Modfest 2014

Published On March 19, 2014 | By We Love Brighton | Things to do features


ModFest is being held over the early Bank Holiday May 3rd and 4th at Brighton Racecourse and will be compered by Eddie Piller. It is a festival that celebrates all aspects of mod – music, art, literature, cinema, fashion and scooters – and is supporting the charities Teenage Cancer Trust, Be One Percent and Love Music Hate Racism.

The variety of bands and DJs playing all respect what has gone before but also look forward, allowing new or upcoming bands and DJs, the chance to share a stage with more established acts.

This ideology is also reflected in our cinemaThe Royal where Rita Tushingham will introduce two of her classic films: A Taste of Honey and The Knack…and How To Get It – while director Lee Cogswell will introduce his film Keep On Keepin On, his film about Nolan Porter’s tour with Stone Foundation, followed by a Q&A with the band and Lee.

Sharing the Royal stage will be a number of respected authors, including Paolo Hewitt talking about mod literature, Stuart Deabill will be remembering bands such as The Jam, Oasis and the London clubscene, Terry Rawlings will take part in a Q&A before a screening of STONED, a film based on his book about the death of Brian Jones and Mark
Baxter, whose non-fiction books cover subjects such as mod and football fashion while his fiction has been turned into film.

Saturday sees the scooter competition, sponsored by Vespa and will be judged by Claude and Claudia Agius – owners of one of the oldest scooter shops in England. There
are four categories with the winner getting some exclusive Vespa goodies and will lead the Sunday morning ride out.

Sunday is Dress Handsome Sunday in association with Nicholson and Walcot, makers of bespoke scarfs. There’s no need to register for Dress Handsome Sunday, just turn up on Sunday looking sharp, and if you’re picked by one of our wandering judges, you’ll be in for some suitable fine treatment at ModFest.

ModFest are also working with Pellicano Menswear to develop a limited edition shirt in aid of Be One Percent. There will also be Quadrophenia memorabilia on display including scooters.

Line up:

The Universal, Hannah Williams and The Tastemakers, Stone Foundation, The Rivalry, Gizelle Smith and The Mighty Mocambos, The Assist, The Last Of The Troubadours,
Sisteray, The Tones, The Spitfires, Superminx 70, Vox Empire, The Repeat Offenders, The Orders, The Tones, Weekend Sun, Jack Fletcher and Samuel S. Parkes

DJs: Norman Jay, Eddie Piller, Jo Wallace, Dean Rudland, Dean Chalkley, Gary Crossing, Lee Parsons, Let Your Heart Dance, Mad Mod DJ (14 year old Dj from Merseyside)

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