Mr Swing’s Dance Orchestra – New Year’s Eve 2009

Bridlington Spa, East Yorkshire

Mr Swing’s Dance Orchestra was booked to support the legendary Joe Loss Orchestra for their annual New Year visit to Bridlington Spa (a famous venue for swing bands in the North East, North West and North, South, East and West Yorkshire).

An enormous venue with a huge crowd of Joe Loss fans – over 700 strong!

With Mr Swing’s Dance Orchestra being the largest band to play alongside Joe Loss at the event over the years, stage management was going to be of paramount importance and to this end I liaised at length with Todd Miller, leader of the Joe Loss Orchestra since Joe’s passing twenty years ago.

Great fella Todd, consummate professional, and we had the changeovers down to five or ten minutes throughout the evening.

Mr Swing took to the stage at 8:00pm and had the not insubstantial dance-floor full within 32 bars! After an hour of swing band and big band classics, it was very pleasing to be approached by a group of Todd’s regular followers and told we were by far the best support they’d seen on New Year’s Eve in all the many years they’d been attending.

Todd and the gang then kept the floor full throughout a 90 minute set including anything and everything as Mr Swing members enjoyed themselves on the balcony with some formation tomfoolery.

After two and a half hours of non-stop dancing, the audience was understandably flagging and Mr Swing’s second set was more of a concert with guests singing along, conserving their energy and refuelling ready to bring in the New Year with Todd Miller and the Joe Loss Orchestra.

All in all a great evening and an event we’d love to play again.

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