Just to say a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who came to Summertime Swing 2016 yesterday, by all accounts it was the best and biggest yet with 1200 people! Looks like we raised about £7000 for our charities The Not Forgotten Association, Bluebell Railway and East Grinstead Museum.
Thanks also to:
The date for next year is Sunday August 6th, 2017 so save it in your diary now! Early bird tickets will be available soon.
It was indeed a splendid day at the East Grinstead vintage festival "Summertime Swing"
The Jive Aces, the UK's number one jive and swing band and finalists on Britain's Got Talent, are also the organisers of Summertime Swing which is a popular vintage music event in East Grinstead. On Sunday they held yet another successful Summertime Swing festival at Saint Hill Manor raising money for local and national charities.
Twelve hundred people enjoyed the great music and grounds from 2pm to 7pm on Sunday 7th August.
Every year vintage car collectors bring their pride and joy to show them off at St Hill and this year over 30 classic cars were displayed in the beautiful surroundings, some of which were:
as well as many others, some WWII jeeps and a whole Morgans club
this is just a part of the attractions that also include vintage stalls, BBQ and a raffle.
The programme was full of incredible talented artists. The Jive Aces opened the whole programme for the first half hour and the 1600 square feet dance floor filled up in no time. They then had their first guest Maurizio Meterangelo "Big Daddy" lead singer of top Italian swing band the Billy Brothers who performed with the Jive Aces on classic Italian swing songs such as "Tu Vo' Fa' l'Americano", "Angelina" and "Volare". The second guest was virtuoso and Swedish Dancing With The Stars celebrity Gunhild Carling, who surprised everyone with her Billie Holiday voice, trumpet, trombone and even playing jazz on bag pipes! Next was celebrity lead of leading West End musical "Beautiful" Cassidy Janson, who gave everyone goose bumps with a gospel song and a belting voice on song "I'm Saved". The last official guest was child star Laurie London who sold over 2 million singles back in the 50's with his hit "He's got the whole world in his hands". The band then ended with an all-stars finale inviting other musicians and singers in the with a jam on Louis Prima's "Jump Jive and Wail".
The crowd were in awe and exhilarated by the energetic variety packed show.
Summertime Swing this year attracted the most remote fans, in fact some fans came from Cornwall, but also Switzerland, Washington DC and as far as New Zealand! BGT semi-finalist Analiza Ching who also guested on the finale said: "Thank you to the Jive Aces for such an amazing Sunday full of beautiful music and laughter!". And one of the guest who attended the event from Latest TV Brighton said: "Best day of the year!"
The local radio Meridian FM recorded the concert and interviewed the artists which be replayed at a later point in their programme.
And the icing on the cake was for the first Summertime Swing wedding party, where Sylvie and Chris tide the knot and gave a wonderful dance display on the band's rendition of "Beyond the Sea".
This year Summertime Swing raised £7000 for charity. The selected charities for this year were The Not Forgotten Association, The East Grinstead Bluebell Railway and the East Grinstead Railway.
Ian Clarkson, lead singer of the Jive Aces said: "This was the best Summertime Swing ever! 1200 people, classic cars of all kinds and colours and jivers and swing dancers. We have many to thank: all the lovely people that came and supported the charities, the Church of Scientology for sponsoring the event, the L. Ron Hubbard Foundation for lending us the wonderful grounds of the manor and all volunteers who helped on the event. We love putting this event on despite the hard work. When you see the happy faces and know you have raised money for a good cause it all becomes worthwhile!"
Next year Summertime Swing will take place on 6th August same place same time. For more info check: www.jiveaces.com