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Posted July 11th 2013

Step Into The Lyon’s Den!

It’s almost time to dress up in your vintage finest and join us at our Corner House Club Night!

Melting Vinyl and Towner have teamed up again to bring you another legendary club night based on an exhibition at the gallery. We’re going to explain every little detail to you in this piece of all the goings on at Towner next Saturday.

We’ve taken inspiration from The Lyons Corner Houses, also known as the tearooms. Lyons first opened it’s doors in 1909 in London’s Coventry street. These were huge restaurants on four or five levels – each floor having its own restaurant style – with orchestras playing to the diners almost continuously through the day and evening. The Corner Houses saw many different folk through it’s doors, including many of the Suffragettes who held their first meetings in these famous tearooms.

The club night will be based on the exhibition held at the Towner gallery ‘The Lyons Teashops Lithographs: Art in a time of Austerity’ where lithographs were commissioned to combat a wartime decline in the interior décor of their famous teashops.

As you step into our Corner House Club Night, you will be greeted by Radio City Theatre, who will be performing ‘Briefs Encountered’ (a spoof of Brief Encounters). All around the gallery there will be loads of activities including a sewing workshop for a bunting bonanza with Eastbourne’s own The Owl And The Sewing Cat, a vintage photobooth to capture your vintage attire, The Wind Ups; who will be playing jive music on authentic gramophones winding them up! We also have one of our favourites David Bramwell from the Catalyst Club who will be delivering another one of his brilliant talks ‘Celebrating the life of Victorian postal prankster’ also joined by Alastair Goode’s talk ‘My Suffragette Heritage’.

And of course, no Melting Vinyl/Towner club night would be complete without even more music! We also have live music from orchestral ensembles and jive and swing to the sounds of the ‘40s and ‘50s until the midnight hour. To get you in the mood, here’s Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra perform the jazz classic… ‘In The Mood’ Apologies for that terrible pun.

On top of that we’ve created a handy Spotify playlist for you to enjoy!

Remember, the Corner House Club Night is fancy dress with PRIZES to be won for the best dressed! If you’re completely stuck for ideas on our retro 1940s/1950s theme, we’ve sorted you out with a Facebook album full of vintage fashion ideas for you! We’re after sits, hats and those gorgeous big big dresses!

Tickets for Corner House Club Night are available for £10 from Towner and £6 for members, you can get yours here. The ticket price is also includes exhibiton entry for The Lyons Teashops Lithographs: Art in a Time of Austerity.

See you all swinging and jiving next Saturday!