Bringing the Swing back to the East End
The Swingin’ Sound of the 40’s and 50’s is back with a vengeance and taking London by storm. But while the East End was once at the heart of the Swing movement, it’s taken a determined band of Swing enthusiasts to bring the sound back to life and get the streets to echo with the sound of dancing feet! The first job was to find a venue that paid homage to the swing era, with a traditional feel and plenty of East End sass. There was only one choice…
Nestled between the towers of Canary Wharf and the Olympic Park, Poplar’s Chrisp Street Market will bring the swing back to East London on Sunday 29th June. Built in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain, it’s going back to its roots – for a day of jazz, jive and jumpin’ beats! Swing East and this iconic covered market will step back in time, complete with vintage goods stalls, fresh hot food and a classic car show.
Next comes the music – London’s newest street festival has tracked down the best bands on the circuit for six hours of the finest Rhythm n’ Blues, Hepcat Swing and Roots Rock n Roll – Carmen Ghia and the Hotrods, Sugar Ray’s Lucky Combo and the Hot Tin Roof’s will all be getting the crowd on their feet, while DJ Nel Raiser will be spinning discs in-between. And for those new to the scene, dance floor ace Jerome Anderson will be teaching some killer Lindy Hop moves to help get those hips swinging. By the way, the event is 100% Free! Follow Swing East’s updates on Twitter: @swingeast.
What: Swing East, swing dance and vintage festival
When: Sunday 29th June 12 noon till 6pm
Where: Chrisp Street Market, Market Square, Poplar, London E14 6AQ
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