Looking Sweet and UK Soul & Lovers Rock

Looking Sweet and UK Soul & Lovers Rock at V&A

The cold weather is starting to check-in, but just before it does completely why not come down to the V&A on Friday 18 October and soak up some Lovers Rock and UK Soul 70s & 80s style – all courtesy of the Club to Catwalk: 80s Fashion in London Exhibition Season!

There are two events as listed below, one is FREE & DROP-IN and the other is ticketed at £5. Read on to find out more and how to book for event no. 2, which still has about 30 tickets left!

Please feel free to FORWARD this to your family, friends, colleagues and discerning lovers and soulters. Can I gently remind you please to also bring along your favourite 70s and 80s stories, album covers, photographs, magazines and greeting cards and include them in our impromptu public pop-up display. Come in your 70s and 80s retro outfits and have your photograph taken to celebrate the night.

Finally the evening begins at 18.30 until 21.45 – arrive in good time, there should be something for everyone. When you arrive come to the main entrance on Cromwell Road and go straight to the Reception desk and ask for a DAY SHEET FOR THE LOOKING SWEET UK SOUL AND LOVERS ROCK EVENTS. This will tell you the location of where the different activities for the event are taking place. Please show the Day Sheet and ask the visitor and gallery services staff wearing orange ties for directions of where you need to go.

1. Looking Sweet: UK Soul and Lovers Rock Scenes
Friday 18 October 2013, 18.30 – 21.45
Free and Drop-in

The 1980s embraced love, radicalism and self-expression. Join us down memory lane and share your stories of Afro hair and fashion trends, the club scene, record shops, and music and pirate radio stations. Highlights include: our DJ set featuring Denis Bovell, Lindsay Wesker, Dave VJ and Keith Lawrence; the 2011 film ‘Lover Rock’ by Menelik Shabbaz; film footage from Afro Hair and Beauty 1983; Rudi Page former Marketing Director for black hair and beauty business giants Dyke and Dryden and a guided tour of the exhibition ‘Club to Catwalk: 80s fashion in London’ (30 visitors max).

Can I gently remind you please to bring along your favourite 70s and 80s stories, album covers, photographs, magazines and greeting cards and include them in our impromptu public pop-up display. Come in your 70s and 80s retro outfits and have your photograph taken to celebrate the night.

2. UK Soul and Lover Rock Panel
Friday 18 October 2013, 18.30 – 19.45
Fee: £5, no concessions

To book call the Bookings Team on 0207 942 2211 or go to http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/2887/uk-soul-lovers-rock-panel-4258/.

Be a part of this showcase panel of industry specialists Dennis Bovell (record producer and musician), Lindsay Wesker (writer, DJ and broadcaster), Dave VJ (DJ, broadcaster and entrepreneur), Sonia Poulton (writer and broadcaster) and chaired by Mykaell Riley (Westminster University, Steel Pulse) as they relive the sounds of the 1970s and 1980s UK Soul invasion and the sweet falsetto that was Lovers Rock. How did underground radio, the record shops that were the hang outs for the latest tunes and hippest fashions, the club scene that cemented many new relationships, subcultures and countless new dances impact on British music and style today.

Don’t forget to check out:
CLUBBING AND RAVING BACK IN THE DAY
The 1980s relived and remembered at the V&A Museum
Article by Patrick Vernon OBE
http://bit.ly/1bbC2Gk
http://voice-online.co.uk/article/clubbing-and-raving-back-day