The sounds of swing and jive will be heard across the grounds of a beautiful stately home as the popular Swingtime in the Gardens festival takes place in Warwickshire this summer.
More than a dozen vocalists and bands have been confirmed for the one-day event at Ragley Hall in Alcester on Saturday 15 June.
As well as the fabulous music on offer, vintage fans will be in their element among a marketplace of stalls selling clothing, accessories, homeware and music memorabilia.
Adding to a great day out for all the family, there will be swing dance workshops, a range of delicious food and drink stalls and fairground rides.
And thanks to early bird tickets on sale now, festival-goers who snap them up before 17 March can enjoy all that and much more for just £25 each or £66 for a family.
Swingtime in the Gardens first brought the high-energy spirit of swing to families in 2013 at Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens. Now, after a six-year hiatus, it’s back and ready to kick-off the summer season.
Among the lively line-up of jive and swing music is six-piece band The Jive Aces.
Instantly recognisable in their matching yellow suits, the band were semi-finalists in ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent in 2012. They have since performed for the Queen, hit-up the Avalon stage at Glastonbury and regularly tour America.
The band is led by frontman Ian Clarkson, who is looking forward to the big day in such a splendid setting:
“We will bring a lively and upbeat mix of danceable jive and swing, a colourful show and throw in some good humoured banter of course. The songs will be from our latest double album, one being more Rhythm & Blues the other more upbeat Hot Jazz. One thing for sure it that it will be a memorable entertainment night!”
Swingtime in the Gardens sets out to be more interactive than other festivals and included in ticket prices is a number of free workshops.
Located inside The Empire Club marquee, and open to those wanting to master the basics of swing dance or get a taste for what it’s like to sing as part of a choir, the group sessions will be led by industry professionals.
Raffle tickets will also be available to buy during the day for anyone feeling lucky, with a seven-day holiday for two to Cyprus up for grabs. Proceeds from the raffle will go directly to Armed Forced charities, with an Army band performing the sunset ceremony.
Event organiser Antonio Socci is the brains behind Swingtime in the Gardens and the idea was born out of his own passion for the subject.
“I have always had a personal affiliation with swing and jive music and I am always looking for new ways to get more people involved in the vibrant genre,” he said.
“When I established Swingtime in the Gardens six years ago, I wanted to create a festival that people of all ages can enjoy. Thanks to the fantastic acts we have in store, and non-stop entertainment throughout the day, it’s certainly going to be an event to remember. Now, let’s spread the word and bring a smile to people’s faces!”