It has been a very busy few months at Swingamajig HQ and we have been working all the hours under both the sun and the moon so that this May we will have put together what will be the most incredible Swingamajig to date. We thought we would give you guys a bit of an update as to what is happening behind the scenes, so here is a series of blogs from different members of the ESC (the band behind the festival): The first one from Tom pictured above, who never stops festival planning even when he is on holiday…
Well it is not going to come as a great surprise that our biggest challenge this year has been shaping the festival creatively to fit in our new venue – The Botanical Gardens. Or really I should say new spaces as this year the Afterparty is about twice the size it has been in the past and for the first time with proper swingamajig production, live bands, DJs performers, the works.
As much as we liked the space in Digbeth, particularly after last year’s fiasco we are very glad to be getting out, and the change of venue is a breath of fresh air. Both venues have been absolutely fantastic to work with, but most of all they have the the perfect look and feel for our creative vision, and natural evolution of the festival. By day, we can focus on making a fantastic family friendly day out, with incredible live bands, and the best cabaret line up Birmingham has ever seen; all in a beautiful setting with delicious street food and a vintage market. By night, our after-party party venue is a blank canvas so we can really go do to town. We will be transforming it with performers, projections and decor and this alongside a stunning line up of live bands and DJs.
With the line up booked and the site mapped out my next few weeks will be focused around looking at the nuts and the bolts of the festival, health and safety and medical and security plans. One big change this year is that the Botanical Ball is accessible to under 18s, which though we don’t expect lots of child tickets, it is great for us because it will add to that family friendly daytime atmosphere. All being well we will have all our processes written up and ready for checking by the middle of March and will be ready to deal with any eventuality.
Though Swingamajig work is a bit of a mountain at the mo, ESC work doesnt ever stop either and we are currently working on new material which we will be playing at the festival, as well as a brand new release which should be coming out around May time too, so lots of exciting things in the pipeline, but for now it is time to return to my spreadsheets!
Thanks everyone for your support on the journey so far and catch you later!