• Final preparations underway for the Derry Cathedral Quarter Vintage Weekend 2-4 May 2014

  • Tickets for the Tea Dance now on sale

  • Bedlam go bonkers on the special offers


With only days to go until this year’s Vintage Weekend as part of the Derry Jazz Festival, it’s full steam ahead in Derry’s Cathedral Quarter as organisers set the final pieces in place for the three day event which takes place from Friday 2nd– Sunday 4th May.

The launch of the celebrations on Friday 2nd May will take place in the Sandwich Co Diamond branch with the location’s first Vintage Tea Dance geared to kick off from 5pm -11pm on that same date. Visitors should also expect action on the evening in the outlet’s Bunker Room, part of the same Sandwich Co establishment and for those unfamiliar with the recently opened Bunker Room, a real treat is in store. Designed and decorated by local artist Domnall Starkie, and once the site of the renowned Corinthian Ballroom, the space possesses a retro feel unlike any other in the town with special touches including the original sewing stools from the Bishop Street Shirt factory as well as walls covered with Starkie’s unique representations of local Derry heroes.



On the night in question, a real combination of talents and tastes. From the lip-smacking High Tea provided by Sandwich Co Diamond and the black & white movie projections to the live band brought to the party by Jammhouse’s John Ross, namely Ursula & Co.’s mobile jazz club playing timeless classics, the scene will be smoothly set taking Tea Dancers on an enchanting musical journey and back to the romantic era of musical theatre, stage and silver screen.

From 6pm, local record shop owner and DJ, Ben Allen, whose store, AbbaZappa, is housed across the street in Bedlam, will provide the tea dance tunes, helped along later in the night by the Stray Kitten, recently returned to the town and ready for some rockabilly action to end the night.


Tickets for this part of the Vintage Weekend include the High Tea from 5-7pm and are priced at £10, now available from both Bedlam Pump Street and The Sandwich Co Diamond. For those who plan to start their night a little bit later, there is also the option to pay £5 cover charge at the door with the added ability to BYO Bottle of Wine.

On to Saturday 3rd and expect actual bedlam inside Bedlam as store holders ply the public with a plethora of special offers and inviting incentives to get vintage/retro/antique lovers worked up throughout the day. Amongst the delights in store, chances to win a vintage clothes & accessories hamper from Handbags & Gladrags, a crafty cushion class from Pretty Betty’s Treasures, a jazz themed book stack from Little Acorns Bookstore, kitsch kitchenalia from The Recovery Room and an original Pat Cowley painting from the Cowley-Cooper Fine Art Gallery. Meanwhile, in Family Jewels, store holder Gary Mc Nicholls is offering free valuations throughout the day on antiques, jewellery, militaria and paperwork, whilst next door in Healing Arts, Rowena Corner will be giving Head & Back Massages at massively reduced rates and in Ma’s Crafts and The Snug Tearoom, a chance to roll the dice, get it half price. Foyle Photo Gallery will also operate a ‘buy one, get one free’ policy whilst in AbbaZappa, customers will have a chance to walk away with a limited edition vinyl clock and record player amongst the goods up for grabs. In that same part of the building, the record decks will be open for budding DJs to step up and play their finest vinyl with Ben Allen and special guest, Rumble Club’s Hot Rod Todd, filling in any musical gaps.


Moving onto Sunday and it’s all about the Vintage/Retro/Antiques Fair in the Cathedral Quarter, where some 40 stalls will set up Portobello Road style albeit with a Derry accent, into the Pump Street courtyard. Having been privy to a special surprise earlier that weekend from Hansel & Gretel and its team of volunteers, expect a street bursting with life and colour, not to mention decoration! The fair will start at 12 o clock and will continue till 5.30pm with bargain hunters expected to turn out in their hundreds and thousands from early morn. An absolute must for any discerning lover of vintage, retro, crafts and antique lifestyle.

And in the earlier part of Sunday, whilst all that is going on outside, inside the Sandwich Co Diamond from 12.30pm to 2.30pm, The Jammhouse presents Caolan McLaughlin with John Ross & guests. Caolan has already had an abundant career full of tours, gigs and studio albums. Keyboard player for the great Bronagh Gallagher Band and co-writer on tracks from her last album, Caolan also plays guitar and bodhránthroughout his one-man shows. He’ll throw it all in, Jazz, Rock n Roll, Friendly Classics, and more…


In an extra exciting piece of news, one of the stars of the Derry Jazz Festival- Carmen Ghia, along with her Hot Rods, has confirmed a special appearance at the Vintage Fair on Sunday so market goers are advised to keep an eye out for the vintage bombshell as she swings through the fair.

Later that evening and in a fitting end to the weekend’s festivities, it’s all down to Sandino’s in Water Street where The Rumble Club take over the upstairs room with a spectacular performance guaranteed from same Carmen Ghia and the HotRods from 8pm. Assisting her in providing the soundtrack to the swingin’ evening, Rumble Club’s DJs Hot Rod Todd and Beatnik Dan will be joined by very special guest Jamboree Gerry Robinson. Tickets for this event are priced at £8, available now from Sandino’s.

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All in all then, this is set to be one mighty fine weekend ahead, slotting in very smoothly with the Derry Jazz Festival in all its glory. Get your gladrags on; it’s time for the good, old times…

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.


Graphic Design by Domnall Starkie

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April 29, 2014. Uncategorized.

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