Win tickets to Vintage at the Southbank Centre, 30-31st July

Classic Album Sundays and Bowers & Wilkins present the Best British Albums at Vintage Festival at Southbank Centre on 29, 30 and 31 July. We will host four two-hour listening sessions each day in the Classic Album Living Room held in the St. Paul’s Pavilion at Royal Festival Hall.

The albums will be played on a stunning all-British hi-fi set up using our 800 Series Diamond Speakers. Each album will feature a presentation from a British music expert such as Greg Wilson, Andy Smith, Jay Strongman, Dean Rudland, Sean Rowley, Mark Moore, Clash Magazine and Pete Donegan who will talk about his own father Lonnie. Alan Sircom, editor of Hi-fi+ Magazine will also relay The Story of British Hi-fi at each session.

We have a pair of tickets for Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July. Let us know your favourite ever British album here for a chance to join us for a celebration of British Music and Hi-fi and hear these British albums as you have never heard them before.

The featured Best British Albums from the 50’s through the 80’s were voted upon and chosen by the public. Here are the winners and the album listening schedule:

Friday 29th July:


2:30 – 4:30 pm (1960’s): THE BEATLES – REVOLVER


7:30 – 9:30 pm (1980’s): KATE BUSH – HOUNDS OF LOVE



Saturday 30th July

12 – 2 pm (1950’s): BILLY FURY- THE SOUND OF FURY


5 – 7 pm (1970’s): PINK FLOYD – DARK SIDE OF MOON

7:30 – 9:30pm (1980’s): JOY DIVISION – CLOSER



Sunday 31st July

12 – 2 pm (1950’s): THE TOMMY STEELE STORY

2:30 – 4:30 pm (1960’s): THE BEATLES – ABBEY ROAD

5 – 7 pm (1970’s):  LED ZEPPELIN – LED ZEPPELIN IV

7:30 – 9:30 pm (1980’s): THE SMITHS – THE QUEEN IS DEAD



Simply tell whether you would like to go on Saturday or Sunday plus your all-time favourite British album on this post to win tickets. Competition closes on 5pm, Monday 25th July.


  • Lee Nixon says:

    Saturday please, as you’ll be playing my all time favourite album anyway. Dark Side of the Moon.

  • Melanie Copus says:

    Haha, mine is precisely the same as Lee’s post!! – Saturday please – And it’s got to be 5 – 7 pm (1970′s): PINK FLOYD – DARK SIDE OF MOON! Thank you :)

  • Jorge Wester says:

    I’d have to go for David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust – it still sounds absolutely amazing. Sunday please.

  • David says:

    Radiohead – The Bends. Can still listen to it over and over again. Sunday please.

  • Ashley says:

    Urban Hymns by The Verve – timeless – Saturday please!!!

  • Phil says:

    Ziggy Stardust – My first album! Not only getting me into David Bowie, but from there into all kinds of music. Any day please.

  • George Lynn says:

    Chris Rea: Road To Hell

  • Michael Atkinson says:

    Sunday please.
    Soft Macjhine – Third.

  • Sandy Asquith says:

    Stone Roses first album every time – surely one of the most influential albums of the 90s
    Saturday or Sunday good for me…Sandy

  • Bowers and Wilkins says:

    Dire Straits- making movies…. love it.
    Saturday please,

  • Saru says:

    John Martyn – Solid Air – a ground breaking album, just one of many favourites.
    Sunday would be lovely!!!

  • Susanna Grant says:

    Congratulations to David and Ashley who have won a pair of tickets each. We will email you shortly.

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