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    New Year Swing 'n' Blues: 31st Dec 2015 - 3rd Jan 2016

    The festival will be back at the end of this year (2015) so put the dates in your diary. See below for details of the festival at the end of 2014, which will give you an idea of what to expect.

    Thanks to everyone who came and made the 2014 festival such a fantastic event. Please do give us feedback via the survey link we sent out. 

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

    About the festival
    What to expect this year:
    - NYE is bigger and better than ever, with a live big band & two other bands
    - dances daytime and evenings and some late nights
    - a return to our galleried country mansion for the Saturday night
    - a brand-new beginners track
    - great teachers

    Prices & booking

    To book please email:
    admin@swingdancebristol.com
    For each person we need:
    The type of ticket you want, Name, Email Address, Home City/Country, Role (leader or follower).

    £99 Full pass: all dances and all main Lindy & Blues classes (all run as general level drop-ins, just turn up to whatever ones you want)

    £89 Social pass: all the dances (everything except the main Lindy & Blues classes)

    £49 Beginner pass: Two day beginner Lindy Hop course, the afternoon dance/social at the Old Duke on Fri & Sat, plus your choice of one out of Friday night dance/Saturday night dance/Sunday tea dance (£64 Beginner pass if you want to attend all three).
    Add £25 if you want to join us for NYE at Colston Hall.

    £55 Weekend Social Pass: Friday night until Sunday evening, now on sale. Does not include daytime classes on Saturday.
    Add £25 if you want to join us for NYE at Colston Hall.

    £30 NYE only: please book direct with Colston Hall for NYE only

     

    Programme & important info

    The final programme is below, music will be around 60% swing and 40% blues. Important stuff to know:
    - entry for all events is strictly wristband only, so don't lose it!
    - please bring a water bottle to top up to all events (except Colston Hall & Trinity Centre). To reduce waste there will be no glasses/cups at any other venues, there will be small water bottles for sale.  
    - detailed information was emailed last week, and an updated version will be sent on 29th December. Please contact us if you haven't received it (after checking your spam folder), as it means we don't have your correct email address. 

     

    Weds 31st Dec New Years Eve 
    Afternoon pre-party/social & early registration
    4-6pm Watershed Cinema Cafe, 1st floor, 1 Canon's Rd, BS1 5TX 

    NYE Swing Dance Party @ Colston Hall (Trenchard St entrance), BS1 5AR
    7.30pm-1.30am Bristol's premier music venue hosts a night with 3 live bands, a cocktail lounge, circus performers, and multiple dance areas. Come to the separate New Year Swing & Blues table to register between 7.30-9.15pm. If you're later then go to the Colston Hall box office from 9.30pm and tell them you're attending the festival, they will be able to give you the ticket for NYE but you'll still need to register for the festival the following day. (NB no entry between 9.15-9.30pm while we transfer tickets to the box office.)

    Thurs 1st Jan
    Bristol City Walk 
    1-3.15pm Come and see what a beautiful city we live in! It will include a toilet/snack stop. Meeting point tbc, will be around the Harbourside area. Check the facebook event or the webpage here to find out if it's going ahead if the weather looks changeable or poor.

    Tea Dance
    @ St Michael's & All Angels, Gloucester Rd, BS7 8NT
    4-8.30pm A beautiful hall, great DJs, tea & cakes. Registration 4-6pm only.

    Dinner @ Lona, 281-283 Gloucester Rd, BS7 8NY 
    8.30pm The large meals together were a hugely popular feature of last year, so come dine with us! The dinner isn't included in your pass. Please book a ticket to attend this here, preferably before the morning of Tues 30th Dec. Meat/veggie/GF options.

    Late Night Party @ Hamilton House, Stokes Croft, BS1 3QY
    10.30pm-2.30am Strictly wristband entry only, tea/coffee/toast available. No registration.

    Fri 2nd Jan

    Daytime Classes
      @ The Southbank Club
    11am-4.15pm 4 hours of classes for those on full passes, all drop-in, with a choice between a Lindy or Blues class. See class programme at registration for details. Registration 11am-12.20pm

    Beginner Classes @ The Dance Centre, Jacobs Wells Road, BS8 1DX
    12-3pm 3 hour Lindy Hop class for those on the beginner pass. Registration 11.45am-12.45pm

    Dance & Social @ The Old Duke

    2-5pm Mainly for those on a social pass or beginner pass, or anyone on the full pass who wants to cut class. Live piano from Yann at 4.30pm! No registration.

    Evening Dance @ St Peter's Church Hall, 17 The Drive, Henleaze, BS9 4LD
    7-10.30pm A beautiful spacious hall. Full meals & snacks available from 7pm, with veggie/vegan/GF options. registration 7-9pm.

    Late Night Party @ Hamilton House, Stokes Croft, BS1 3QY
    11.15pm-3.30am Strictly wristband entry only, tea/coffee/toast available. No registration.

    Sat 3rd Jan
    Daytime Classes
      @ The Southbank Club
    11am-4.15pm 4 hours of Lindy Hop/Blues classes for those on full passes, all drop-in, plus the first hour is a choice between the Forum discussion on developing dance scenes, or a stretching class. Registration 11-11.30am.

    Beginner Classes @ The Dance Centre, Jacobs Wells Road, BS8 1DX
    12-3pm 3 hour Lindy Hop class for those on the beginner pass. Registration 11.45am-12.15pm.

    Dance & Social @ The Old Duke

    2-5pm Mainly for those on a social pass or beginner pass, or anyone on the full pass who wants to cut class.


    Mansion 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: dress up, enter through the Portrait Room, and dance with friends old and new in a magnificent mansion! Sign up for taxi share at the registration desk. We recommend getting there early. Registration 7.30-8.30pm


    Late Night Party Hamilton House, Stokes Croft, BS1 3QY
    2-4.30am Strictly wristband entry only, tea/coffee/toast available.


    Sun 4th Jan
    Tea Dance @ The Trinity Centre, Trinity Road, BS2 0NW
    1-5.30pm One of Bristol's biggest and best dance venues and our home for the Bristol Swing Festival. Short taster dance class early on, and later live band Marmalade Swing. Budget lunches available 1-2.30pm (veggie/vegan/GF options), then cakes 4-5pm.


    Accommodation

    All events (except Sat 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

    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.

    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 2015? full details tba soon...