SwingFest 2020 - Bands

Three world-class swing bands to keep you entertained, your toes tapping and the dance floor swinging!

The Shirt Tail Stompers

Saturday night Swing Dance Party

7-piece of international renown!

Without doubt one of London's top vintage bands, the Shirt Tail Stompers are firmly established at home and internationally playing Harlem Swing and the Hot Jazz of the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Featuring music from composers such as Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Count Basie.

The Shirt Tail Stompers
The Shirt Tail Stompers

Last year alone saw them playing festivals and shows in Thailand, Denmark, South Korea, Germany, Poland, Greece, Hungary, The Netherlands, France, Norway, Italy, Czech Republic and all across the UK. A truly entertaining show... expect singing, dancing and a whole lot of fun!


Pete Long's 13-piece Benny Goodman Orchestra

Sunday night Big Band Extravaganza

The incomparable Pete Long and the authentic sounds of Benny Goodman!

Including a set from the famous 1938 Carnegie Hall concert.

Listen to the band play Swingtime in the Rockies (from their album Goodmania):

Pete Long Biography

Pete has been at the very heart of our events since the very first Savoy Ball way back in 2001 - and for 2019 he put together the two bands that re-created Basie vs Webb (1938), leading Basie's All-Star Contenders (widely regarded to have won on the night) - if you were there you'll know just how special that was! Pete's Benny Goodman Orchestra ("the Goodmen") is a sell-out at events around the country and this will be the band's third appearance at South London SwingFest.
If you can only do part of SwingFest do this part!

Pete Long

King Candy's Great Eastern

Sunday afternoon Vintage Tea Dance

Set sail for a fabulous Sunday afternoon journey through jazz!

Way back in 1866, over 2000 miles of telegraph cable was laid under the Atlantic Ocean, opening a new era of communication for North America and Europe.

Fast-forward 150 years and in 2013, named after the ship that brought those two continents together, King Candy launched his own 'Great Eastern' in celebration of the legendary transatlantic musical conversations of the 1930s - the golden age of swing.

King Candy's Great Eastern

With clarinet, guitar, bass & drums, King Candy’s Great Eastern brings you titanic glamour on a small scale. A three-way ticket from the charms of 1930s New York and its Charleston-based music hall to the gritty excitement of pre-bop New Orleans and then on to the European sounds of jazz Manouche and the sizzling Gypsy jazz of pre-war Paris.