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Rhythm Junction London

Time: September 13, 2014 from 2pm to 10:30pm
Location: The Round Chapel Centre for Performing Arts, Hackney
Street: 1D Glenarm Road
City/Town: Hackney, London
Website or Map: http://www.rhythmjunction.co.…
Phone: 07855 488 462
Event Tag: swing, vintage, dance, festival, music, bands, live, rhythm, jive
Posted By: Michael Paul-Smith
Latest Activity: Jul 24, 2014

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Event Description

Rhythm Junction London is a brand new festival of live vintage music and dance, taking place in Hackney this September.  Reviving the glamour of the Swing Era, the festival will feature four of the best swing and jive bands in the country. London’s hep cats are invited to come down for a jam-packed day of swinging rhythms, revelry and jazz spirit.


Created by a team of musicians and dancers with a passion for all things swing, Rhythm Junction London offers a rare opportunity to enjoy performances from four of the country’s hottest swing bands.  The venue for the festival is the beautiful Round Chapel, which for one day only will be transformed into a vintage dance hall.  The event will feature over eight hours of live music, and festival-goers will also be able to enjoy fantastic street food from pop-up food wagons and delicious craft beers from local Hackney favourite, Crate Brewery.


Live music is at the heart of the festival. The carefully selected line-up of artists covers many eras of vintage dance music – from the hot jazz of the 1920s, to the big band swing of the 1930s and 40s and jump jive of the 1950s.  The four bands – Kai Hoffman and Kai’s Cats, The Down for the Count Swing Orchestra, The Swing Commanders and The Kings Cross Hot Club – have between them performed at the finest jazz clubs and festivals worldwide.  With support from top swing DJ Pat da Kat and sponsorship from retro fashion brand Vivien of Holloway, Rhythm Junction London calls out for people to get dressed up, dance and have a ball.


Festival organiser Amelia Forster says “the idea for Rhythm Junction London came about when I started swing dancing and going to vintage events.  As a musician, I wanted to go to an event where I could get an authentic vintage dance hall experience and enjoy the unique energy created by live music.” 


Co-organiser Mike Paul-Smith adds “with Hackney’s Round Chapel we’ve found the perfect venue; dancers will love the huge wooden dancefloor, while festival-goers can also watch performances from the seated viewing balcony.  Rhythm Junction London is for anyone who loves to enjoy and support live music.”

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