We’re not too sure what it is but apparently Swingamajig has it (or so we’ve been told). The UK’s first one-day urban festival dedicated to electro swing, gypsy folk and vintage mayhem returns on 1 May, promising to be bigger, better and barmier than ever.

Mixing the decadence of 1920s glamour with urban-style and set beneath the giant railway arches of Digbeth’s Rainbow Venues complex, there will be no less than 10 spaces to choose from; some outside, some in,  some within a circus big top and others beneath the arches.

Showcasing everything from international touring bands and DJs, to swing dance classes, circus tricks, magic, rockabilly and walkabout, no other festival offers such a cultural clash of vintage and urban delights.

The eclectic line up covers everything from electronic beats, to Balkan folk, gypsy punk, big band swing, world, global beats and rockabilly/rock n roll, there really is something for everyone. Headlining are festival heavyweights Balkan Beat Box, pioneers of their genre, and they will be joined by two Birmingham bands who have enjoyed international success and fantastic shows at Glastonbury festival, Electric Swing Circus and the Destroyers.

Swingamajig isn’t just about the music though, it’s the atmosphere, the hustle and bustle, the fabulous selection of street food, craft beers, cocktails, intricate and interesting decor, theming and projection mapping, walkabout performances, hidden games, activities and secret performances, Swingamajig is a truly immersive experience, like wandering in through the rabbit hole or the wardrobe doors into another world.

If you’re still a tad confused as to what Swingamajig is all about check out this great video from last year’s festival – it explains it all.

Swingamajig hits Digbeth on Sunday 1 May, 2pm – 6am at The Rainbow Venues. Thankfully it’s Bank Holiday weekend so you can party the day (and night) away and still have a day to recover before venturing back to work.

For more information and to book tickets visit www.swingamajig.co.uk 

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