Alex Mendham & His Orchestra
Alex Mendham and his Orchestra perform the sophisticated and stylish music of the 1920’s and 30s with the modern energy and passion of their youthful years. They epitomise Hollywood’s golden age.
The Orchestra is at home in concert show settings recreating the opulence of vintage Hollywood. amidst a busy show schedule, they also perform for an array of private high-end luxury events and launches that have included such renowned venues as Kensington Palace.
Sell out shows across the U.K include Cheltenham, Harrogate, Petworth, Canterbury Snape Proms and Wilderness Music Festival, alongside The Orchestra appearances across BBC radio and television.
“Alex and the Orchestra are incredible, there’s nothing quite like them!” – Jonathan Ross – BBC Radio 2
Ray Gelato & The Giants
Ray has been taking his special brand of swing, jazz and R&B music all over the world since 1988. This multi-talented singer, saxman, songwriter and band leader has appeared at festivals, clubs and concert stages from Brazil to New York City.
The legendary ‘Godfather of Swing’ and his band have had an illustrious and very successful career, including a long-established residency at London’s world-famous Ronnie Scott’s, where the band appears every Christmas. This must-see event is always a sell-out.
He has also performed for HM The Queen (twice), opened for Robbie Williams at the Albert Hall, and was chosen to play at Sir Paul McCartney’s wedding.
“Not for nothing is Gelato known as ‘The Godfather of Swing’ – this album is a joyous delight.” – The Telegraph
Palace Avenue Swing
Palace Avenue Swing is a large ensemble of experienced professional musicians and friends who specialise in performing and recreating the music and style of the golden era of jazz, blues and swing in its many forms 1920-50s.
Past and upcoming performances include those at concert hall venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall (as part of the Hemmingway Vintage Festival) and the Barbican Centre. Headline festival slots have included Secret Garden Party, Wilderness, Boomtown, Parma Swing Festival, Hep Cats Holiday, Riviera Swing, Glastonbury and Rhythm Riot where the bands have earned a reputation for their high-energy performances and immersive crowd experiences.
“Expect to see dancers swinging out in flamboyant style on the dance floor when the band hits its stride.” – Hugo Simmonds
King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys
Since their debut at the Birmingham Jazz & Blues Festival in 1987, the band have delivered nearly 6500 performances in 21 countries, played on 36 radio shows and made 73 television appearances, including several on Blue Peter, the Paradise Club series, Challenge Anneka, The Gadget Show and on a prime-time National Lottery advertisement – not to mention accompanying John Barrowman in a rendition of I Get A Kick Out Of You on Live And Kicking.
In that time, they have performed alongside B.B. King, Cab Calloway and His Orchestra, Ray Charles, and toured with the actual Blues Brothers Band – the one from the movie.
“The hardest act to follow since the parting of The Red Sea” – Paul Jones – BBC Radio 2
Natty Congeroo & The Flames Of Rhythm
Natty Congeroo and the Flames of Rhythm have worked hard to become one of the leading Swing bands in Europe and regularly performs for major international festivals, prestigious vintage events and swing dances.
The repertoire of the band is a combination of tight original numbers and explosive interpretations of classic Hot Jazz, Swing, Rhythm ‘n’ Blues and Gospel numbers from the golden era of this music in the 1920’s-50’s.
As well as a reputation for a hot authentic sound the band is well known for its unique sense of style and presentation with its members dressed to the nines in sharp and eccentric tailored vintage attire.
Electric Swing Circus
The Electric Swing Circus is a 6-piece fusion of saucy 20’s swing and stomping electro beats. With an explosive sound that reverberates back through time, them with their own unique style of swing the ESC always brings the party!
A full time, touring band on the international circuit, the ESC’s live set includes electric double bass, vintage samples, gypsy-jazz guitar, keys, drums, synths and electro beats. Fronted by a sassy female double-act, the ESC delivers a consistently dazzling show. Their debut, self-titled album is available now on Ragtime Records.
Swing Patrol have become renowned for their high energy vintage performances all over London and beyond. With 120 troupe members and a plethora of award winning teachers the Swing Patrol team now have a world class reputation for great performances, high level dancing and a true passion for all things vintage.
Originally founded in Melbourne, director Scott Cupit brought Swing Patrol to London in 2009. Since then, Scott has run classes all over the world, performed with his team at 10 Downing Street and Buckingham Palace, spent an hour dancing on the empty plinth in Trafalgar Square, written a book, and has appeared on TV shows Call the Midwife and The Apprentice.
In 2014 Scott took some of his best dancers to the BBC’s hit series Dragon’s Den with the aim to impress the Dragons and win their investment in the company. After teaching Deborah Meaden and Duncan Bannatyne to Lindy Hop and impressing them with his concept and leadership, Scott won a significant investment that gave him the means to expand the business dramatically. Swing Patrol now run classes every week night in London, Brighton, Berlin, Sydney and Melbourne at numerous venues in each city.
On top of their weekly offerings of classes, socials and workshops, Swing Patrol has helped spread the joy of swing dancing in many ways – through free dances in Spitalfields Market and by Tower Bridge, performing at summer festivals, and by breaking the World Record for the largest Charleston dance.
“We will be bringing a selection of our very best dancers to the World Cycling Revival. We are very excited to be giving lessons to their patrons and performing alongside their dazzling programme of live music. It is a pleasure to be involved with an event like this, it will undoubtedly go down as one of the highlights of the Swing Patrol calendar.”
Scott Cupit, Swing Patrol’s founder