Welcome to SwingFest, Sunday 13th August 2023

An amazing day of live swing music, swing dance workshops and dancing as we take over iconic South London venue The Bedford

Nearly there... can't wait!

At present there are still a handful of tickets available for all parts of the day - when they're gone the shopping cart will show if your choice is sold out.

Everyone is welcome at SwingFest - you don't need any dance experience for the afternoon or evening, and some of the workshops are suitable for beginners too! Below you will find the events that make up the day - add them to your booking or find out more about each. Your booking can be adjusted easily before checking out - so feel free to add and remove items as you wish!

Sunday night


Live Music Extravaganza & Swing Dance Party

Over three hours of purely live music from two great bands!

in the Club Room

Louise, Pete - and a jam!

Pete Long's Pocket Basie

Clarinet/sax (and trumpet) maestro and band-leader extraordinaire Peter Long brings his hard-swinging Basie 6-piece - comprising some of today's finest swing & jazz musicians!


Louise Messenger Swingtet - featuring Daniella Teal

"Messenger is a singer of almost impossible talent and class" - Glam Adelaide

Louise brings her vocal talents to her own swinging 6-piece band - this time accompanied by fellow Aussie Daniella Teal

No dance experience needed. Over-18s only.

£33 in advance (£28 early-bird). £40 on the door if available.

*Reserved seating is on the Mezzanine (balcony) - with great views of the stage, easy access to the dance floor, and table service (order by app).

more info...

Sunday afternoon


Afternoon "Tea Dance"

A relaxed, fun afternoon for all! No dance experience required!

in the Ballroom

Admission includes your choice of beginners dance class beforehand (3pm) - Charleston fun with Nikki Santilli or Tap dance for all with Claire Miller!

Corina Kwami

Corina Kwami & the Swing Selection

Swinging 6-piece band - highly entertaining!


Swing DJ

The afternoon is family-friendly!

£19 in advance (£15 early-bird), children age 5-15 free*. £25 on the door if available.

*Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Please contact us before booking if you would like to bring a younger child.

more info...

Sunday morning and early afternoon

from 10.30am

Swing Dance Workshops

A choice of levels and styles with top teachers!

in the Ballroom and Club Room

Lindy hop, Balboa, authentic Jazz dance, and tap - for all levels

with Martin Ellis, Kim Sheard, Nikki Santilli and Claire Miller

Prices from £17 in advance

Please book workshops directly from the schedule

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