About SwingFest

We have the most amazing 3 days of live swing music, swing dance workshops and dancing til the early hours lined up for you as we take over The Bedford for the Easter holiday!

Established in 2015, SwingFest is an annual festival of live swing music, swing dance workshops and dancing at The Bedford, Balham in the heart of South London.

The next SwingFest is 14-16 April 2017.

South London SwingFest has been a roaring success in both its first two years and this year promises to be just as good if not better.

Book as much or as little as you like, from one evening to a day of workshops to the whole event!

On-line booking in advance is essential.


Live swing, swing DJs and more

Shirt Tail StompersWe kick off on the Friday evening with the wonderful Shirt Tail Stompers, one of the most popular bands on the current swing scene. There's a taster swing dance class included for those who want to learn a few steps first, plus we have some fine swing DJs spinning tunes from the 1930s, 40s and 50s - from London, Andrew "Tequila Mockingbird” Willis & Martin "Swingland" Ellis - and more to be confirmed.

Tickets for Friday night 8pm-2am in the Ballroom are £20. Smart dress please, Vintage style always appreciated but not essential.

Rich BennettOn Saturday we have the amazing Rich B & The Vipers, six of the finest swing musicians the UK has to offer - plus London DJs Andrew "Tequila Mockingbird” Willis & Martin "Swingland" Ellis and more. Look out for a late-night surprise too - you won't be disappointed :-)! Again the evening kicks off with a taster swing dance class.

Tickets for Saturday night 8pm-2am in the Ballroom are £20. Smart dress please, Vintage style always appreciated but not essential.

Pete LongOn Sunday we move into The Bedford's very grand "Globe" room - like Shakespeare's Globe this is an open circular space with a gallery so plenty of room for both dancers and those who just want to watch and listen. The band? The incomparable Pete Long's 13-piece Benny Goodman Orchestra, playing the original arrangements with the very best of today's swing and jazz musicians. Plus London DJs Tim "Hellzapoppin'" & Martin "Swingland" Ellis and more. Again the evening kicks off with a taster swing dance class.

Tickets for Sunday night 7pm-12am in the Globe room are £25. Smart dress please, Vintage style always appreciated but not essential.

All three nights from just £50!! No partner and no dance experience needed. Group bookings welcome, just ask.


Workshops for all levels in Lindy hop and related swing dance styles

We kick off on the Friday with a beginners/improvers Lindy hop workshop - then on Saturday and Sunday we have workshops for improvers through to advanced dancers with a top selection of both local and international teachers!

Tickets for the Friday workshop 11am-4pm are £30 or £50 for a lead and follow booking together.

Tickets for the Saturday and Sunday workshops 10am-5pm are £55 per day or £85 for both days with an extra £10 saving for a lead and follow booking together.

Dancing to top swing bands and DJs

Three fabulous nights of live swing music and top swing DJs!

Absolute beginners and non-dancers are welcome at any of the evenings. We kick off with a beginners swing dance (Lindy hop) class for those who want to learn a few steps - no partner needed.

Venue - The Bedford, 77 Bedford Hill, Balham SW12 9HD

On-line booking in advance is essential.


Friday night

In the Ballroom & Map Room, 8pm-2am

Saturday night

In the Ballroom & Map Room, 8pm-2am

  • Beginners Lindy hop class (Map Room, 8pm)
  • Live music from Rich B & The Vipers
  • PLUS! Late night surprise!
  • DJs Andrew "Tequila Mockingbird" Willis, Martin "Swingland" Ellis and more!

Sunday night

Big Band night in the The Bedford's "Globe" Theatre, 7pm-midnight

Workshops for all levels

Our amazing teacher line-up includes Lisa Clarke & Fabien Vrillon, Ciana Skeete & Oli Deans, Sally Young & Patrick McNicol, Sam Holt and Gabija Zakarauskaitė and Martin Ellis & Romayne Etwaroo.

Read about the workshop levels

You may book one day of workshops or both.

There will be short breaks in the morning and afternoon, and a longer break for lunch each day.

Rooms for each level will be allocated appropriately according to numbers - all rooms have effective air-conditioning.

Each level will be taught by as many of the teachers as is feasible and appropriate.

Venue - The Bedford, 77 Bedford Hill, Balham SW12 9HD (4+ rooms - the Ballroom, the Globe and the Map Room plus the Side bar/Tavistock/First floor space)

On-line booking in advance is essential.


Beginner/improver

Friday 11am-4pm
  • Lindy hop fundamentals
  • You should have attended at least one or two drop-in classes beforehand (eg at C Jam)
  • No partner needed, we will rotate partners and balance leads/follows as best possible

Improver

Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm
  • Lindy hop fundamentals plus Shim Sham jazz routine
  • You should have attended some drop-in classes and/or a workshop or two beforehand (eg at C Jam)
  • No partner needed, we will rotate partners and balance leads/follows as best possible

Intermediate

Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm
  • Lindy hop and authentic jazz dance
  • Good working knowledge of Swing Out, Texas Tommy etc and Lindy Charleston variations expected
  • No partner needed, we will rotate partners and balance leads/follows as best possible

Advanced

Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm
  • Lindy hop and authentic jazz dance
  • Expect an audition first thing! :-)
  • No partner needed, we will rotate partners and balance leads/follows as best possible

SwingFest Gallery

SwingFest 2017 Booking Form

For group bookings or if you have any problems with this form please email us


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SAVE £s - £85pp for Saturday + Sunday PLUS save £10 for lead + follow booking together
Lead(s), follow(s) or booking together? If you're taking any of the beginners classes or daytime workshops which role will you be dancing? This will help us balance numbers - plus you save money on the workshops by booking together! (New to this? - "lead" is traditionally the male role, "follow" the female)