Saturday May 16 2015: Mez & The Fezzes

Mez and the Fezzes, Jive Party - Rivoli BallroomThis seven-piece rocking Rhythm & Blues /Swing band has an all-star line up of Europe’s most accomplished Rhythm & Blues and Jazz musicians. Led by drummer Mez Clough, the Fezzes comprises members of The Jools Holland R&B Orchestra, the Si Cranstoun Band and Madness’s horn section and between them they have played live and recorded with BB King, Paul McCartney, Robert Plant, Solomon Burke and Imelda May to name but a few.
They deliver an infectious mix of authentic rhythm & blues, swing and rock ‘n’ roll hits from many of the great artists of the fifties.

Joined tonight by top vocalist Michael L Roberts, the Fezzes and usefull link their killer grooves will keep the dance floor rocking all night long!

The evening is made complete with a Jive class for beginners at the start, and DJs filling in around the band’s two sets, all in the incredible Rivoli Ballroom.

April 18th 2015: Jackson Sloan & The Rhythmtones

No stranger to The Rivoli as the big, gutsy, powerful and energetic blues shouting frontman of OoBopSh’Bam!, Jackson returns for the third time fronting his own fantastic band Jackson Sloan & The Rhythmtones.

Jackson Sloan, over the years, has built up a reputation as an exceptionally talented and gifted frontman. Jackson’s love of the music evolved from his parents record collection which led to Jackson attending live gigs both in his own home town of Southend-on-Sea, all over Essex, London and Europe.

“The 100 Club, London was my spiritual home, where I could get up close to my heros, the great blues shouters, Jimmy Witherspoon, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Jay Mcshann, Memphis Slim, Champion Jack Dupree, Big Joe Williams. Along with becoming a record collector, this became my passion to try to emulate these great musicians and voices, I got to meet the musicians and talk to them personally – I felt very privileged”

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And yes you can help us to kick the evening into swing by joining in with our warm-up jive dance class for beginners. The class is included in the ticket price and starts at around 8:30pm.

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Saturday March 21st: Juke Joint Jump

It’s been over a year since their last appearance at The Rivoli Ballroom and we are extremely pleased to welcome back Juke Joint Jump to provide the live music for our March Jive Party.
Top quality, pumped-up, rootin’ tootin’ and hootin’ jive, swing and old-fashioned rhythm n blues.
Plus inclusive beginners jive dance class 8:30 to 9pm and Jive Party DJs playing the best Jive, Swing R&B and RnR around.

The band love playing at this iconic one of a kind venue and we love having them there, an awesome combination.

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February 14th: Kit Packham’s ‘One Jump Ahead’

“Ultra-stylish” Kit Packham’s One Jump Ahead band will be performing a rollicking set of only here songs on Valentine’s Night, ranging from 1940s and 1950s jump/jive, R&B and classic rock ‘n’ roll, to jazz standards and originals. The band’s seven-piece line-up is led by Bandleader and composer, Kit Packham on saxophones and lead vocal, supported by Steve Knight on guitar, Perry White on piano, Alex Keen on double bass, Kenrick Rowe on drums, Tracey Mendham on saxophones and vocals, and Simon Da Silva on trumpet and flugelhorn.

So if you’re looking for an alternative to the romantic dinner date for your night out,  or perhaps you’d like an antidote to all that lovey dovey stuff, with or without a partner, why not make The Rivoli your destination on February 14th.

As usual the night features a beginner’s jive class and DJs.

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January 17th 2015: Ding Dong Daddios

We kick off the New Year at The Rivoli on January 17th with the weclome return of the Ding Dong Daddios. This talented bunch of jumpin’ n jivin’ musicians bring you the most danceable tunes from the swing heydays of the ’40s and ’50s.

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As usual there will be a Jive lesson for beginners to kick off the evening, then you can practice your dance skills on one of the best sprung maple dance floors in the country at one of the most iconic and atmospheric venues in Britain.


The BBC will be filming at the Jive Party at the Rivoli Ballroom on January the 17th as part of a brand new BBC ONE series for Comic Relief which will be broadcast in 2015. Should you decide to attend this event, you give consent to be filmed for this show.

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December 20th 2014: OoBopSh’Bam!

NOTE: ADVANCE TICKET SALES ARE NOW SOLD OUT. We have a very few tickets left that we shall sell on the door tonight. These cannot be reserved. We will not be selling these before doors open at 8pm. If you do not have a ticket then to avoid disappointment do have a plan B for your evening in case you cannot get a ticket. Please do not contact the Rivoli for tickets, they cannot sell or reseve them.

Oo-Bop-Sh’Bam!, without a doubt one of the most exciting and energetic RnB, Boogie, Jump Blues Bands in Europe, return to make it a merry rockin’ Christmas at The Rivoli. We’ll be reliving the good time spirit of ‘rent party’ rhythm n blues and reviving the days of honkin’ hollerin’ good ol’ rock and roll from the 50’s.

The band have become Festival Favourites headlining at many of the top Jive, Blues, Rock and Roll and Jazz festivals in Europe with their unique blend of Jive, Blues, Rock and Roll and Jazz.

The Musicians, all top professionals, have worked with Freddy Mercury / Joe Jackson / Allison Moyet / Hubert Sumlin / Eric Clapton / Robert Plant / Scotty Moore / Alvin Lee / Tony Bennet / Tom Jones and many more.

Our December Jive Party will feature a beginners’ jive class and DJs to kick off the evening, followed by two sets from the band.




November 15th 2014: Benoit Viellefon & His Orchestra


After a successful Jive Party debut in June this year it’s a big fat welcome back to Jive Party for Benoit Viellefon and his Orchestra.

Check them out for yourselves at Benoit’s website but here are a few quotes for you to be getting on with:

“Effortlessly sweep you away on sonic gossamer wings to the happy, happy place of your choice.” — Vintage Rock Magazine

“Superb! Every one of the dancers that I asked said that you were the perfect band to dance Lindy Hop to.” — Oxford Lindy Exchange

“This is music with a big smile on its face that communicates directly to the audience; the resulting chemistry is something extraordinary.” — Blues in Britain

Benoit Viellefon and his Orchestra are the leading vintage dance ensemble to have emerged from the UK in recent years, taking the British scene by storm. Among the finest entertainers of his generation, Benoit directs an ensemble of internationally acclaimed musicians in a manner reminiscent of Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Charles Trenet at the very height of their popularity.

The Orchestra are the hottest live outfit for all those who revel in the nostalgia and elegance of a bygone era, with a repertoire consisting of the most beautiful and uplifting songs from the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s and originals in the same classic style. The wailing clarinet and scorching trumpet of Benoit’s brass section create that gloriously authentic style, together with one of Europe’s finest accordion players, a thumping double bass, Harlem-style stride piano, an old-school drum set, and gypsy jazz guitars.

And yes, all in the fabulous surroundings of the Rivoli Ballroom! With a jive class at 8.30pm to get you in the mood.


October 18th 2014: The Metrotones

A first for Jive Party, we’re thrilled to good choice bring you The Metrotones to perform for us at The Rivoli. This band is as visually exciting as they are vocally talented. If you haven’t seen their live stage show, you’re in for a treat.

The Metrotones have been making great Doo-Wop sounds since 1990 and they know how to put on a polished note-perfect performance. The vocalists are backed by a great line up of musicians including bass, sax, piano, guitar and drums. If you like your Doo-Wop you’re certainly gonna have a ball.

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Sept 20th 2014: Laura B & The Moonlighters

Laura B & The Moonlighters
After their fantastic January Rivoli appearance, it’s great to welcome back Laura B & The Moonlighters, one of our favourite bands of all time. This eight-piece good time, Rhythm and Blues/Swing band features the extraordinarily talented Laura B on vocals. Look forward to a night of brilliant rockin’ and honkin’ rhythm and cheapest prices for levitra blues from Laura B and her superb septet, in the upbeat style of Ruth Brown, Big Maybelle and Lavern Baker.

The Moonlighters are comprised of the best authentic sounding rhythm and blues players in Europe whose credentials speak for themselves. Comprised of members from many bands who have played the circuit across the UK, Europe, USA and even Japan. Laura’s all-star band comprises members of Ocean’s Seven, Juke Joint Jump, Sugar Ray’s Flying Fortress, The Big Six, Alabama Slammers, The Mike Sanchez Band and Jools Holland’s R’n’B Orchestra, to name but a few. Also featuring the exceptional Henri Herbert at the boogie-woogie 88, Lady Laura and the guys guarantee a big beat sound and performance to match many of the great R’n’B artistes of the fifties, so why not check them out at

As usual the night kicks off with a jive class aimed at beginners followed by two sets from the band and DJs filling in. Booking recommended.


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August 16th 2014: The Cadillac Kings

The UK’s number one swing-blues outfit
Norrie Burnett, Blues Matters Magazine

We welcome back The Cadillac Kings – featuring six of the UK’s top blues & roots musicians, The Cadillac Kings play music inspired by the sounds and styles of the ’40s & ’50s. A mix of mostly original songs with a few well-chosen covers from the likes of T-Bone Walker, Roy Brown & Champion Jack Dupree have made the band firm favourites on both the blues & jump-jive scenes. They are tailor made for the Rivoli Ballroom.

“With their stunning musicianship & exciting stage act, this is a band that knows how to entertain audiences across the board, from arts centres to dance-halls, from intimate clubs to major festivals.”

And of course the night gets into swing with our Jive class aimed at beginners – plus music from DJs, right through until 1am.

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