Swing East set to turn clocks back to 1940s in Poplar’s Chrisp Street Market

PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 July 2016 | UPDATED: 10:27 07 July 2016

It's the 1940s again as Swing East festival gets ready to return to London's East End [photos: Ivana Bucci]

It's the 1940s again as Swing East festival gets ready to return to London's East End [photos: Ivana Bucci]


The clocks are turning back 70 years when the post-war Swing era of the 1940s and early 50s returns to London’s East End on Sunday.

Swing East coming this Sunday to Poplar's Chrisp Street MarketSwing East coming this Sunday to Poplar's Chrisp Street Market

Revellers get ready, steady, go with their gladrags to dance to hip swing music that granny used to jive to.

The Blues, Swing and Rock’n’Roll over two decades of the 1940s and 50s is being staged at Poplar’s Chrisp Street Market from 11.30am to 6pm.

Live acts include Sugar Ray’s Lucky Stripes, Natty Congeroo & The Flames of Rhythm and Ding Dong Daddios, with DJ Neil Raiser keeping the swing tempo going in between.

The stage is being set for the annual Jump and Jive jamboree with Britain’s hottest bands playing a cool mix of Hepcat Swing, Rhythm’n’Blues and Red Hot Boogie.

Revelling 'Bobby Soxers' are putting on their gladrags for  July 10's Swing East festRevelling 'Bobby Soxers' are putting on their gladrags for July 10's Swing East fest

Market stalls are selling vintage and retro clothes, accessories, music and homeware, alongside food and drink including cocktails and real ale.

Swing East gives a nod to the marketplace itself, created in 1951 at the height of the Swing movement, built as a ‘living architecture’ element of the Festival of Britain and the country’s first pedestrian shopping precinct.

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