1940s-themed club night Blitzed returns to Glasgow
Ahead of the next Blitzed event in SWG3 on the 28th June, we caught up with one of the event organisers Anna Meldrum, for a quick chat on victory rolls, dancing like there’s no tomorrow and their 15-piece swing band!
Why did you decide to launch Blitzed last year?
When I was about 12 my mum bought some bargain-bin CDs of Ella Fitzgerald and the Andrews Sisters, and I fell completely in love with that era of music. I remember making a mixtape on cassette that featured Mmbop by Hanson and Chew Your Bubblegum by Ella Fitzgerald side by side. As an adult I admired the understated, flattering fashion of the era, and wanted an excuse to wear victory rolls and bright red lipstick. And so Blitzed was born! There was no other dedicated 1940s club night in Scotland, so we just had to put one on ourselves!
What can we expect from the 15-piece swing band Winston and the Churchills?
Swing music has long been the soundtrack to genteel afternoon tea-parties for pensioners, but we want to make it exciting again. Going dancing in the 40s would have held a certain thrill that we can’t imagine, because with the threat of an air raid, it really could be your last night on earth. Winston and the Churchills do a brilliant job of capturing that sense urgency and excitement: they are loud and fun, and what other club night features a 10-strong brass section?!
You’ve moved from hosting the event at The Old Hairdressers to SWG3, are you nervous about the change?
We are pretty nervous about the move to a bigger premises, but we felt it was necessary since every other Blitzed has had us over capacity and fearing for stability of the floor on the Old Hairdresser! We’ve chosen our venue carefully, so it still feels like a bit of a special, secret destination. With the concrete walls and black curtains, SWG3 doesn’t feel a million miles away from a real bomb shelter, which is exactly the atmosphere we’re after.
Any style tips for guys and girls unsure of what to wear to the night?
You don’t have to spend loads of money to make a really great outfit, so don’t worry about that! If you fancy donning a full military uniform then we would be delighted, buy we’re confident that you already have an outfit in your wardrobe. For guys, all you need is a shirt and some reasonably smart trousers, and maybe a pair of braces for an extra retro touch. After that, just slick back your hair and you’re all set! For girls, all you need to look the part is a blouse and a high-waisted skirt, which most people will have in their wardrobe anyway! The victory-rolled hair looks a bit tricky, but there are loads of YouTube tutorials that show you how to do simple retro styles. And of course, a slick of red lipstick is the perfect finishing touch.
What’s your best piece of advice for putting on an event like this?
My best piece of advice is to follow your interests. Before we put on Blitzed, I didn’t think many people would be as interested in 1940s music as I was, but I was proven wrong! So if you have an idea for an event that you’d be interested in going to, chances are others will be interested too. And sometimes you have to make your own fun!
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