Invited back by our friends at Electric Swing Circus, we had the most fun type of gig brief – ‘just come along and be your fabulous selves’! We did ‘walkabout’ entertainment – dancing to live bands, providing a bit of a show where energy was low and starting jam circles with enthusiastic dancers in the crowd elsewhere. We also hopped on stage for the late night Ragtime Records DJs – our friend C@ in the H@ with his banging bassy electroswing tunes, as well as for and CatJam, featuring in little ad lib spots alongside hula hoopers, full 20s vintage-attire charleston girls and… fluorescent astronauts. As you do. We got high fives from the late night revellers which made us feel like rockstars 🙂
Returning to the spectacular Festival number 6 in Portmeirion is always an honour, and this year we had our work cut out for us, doing dance slots between each of the live acts in the central village square. We kept the piazza pumping despite some sideways rain and wind – even extending the set by nearly an hour and pulling out some party tunes when the bands couldn’t get onsite! The crowd were amazing, dancing with their brollies and wellies – if ever the Mudflappers truly earned their moniker, this gig was it!
Tom, Eleanor, Oli and Jenny headed to Liverpool to teach, perform, and get people dancing (even in the pouring rain). We ended up being featured on local radio.
You can check out more photos on theLiverpool Echo website
The Idler Academy again provided a place for us at one of our favourite festivals to run our fun-loving swing dance class and performances. This year, it started as a gentle Sunday afternoon activity to close up the day’s schedule, and ended up with us being joined by some swing dance friends and throwing down moves in some jam circles, keeping the crowd going much longer than anyone expected!
We were absolutely thrilled to return to Festival No. 6 this year. If ever there was a perfect venue for a festival then this is it, and we have the privilege of being asked to teach right in the middle of it, in the piazza of the fantasy mediterranean coastal village-inspired Portmeirion (as well as on a floating stage – that was a first!) This year as well as a class, we threw in some performances and a little late night dancing; some crowd-busting electroswing routines in the VIP tent, onstage with the live band Gypsies of Bohemia, and were invited to take part in the spectacular festival finale which re-imagined the classic ‘Prisoner’ opening scenes. Definitely a spectacle to remember!
At this year’s Port Eliot festival the Mudflappers were the resident dance band at the Idler Academy stage. Beneath the boughs of the shade trees, between the gin bar and the sea, you could find us helping innocent punters to learn the Lindy Hop. We ran taster classes all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We also chucked in the odd show when the opportunity arose and managed to perform out in the mud!
We are delighted to announce that we will be returning to Lubstock in 2015 to do more dancing and teaching. At Lubstock they create something really special, which is why we are so pleased to be invited back to take part again. If everything falls into place, Lubstock 2015 will be the first time we manage to get all of our irreverant band of Mudflappers together on stage at the same time, and that will be an achievement!
We are chuffed to have been invited to perform at this year’s Liverpool Sound City. To tie in with this year’s festival has a New York-Liverpool theme, we will be performing will our own unique Lindy Hip Hop show, which mixes traditional Lindy Hop manoeuvres with a New York themed hip hop soundtrack. And if that makes the audience want to get up and join in then great because we will also be offering free taster lessons for anyone who wants to give them a go. We can’t wait! Check us out on the festival website.
Our summer of festival fun begins as it did last year with Swingamjig. We had so much fun performing there last year that we are really looking forward to going back and kicking off the summer with a bang. If you are in the mood for some electro swing vintage sounds gypsy mayhem, why don’t you join us? Check out the festival website…
The Idler Academy have a knack of booking us to dance in beautiful places, but at Festival No. 6, they surpassed themselves: centre stage in Port Meirion’s stunning piazza. There, twice a day we taught crowds of around 200 how to Charleston. Seeing so many people dancing together, smiling and cheering is hard to beat.