Welwyn Garden City, UK
23rd, 24th & 25th June 2023

After an incredible first year we’re excited to offer the 2nd WGC Vintage Festival, a unique international live music & dance event, plus all things vintage organised by JiveSwing.Com and sponsored by the businesses of Welwyn Garden City in the UK.

This year we have over 100 top internationally acclaimed musicians, singers, DJs, performers, Swing, Lindy Hop, Jive, Rock n Roll dancers, dance instructors seen on TV, Theatre and movies, dance classes, vintage & classic cars, fashion, vintage stalls and children’s entertainers across 5 stages and arenas filling the town centre with vintage entertainment for a whole weekend. This year we have visitors coming from 12 countries, including USA, South America and all over Europe, as the event also hosts the WGC Vintage Festival dance camp with workshops, concerts, social dancing and shows. See full details below. 

Transport

TRAINS

Welwyn Garden City Train Station – 1 mins walk.
(Only 25 minutes from King Cross.)

AIRPORTS

Luton – 24 mins

Stansted – 45 mins

Heathrow – 49mins

Gatwick – 1 hour 30mins by car/train

Parking

Howard Centre Car park – 1 min walk
Oaklands College WGC Carpark – 1 min walk*
NCP Carparks – 3 mins walk
Sainsburys Carpark – 1 mins walk
Campus West Carpark – 3 mins walk
*available only to those registered for the dance workshops and concerts

Accommodation

Travelodge WGC – 1 mins walk (HC Carpark directly behind)
Premier Inn WGC – 15mins walk (Onsite Carpark)

There are also lots of cheaper Air BnB’s etc in Welwyn Garden City town centre.
NB: We would recommend booking your accomodation ASAP to find somewhere close to the Howard Centre.

Eating & Drinking

The location will be filled with food and drink vendors, but also surrounded by lots of cool café’s and classic restaurants, all within 5 mins walk.

The Two Willows a typical british pub resturant, will host “JiveSwing at the Willows” between 5:30pm – 7:30pm on Saturday evening, offering food, drinks and live vintage entertainment and dancing. This will be a good place to hang out before the evening concerts at Oaklands College.

Vendors & Cars

For vendors, vintage or classic car owners who would like to participate please email admin@jiveswing.com, with a photo and information about your product and/or vehicle.

Volunteering

If you are interested in volunteering at the WGC Vintage Festival in return for free evening concert tickets, please get in touch with us at admin@jiveswing.com.

Friday Evening*

8:30pm – Midnight – Evening Dance featuring Jiveswing Show, with DJs, Collin Bray Swing Band and dancers from around the UK

Specialist Workshops*

In addition to the festival, there are specialised studio-based swing dance workshops delivered by international instructors during the daytime on Saturday and Sunday, which require advanced booking, below.

Saturday Daytime

JiveSwing Stage

12:00 1940’s Vintage DJ
12:15 Live Music JW Swing Band
1:45 1940’s Vintage DJ
2:00 Vintage Dance Class for all the family
2:30 Jiveswing Cabaret
3:00 JiveAces
3:45 JiveSwing Show
4:00 JiveAces

Howard Stage

12:00 1950’s RnR Vintage DJ
12:45 JiveSwing Gatsby Band
1:30 Pat Da Kat
1:45 Vintage Singer
2:30 Pat Da Kat
3:00 JiveSwing Gatsby Band

Wigmore Stage

12:00 Vintage DJ
12:15 Collective Jazz Band
1:15 Vintage DJ
2:00 Collective Jazz Band

Saturday Evening*

8:30pm – Midnight: Evening Concert & Dance featuring JiveSwing Show, DJs, Mississippi Swing Band and dancers from around the UK. Location: Main Hall, Oaklands College

Sunday Daytime

JiveSwing Stage

12:00 1940’s Vintage DJ
12:15 Live Music Stolen Moments Band
1:45 1940’s Vintage DJ
2:00 Vintage Dance Class for all the family
2:30 Jiveswing Cabaret
3:00 Laura B and Her Band
3:45 JiveSwing Show
4:00 Laura B and Her Band

Howard Stage

12:00 1950’s RnR Vintage DJ
12:45 JiveSwing Gatsby Band
1:30 Pat Da Kat
1:45 Gatsby Band
2:30 Pat Da Kat
3:00 Andrew Sisters Style Trio

Wigmore Stage

12:00 Vintage DJ
12:15 Crooner Hour – Classic Rat Pack etc
1:15 Vintage DJ
2:00 Andrew Sisters Style Trio Singers

Sunday Evening*

6:00pm – 9:00pm – JiveSwing Tea Dance feat. Swing Orchestra. Location: Inside the Howard Centre

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

DAYTIME

LOCATIONS/STAGES

During the daytime on Saturday and Sunday, the streets and 2 live music outdoor stages will be filled with lots of FREE live entertainment at the following times.

JiveSwing Stage (Stonehills Sq): 12-5pm
Howard Stage (Fretherne Rd): 12-4pm
Kids Fun Zone (Howardsgate): 12-5pm
Howard Centre (S.Mall): 11-11:30am
Oaklands College : 8pm-Midnight

FREE DANCE CLASS

FREE absolute beginners JiveSwing dance classes at 11:00am on Saturday and Sunday morning inside the Howard Centre. No experience, age limit or partners required. Spaces are limited so CLICK HERE to book NOW!

SWING DANCE CAMP

In addition to the free outdoor festival, there are studio based swing dance workshops for experienced dancers taught by professional international instructors from various countries, plus evening concerts and social dancing on the Friday, Saturday & Sunday evenings.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK ON TO THE DANCE CAMP

2023 ARTISTS

Aisha Khan

Jive Aces

Stolen Moments

Whisky Sours

JiveSwing Hoppers

Bray’s Jazz Band

Groove Collective

CB Gatsby Band

Charlies Angels

Joseph & Charlotte

Mississippi Swing

Pat Da Kat

Nicola Anne

Simon Selmon

Honey Hoppers

Diamond Girls

CODA

Nadine Lee

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Swing Dance MK

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Coming Soon

PQA Academy

Registration

Register your interest below for the FREE WGC Vintage Festival outdoor activities and get exclusive access to perks, such as a FREE beginner class each day inside the Howard Centre and extra fringe benefits!

FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY

CAMP & EVENING

Advanced booking is required for the Dance Camp Section of the festival featuring 2 days of dance workshops with international instructors and 3 nights of Concerts/Social Dances with Live Music, DJ’s,Competitions and shows

DANCE WORKSHOPS/CLASSES:
Oaklands College WGC & Rise Studios
NB:Schedule will be emailed to registered participants

EVENING CONCERTS/SOCIAL DANCES:
Oaklands College Main Hall, AL8 6AH
8:00pm – 1.00am

Friday – Welcome Party
Saturday – Vintage Summer Ball
Sunday – Farewell Party

BANDS & INTERNATIONAL TEACHERS

NILS ANDRÉN (SWE)

BIANCA LOCATELLI (IT)

MAXI PRADO (ARG)

CLAUDIA BIGGERI (ARG)

CHARLOTTE MIDDLEMISS (UK)

JOSEPH SEWELL (UK)

ELENA EVANGELIA (GR)

RUBEN GARRED
(NOR)

COLIN BRAY SWING BAND

PETE LONG SWING BAND

MISSISSIPPI SWING BAND

DANCE CAMP REGISTRATION

Full Weekend Dance Camp Pass (2 Days Of Workshops & 3 Nights of Social Dances/Concerts): £139.99 until 1st April 2023, £159.99 before 1st June 2023, then £179.99 thereafter.

Weekend Concert and Social Dancing Only Pass (includes Friday, Saturday & Sunday Evenings)= £49.99pp until 1st April 2023

Evening Tickets Remaining = 13

Workshop Spaces Remaining = 0

Advanced:SOLD OUT!

Intermediate/Advanced:SOLD OUT!

Intermediates:SOLD OUT!

NB:If you would like to be on the waiting list for any level, please email admin@jiveswing.com ASAP.

Register Now:

Ticket Type: Ticket Qty: Per Ticket Price:
Int/Adv Leader £159.99
Advanced Leader £159.99
Evening Only Pass (Fri,Sat,Sun) £54.99
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