City of London Festival 2011 and SBC free gigsMay 10, 2011 11:08 am Events
As the summer approaches, it means that as usual a number of free gigs pop up, which offer us a great chance to dance outdoors.
We’re more accustomed to the Southbank Centre offering swing dancers a chance to strut their stuff around Christmas, but this summer a couple of events have been organised. The Meltdown Lindy Hop on 11 June features workshops and social dancing with music from one of our favourite bands, Blue Harlem. Later in the month (25 June), the BBC Big Band play a gig with Claire Martin as their guest, which are usually recorded for their Monday night BBC Radio 2 show.
The City of London Festival is an annual event, and this year features three bands whom we all love to bits. First up are the yellow-suited Jive Aces, who will play an evening gig at New Street Square on 21 July. Kai’s Cats, featuring American songstress and Ronnie Scott’s resident, Kai Hoffman, play Devonshire Square in a lunchtime gig on 11 August, and one of London’s swing scene favourites, Rob ‘n’ Pete’s Swing Thing play Paternoster Square the day after.
And with our swing dance picnics (dates to be announced), it’s bound to be a fun summer. Are you feeling it yet?
|Sat 11 Jun 2011||2:30pm||The Meltdown Lindy Hop||Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall|
|Sat 25 Jun 2011||10:00pm||BBC Big Band with Claire Martin||Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall|
|Thu 21 Jul 2011||6:00pm||The Jive Aces (Free gig – the City of London Festival)||New Street Square|
|Thu 11 Aug 2011||12:30pm||Kai’s Cats (Free gig – City of London Festival)||Devonshire Square|
|Fri 12 Aug 2011||12:00pm||Rob ‘n’ Pete’s Swing Thing (Free gig – COLF)||Paternoster Square|