Up next: a delightful afternoon at Brighton Open Air Theatre

Published: 14 Jul 2023

Coming up next for Down for the Count is our annual trip to Brighton Open Air Theatre, where we will be dusting off our favourite songs from our album Swing That Music for a live matinée show of the same name.

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The show offers a unique experience of live music in a beautiful setting on the British coastline. What makes this venue particularly special is that it's one of the few theatres on our tours where audiences are welcome to dance. There's an astro-turfed area next to the stage, and from the third song (after we've introduced everyone in the band), you're invited to join in the dancing. If you plan to dance, kindly remember to wear appropriate footwear for the astro-turf surface, keeping in mind it's not a solid dance floor. Additionally, please be considerate of the seated audience members who are there to enjoy the show and listen to the spoken introductions between each number.

The show in July derives its name from our 2019 album, Swing That Music. The title track from the album had been performed by our small band at jazz club shows for a few years, but for the recording session, we wanted to include the whole band. That's when Mike wrote an original arrangement of the song, which he finished writing just two days before the session. On the recording day itself, it was the first time we had ever seen or performed the music together, and we played it at breakneck speed. It took quite a few takes to get it right, but we believe the effort was worth it! Check out Max Fagandini's fantastic juggling abilities as he mixed playing trombone, trumpet and singing this great song.

It's a special album for us because it was the first one we recorded at The Cold Stores in Kent, and it features beloved swing and big band classics.

The  show will not only highlight the band's exceptional vocalists and instrumentalists but will also delve into the rich history and origins of swing music. Band leader Mike emphasises the fascinating and sometimes troubling history of swing music, and the show explores pivotal moments that shaped the genre. However, the music always takes centre stage, and we hope you leave the show feeling energised and inspired to further explore the origins of this incredible and diverse genre.

Don't miss the opportunity to experience the sensational sounds of the Down for the Count All-Stars as they ignite the stage at the Brighton Open Air Theatre on Sunday, July 23rd. Prepare to be transported back in time and indulge in the magic of the Swing Era.


About the author

Mike Paul-Smith

Mike Paul-Smith has over 18 years experience in delivering bespoke live music and entertainment packages for wedding receptions and corporate events across London, the UK and internationally.

He is the company director, pianist and musical director of Down for the Count.

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