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, South London 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 Friday 30 March - Sunday 1 April 2018.

On-line booking is essential to guarantee a place. SwingFest sold out in 2015, 2016 and 2017 so early booking is highly recommended. Book as much or as little as you like, from one evening to a day of workshops to the whole event. Book today for a 5.25% saving - savings reduce daily until Sunday 18 March.

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


Live swing, swing DJs and more

We kick off on the Friday evening with some fine swing DJs spinning tunes from the 1930s, 40s and 50s. The evening kicks off with a swing dance class suitable for absolute beginners. Bring your dancing shoes!

Tickets for Friday night 8pm-2am in the Ballroom are £10 in advance or £15 on the door. Smart dress please, Vintage style always appreciated but not essential.

Shirt Tail StompersOn Saturday we have live music from the amazing Shirt Tail Stompers, seven of the finest swing musicians the UK has to offer - plus top London swing DJs. Again the evening kicks off with a swing dance class suitable for absolute beginners.

Tickets for Saturday night 8pm-2am in the Ballroom are £20 in advance or £25 on the door. 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 Pocket Basie, playing Basie arrangements with the very best of today's swing and jazz musicians. Plus top London swing DJs. Again the evening kicks off with a swing dance class suitable for absolute beginners.

Tickets for Sunday night 7pm-12am in the Globe room are £20 in advance or £25 on the door. Smart dress please, Vintage style always appreciated but not essential.

All three nights from just £40!! No partner and no dance experience needed. Group bookings welcome, just ask.


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

On Saturday and Sunday we have swing dance workshops for improvers through to advanced dancers with a top selection of both local and international teachers!

Tickets for the workshops 10am-5pm are £60 per day or £105 for both days with an extra £10 saving for a lead and follow booking together (NB we rotate partners in all workshops so you don't need to dance together all day, just find someone to book with!)

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 nights. We kick off with a beginners swing dance (Lindy hop) class every night for those who want to learn a few steps - no partner needed.

On-line booking is essential to guarantee a place. SwingFest sold out in 2015, 2016 and 2017 so early booking is highly recommended. Book as much or as little as you like, from one evening to a day of workshops to the whole event.


Friday night

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

  • Absolute beginners swing dance class (no partner needed)
  • Lindy hop performances
  • DJs Sam Holt, Martin "Swingland" Ellis, Romayne Etwaroo and more TBC

Saturday night

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

Sunday night

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


 

Workshops for all levels

Our fantastic teacher line-up for 2018 includes Angela Andrew, Martin Ellis, Sam Holt and Gabija Zakarauskaitė, Oli Deans and Romayne Etwaroo.

On-line booking is essential to guarantee a place. SwingFest sold out in 2015, 2016 and 2017 so early booking is highly recommended. Book as much or as little as you like, from one evening to a day of workshops to the whole event.

Workshop numbers will be strictly limited (up to 10-20 each of leads and follows per group) to ensure maximum attention and feedback from the teachers. Early booking is highly recommended.

Read about the workshop levels

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.


Improver

Saturday and Sunday 11am-5.30pm (registration 10.15am followed by warm-up).
  • Lindy hop and authentic jazz dance/solo Charleston
  • 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 11am-5.30pm (registration 10.15am followed by level check & warm-up)
  • Lindy hop and authentic jazz dance/solo Charleston
  • 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 11am-5.30pm (registration 10.15am followed by audition & warm-up)
  • Lindy hop and authentic jazz dance/solo Charleston
  • Expect an audition first thing! :-)
  • No partner needed, we will rotate partners and balance leads/follows as best possible

SwingFest Gallery

SwingFest 2018 Booking Form

Book today for a 5.25% saving - savings reduce daily until Sunday 18 March.

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


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SAVE £££s - £40pp for all three nights
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SAVE £££s - £110pp 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)

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