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Published: June 27, 2022 | Updated: June 28, 2022

Gallery: Vintage festival is a smash hit as over 30,000 people attend this year’s Shake & Stir

This year’s Shake and Stir Vintage Music Festival attracted all ages. Picture: Paul Thompson/Oakphotography.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

It was the weekend when the good folk of Southbourne – and beyond – let their hair down and, boy, did they have a good time.

This year’s Shake & Stir Vintage Music Festival has been declared an unqualified success with more than 30,000 people attending the two-day event.

The area’s very own festival by the sea featured vintage fashion, artisan traders and live music playing the sounds of the 1920s, 1970s and everything in between.

Once again the event’s popularity was thanks, in part, to the range and quality of the live music, vintage themed workshops and classic car displays.

Musical highlights included the Swing Unlimited Big Band, Phil Halley and His Comments, Be Bop A Lula – Gene Vincent Tribute, Andy Kennet as Elvis and Andy Shailer, Crazy Rhythm Jukebox, in the DJ vinyl booth with MR D DJ Dave Norrell as MC on the bandstand.

Mandy Polkey, Managing Director of Stir Events CIC, leading the team behind Shake and Stir, said: “It was so fantastic to see such a great turnout this year, so many people really dressed to impress.

“Bringing the community together in this way was such a joy and a marvellous way to start the summer off.

“The whole event was spectacular.

“Introducing vintage lovers to local vendors and visitors discovering new things is what Shake & Stir is all about.

“Thank you to all of the volunteers and team, as well as the sponsors, who made the festival such a success.”

The winner of The Show and Shine Car Show, sponsored by Bournemouth Mortgages, was a Ford Skyline Retractable 1963 owned by Lee Caves.

One of Shake and Stir’s volunteers, Alex Louise, organised the vintage fashion show using Cherry Red Vintage clothing, which went down a treat along with a vintage colouring competition, face painting and fair rides for younger visitors.

The winner of the best vintage stand was Watkin Art, showcasing its painted Dorset landscapes.

Sponsors included Bootleg Liquor, Comm Group – Care and Hospitality, Warrior Agency, Party Boutique, Yellow Buses, Helpful Hounds Assistance Dogs, Vivien of Holloway, Oak Photography, Pumpkin and The Tribe, Hot Radio, Pulford Publicity, Bournemouth Mortgages, The Grove Tavern, Phoenix Digital, BAHA, Humphries Kirk and The Wonky Table.

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Gallery – all pictures courtesy of Paul Thompson/Oakphotography