Swinging Carnaby, Celebrating the sixties with Connett!

The weekend will be a tribute to one of the most exciting decades in music and fashion, and one which put Carnaby on the map as the epicentre for youth culture. Today Carnaby is a top London destination for fashion and lifestyle, known for flagship brands and independent boutiques. Discover many 60’s inspired in-store activities throughout the weekend including complimentary 60’s Americana snacks, drinks and music at Hilfiger Denim who will be recreating the atmosphere of the first ever Hilfiger store, Lee Jeans will host an archive show of their 1960's denim fashion with live music. Van's will be customising shows for customers, just like when they opened the first store in California in 1966. Visit Fred Perry in the Newburgh Quarter to view their archives of garments from the 60's. There will also be live DJ's playing 60's tunes in-store at Stromboli's Circus, Ben Sherman, Merc, The Face, and Sherry's.

Rumour has it that the concept for the Woodstock festival was conceived in Carnaby in what is now La Trouvaille in Newburgh Street, so if your name is Jimi or Janis you will be treated to a complimentary glass of Champagne. Just round the corner at The White Horse on Newburgh Street or The Clachan on Kingly Street will host 60's discos and a raffle. To finish of a great evening, you can get on down at Zebrano on Ganton Street.

Beauty brands M•A•C and Pix! will offer complimentary 60's style makeovers for customers. Immerse yourself in the inspiration & art of this decade by visiting M•A•C. Come & learn how to create your own sexy, smoky, 60s eye – lashes, kohl & a flawless complexion. Buy a pair of lashes and you can take home a free foundation sample - From our 12 formulas your M•A•C artist will find the perfect base for your skin type and provide a flawless backdrop to your pop-art peepers. The Beauty Lounge in Kingly court will be home to Miss Dress who will be offering free style advise. Get transformed into a psychedelic chick or a Twiggy style siren whilst picking up make-up tips for that wide eyed look that are synonymous with the 60's.

Visit one of the free pop up exhibitions in the area including Sorry You Missed The 60’s – a unique collection of photography by Philip Townsend including Twiggy, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones – Philip will be signing his new book throughout the weekend. Art Vinyl in Kingly Court will exhibit iconic album cover artwork from the 60’s including The Rolling Stones. Zero Cool will feature 60's inspired art in Marshall Street. London College of Fashion in Carnaby Street will have live performances in the window celebrating the iconic hairstyles and fashion of legendary Mary Quant. Barnardo's boutique will be making an appearance on Newburgh Street will 60's fashion.

Sing your favourite 60’s songs at the Sing London piano on Carnaby Street at various times throughout the weekend. A pianist will play the tune, all you have to do is sing along from one of the many song sheets including favourites ‘Hey Jude’ or ‘Dedicated Follower of Fashion’. Live bands will entertain the crowds with go-go dancers from the Whoopee Club www.thewhoopeeagency.com on a stage which will be set up at the corner of Carnaby Street and Broadwick Street with funky music inspired by the sixties.

On Saturday the London band Connett will be playing their true modernist sound from 1pm. They have been recording in Paul Weller’s recording studio since he listened to their debut mini-album Waging War On The Obvious.

Prior to their gig at Carnaby Street this Saturday at 1pm, Connett will be performing a couple of tunes acoustically and chatting about the band on the Saturday breakfast show. Interview and song times will be Saturday morning @ 7.10am and 8.10am

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