• Annual Vintage Weekend events confirmed between Friday 2nd May and Sunday 4th May

  • Bedlam Pump St & Sandwich Co Diamond unite for the Derry Jazz Festival festivities

  • Activities to include Tea Dance Extravaganza and Vintage & Antiques Fair


With the acclaimed Derry Jazz Festival round the very next corner, and on the back of the success of last year’s Cathedral Quarter Vintage & Antiques Fair, organisers of the latter event have announced details of the Vintage Weekend to take place between Friday 2nd and Sunday 4th May, 2014.

The three day event and all activities within is a collaboration between Derry’s only vintage/ retro/ antiques emporium, BEDLAM (Pump St.), and the city’s award winning eatery, THE SANDWICH CO, both of whom have decided that this year, they are taking things up a gear with a range of old style fun spread out over the weekend to tie in very nicely with the Derry Jazz Festival.


Starting from 5pm on Friday 2nd May, The Sandwich Co. Diamond is the location for the Tea Dance Extravaganza; an evening of music, dancing and, naturally, a High Tea included to get the energy levels up before hitting the dance floor in the venue’s recently opened Bunker Room. Tickets are now on sale for this event, priced at £10 and including High Tea plus all entertainment, are available from Bedlam and branches of the Sandwich Co. Swinging, literally, into action between 5pm- 11pm, expect a combo of live music as well as local DJs Ben Allen (AbbaZappa) and Derry’s prodigal daughter, the Stray Kitten amongst others.

On to the Saturday and it’s all about Bedlam, with a bombardment of spot prizes, discounts and offers all day long, taking place within the historical building that houses Bedlam and its numerous outlets. Getting in on the act, Gladrags and Handbags, Hansel & Gretel, Pretty Betty Treasures, AbbaZappa, Little Acorns Bookstore, the Recovery Room, Family Jewels, the Cooper-Cowley Gallery, Healing Arts, Ma’s Crafts and The Snug Tea Room, with all those responsible having come up with a plethora of shopping incentives to keep customers happy throughout the second day of the Vintage Weekend.


As for the final day of the weekend’s festivities, and with last year’s Vintage & Antiques Fair still fresh in the mind of many, it’s time for Round 2, with some 40 vintage, antique and crafts dealers from the length and breadth of Ireland already confirmed to fill up the Cathedral Quarter from early morning to early evening. Visitors are invited to start their browsing at The Sandwich Co Diamond where live music together with a cuppa and the best sandwiches in town should help ease one seamlessly into the mooching market mood. From there, through the courtyard to Pump Street and as far as the Cathedral car park, all kinds of everything from the antiques world await for the public’s perusing pleasure.


Vintage_Weekend_lores_backElayne Mc Nicholl, in charge of Bedlam’s input into the event said, “Last year we launched the first Cathedral Quarter Fair, together with Sandwich Co Diamond, Inner City Trust and the Culture Company and we were delighted to host almost 5,000 visitors. This year, we’re taking it to the next level with a full weekend of activities, from Friday’s Tea Dance to Sunday’s Vintage Fair There’ll be something for all tastes and pockets, we invite the public to hunt and haggle for their perfect hidden treasure! We hope that this event will be one of the sustaining legacies of the City of Culture, showing Derry/Londonderry’s spirit of getting creative and working together”.

As if that isn’t enough, The Rumble Club have also got in on the act, with a rockin’ rollin’ evening to take place at Sandinos, Water St on Sunday 4th from 8pm sharp. Headlining the event, derry Jazz Festival favourite Carmen Ghia & the Hot Rods will be joined by guest DJ Jamboree Gerry Robinson as well as Rumble Club regulars, Hot Rodd Todd and Beatnik Dan. With sounds swinging from rhythm&blues to rockabilly and everything in between, this is set to be a perfect end to a perfect weekend.

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All in all, it’s a veritable fest of all things vintage, retro, antique and with the musical soundtrack that will accompany the three-dayer, things are looking good for this year’s Vintage Weekend. Think Portobello Road but with a Derry accent- you’d be a kerrazy old fool to miss it!



For more information and to purchase tickets for the Tea Dance Extravaganza on Friday 2nd May, contact:

Elayne McNicholl at Bedlam Pump Street, Tel: 07754859064

Or buy directly from The Sandwich Co Diamond

Tickets for the Tea Dance are priced at £10,including food and numbers are limited.


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April 18, 2014. Uncategorized.


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