Al Bowlly’s Croon Manifesto…

As announced on this week’s Hot Ginger Radio Show, we’re very excited about a new play hitting the West Midlands this summer. Al Bowlly’s Croon Manifesto is a celebration of Britain’s greatest singer of the dance band era.

You can catch it at :
Lichfield Festival - Garrick Theatre Studio: 8-12 July
Sandwell Festival – West Bromwich Hall (no online link): 15-16 July
and at the – Quay Arts Centre, Isle of Wight on 29 July

Both the Lichfield and West Bromwich runs feature afternoon tea dances so check those out too.

This show offers an insight into a pre-pop pioneer, delves into the seamier side of between-the-wars hedonism, and then gives the audience a chance to put on their dancing shoes and get their rocks off ballroom-style.

Find out more at Untied Artists where you can see some extracts from the play.

And listen to our Hot Ginger Radio Show special where we talk to Jake Oldershaw about the play and spin some of Al Bowlly’s greatest tunes.

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New retro for this Autumn…

Unveiled at the Hawaiian Hula last week to great acclaim, it’s the all new Hot Ginger flyer showing our upcoming Autumn dates. Yes, we’re very early with this one (mainly because on the back it has a lovely ad for the Hot Ginger Radio Show which we’re going to be putting about all over the summer).

It will be making an appearance in all the usual Birmingham outlets, so make sure you get your hands on one because it still gets you that discount entry to Hot Ginger nights and, well, it’s another work of art in its own right designed by Pete Bradbury at Digit64.

So what have we got lined up for you in our Autumn season?

We’re kicking things off on the 9 October with a MAD MEN PARTY, celebrating the styles of the late 50s from our favourite TV show. Then it’s our FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY on 13 November, followed quickly by our second SWINGIN’ XMAS PARTY on 11 December.

Lots of goodies lined up for you and we’re currently looking at including a few special events to make them a little bit different to the Hot Gingers you’ve been to before. Stay tuned for more info as it happens!

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You put the hot in Hot Ginger!

Wow! What a night that was! Almost a hundred of you came in your best (and worst, let’s be honest) Hawaiian regalia on the hottest night of the year and filled the dance floor to bursting (both of them). Loads more new faces and a lot of genuine disappointment at the news that this would be the last Hot Ginger for a while.

That was the seventh Hot Ginger we’ve put on and each one has been a total humdinger. We’ve been absolutely amazed at the enthusiasm people have shown, the amazing outfits you’ve worn, and at how many of you are now packing out the local Lindy Hop classes to learn the moves. It was always our intention to really kick start a swing scene in Birmingham and we think you’ve helped us totally put it on the map.

Check out all the photos from the night on Facebook(thanks to Laura, Claire and Wendy).

Chico – Hot Ginger was brilliant on Saturday night!!!!!!

Phoebe – Had such a terrific time at Hot Ginger! Loved the music, the dancing and felt very welcome. Thank you :) xx

Tim – Cracking night, great music!!!!!!!!

Lorna M – Last night was jolly good fun as always, I shall pine for Hot Ginger till October :)

That’s right, no more Hot Ginger till October 2010. Stay tuned for the new flyer, to be unveiled here later this week, but don’t forget you can still listen to The Hot Ginger Radio Show every week all through the summer!

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