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Rhythm Junction London

Posted on August 8, 2014

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square-swingReviving the glamour of the swing era, Rhythm Junction London is a new festival of live vintage music and dance, taking place in Hackney on September 13. 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.

With live music at the heart of the festival, the carefully selected line-up of artists will cover many eras of vintage dance music – from the hot jazz of the 1920s, to the big band swing of the 1930s and 1940s 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.”

For more see, where tickets for the festival are available.

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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