Get Ready to Swing into Valentine's Day!

Published: 12 Feb 2024

A Valentine's Guide for Swing Music Enthusiasts

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and if you and your special someone share a passion for swing music, we've got you covered with the ultimate date night and gift guide. Whether you're looking to dance the night away or cosy up at home with some classic tunes, there's something here for every swing music enthusiast.


1. Swing Music Listening Party at Home

What better way to set the mood for Valentine's Day than with a swing music listening party at home? Create a cosy atmosphere, and let the music transport you to a bygone era.

We've curated a playlist that might give you some inspiration - check it out here. It features some of our jazz heroes, a few Down for the Count tracks, and songs from jazz musicians currently active in the London, New Orleans and New York scenes.


2. Tickets to a Swing Music Concert

In our books nothing quite beats the gift of live music. Therefore, why not surprise your loved one with some tickets to an upcoming swing band concert this Valentine’s Day? Down for the Count have plenty of shows on the horizon - from intimate jazz club shows to luscious orchestral concerts, check out our gig calendar here. 


3. Vinyl Shopping

For the vintage enthusiast in your life, a trip to the record store is a must. Spend the afternoon flipping through stacks of vinyl and hunting for hidden gems from the swing era. Whether you're searching for classics or rare finds, vinyl shopping is a unique and thoughtful date idea for any music lover.


4. Swing Music Movie Marathon

Cosy up with your Valentine for a swing music movie marathon. From timeless classics like Swing Time to cult favourites like Hellzapoppin and Swing Kids, there's no shortage of films to choose from.


5. Vintage Clothing Shopping

Take a trip to your local vintage clothing shops and channel the glamour of the swing era! Whether you're searching for the perfect dress or a sharp suit, vintage clothing shopping is a fun and unique way to celebrate Valentine's Day.


6. Swing Era Trivia Night with Friends

If spending Valentine’s Day with your friends (a.k.a Palentine’s) is more your speed, why not gather your local swing music enthusiasts for a swing era trivia night? Put your knowledge to the test with questions about your favourite musicians and songs from the swing era!


With these charming date ideas and gifts, let the spirit of swing music elevate your Valentine's Day into a celebration of romance and nostalgia! 


And if you happen to get engaged over the Valentine’s period, why not hire our musicians to perform for your wedding?! Check out Mike Paul-Smith Music, where you’ll find out more about hiring our musicians for wedding receptions and other special events.


About the author

Ruby Willis

Ruby is Down for the Count's marketing and communications assistant. When she is not writing Facebook posts and making Instagram reels, she is often performing in short films or physical theatre shows.

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