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.
At Shamabala our brief was to put on pop-up swing dancing shows. Our strategy was to hijack sound systems, appear from no where, bust out our routines to crowds of onlookers and then to disappear again as quickly as we arrived. We performed at sandwich stalls, coffee shops, bars and restaurants, on the bandstand and on stage for the C@t in the H@t in the Electric Swing Circus’s Swingamajig tent. We taught a fair few revellers a few dance moves along the way.