host evening events and teadances playing musical vintage classics from the golden era of Big Band Swing, Lindy, Shag, Jive, Rock n Roll and all your favourite strolls

CD Jive-DJ's Both Days on the Rockin Stage

Playing Music 30s -50s Upbeat R&B, Swing, Western swing & Rock n Roll

York Vintage Dance Group-DJ Both Days in the Vintage Arcade

Playing wide range of music from the 1930's, 40's & 50's 

Laurence Marshall-Both Days on the Victory Stage & Outside

A traditional style one man band originating from Scarborough. Laurence plays tunes ranging from early jazz through to rock n roll all with a one man band style with banjo, honky horns and plenty of silly whistles

What to see & do

Vintage Vehicle Displays

We love Vintage Wheels and will be having a great display of Cars, Bikes, Caravans, Scooters and more.

If you want to enter yours into our display drop us a line!

Dance Lessons

Enjoy learning to Dance or brush up on your moves in our dedicated dance areas. We will be offering Free Lessons in Swing, Jive, Lindy Hop and more, so you can look the part and dance it too!

Plus some time for social dancing to our resident DJ's playing music throughout the day.

Vintage Hair & Beauty Parlour

Brimming with a team of Vintage Har and Makeup Experts the Vintage Beauty Parlour will make sure you have the Up Do or Victory Roll required for your favourite era

Make Do & Mend Workshops

The make do and mend area will be full of Vintage inspiration!

You will have a chance to try, watch and buy Vintage Crafts and meet vintage crafters.

Enroll yourself into one of our workshops in the Make Do & Mend Area and feel like 

you have learn't a new skill! 

Visitors are welcome to dress in Vintage Attire!

Every year, more and more of our visitors join in with the spirit of the Festival by wearing Vintage Attire. In fact many regulars festival goers spend days before planning their outfits to perfection for the weekend. This really is the event where you can dust off your best bib & tucker and make a statement about your favourite era. There is also the ever popular Best Dressed Competition to Enter each day too if you fancy a daunt down our runway!

Saturday Evening Entertainment

For the past couple of Festivals we have embarked on hiring separate venues in York for ticketed evening entertainment (additional tickets required) In 2018 we will be planning a couple of different options with tickets to go on sale at the end of 2017-Space is limited. To find out more sign up to our FOV Newsletter 

Saturday 21st April-York 

If you are visiting our Festival of Vintage for the whole weekend then you might want to join us on Saturday 21st April at one of our live evening entertainment options.  These  2 themed evening options are very popular with Festival goers, so if you fancy a 40 themed dance or a 20's Themed speakeasy then why not join us. See the details below and how to purchase tickets.

Spaces are limited and previous evening do's have always been a sell out in advance. Vintage attire recommended, dance skills not required! These are separate ticketed events held at venues within York in addition to any daytime Festival ticket options purchased for events 10-5pm at the Racecourse. Click Here for more info



Fashion Parades & Talks

Enjoy a trip through the story of Fashion from the Glamour of the 1930's to the swinging sixties. There is a full programme of Fashion Shows and Talks in our Fashion Showcase Area 

from Vintage Industry Experts & Retailers