Must See Monday – Events of the Week: White Mink – Electro Swing Speakeasy & Living Spit’s A Christmas Carol

21st December 2015

What: White Mink – Electro Swing Speakeasy // Where: Christmas Spiegeltent // When: Sat 19th Dec (7.30pm)  // Cost: £17.50

If your looking for an escape from all the turkey and extended family this Xmas look no further than the award-winning White Mink: Electro Swing Speakeasy.

Hitting up Bristol with their zeitgeist-capturing speakeasy, where the sounds and styles of the 20s and 30s are turned on their head and smuggled into the 21st century. This decadent party extravaganza brings a cocktail of live bands, walk about, DJs, dancers and projections to the Spiegeltent for what will be one hell of an opening bash! There are no rules but dressing up is de rigueur.

Get ready to show your appreciation for… Flash Mob Jazz – The UK’s premier all singing, all swinging, heart of the party band with stunning three-part harmonies, scorching horns and a rip-roaring rhythm section Bonnie Fox (a.k.a. Sharon Davis) – International queen of burlesque, lindy hop, swing dance and pin-up model revered for her distinctive and feminine style Swing Zazou – Gypsy Swing, 30’s and 40’s big band sounds and live-mixed beats collide to create a foot-stomping recipe of soaring hot-swingin’ licks, driving swing-scat vocals and vintage harmonies. Abagail Nénuphar – ‘Unfurling displays of colour and operatic intensity, her daredevil circus acts are served with balletic elegance and sensuality.’ Ophelia Bitz – Bristol’s own saucy but bad-ass vocalist, ring-mistress, compere and performance artist Bristol Swing Dance Lindy Hop Dancers – Bristol’s pioneers of the Swing scene show us how to lindy, jive and boogie the night away DJ Chris Tofu – White Mink’s very own electro swing don on the wheels of steel

Vintage Victory Rollers will be in the house throughout the evening offering vintage make-overs and updo’s from the 20s to the 50s – choose your style! For £10-£15 a head, the gorgeous lady Raye will work her magic and have you looking fit for a… well, a night in the spectacular Spiegeltent perhaps? 

To find out more click here.


Living Spit’s A Christmas Carol @ Tobacco Factory // Tue 8th Dec – Sun 3rd Jan // Cost: £13


Hard-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge hates the season of goodwill. Until a visit from three Phantoms one memorable Christmas Eve makes him rethink his miserly ways and turn his wicked life upside down… blah blah blah.

We all know the story. We’ve all seen the film(s). But who’s the best Scrooge of all time? Albert Finney? Alistair Sim? Patrick Stewart?

Well, just hold your horses there, Sir/Madam! Because you’ve yet to witness the actor Howard Coggins’s unique take on the eponymous anti-hero of Dickens’ festive masterpiece.

Like a coiled spring he waits in the wings, ready to take up the mantle and give the performance of his career as the mean miserabilist, Ebenezer Scrooge. And he’s brought Stu Mcloughlin along for the ride to dress up, sing, dance and generally act like a complete idiot whilst playing ALL the other parts.

With silly songs, pitiful puppetry and more Dickensian daftness than you can shake a selection box at – a feast of festive foolery!

To find out more then click here.

Kevin McGough