The Savoy Ball

Re-live the glamour and excitement of the Swing Era as we re-create one of the greatest days in swing music history...

A festival of big band swing, vintage style and dancing til the early hours in one of London's finest historic venues

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The Savoy Ball 2019

Back at last!


The 11th Savoy Ball takes place at The Grand Hall, Battersea Arts Centre (formerly Battersea Old Town Hall), London SW11, on Saturday 27th April 2019. This year we will be donating to The Fire Fighters Charity.

For the return we've pulled out all the stops and will be running a Matinee concert and offering a dinner option as well as the Ball itself.

We'll be re-creating one of the biggest days in swing music history.

On Sunday 16th January 1938 Benny Goodman played New York's famous Carnegie Hall and across town Count Basie battled Chick Webb at the legendary Savoy Ballroom.

Pete Long's Benny Goodman Orchestra

The Matinee

We'll be starting with an afternoon Matinee (2.15pm-5pm) with the wonderful Pete Long's Benny Goodman Orchestra playing the famous Carnegie Hall concert. This will be a fully seated event (as is Carnegie Hall) but - don't fret - if you feel the need there will be some room for dancing under the galleries and under the balcony.

The Ball

Then, after a break for dinner in a local restaurant (we've added optional dinner bookings this year) we move uptown for the Savoy Ball itself, featuring Basie's All-Star Contenders vs Chick's Savoy Champions - two full Big Bands put together specially for this event by Pete Long. The Ball will run from 8pm-12.30am.

The Shirt Tail Stompers

The Late Show

For those with the stamina we'll then "move" (metaphorically at least) to a swingin' nightspot where The Shirt Tail Stompers will keep your dancing feet happy til 2am!

The Matinee, dinner and Ball (with or without the Late Show) are each available separately - or in any combination - with different price levels available.

We can't wait!!!!


The Savoy Ball 2019, Saturday 27th April, 2pm-2am, The Grand Hall Battersea Arts Centre LONDON SW11 5TN