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

    **Update 10/12/14**
    Full passes - SOLD OUT
    5-day Social passes - SOLD OUT for Followers & Couples, only 1 Lead ticket left
    3-day social passes & beginner passes - still available

    NYE only (downstairs) - SOLD OUT
    NYE only (upstairs) - still available (this ticket gives access to one of the two dance floors)

    About the festival
    Our budget festival is back! With great teachers, fantastic live bands, hours and hours and hours of dancing, and an exchange-style atmosphere, all this in a city with one of the friendliest dance scenes anywhere! Yes, really, just ask anyone who's been here :-)

    The full programme is below. Our teachers for this year are:
    Adamo & Vicci (Blues)
    Jason & Jemima (Lindy Hop)
    Max & Fran (Beginners Lindy Hop)
    David (Taster class & Forum)
    Jannike (Stretching)

    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

     The festival sells out every year.


    Prices & booking

    To book please email:
    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


    The final overview programme is below. Music will be around 60% swing and 40% blues. There will be additional live music that's not yet shown in the programme. There will be a late night party on either Thurs or Sat, maybe both, as well as the late night already confirmed for Friday.

    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!

    Weds 31st Dec New Years Eve 
    Afternoon pre-party/social & early registration
    Details tbc

    NYE Swing Dance Party @ Colston Hall 
    7.30pm-2am Bristol's premier music venue hosts a night with 3 live bands, a cocktail lounge, circus performers, and multiple dance areas.

    Thurs 1st Jan
    Bristol City Walk 
    1pm Come and see what a beautiful city we live in! It will include a cafe/pub stop.

    Tea Dance
    @ Gloucester Road area
    4-8.30pm A beautiful hall, great DJs, tea & cakes.

    Dinner @ Gloucester Road area
    9pm 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 (we'll email you later with details).

    Late Night Party (tbc)

    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.

    Beginner Classes @ tbc
    12-3pm 3 hour Lindy Hop class for those on the beginner pass

    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.

    Evening Dance @ The Dance Centre
    7.30-11pm A huge floor at Bristol's home of dance for over 30 years!

    Late Night Party @ secret location

    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.

    Beginner Classes @ tbc
    12-3pm 3 hour Lindy Hop class for those on the beginner pass

    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!

    Late Night Party (tbc)

    Sun 4th Jan
    Brunch Social @ tbc
    12 noon Come and have brunch with us (food not included in pass)

    Tea Dance @ The Trinity Centre
    3-7pm One of Bristol's biggest and best dance venues and our home for the Bristol Swing Festival. With live band Marmalade Swing.


    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:

    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:
    City Inn
    Premier (right by coach station)

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



    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...