... a festival style, live music, hoop performance, interactive games & lessons club night
Swing & Shout was started by a group of friends who found it hard to please all their mates on a night out! Having a group of friends with a wide ranging music taste made it very hard to go anywhere as most nights only cater to one genre. On top of this most nights in Manchester were aimed at students or very expensive. A lot of the time they were just a room with a DJ - no decor, no activities no places to chat!
At Swing & Shout try to offer something for everyone - whether it be bands, DJs or dancing. We try to showcase the best bands around the country in the Gypsy / Ska / Balkan / Punk genre. Bands so far have included Rasta 4 Eyes, Age of Glass, The Navigantes, Clez Dennis, Tankus the Henge, Bombskare, Hallominuti, Salutation Dub Collective, Honeyfeet, Rubber Duck Orchestra, Me & My Friends & Thingy Majigs and the Thingy Ma Bobs.
Our Resident Electro-swing Dj Wolfie Razzmatazz provides the tunes for the main room whilst also choosing our guest DJS - expect to hear anything from glitch to dub to ghettofunk. Playing a lot on the circuit Wolfie is always meeting exciting people!
In the other room expect girl punk n attitude from resident musicians Rachele Whatever and Jez Sings Things, soulful singing from Kelly Blue (Djembeklan) and a general DIY speakeasy feel.
We have Swing Dance Classes courtesy of Mike and Esme from 9pm alongside Hoop lessons from Julie Hoops. All levels welcome and it's a great environment to try dance out for the first time.
On stage throughout the evening Bella Tricks and a selection of performers picked by herself will wow you with LED hoop shows, angle grinding, magic, fire-poy, belly dancing...the list is endless!
Whilst that's going on on stage, somewhere in the venue you'll find the creative Playfuel crew engaging you with there fun and interactive games. Past titles have included cock-fighting & turtle wuushuu.
Swing & Shout would not be possible with out our hardworking friends who bring their many talents to the table... coming soon will be some details of what we all get up to outside of Swing & Shout! For now there is some stuff up on the crew section...