The Electro Swing Ball is delighted to be part of Telford’s 50th birthday celebrations by returning to Oakengates Theatre to host another spectacular evening of vintage glamour and spell-binding entertainment inspired by the swing era!
Swing dance class
We will welcome you from 7.30pm, with Jazz Jive Swing kicking off the evening at 8pm with their wonderfully fun style of swing dance class – so don’t forget your dancing shoes! The ever-so-gorgeous James from Jazz Jive Swing will also compère the Ball, guiding us all through the evening with his sparkling charm and hilarious antics.
In terms of live music we have enough toe-tapping, ear-pleasing, booty-shaking swing to party like its 1929!
Our live act are The Swinghoppers who take classic swing songs and Hip Hop-ify them and vice versa. They are known to delight audiences with their unique blend of music, high energy theatrics and tongue in cheek mobster chic.
Our DJs for the evening are a stunning mix of twinkly swing, vintage swagger and banging beats! If you don’t know these guys already then you are in for a huge treat; they are all true professionals who will make you dance, dance, dance!!
We have the head honcho of the Electro Swing Ball and king of electro-swing, DJR who will delight us with an extensive range of vintage remix and swing tunes aplenty.
We are thrilled to welcome back Emma Clair, creator of Manchester-based electro-swing club night, Prohibition. Emma’s sets are infectiously upbeat, and her ‘no prisoners’ style of mixing keeps the crowd on its toes, with loops and acapellas added live in the mix!
To top the night off our old favourite Bertie Dastard is back! Creator of the renowned Free Breaks blog, Bertie fearlessly combines swing with a more bass heavy sound, perfect to conclude the night in banging style
Cabaret, burlesque & circus acts
As always we will emerge you in the unique decadence of the Electro-Swing Ball and surround you with cabaret dancers, beautiful burlesque and incredible circus performers!
J'adore La Vie is an elite cabaret and couture act who provides unique high quality shows and the best in luxury entertainment. Established in Paris, and now with their own residency show in London's West End, this charming duo combines dance performance and high fashion, with stunning bespoke hand-made costumes inspired by haute couture and Avant-garde designs, whilst creating visually stunning and highly entertaining acts.
Burlesque performer Kitty Campari has been wowing audiences across the UK with her unique style of classic burlesque combined with aerial skills. If she's not parading around in her giant martini glass, she's upside down in a giant hoop or rolling down some silks in spectacular style. Her sparkly, sweet and sassy style is not to be missed!
Lola Chocolat is a French cabaret burlesque performer who is renowned on the scene for her polished performances and character portrayals. Lola captivates the audience with her story telling, while her endearing characters will charm the pants off you! For burlesque with a French touch, look out for this cheeky Mademoiselle!
To honour Telford’s 50th birthday our dress code is ‘All that Glitters is Gold!’ Think 1920s high glamour, swing and flapper, feather boas, red lipstick, high heels and faux fur. Dapper gentlemen and beautiful ladies!
Vintage beauty parlour
The gorgeous Blusherettes Vintage Beauty Parlour will be onsite from the early afternoon offering divine vintage makeovers so you can feel as glamorous as the screen sirens from by-gone days. Are you a Marilyn, Bette, Vivian or Joan? Whether you like a peek-a-boo do, a victory roll or a sultry marcel wave, they offer glamorous hairstyling and makeup to make you feel like an MGM starlet! Services include vintage hairstyling and make-up, and Gentlemen's Pamper Packages (hot towel, facial, MANicure, beard oil, comb and tidy). Prices start at £20 for victory rolls / cat flicks, lashes and lips up to £50 for full-on vintage glam hair and makeup. Appointments do need to be made in advance; you can either call Charlotte on 07905761326 or message her through ‘The Blusherettes Vintage Pop-up Parlour’ Facebook page.
The Electro-Swing Ball is coming!!
So what are you waiting for? Spread the word, gather your loved ones, get your tickets and start planning your outfit because the Electro-Swing Ball is coming back to Oakengates Theatre and it’s going to be the bee’s knees!
Dress up, feel the love and get your swing on!
Where applicable, advertised ticket prices are inclusive of a venue levy, retained by the venue to maintain our programme of arts and entertainment.
Cabaret event, Strictly 18+
There are a limited number of early bird tickets available for £19.50, normal price £23.50. All ticket prices are inclusive of booking fee.
VIP Upgrade Tickets
For the first time we are offering VIP tickets! For an additional £17 you will be entitled to a drink on arrival (either a glass of prosecco, large glass of wine or an orange juice), reserved seats on a front row table, the best view of the stage, table service for the evening, plus ‘Meet & Greet’ with our acts. Numbers are strictly limited for these golden tickets so you’ll need to be quick, and remember to get your main event ticket too!
Coach from Shrewsbury
There is a coach running from Shrewsbury priced at £8 (return). It will leave from the Abbey in Shrewsbury at 7pm. The coach home will make two trips, the first at midnight for anyone who is ready to head back, and a second trip at 1.15am for those who want to stay until the end. We’ve timed the coach so that everyone will arrive in plenty of time for the Jazz Jive Swing dance lesson so please make sure you’re on time! Unfortunately we cannot accept responsibility if you’re running late or miss either of the coaches home.