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This May join us for the 5th annual Sunshine Swing, Brisbane’s Lindy Exchange, where the nights are cooler but the dancing is still super hot! With 3 nights of social dancing in fantastic venues to fabulous bands and DJ’s, as well as afternoon outings, this is an exchange not to be missed.

This year we are taking a walk on the shady side of the street, with the event theme and social mixers inspired by Film Noir classics and characters. So if you’ve always wanted to let your inner Anti-Hero, Anti-Villian, Femme Fatale, Chanteuse, Hard Boiled Detective or Gangster out, this is the event to do it at.

We look forward to swinging out with you very soon.

2012

Sunshine Swing

2013

World Series

2014

Masquerade

2015

A Day At The Races

Events

FRIDAY NIGHT

Theme Swing Noir
When 20 May 2016, 7pm till Midnight
Where Holy Trinity Church Hall
9 Church Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
Band Hetty Kate
Bar No Bar at Venue
Cost Included in the Full Pass also available for pre-purchase in the Shop.
$40 Cash Only On Door

Friday night’s welcome dance is going to be a combination of gangsta noir and goofy noir. We’re talking a tongue in cheek take on all things Film Noir, which is so very ‘Swing’. Feel free to play with a bit of fancy dressing or cross dressing…follow us on Facebook for further details and inspiration over the next few weeks.

Friday night will also include performances by … to be announced soon …

When Midnight till late
Where Newmarket Memorial Hall
92 Enoggera Rd, Newmarket QLD 4051
Band OUT of ABINGDON + DJ’s
Bar No Bar at Venue
Cost Included in the Full Pass.
$20 Cash Only On Door

SATURDAY NIGHT

Theme Glam Noir
When 21 May 2016, 7pm till Midnight
Where The Old Museum
480 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills, QLD 4006
Band The BLX All Stars
Bar Licensed Cash Bar
Cost Included in the Full Pass also available for pre-purchase in the Shop.
$40 Cash Only On Door

Saturday evening’s gala dance is the perfect opportunity to glam up, put on those pearls, pull out that suit, and get ready to be transported back to the golden age of Hollywood and Film Noir. Dance the night away to classic standards from the 30’s and 40’s by our local little big band, The BLX All Stars, on the super sweet floor in the Concert Hall at the gorgeous Old Museum.

Saturday night will also include the BLX Jack & Jill Heats & Finals and performances by … to be announced soon …

When Midnight till late
Where Newmarket Memorial Hall
92 Enoggera Rd, Newmarket QLD 4051
Band Jonno Zilber + DJ’s
Bar No Bar at Venue
Cost Included in the Full Pass.
$20 Cash Only On Door

SUNDAY NIGHT

Theme Chill Noir
When 22 May 2016, 4pm till 11.30pm
Where Ashgrove Bowls Club
Yoku Road, Ashgrove, QLD 4060
Music DJ’s
Bar Full Bar
Cost Included in the Full Pass also available for pre-purchase in the Shop.
$30 Cash Only On Door

As the sun sets on another wonderful weekend of dancing, kick back and chill out with a cold bevvie or burn up the dance floor one last time at Sunshine Swing to some of the best Swing DJ’s around. For those feeling peckish we’ll be having our traditional sausage sizzle and maybe even a spot of bare foot bowls …

SATURDAY AFTERNOON

What Retro WAC Lunch
When 21 May 2016, 1pm to 3pm
Where Wolloongabba Antique Centre
22 Wellington Road, Woolloongabba, QLD 4102

Lindy hopping all weekend can be tiring, so we’d love for you to join us for a late lunch at the Wolloongabba Antique Centre on Saturday. Kick your feet up and catch up with new friends and old in the 50’s style diner cafe. They have toasted wraps and turkish’s, salads, tarts and spinach pies. And for sweet treats there are lots of cakes, slices and cookies! Of course the diner experience isn’t complete with out a milk shake! Or they do have fresh made juices and great coffee too!
For those who love to shop there are so many treasures in there to find! From bric a brac to vintage collectables, vintage clothing and hats to mid century furniture and all the wacky vintage things in between!! There is a lot to look through and it is hard to not go home with a new found treasure!
Leigh Davis from Empire Swing will be your hostess with the mostess for the afternoon, so just look out for her smiling face :)

SUNDAY AFTERNOON

What Swing Noir Picnic
When 22 May 2016, 1pm till 4pm
Where Kangaroo Point Cliffs
(Tiled section at base of cliffs)
Music DJ’s
Bar BYO Food & Drinks
Cost Free

Sunday afternoon swing dance picnics at the base of the iconic Kangaroo Point Cliffs are one of the highlights of BLX every year. Bring an esky, a rug and a plate of nibbles to share, and spend the afternoon dancing and chatting with old friends and new beside the Brisbane river.

Music

Albert Nicholas, a clarinetist who played with Joe “King” Oliver, said, “The band played full but no blasting. Joe wanted to hear those feet on the floor; the feet of the dancers. He’d say, ‘When you don’t hear those feet, you’re not playing music; you’re making noise.'”

Hetty Kate

Hetty Kate

Equally at home serenading an intimate club or fronting a symphony orchestra, Hetty Kate is one of Australia’s best-known jazz singers. Her sweet sound, clear tone and unshakeable sense of swing are all a perfect fit for the music she loves to sing. “She’s truly one of the best swing-style vocalists (I’m talking 1940, Benny Goodman style 4/4 swing) on the current scene..” Will Friedwald’s Clip Joint USA 2015

The BLX All Stars

The BLX All Stars

The BLX All Stars features some of Brisbane’s hottest jazz musicians, and has been formed exclusively for Sunshine Swing 2016. In a little big band format, the All Stars will perform classic dance tunes, selected exclusively by Brisbane’s swing DJs, from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. The band will have you jumping to the sounds of Jimmie Lunceford, Count Basie, Benny Goodman and Louis Jordan.

OUT of ABINGDON

OUT of ABINGDON

From a passionate desire to make raw beautiful music that grooves and delights, OUT of ABINGDON have built a unique sound that draws from influences including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Grant Green, Bjork & Nina Simone. Their understated elegance draws the listener in… “Smooth and soulful jazz from this talented duo… creating infectiously rhythmic percussion out of their own instruments…” Catherine Bryer, Broadway Baby EDINBURGH2012

Jonno Zilber

Jonno Zilber

A professional musician since the age of sixteen years, Zilber has played all around Australia and internationally and released four solo albums. From school yards to prison yards, outback pubs with topless dancers to churches with born-again preachers, run down bars with no electricity to large international festivals, he’s played them all. “Voice, energy, musicianship. Can a sound be raw and polished? Zilber’s got it!” Paul Wallis, Author

DJ's

DJ's

Information about DJ’s coming soon.

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T-Shirts

“I have too many shirts” –  said NO Lindy Hopper ever! This years Sunshine Swing t-shirts not only feature a stylish design, but also tick all the boxes when it comes to quality, cut and comfort. As dancers we know that an event t-shirt needs to be more than just a memento, it needs to be wearable and durable.

We’re confident that you’ll be swinging out in this years tee for many more years to come.

BLX 2016’s Men’s Tee is a mix of all of our favourite mens shirts blended into one super fine cotton masterpiece, try it once and it should become a staple in your wardrobe. Features include: 180 GSM 100% Cotton; Shoulder to shoulder tape; Fabric pre-shrunk to minimise shrinkage; Double needle bottom hem and sleeve.

BLX 2016’s Women’s Tee is light and long. Features include: 150 GSM 100% Cotton; Shoulder to shoulder tape; Fabric pre-shrunk to minimise shrinkage; Double needle bottom hem and sleeves; Extra long body, side seamed for a tailored fit.

Men’s Tee Sizings (subject to a tolerance of +/-1cm):

S M L XL 2XL 3XL
Width (cm) 47 52 56.5 61 64 68
Length (cm) 71 75 78.5 82 83.5 85

Women’s Tee Sizings (subject to a tolerance of +/-1cm):

XS S M L XL 2XL
Width (cm) 40.5 43 45.5 48 51.5 55.5
Length (cm) 67.5 68.5 69.5 70.5 71.5 72.5

Code Of Conduct

Sunshine Swing – Brisbane’s Lindy Exchange (BLX) is dedicated to providing a safe event experience for everyone involved, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, race, ethnicity, or religion (or lack thereof). Everyone at our event (including attendees, DJs, volunteers, band members and staff) has an absolute right to feel safe and respected at all times. We do not tolerate harassment or bullying in any form.

Everyone attending or associated with BLX in any capacity is required to abide by the BLX code of conduct at all times. If you violate the following standards of conduct, we may ask you to leave the event immediately and will notify the police if necessary. We may ask you to not return over the course of the weekend, or to future events. We reserve the right to decide who attends BLX and we will ensure the comfort and safety of all attendees.

We expect every person to take ownership of their language.

This means not using racist, homophobic, sexist or transphobic language, sexualised, rude or violent language, or language designed to make another person feel uncomfortable or inferior.

We expect every person to take ownership of their actions. This can include:

  • Do not touch someone else without first asking. Do not touch anyone inappropriately.
  • Stop touching them if they ask or tell you to.
  • Only closely embrace someone with their consent.
  • NEVER attempt aerials, lifts or drops on the social dancing floor.
  • In a jam, ensure you have consent to perform an aerial, lift or drop, with every partner, every time. (We should not need to remind you that throwing your partner off their own weight without consent in any way or for any reason is a violation of personal space and safety.)
  • Take proactive steps to find out whether the person you are dancing with is comfortable.
  • It is your right to refuse any dance, for any reason at any time. It is your right to stop dancing with someone at any point for any reason.
  • If someone lets you know, verbally or non-verbally, that they are feeling uncomfortable, check your behaviour, apologise sincerely, and make a change immediately.

Need Help?

If you are injured, feel uncomfortable or unsafe, or are experiencing or witnessing inappropriate behaviour, please let us know immediately. We will take urgent action. We will handle your complaint with absolute seriousness and in the strictest confidence.

  • You can approach:
    • the event manager
    • our volunteers at the front desk
    • our roaming volunteers
  • Ask for the event manager, who will handle your issue as a matter of priority.
  • If you do not feel comfortable speaking to someone while at the event itself, please contact us at BLXsafespace@empireswing.com.au or contact our event Safe Space Officer. In 2016, please contact Leigh on 0421 696 711.
  • If someone lets you know that they are uncomfortable about another attendee’s behaviour, please encourage them to come and talk to us, or seek their permission to come and talk to us yourself. Even if they think it is not a big deal , we want to know about it so we can be prepared to take action and prevent situations from escalating.

BLX will stand by you and support you.

Please click here for further details of BLX’s policies and procedures.

Register

Registrations Are Now Closed.

  • You can no longer purchase a Full Weekend Pass, or Pre-Purchase Entry to individual main Evening Events in our online shop.
  • However tickets will be available on the door for each Event – please note on the door will be Cash Only.
  • Early Bird pricing finished on Sunday 1st May.
  • T-shirt orders closed on Tuesday 3rd May.
  • Registrations closed on Tuesday 10th of May – please note all payments must be finalised by this date.
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