About the Savoy Ball
About The Savoy Ball
3 live bands, top swing DJs!
Dancing til 2am
Vintage - what to wear, fashion, vintage stalls, 1940s photographer
Amazing period ballroom!
Ticket prices and on-line booking
Live Bands
Live music is central to the Savoy Ball - we feature three of the very best bands in the land, a full 14-piece Swing Orchestra, a 9-piece swingin' Big Band and a hot 5-piece. If that weren't enough, for 2014 we are pleased to present two amazing vocal harmony trios too!

Sticky Wicket's Fabulous Swing Orchestra
14-piece

A true Big Band with 14 pieces led by drummer Alan 'Sticky' Wicket. This is a band that really swings - with an great authentic sound - and hugely popular with dancers. Sticky's famous 'Drumnastics' are highly entertaining so there's plenty to watch too!
Alan 'Sticky' Wicket is undoubtedly one of Britain’s finest Drummer/Percussionists whose pedigree is beyond question, having worked consistently with the greats, such as: Chris Barber, Steve Gibbons, Lonnie Donnegan and Van Morrison, to name but a few. The Swing Orchestra was first put together for The Savoy Sticky Wicket Swing Orchestra at The Savoy BallBall back in 2003 (an idea cooked up by both Sticky and ball organiser Martin Ellis) and has been a resident feature of the ball ever since!
Sticky's bands (both the 9-piece Little Big Band and now the Swing Orchestra) are always busy on the festival scene - both here in the UK and overseas.

Samples (live at The Savoy Ball 2003)...
sound clip - Splanky (wma)
sound clip - Why Don't You Do Right? (wma)
sound clip - Sing, Sing, Sing (wma)
sound clip - Begin The Beguine (wma)

The Three BellesThe Three Belles
Guesting with Sticky Wicket

The Three Belles formed in their third year at the University of Portsmouth. They all found that they had a mutual love and almost obsession with The Andrews Sisters and their impressive harmonies, vocal style and characterful performances. Since forming, the girls have taken on many projects including performing at a huge variety of events across the UK, writing and touring their own stage shows and 1940s events, performing in France for the D-Day Landing Commemorations, singing on The Alan Titchmarsh show, recording a Christmas EP with The Jive Aces and producing their debut album ‘In Full Swing’.

The Inteli-GentsThe Inteli-Gents
Guesting with Sticky Wicket

The Inteli-Gents are a highly authentic 1940s - 50s style vocal harmony trio. Influenced by bands including The Five Keys, Crew Cuts, Four Aces, Mills Brothers, Delta Rhythm Boys, Ames Brothers and Cats and the Fiddle, the band has been working recently with Sticky Wicket, with whom they performed a few numbers at The Savoy Ball 2013. We are excited to welcome them back this year for more!

King Candy & The Sugar Push
King Candy & The Sugar Push9-piece

King Candy & The Sugar Push are making a name for themselves on the swing dance scene as one of the country’s top dance bands. Set up by saxophonist, clarinettist and arranger Jon Shenoy at the end of 2008, they have performed at all the major dance classes and venues in London including the Troxy, 100 Club, Jitterbugs, Ronnie Scotts, Royal Albert Hall and Swingland’s A-Train and C-Jam to name a few. King Candy boasts a formidable line up of the country’s top session musicians, charismatically leading dancers and listeners through a sweet store of big band hits from the 1930s-50s. As if all this wasn’t enough, King Candy currently features the talented vocalist and close-harmony chanteuse Kate Mullins from The Puppini Sisters.


The Shirt Tail Stompers
The Shirt Tail Stompers5-piece

The Shirt Tail Stompers will take you on a journey back to the hot sounds of the jazz age. From the prohibition-era speakeasies of the roaring 1920s to the dancehalls of the swinging 30s and 40s, the band are heavily influenced by the great Harlem band leaders such as Fats Waller, Duke Ellington and Count Basie.

They have already established themselves as one of London's top swing bands, playing at exciting festivals and events across the UK and internationally. You may have previously seen them at London's infamous Black Cotton Club, Lindy Shock Festival in Budapest, collaborating with musicians from New York at the London Swing Festival or at one of the numerous swing dance exchanges they have played. A favourite amongst Lindy Hoppers, and a treat for any music lover.




Swing DJs
If there's time for any recorded music, you can be sure it will be the very best!

Martin Ellis [UK]Martin "Smartie" Ellis
Martin is highly regarded as a swing DJ in London. He has been running swing dance teaching company Swingland for over 15 years and is resident DJ at all Swingland's regular club nights (London's C Jam, A-Train, Jumpin' and Windsor's Friday Night Jive). He has also played at many other London clubs and events, including Zoot Suit Riot, Casablanca and Jitterbugs.
As founder of The Savoy Ball, Martin has played every year at this event.
Martin has also DJ'd at Herräng Dance Camp, Camp Savoy, Rock Bottoms, Any Swing Goes, Swing's The Thing, Swing Jam and a host of other dance camps and weekend events.
Martin has an extensive collection of Big Band Swing, Jazz, Lounge and Blues music from the 1920s to the present day and as an experienced dancer he knows what the dancers really want to hear.
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