The inaugural P&P World Cycling Revival will host a dazzling display of garden party style live music, from lovely classical music through to some of the best vintage acts performing in the UK and Europe. The below is a brief preview of what will be on offer in June. We are proud to announce our first two acts: Natty Congeroo and the Flames of Rhythm and Palace Avenue Swing will both be performing on our bandstand and, accompanying them, will be the very best dancers from Swing Patrol performing the Charleston, Lindy Hop and much more.
Our patrons will also have to opportunity to join in with swing dance lessons given by the Swing Patrol team. This is only a small selection of the musical programme at the P&P World Cycling Revival, keep an eye on our website and social media for more announcements.
Swing Patrol have become renowned for their high energy vintage performances all over London and beyond. With 120 troupe members and a plethora of award winning teachers the Swing Patrol team now have a world class reputation for great performances, high level dancing and a true passion for all things vintage.
Originally founded in Melbourne, director Scott Cupit brought Swing Patrol to London in 2009. Since then, Scott has run classes all over the world, performed with his team at 10 Downing Street and Buckingham Palace, spent an hour dancing on the empty plinth in Trafalgar Square, written a book, and has appeared on TV shows Call the Midwife and The Apprentice.
In 2014 Scott took some of his best dancers to the BBC’s hit series Dragon’s Den with the aim to impress the Dragons and win their investment in the company. After teaching Deborah Meaden and Duncan Bannatyne to Lindy Hop and impressing them with his concept and leadership, Scott won a significant investment that gave him the means to expand the business dramatically. Swing Patrol now run classes every week night in London, Brighton, Berlin, Sydney and Melbourne at numerous venues in each city.
On top of their weekly offerings of classes, socials and workshops, Swing Patrol has helped spread the joy of swing dancing in many ways – through free dances in Spitalfields Market and by Tower Bridge, performing at summer festivals, and by breaking the World Record for the largest Charleston dance.
We will be bringing a selection of our very best dancers to the World Cycling Revival. We are very excited to be giving lessons to their patrons and performing alongside their dazzling programme of live music. It is a pleasure to be involved with an event like this, it will undoubtedly go down as one of the highlights of the Swing Patrol calendar.
Scott Cupit, Swing Patrol’s founder
Natty Congeroo & The Flames Of Rhythm
Natty Congeroo and the Flames of Rhythm have worked hard to become one of the leading Swing bands in Europe and beyond, with regular performances for major UK and international festivals and shows throughout the year.
The Flames have earned a reputation as one of the leading swing bands in the country for their high-energy performances and immersive crowd experiences. The repertoire of the band is a combination of tight original numbers and explosive interpretations of classic Hot Jazz, Swing, Rhythm ’n’ Blues and Gospel numbers from the 1920’s-50’s. As well as a reputation for a hot authentic sound the band is well known for its unique sense of style and presentation with its members dressed to the nines in sharp and eccentric tailored vintage attire.
The band is led by the legendary showman Natty Congeroo; a popular, stylish and flamboyant singer, dancer, and all round Hep Cat who has been performing at the top of his game for many years. The players: Teddy the Sizzle, Ev the Killer Diller, Henri Lá Bass, Joel Numero Uno and Harry La Mamba provide unrivalled levels of excitement and astonishing musical skill that is an explosive mix once the show gets started.
The Flames of Rhythm will be performing at the P&P World Cycling Revival as a specially extended 7-piece line-up that includes the big Baritone Bass Saxophone, the Flames of Rhythm promise a highly entertaining and memorable afternoon of music!
Palace Avenue Swing
Palace Avenue Swing is a stylish and highly talented ensemble of musicians and friends who take great pleasure in performing and recreating the music and style of the golden era of hot Jazz, blues and swing from the 1920-50s. The musicians who make up the band are highly regarded as some of the best in the UK, and have entertained to great acclaim throughout the years.
The 7-piece Dance Band performing here at the P&P World Cycling Revival features a stellar cast of players on Upright Bass, Guitar, Piano, Drums, Trumpet and Clarinet/Sax. The band always dresses up for a big occasion, and has its own specially arranged pad of music and custom embroidered velvet stand banners for a distinctive and authentic look on stage. The band are hugely influenced by countless musicians who include the pioneers of early jazz such as Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller, and also the elegant and swinging small group and big band swing of the likes of Django Reinhart, Lew Stone, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Count Basie. Lead up front by the incredible singing talent of rising star Cherise Adams-Burnett, vocal inspiration comes from Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Sinatra, and Nat King Cole to name but a few.
As well as past and future performances for special vintage events like the P&P World Cycling Revival, the band has also gained a special reputation for their performances up and down the country for swing dance enthusiasts of this classic 1930/40s dance style, and also in collaboration with some of the leading Lindy Hop swing dance troupes in the country. Expect to see dancers swinging out in flamboyant style on the dance floor when the band hits its stride. A few surprises are certainly planned for this performance!