Thursday, August 19, 2010
Vintage at Goodwood: Critical Review
Having read others' reviews (both positive and negative) of the Vintage weekender, I feel compelled to add my tuppence ha'penn'orth to the mix.
But for the weather, which was typically British and not ideal, overall I really did have a smashing weekend. There was vintage atmosphere, there was cake, there was shopping and there was music. I loved the whole "fashion & music by decade" concept. Because of this, and my relentless positivity about all things vintage - I've avoided saying anything negative about the weekend. This was of course the very first Vintage festival, and I truly hope that, as planned, it becomes an annual event. And of course being the first festival of its kind, there were bound to be teething problems, to be learned from. So in the interests of objectivity - and hopefully to help the event run even better next year - I do have one or two points worth bringing up.
My main concern is that for me it was hard to get my money's worth for a £135 weekend ticket. This is not because there wasn't enough stuff going on, but because:
1) The much-vaunted workshops - which I was very much looking forward to - were tiny and hard to find (okay they were on the high street, but there wasn't enough information on the website about where they would be), and I never did find out how to sign up for them. There were also no prices given on the website, which is important information, so it was really annoying that it wasn't provided. In fact the website really ought to have made clear exactly what was included free with the entry ticket and the prices of what wasn't.
2) There were massive queues for anything indoors, including the cinema and the fashion shows, which were held in a ridiculously small venue considering the weekend's attendance. I didn't get to any.
3) It was not made clear that queues for the Torch Club - which were insane - were only actually for a table, and that you could freely walk in to watch the shows. This led to a number of people being disappointed - I only figured it out on the last day, having been put off by the constant queues.
4) Many of the attractions incurred an extra fee. The roller disco was £2.50 an hour (which isn't dear, but we had already paid a hefty entrance ticket). The fairground rides were £2 a pop. Could we not at least have had tokens for one or two free rides included in our £135 ticket?
It was an amazing weekend. For me it was a wonderful opportunity to be able to live vintage in a total immersion way that I don't get the chance to normally (though as I've mentioned, that is to change), and it provided the most fabulous people-watching fun. But I did end up slightly disappointed that I wasn't able to experience some of the amazing things the website and publicity had promised. It's not all the fault of the organisers, I do have to take some responsibility, but it could have been made easier for me - and for others - to get the most out of the weekend.