It’s a Wind Up! Vintage 78 Gramophone DJ…

Whilst we're about everything that is glamorous and gorgeous over here at the Love My Dress Wedding Blog, we also love to celebrate all that is vintage.  We regularly feature the most gorgeous vintage inspired weddings, bridal wear, wedding jewellery and even vintage style photography, but over the next week or so, we'll be featuring details of some of the most fabulous vintage style wedding and event entertainers, starting today, with It's a Wind Up!

It's a Wind Up! are gramophone enthusiasts Matt and Annabel, who specialise in playing original 78rpm shellac discs on 1930’s Gramophone players to live audiences of all kinds…

"We started collecting these fantastic old discs and players some time ago and it became our passion to play them and to introduce them to live audiences all over the UK.  We come with picnic style gramophones with the pop up lids which we wind up to play.

Combining our passions for music and fashion, we select music form our vast collection (now over 10000) and cater for all kinds of events form garden parties and birthdays to weddings and corporate do’s. We have a collection of picnic style HMV 102 gramophones which wind up to play our records.  All our records are old shellac 78rpm discs and the music ranges from the 1900s all the way through to the late 50’s and includes 20’s “Speakeasy” 30’s Swing 40’s Big Band 50’s Crooners and Rock n’ Roll plus Lindy hop, Jive, Blues and much more!"

Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Imagery kindly provided by It's A Wind Up

It's a Wind Up!

Saxophonist Matt is also a music promoter and founder of Matt and Phred’s Jazz Club in Manchester, the Manchester Jazz festival and Iroko records. After 10 years, Matt has left the club scene and is back playing his sax and spinning shellac on the gramophones. Matt brings with him a vast knowledge of Jazz, Swing and Blues.  High flyer Annabel is Head of Research and Graduate Education at the University of Huddersfield and brings with her a love of all things vintage. Annabel has a large collection of 50’s dresses and accessories but is no slouch when it comes to knowledge of the music! …

Matt told me, "The reaction to the shows has been fantastic from people who remember them first time around to a whole new audience who can’t believe that it’s a purely mechanical process and are amazed by the sound quality we obtain.  Annabel has a natural gift as a DJ for great song selection.."

The couple themselves – who planning their own 2011 vintage style wedding! {congratulations both!!!}

It's a Wind Up! playing in Devon...

It's a Wind Up! playing in Devon...

This year, It's a Wind Up! have performed at some very exclusive events, including River Cottage for “Hugh’s summer parties”, The Oddfellows Society bicentennial at Old Trafford Football Ground in front of 1000 guests. Christian Louboutin new range launch at Harvey Nichols and a vintage Chanel/Yves Saint Laurent/Dior event at the Costume Gallery in Manchester. They have also played at weddings, garden parties, birthdays and corporate events…

Pretty impressive!

Prices start at £350 for drinks reception, £550 for a whole afternoon event and there are other options for evening or a disco type party. The equipment can be easily amplified to play in any type of hall from your living room to the largest function room.  It’s a Wind Up! Often work with Matt Nickson Music to provide the whole day’s/evening’s entertainments at events, Matt providing jazz and funk bands to suit.
It's a Wind Up! playing at the launch of  Christian Louboutin's new range, at Harvey Nichols... It's a Wind Up! playing at the launch of  Christian Louboutin's new range, at Harvey Nichols...

For further information or to enquire about booking, contact It's a Wind Up! by email or call Matt on 07971805134.  You can also keep up with the It's A Wind Up via Facebook and their blog – alternatively, head on over to

More vintage wedding entertainent coming your way on Love My Dress soon folks including a fabulous male vocalist and a group of red lipped leggy lovelies who like to sing it 40's style! 😉

Much love,

Annabel xXx


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Founder of Love My Dress. Passionate Podcaster and Editor. Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire with her husband and business partner Philip, their two daughters and menagerie of furry hounds. She loves photography, meditation, walking, being outdoors and star gazing. She is fierce when it comes to championing talent within the wedding industry and when she's not working on Love My Dress, she supports her husband Philip in the running of the family's sustainable flower farm and floral design business, Moonwind Flowers. In 2013, she became a published author.