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    New Year Swing 'n' Blues:  31st Dec 2014 - 4th Jan 2015

    Our budget festival will be back at the end of this year, with great teachers, hours and hours and hours of dancing, and an exchange-style atmosphere. Save the dates for now and more details will be announced later in the year.

    In case you haven't been before, here's the info from last year to give you an idea:

     

    New Year Swing 'n' Blues:  28th Dec 2013 - 1st Jan 2014

    Waiting lists for both full & social passes (see below for details). Single night tickets now on sale for:

    Sat 28th December 8pm-2am
    Huge hall, live band Boogie Woogie Braves, kitchen with full cheap meals available (incl. g-f and vegan), music at least 80% swing with a little bit of blues later on.
    Trinity Centre, Trinity Rd, Bristol, Avon BS2 0NW
    £15 There are tickets left so you can turn up and pay on the door. No more advance tickets from today (27th Dec).

    NYE Tues 31st December 7.30pm-1.45am
    See out the year in truly magnificent style! We have our own genuine mansion - just try googling images for the venue - for a fabulous glamourous party, so dress up! Music will be 75% swing & 25% blues.
    Kings Weston House, Kings Weston Ln, Bristol BS11 0UR (It's a little bit away from the centre & likely to mean driving or sharing a taxi but it's definitely worth the journey).
    £25 strictly advance booking only (you will not be able to get in without buying a ticket in advance)
    To book, email admin@swingdancebristol.com with full name(s) and dance role(s), i.e. leader/follower, and you will be sent details of how to pay.

     

    For those attending the whole festival....
    As usual we'll have a mix of Lindy Hop and Blues events in one of the UK's friendliest dance cities. The event has an atmosphere more like an exchange than a festival, with unstreamed classes on Sun 29th & Mon 30th Dec that you can drop in to as you like. We're delighted to welcome our teaching team for this year:
    Adamo & Vicci (London) - Blues
    Rob & Tina (Leeds) - Lindy Hop
    David (Bristol) - Blues, Lindy Hop

     

    Programme

    The final overview programme is below. Fuller details will be emailed out to those booked on the weekend in both .doc and .pdf formats. Entry for all events is strictly wristband only, so don't lose it!

    Sat 28th Dec
    Afternoon pre-party/social @ The Old Duke, 45 King St, Bristol BS1 4ER (centre)
    1-4.30pm Live music planned (tbc) in Bristol's justly celebrated jazz pub. Limited capacity so you will need to book in advance for this event, and you'll be emailed with details of how to do so. This is not part of the festival and you'll need to pay on arrival, cost expected to be £2 (tbc).

    Welcome dance @ The Trinity Centre, Trinity Rd, Bristol, Avon BS2 0NW (easy walk from the centre)
    8pm-2am With live band the Boogie Woogie Braves, full bar, and full meals & snacks available including g-f and vegan. Mainly swing, some blues later (see top of page for more details).

    Sun 29th Dec
    Daytime classes
      @ The Southbank Club, Dean Lane Bristol BS3 1DB & @ Soundworks, Faithspace site, Corner of Beauley Rd and Stackpool Road, Bristol BS3 1NW (both easy walk from the Harbourside/centre areas)
    11am-5pm Around 4 hours of classes, most of the time a choice between a Lindy or Blues class, including the discussion forum on developing/maintaining dance scenes (specific topic tbc).

    Dance @ Soundworks, Faithspace site, Corner of Beauley Rd and Stackpool Road, Bristol BS3 1NW (easy walk from the Harbourside/centre areas)
     7-10.30pm Beautiful venue, beautiful floor, all swing.

    Time for dinner @ Southville area, near the dance venues
    10.30pm Up to you whether you take a break or head straight to the late venue, but we'd recommend some sustenance. We have booked an area in a local turkish restaurant (
    Cafe Sazz, North Street) with good cheap food, incl veggie options (g-f option not yet known, tbc). Limited places, you'll be emailed details about how to book for this, plus other local suggestions (food/drinks not included in festival pass).

    Late night @ Southbank upstairs, Dean Lane Bristol BS3 1DB (easy walk from the Harbourside/centre areas)
    11pm-3am There will be a little easy swing early on, then it's blues, blues, blues.... Full bar open.

    Mon 30th Dec
    Daytime classes
      @ The Southbank Club & @ Soundworks (see Sunday for addresses)
    11am-5pm Around 4 hours of classes, most of the time a choice between a Lindy or Blues class.

    Dance @ Soundworks (see Sunday for address)
    7-10.30pm
    Beautiful venue, beautiful floor, all swing.

    Late dinner @ Zero Degrees, 53 Colston St, Bristol BS1 5BA (central area, en route to late venue)
    10.30pm
    Up to you whether you take a break or head slowly to the late venue, but we'd recommend some sustenance. We've booked a large area in this local restaurant/brewery with pizza/pasta/salad options and locally brewed beers. There are veggie & g-f options (no confirmed vegan options). Limited places, you'll be emailed details about how to book for this, plus other local suggestions (food/drinks not included in pass)

    Late night Dancespace @ The Island, Bridewell Street entrance, The Island, Nelson Street, Bristol, BS1 2LE.
    (right by the central shopping area, 5 mins walk from the Harbourside) 
    11.30pm-3am Blues, blues, blues.... Tea/coffee/toast available or BYO.

    Tues 31st Dec
    Tea Dance @ St Werburgh's Community Centre, Horley Rd, Bristol,
    BS2 9TJ (a long walk or short bus from the centre)
    12.30-3.30pm Tea/coffee & cakes available, all swing (the music, not the cakes).

    NYE dance @ Kings Weston House, Kings Weston Ln, Bristol BS11 0UR
    7.30pm-1.45am This is going to mean a drive or taxi share, but we promise you it will be worth it: see in 2014 with friends old and new in a magnificent mansion! Dress up for this one, obviously. Music will be 75% swing and 25% blues. Full bar, and light savoury food available (incl. vegan and g-f).

    Weds 1st Jan
    Brunch/lunch social & dance @ St Stephen's Cafe, 21 St Stephen's Street Bristol BS1 1EQ (centre)
    11.30-3.30pm Live pianist Eric Arthur in an intimate setting. Limited capacity so you will need to book in advance for this event, and you'll be emailed with details of how to do so. Tea/coffee & toast provided. This is part of the festival and we expect to have enough space for everyone who's staying on, but if not we'll arrange a second venue nearby.

     

    Prices and booking

    One of the aims of this weekend is to provide a low-cost weekender at an expensive time of year, and we've kept prices absolutely the lowest we can make them, therefore we can't offer any reduction if you're only coming for part of it, nor can you share a ticket with someone else.

    During November:
    Full package £78
    Social pass (8 dances): £65
    Sat night only: £15
    NYE only: £25 (full details soon, but we can confirm the magnificent venue is ours!)

    During December:
    If there are any left, then the price of full & social passes will rise by £5 (not applicable if you joined the waiting list before December).
    Single night ticket prices will remain the same.

    It's a relaxed social weekend, so we're not going to be ultra-strict on balance of leads/follows (and classes will all be drop-in anyway), but we will operate a waiting list if we need to, as we don't want the dances to be imbalanced at a level that's frustrating.

    Some hosting will be available, prioritised for people from abroad and for those who book early. No guarantees but we usually manage to host everyone who books our events 6-8 weeks in advance, and sometimes even those who book late.

     

    REGISTRATION OPENS 9am MONDAY 4th NOVEMBER
    To book just email:
    admin@swingdancebristol.com
    For each person we need: Name, Email Address, Home City/Country, Role (leader or follower).
    We'll send you details of how to pay and confirm once we've received your payment. Please note that we are avoiding using an event booking site for this event to keep prices as low as possible but it means that we will be strict about receiving payments on time, and you may lose your place if we have people on the waiting list.

    We're aiming to keep admin to a minimum and will send full details of events/locations in December, including details of what events you can bring your own alcohol to, and a menu for the food available at events. (This webpage and the facebook event will be updated with more details as we have them).

    Ticket update 28th November:
    Single night tickets - we have single night tickets available for both Sat 28th Dec @ £15, and NYE @ £25. Full details above.

    Full & social passes - These are now sold out with waiting lists for followers, leaders & couples. Still go ahead and book as a few cancellations are normal, especially as we chase payments. If you haven't paid and haven't responded when we've asked you about it, you will lose your place.

    Accommodation

    All events (except NYE night) are in or near the city centre, so we'd suggest looking for accommodation within easy reach of there.

    here are several hostels:
    http://www.yha.org.uk/find-accommodation/south-west-england/hostels/Bristol/index.aspx
    http://www.rocknbowlmotel.com/
    http://www.fullmoonbristol.co.uk/ 
    http://www.bristolbackpackers.co.uk/

    We've had some particularly good reports back from people who've stayed at the YHA in the past.

    You'll easily find hotels on a search, but for starters some of the central ones are:
    Ibis
    Marriott
    Novotel
    City Inn
    Ramada
    Mercure
    Premier (right by coach station)

    Probably worth checking for those and others via one of the sites such as LateRooms.com as you may find a better deal.

     

    Hosting

    We’ll host as many as we can on a first-come first-served basis – so the earlier you book the better! We aim to let everyone know about their hosts/guests as early as possible so there will be time for you to make other arrangements if we can’t find a host.

     Info for guests:

    • You may have your own bedroom with four poster bed and en suite marble bathroom, or you may have a space on the floor in a shared room and need to bring a mat and sleeping bag.
    • Your host is not expected to pay for your food, so please expect to buy food or contribute to groceries. The same applies to transport.
    • All hosting accommodation is non-smoking (unless your host tells you otherwise).
    • It’s a good idea to contact your host, informing them of your travel plans and enquiring about any bedding or towels you need to bring.
    • It’s not required but a small gift for your host is always appreciated :-)

     Info for hosts:

    • If you have a spare bedroom that’s great, otherwise floor space is fine and guests can bring mats and sleeping bags. Guests are usually very grateful for your hospitality and not too concerned about space or luxurious facilities.
    • You’re not expected to pay for/provide all your guests’ food.
    • You’re not responsible for transporting your guests around (although you can) – just let them know transport options if you’re going at different times.
    • It’s a good idea to contact your guests to find out their travel plans and to inform them of any bedding or towels they need to bring.

     

    Why not come back and join us in the Spring for the Bristol Swing Festival over Easter 2014? full details tba soon...