Being stretched out and dreaming in the Bank Holiday sunshine today at Bow & Crossbones HQ, has got us thinking about that all Nevada heat last month at Viva - So what better time to have a look back at all the fantastic events and fabulous things we got upto during this year’s rocking Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend?
If you don’t know what Viva is, let us give you the word from the bird on arguably the biggest date in the rockabilly calendar.
Bringing over 20,000 party-goers to The Orleans Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas every year, VLV is the place where pin-ups and slick fellas enjoy four nonstop days of music, rad cars and dancing. The event is truly global with Rock ‘n’ Roll and Rockabilly aficionados coming from Europe, South America, Japan and even as far as New Zealand, to dress fly and cut loose! This festival has featured some of the very best Rockabilly music from legends like: Jerry Lee Lewis, Wanda Jackson, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Brian Setzer, Brenda Lee, Dita Von Teese and so many more!
Viva Las Vegas also hosts North America’s biggest pre-1960’s era car show. We’re talking hundreds of hot rods glistening in the Nevada sun surrounded by just as many vendors selling vintage clothing, home wares, music and vintage reproduction must-haves.
And that, good friends, is where you would have found us B&C girls! In our natural habitat, swimming in the best quality authentic reproduction jewellery and true vintage finds. Boy! Was it hot!
However, we wouldn’t let a little thing like 37 degree heat get between us and our glorious customers (that’s you by the way!) Later in the afternoon our glamour level was pushed to an all-time high, as we hosted a Meet & Greet with the gorgeous Rockabilly Ruby.
There was also the Tiki Pool Party, and the Burlesque Bingo, alongside all the performance acts and dance competitions. Viva Las Vegas was (and every year IS) huge and we wouldn’t miss it for the world!
VLV isn’t the only place Bow & Crossbones will be popping up this year though!
In mid-June, we will be setting up with an array of goodies at The Rockabilly Rave. Taking place 14th-18th at Camber Sands, UK - the Rave is one of the absolute highlights of the UK rockabilly scene and this year the event is a whole 22 years old! When you’re at the Rave there is always music and the sound of dancing feet coming from somewhere.
As founder Jerry Chatabox says “The 22nd Rave sees the most varied mix of bands that we’ve ever put on!” He continues, “Thirty bands appearing on three live music stages, twenty top drawer DJs spinning floor fillers in the dancehalls and more beer being drunk in the bars than medical science would believe possible… Welcome to the melting pot of the rockin world known as Rockabillyland!“ And Bow & Crossbones will be there for the whole long weekend! We’ll have a stash of original vintage finds for you to get your hands on, as well as our huge range of authentic vintage reproduction lucite… We can’t wait!
That’s not all! When September rolls around, the B&C team will be hitching up the wagon at High Rockabilly Festival, Spain! This 5 day party will take over the streets and beach of Calafell, featuring some of the hottest Rockabilly and rock n’roll acts.
This little blogger is particularly stoked about seeing The Delta Bombers, but there is a whole wealth of performances to keep you dancing into the night! Take a look for yourself…
So we’ll see you there, yeah? Hang on. If you’re not going to make it there, don’t worry! We’ll keep you in the loop across our social media channels and our goodies will always be ready to go from the online store. We've got you covered, honey.
Guess we’d better get those bags packed!