Welcome To The Electro-Swing Ball!

18
Jul

Introducing… Remixing the Swing Era!

Electro Swing Ball - Remixing the Swing Era
“The Electro Swing Ball was one of the most superbly orchestrated and wondrously envisioned events. I will be talking about it all year.”
(Feedback from The Electro-Swing Ball Feels the Love at Oakengates Theatre, Feb 2014)

“It’s now the morning after and it’s as if it was all a beautiful dream ….. lights, colour, sound and an atmosphere of pure love …. was it a dream or did it really happen? Just unbelievable.”
(Feedback from The Electro-Swing Ball at The Lion Hotel, Nov 2016)

The Electro Swing Ball is delighted to be part of Telford’s 50th birthday celebrations by returning to Oakengates Theatre to host another spectacular evening of vintage glamour and spell-binding entertainment inspired by the swing era!

Swing dance class

We will welcome you from 7.30pm, with Jazz Jive Swing kicking off the evening at 8pm with their wonderfully fun style of swing dance class – so don’t forget your dancing shoes! The ever-so-gorgeous James from Jazz Jive Swing will also compère the Ball, guiding us all through the evening with his sparkling charm and hilarious antics.

Live music

In terms of live music we have enough toe-tapping, ear-pleasing, booty-shaking swing to party like its 1929!

Our live act are The Swinghoppers who take classic swing songs and Hip Hop-ify them and vice versa. They are known to delight audiences with their unique blend of music, high energy theatrics and tongue in cheek mobster chic.

Our DJs for the evening are a stunning mix of twinkly swing, vintage swagger and banging beats! If you don’t know these guys already then you are in for a huge treat; they are all true professionals who will make you dance, dance, dance!!

We have the head honcho of the Electro Swing Ball and king of electro-swing, DJR who will delight us with an extensive range of vintage remix and swing tunes aplenty.

We are thrilled to welcome back Emma Clair, creator of Manchester-based electro-swing club night, Prohibition. Emma’s sets are infectiously upbeat, and her ‘no prisoners’ style of mixing keeps the crowd on its toes, with loops and acapellas added live in the mix!

To top the night off our old favourite Bertie Dastard is back! Creator of the renowned Free Breaks blog, Bertie fearlessly combines swing with a more bass heavy sound, perfect to conclude the night in banging style.

Cabaret, burlesque & circus acts

As always we will emerge you in the unique decadence of the Electro-Swing Ball and surround you with cabaret dancers, beautiful burlesque and incredible circus performers!

J’adore La Vie is an elite cabaret and couture act who provides unique high quality shows and the best in luxury entertainment. Established in Paris, and now with their own residency show in London’s West End, this charming duo combines dance performance and high fashion, with stunning bespoke hand-made costumes inspired by haute couture and Avant-garde designs, whilst creating visually stunning and highly entertaining acts.

Burlesque performer Kitty Campari has been wowing audiences across the UK with her unique style of classic burlesque combined with aerial skills. If she’s not parading around in her giant martini glass, she’s upside down in a giant hoop or rolling down some silks in spectacular style. Her sparkly, sweet and sassy style is not to be missed!

Lola Chocolat is a French cabaret burlesque performer who is renown on the scene for her polished performances and character portrayals. Lola captivates the audience with her story telling, while her endearing characters will charm the pants off you! For burlesque with a French touch, look out for this cheeky Mademoiselle!

Dress code

To honour Telford’s 50th birthday our dress code is ‘All that Glitters is Gold!’ Think 1920s high glamour, swing and flapper, feather boas, red lipstick, high heels and faux fur. Dapper gentlemen and beautiful ladies!
Vintage beauty parlour

The gorgeous Blusherettes Vintage Beauty Parlour will be onsite from the early afternoon offering divine vintage makeovers so you can feel as glamorous as the screen sirens from by-gone days. Are you a Marilyn, Bette, Vivian or Joan? Whether you like a peek-a-boo do, a victory roll or a sultry marcel wave, they offer glamorous hairstyling and makeup to make you feel like an MGM starlet! Services include vintage hairstyling and make-up, and Gentlemen’s Pamper Packages (hot towel, facial, MANicure, beard oil, comb and tidy). Prices start at £20 for victory rolls / cat flicks, lashes and lips up to £50 for full-on vintage glam hair and makeup. Appointments do need to be made in advance; you can either call Charlotte on 07905761326 or message her through ‘The Blusherettes Vintage Pop-up Parlour’ Facebook page.

Tickets

Tickets are available from the Oakengates Theatre website.

VIP Tickets

For the first time we are offering VIP tickets! For just £36.50 you will be entitled to a drink on arrival (either a glass of prosecco, large glass of wine or an orange juice), reserved seats on a front row table, the best view of the stage, table service for the evening, plus ‘Meet & Greet’ with our acts. Numbers are strictly limited for these golden tickets so you’ll need to be quick!

Standard Tickets

There are a limited number of early bird tickets available for £19.50, normal price £23.50. All ticket prices are inclusive of booking fee.

Coach from Shrewsbury

There is a coach running from Shrewsbury priced at £8 (return). It will leave from the Abbey in Shrewsbury at 7pm. The coach home will make two trips, the first at midnight for anyone who is ready to head back, and a second trip at 1.15am for those who want to stay until the end. We’ve timed the coach so that everyone will arrive in plenty of time for the Jazz Jive Swing dance lesson so please make sure you’re on time! Unfortunately we cannot accept responsibility if you’re running late or miss either of the coaches home.

The Electro-Swing Ball is coming!!

So what are you waiting for? Spread the word, gather your loved ones, get your tickets and start planning your outfit because the Electro-Swing Ball is coming back to Oakengates Theatre and it’s going to be the bee’s knees!

Dress up, feel the love and get your swing on!

01
Jun

Electro Swing Ball Spectacular – The Photos!

Electro-Swing-Spectacular
Oh what a night it was! Click on the link below to allow yourself to be transported back to the Electro Swing Ball Spectacular, at The Lion Hotel, Shrewsbury.

The Spectacular Photos!

Full credit to our dear friend Simon Jones for his photograhic genius; huge love and thanks Simon, you really did us proud.

20
Mar

Electro Swing Charity Ball!!

Derwyn-College-Ball-Poster-400x577Derwen College 90th birthday ball

On the 13th of May the Electro Swing Ball is delighted to be helping Derwen College to celebrate 90 years of supporting young people with learning difficulties and disabilities.

Doors open at 7pm and you will be welcomed by the gorgeous Glitter Kittens who will entertain you on stilts during welcome drinks.

Our compere for the evening is the sensational Liberty Pink who will charm, tease and dazzle us all with her sparkling wit and incredible singing voice.

Jazz Jive Swing are kicking off the evening at 7.30pm with their wonderfully fun style of dance class – so don’t forget your dancing shoes!

In terms of live music we have the king of electro-swing DJR who will delight us with twinkly tunes aplenty. We are delighted to also be joined by fabulous local band Hot Jazz Biscuits. If you don’t already know these guys then you are in for a treat! They are true musicians who play a whole spectrum of toe-tapping, ear-pleasing, body-shaking music styles.

As always we will emerge you in the unique decadence of the Electro-Swing Ball and surround you with beautiful burlesque and incredible circus performers – fire and ariel hoop!

There will also be food platters served and a variety of cheeky little cocktails to get involved with.

Our dress code is optional, but if you’d like to part-take then think 1920s high glamour, swing and flapper, feather boas, red lipstick, high heels and faux fur!

Tickets are priced at £40 each and are available from bookings@derwen.ac.uk

So what are you waiting for my little darlings? Spread the word, gather your loved ones and start planning your outfit because the Electro-Swing Ball is coming to Derwen College wooooooohhhhhhhhoooooooooooooo!!

Dress up, feel the love and get your swing on!!

Love from all at the Electro-Swing Ball xxxxx

 

15
Mar

ESB Presents Electro Swing Vs Ghetto Funk

Electro Swing Vs Ghetto Funk

 So then my darlings… who fancies a dance???

As you know we absolutely love putting on our big full-on Electro Swing Ball events with all the glamour and decadence that goes with it, however we don’t want to do them too often or it’ll take all the fun out of it. That said, the last one was so good that we’re missing you all terribly and we’d like to see you again very soon. We’ve also noticed that there’s a distinct lack of cool events locally for people who simply want to dance to good music with good people. Therefore, we’d like to try something a little different ……. we have decided to launch a club night that hopefully we can run on a more regular basis so we can all spend more time together.

So…. (drum role please) …. we are delighted to introduce… our shiny new thing …… ‘The Electro Swing Ball Presents!’

THE MUSIC…

For our first club night we will of course be playing lots of our signature style music electro swing, complimented by the sound of ghetto funk. If you haven’t heard this name before, you can compare it to how electro swing combines vintage and 20s / 30s swing era with modern dance music; this is the same in Ghetto Funk except here producers are raiding the goldmines of 70s and 80s funk, soul, hip hop and disco. Trust us, it’s perfect party music and you’ll have already heard some of it played at the Electro Swing Ball nights, usually right at the end.

If this first party is a success then we’d like to propose that you guys help choose the theme for the next club night. Our favourites so far are latin carnival, world music party, balkan & gypsy fiesta or perhaps a combination of them all?! Do give us your feedback please!

THE VENUE… (?)

This time we’re not in a grand ballroom or a historic hall. Instead we’ve chosen a small but perfectly formed party space that we can transform with our visuals, lighting and decor. Filled with our gorgeous crowd, we know we can re-create the incredible atmosphere we all feel at our full-scale events. Still, we do like to keep a few tricks up our sleeve, so this time we won’t be revealing our venue in advance. Instead we are asking everyone to meet us in the Square in the centre of Shrewsbury at 7-45, and then at 8-00 on the dot we shall walk the short distance to the venue itself together. Why? Well, one we thought it would be fun, and two we will then be able to get the party going right from the start of the evening!

DRESS CODE

As always it is entirely up to you how you wish to dress; but as this is a club night rather a Ball then our dresscode isn’t strictly vintage. Instead we would say wear something that makes you feel delicious (Jo says she’s still going to wear a dress!).

THE TICKETS

Before buying tickets do ensure that you can be in the Square in Shrewsbury by 8-00 on the 8th of April at the very latest.

So if you’re sure you can meet us then head on over to Brown Paper Tickets, where you’ll find our tickets under ‘The Electro Swing Ball Presents Electro Swing Vs Ghetto Funk’ priced at just £10 each.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2873064

One final thing to say … the capacity is very small and strictly limited for this event; so you need to get on it and get your tickets fast! Once they’re gone, they’re gone!

We do hope you can join us for what will be an intimate and joyful evening of pure love and dancing.

We can’t wait to see you and your loved ones on our dancefloor again!

Love, love, love from all at the Electro Swing Ball xxxxx

08
Sep

The Electro Swing Ball Spectacular!!!

The Electro Swing Ball Spectacular!!!

Electro Swing Ball SpectacularHey hey beautiful ones, we are thrilled to announce the details for our next event the Electro-Swing Ball Spectacular!!

On Saturday 19th November we will be returning to the scene of our very first Electro-Swing Ball and hosting an absolutely spectacular evening of pure love, vintage glamour and spellbinding entertainment!

Doors open at 7pm and Jazz Jive Swing are kicking off the evening at 7.30pm with their wonderfully fun style of dance class – so don’t forget your dancing shoes.

In terms of DJs we are thrilled to welcome back the King of the electro-swing scene C@ in the H@, the fabulous Doctor Hooka of Shindig fame who will funk us up ghetto style and Emma Clair founder of Prohibition, Manchester who will delight us with twinkly tunes aplenty.

The main feature of the evening is the premier of DJR and Liberty Pink’s live audio visual show ‘The Story of Swing’ which showcases the history of the style we now call electro-swing. Starting from the 1920′s and coming up to the current day we evolve the history of this genre that has combined the music of the past with the club sounds of the present in such a unique way. With a sophisticated mix of stunning visuals, high energy electro-swing and live performance – this is not to be missed!

As always we will emerge you in the unique decadence of the Electro-Swing Ball and surround you with incredible circus performers and beautiful burlesque.

Our dress code is to simply feel spectacular; think 1950s movie star high glamour, 1920s swing and flapper, feather boas, red lipstick, high heels and faux fur, so so dapper gentleman and beautiful ladies!

Tickets are priced at £18 (plus booking fee) and are available from http://electroswingball.brownpapertickets.com/

So what are you waiting for my little darlings? Spread the word, gather your loved ones and start planning your outfit because the Electro-Swing Ball is coming to town wooooooohhhhhhhhoooooooooooooo!!

Dress up, feel the love and get your swing on!!

Love from all at the Electro-Swing Ball xxxxx

22
Jul

The Electro Swing Ball is Back!

The Electro Swing Ball is Back!

On 19th November the Electro Swing Ball is returning to it’s spiritual home in the stunning ballroom of the Lion Hotel, Shrewsbury. We are beavering away and will be announcing the line-up very soon, but rest assured we will be pulling out all the stops to make this one our best ever! Beautiful times are coming darling electro-swingers xxx

11
Nov

The Darkside of the Electro Swing Ball

Darkside of the Electro Swing Ball

Join us for an evening of incredible electro-swing gorgeousness!

Ladies and gentlemen get ready for a night to remember as we get deeper, darker and down right naughty with the baddest boys of the electro-swing scene Dutty Moonshine!!! Fresh from their tours in America and China, these boys fearlessly combine swing with hip-hop, house and pretty much anything else to make you dance. We are utterly delighted to be bringing these guys to the Shire – now it’s up to us all to show them some serious love!

Keeping us all in check will be the delicious Liberty Pink who will be singing, entertaining and teasing (and apparently guys and girls she is feeling particularly feisty right now!). The night will also feature the exclusive premier of DJR’s live VJ set ‘Swing the Silver Screen’ and our tame Bertie Dastard ahas promised us faithfully that he will swing our brains out!! Naturally we can’t honour the darkside without including the cheekiest of Burlesque and believe us when we say that we have got the most exquisite lady to tantalise and delight you all!

Soooooooooooooooooo fabulous electro-swingers, tickets are strictly limited for this; at only £12 per person we expect to sell out.

Tickets

Tickets are only £12 for this and you can buy them in person from The Bellstone, Shrewsbury.

Alternatively e-mail us at tickets@electroswingball.com giving us your full name, address and how many tickets you require. We will accept payment via bank transfer to account number: 01195531 sort code: 11-07-01 or a cheque made payable to Mr David Rickard posted to 54 Comet Drive, Shrewsbury SY1 4AZ. Please include £1 per order for postage and packaging. We will send your tickets out once your payment has cleared.

Spread The Word!

If you’ve enjoyed our events in the past please help us to spread the word – so invite all your friends and loved ones and let’s make this evening incredible!

If you would like to keep up to date with all the latest developments keep an eye on the facebook invite and our facebook group.

The only thing left to do then will be planning your outfit and getting ready to feel the love ….. the Darkside of the Electro-Swing Ball is coming!!!!!!!!!!! Love, love, love xxxxxxxxxx ♥ ♥ ♥

24
Mar

Swingamajig 2014

Swingamajig 2014

Looking For Your Next Swing?

The Electro Swing Ball will be returning very soon with our next dose of swing and glamour. In the mean time if you’re feeling that you need some electro-swing action come join our very own DJR, the Electric Swing Circus and the cream of the electro swing scene at Birminghams’ custard factory on the 4th of May. There’s an incredible lineup of acts and it runs right through from 2pm until 5am the following morning. DJR will be on the main stage inbetween all the headline bands so please come and say hi and then make lots of noise!

For more information go to the Swingamajig website.

09
Mar

Feels The Love – The Photos!

Feels The Love – The Photos!

Julie-lou Weston-iArtizan has done it again and come up with another incredible set of photographs of everyone looking beautiful and glamorous at The Electro Swing Ball Feels The Love. All of the photographs are available to see on her website at iArtizan.

The night was so photogenic and you can truly see the professional quality of all the  images she has taken. Therefore if you see some photos that you like, please support her and purchase them so that you can enjoy them for years to come. Be honest, how often do you get the chance to buy professional photographs whilst looking so glamorous?

All photographs are copyright to iArtizan and should not be displayed anywhere else. If you wish to use an image as a profile photo on facebook, you have Julie’s permission to do so as long as they are not altered in any way and image is credited to either www.iartizan.co.uk or Julie-lou Weston-iArtizan.

15
Feb

Didn’t We Have A Ball?!

Didn’t We Have A Ball?!

Well my darlings ….. thank-you, thank you, thank YOU!! You all made this Electro Swing Ball the most incredible evening ever.

We feel so honoured and proud of how the Ball has been embraced by all our beautiful guests and how you have all taken it and make it into such a fabulous event. We truly feel that the entertainment is a small part of the evening and that it is you, dear guests who make it so special. Thank-you from the bottom of our hearts for your enthusiasm, your love, your encouragement, your smiles and your cheers!

Huge love and respect to our sensational performers…

James & Bridget from Jazz Jive Swing – how much fun are you guys?! The dance lesson provided a great start to the evening and James you are a brilliant compere, hats off to you sir.

The beautiful ladies from CircusMASH… you gave us something truly fabulous and special.

The sensational Electric Swing Circus – you are truly THE headline band; you delighted our crowd and made the dance floor bounce! Thank-you all so much.

Gorgeous Luna Diosa – your performances were classic, seductive and ravishing.

White Rose what can we say? You captivated us with your Isis wings, you painted us all beautifully and together with our inspiring ringmaster Gav Noir, you helped us to create the perfect backdrop to a wonderful evening. Much, much love darling ones.

The mighty DJR who (as promised) played the happiest, most fun tunes to ever grace a swing dance floor.

Supabad, you funkster of swing you, we just loved your set and you made us all dance, dance, dance.

Bertie Dastard quite simply you are fearless and we’re in awe.

And a special thank you goes to Sav our projectionist for seamlessly setting the scene and taking us back to a bygone era  and the whole team from Oakengates Theatre, a pleasure as ever.

Feedback

Darling guests we would be absolutely delighted to hear your feedback and comments about the evening, so please leave it here or on the facebook group.

So be in no doubt that we love you all, we had a Ball and we can’t wait until the next time!!

08
Feb

Excited much? Here comes the Ball!

Excited much? Here comes the Ball!

Dancing shoes at the ready … the Ball is nearly here! We cannot begin to tell you how excited we are here at ESB HQ – we simply can’t wait to swing, swing, swing Valentines stylee! We are making our final preparations and the show is ready to explode, oh my goodness darlings ones this is going to be an incredible night! So let’s down to business …. have you decided what to wear? Have you invited all your beloved ones? Have you got your high heels and red lipstick to hand? And more to the bloody point have you got your tickets?!! Seriously guys you absolutely cannot miss this one – we’re going to blow your mind! Love from all at the Electro-Swing Ball xxx

Tickets

Tickets are available from the Oakengates Theatre website or from the box office on 01952 382382. If you use the website and would like to purchase the coach travel from Shrewsbury or Wellington please note that you have to select a ticket in both the lower part and a coach ticket in the green section at the top.

If you have any problems booking please let us know through the contact form and we’ll help!

Coach

The coach will leave from next to the Abbey in Shrewsbury at 7.15pm  and 7.35pm from Wellington swimming pool car park. The coach home will be make two trips, the first at around 11.45pm for anyone who is ready to head back, and a second trip at 1.00am for those who want to stay until the end.

We’ve timed the coach so that everyone will arrive in time for the Jazz Jive Swing dance lesson so please make sure you’re on time! We will not accept responsibility if you’re running late or miss either of the coaches home.

 

14
Jan

2011-2013 – The Video!

2011-2013 – The Video!

Good evening ladies and gentlemen!

Now I know how much you all enjoy a jolly good tease so we’ve made this little video to celebrate our previous events and whet your appetite for the upcoming and rather marvellous Valentines’ Ball! Gather your loved ones, convince your friends, get your tickets and help us to shout it from the rooftops – THE ELECTRO-SWING BALL IS COMING!!

Love, love, love xxx

27
Nov

The Ball Is Coming…

The Ball Is Coming…

Electro Swing Ball Feels The Love Poster
We’re delighted to introduce the poster for The Electro Swing Ball Feels The Love. Once again featuring the beautiful artwork of Gary William Matthews we think that it looks gorgeous. Gary’s newest creation is called Valerie Blue and once again we will be exhibiting her along with his other work in the Gallery area on the night of the Ball.

To see the full event description go The Electro Swing Ball Feels The Love and the facebook invite is here.