Mersey Swing Smackdown 2016 (Exchange)
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Mersey Swing Smackdown 2016 (Exchange)

Mersey Swing Smackdown 2016 (Exchange)

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Mersey Swing Smackdown 2016

The Mersey Swing Smackdown has, this year, grown into a full-blown Lindy Hop Dance Exchange! If you have been to any of our events before, you know that we love to have a good time and we are really looking forward to you seeing our lovely city of Liverpool! The Smackdown is a weekend full of dancing, competitions, live bands, sightseeing, and a heck of a lot of fun! Mersey Swing has never been strictly Lindy, so don’t be surprised if you see dancing or hear music that is out of the usual realms of Lindy Exchanges.


DJs and Live Music

Our first exchange promises to be an exciting event live music and amazing DJs.

Our Friday night event at Oh Me Oh My (where we held our first Winter Ball) will be a very exciting night. This event is hosted by our very own Compere, Cat Foley, accompanied by super star DJ, Laura Knight. Friday night is the night that we will be hosting our competitions including our infamous Group Showcase.

Saturday night at the historic Florrie will be once again, hosted by Cat Foley. Live Music will be provided by the great swing dance band, Blue Harlem! DJ’s will again see DJ Laura and other friends.

On Sunday afternoon we have a local Scouser coming home to play for us. The David Broad Trio will be playing for us at the former Police Station on Lark Lane.


Friday night will be the night of the competitions. You will see some serious Lindy Hop getting thrown down, particularly in the Group Showcase. We mean BATTLE STYLEY (think Step Up 2, but with more jazz and less rain). Do you have the courage to step up? (Silliness is encouraged.)

Competitions and Group Showcase will be:

1. Newbie Jack and Jill for those dancing Lindy Hop (in any dance role) 12 months or less.

2. Jack and Jill for those dancing Lindy Hop 13 months or more.

3.    Group Showcase

·      The group must contain at least 4 dancers a

·      At least one of your group needs to have started dancing Lindy Hop within the last 12 months.

·      Anything goes as long as there is a clear nod to Lindy Hop/Jazz or Charleston.

Competitions at the Smackdown are always light hearted and lots of fun.


Judges for the competition will be an eclectic mix. We will of course have the seasoned judges for the comps but we will also be having at least one judge from the audience on the night.

Registration for the Competitions

There are a limited number of entries for these competitions. 



Ferry ‘Cross the Mersey 

12 Noon

On board this 50 minute river cruise, you will discover the well-loved legacy of Liverpool and the river Mersey, with its musical and maritime past. From The Beatles performing on the Riverboat cruises in the early 1960s to tales of smuggling, Mersey Ferries carry a cargo of memories. You will see the unrivalled and ever evolving UNESCO World Heritage waterfront. Just sit back and enjoy the fascinating commentary, wonder at the wildlife and absorb the history.

There is simply no better way to enjoy Liverpool’s iconic waterfront and heritage than from the deck of a legendary Mersey Ferry.

A minimum of 20 participants are needed to achieve the group booking discount. This trip is not included with your weekend pass and will need to be purchased separately through our website.

Cost: £7.50

Coach Trip

Ever wanted to see where John Lennon grew up?

1 Hour Guided Coach Trip
1:30 pm
Departing from Gower Street, Albert Dock, Liverpool
Operator: City Explorer Tour Bus
Cost: £7.00 (Regularly £10)

A Guided 1 hour coach trip around Liverpool. See our greatest sights with a coach filled exclusively with dancers attending the Smackdown. 

The link is now up and you are able to purchase your space on the Mersey Tour Bus. Well, ok it's not really ours, but it is for the hour!

This trip is not included with your weekend pass and will need to be purchased separately through our website.

Classes (NEW!)

Hip Hop

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Saturday, October 1st

Merseyside Dance and Drama, Camden Street, Liverpool

Cost: Included with Smackdown pass

Instructor: SugaGill

SugaGill, infamous B Girl, is returning once again to blow your mind with an intense Hip Hop class.



3:00pm to 4:00pm

Saturday, October 1st

Merseyside Dance and Drama, Camden Street, Liverpool

Cost: Included in Smackdown Pass

Instructor: Helen Maguire

Led by our own Choreographer and DJam Solo Jazz winner, Helen Maguire!

Yoga for Dancers

12:00pm to 1:00Pm

Sunday, October 2nd

The Old Police Station, Lark Lane, Liverpool

Cost: Included in your Smackdown pass

Instructor: Lari Hutton

Lari was such a hit last year we brought her back. Please bring your own towel or mat. The Sunday dancing will commence at this same location, at 1pm.

Class spaces are limited so book now!

Hip Hop


Yoga: Drop In.

Lindy Bombing

4:30pm to 5:30pm, Location TBC

Following the coach trip, and if the weather is fair, we will Lindy Bomb a historic Liverpool Landmark. There is nothing like dancing outside in great weather! This is included in your weekend pass.


Friday Night, September 30th, 2016

Location: Oh Me Oh My

Time: 8pm to 1am

DJ: Laura Knight

Competitions: Jack and Jill (Newbie and Standard)

Group Showcase.


After party: Moved to the Saturday night. Two rooms, one great party.

Saturday Night, October 1st, 2016

Location: The Florrie, Liverpool

Time: 8pm to 12am

Band: Blue Harlem 

DJ: Laura Knight and friends


After party: 

The Magnet, Hardman Street Liverpool.

12am to 4am

In the 'Fishbowl' a Blues Room with DJ Chris Walsh.

In the main room, Lindy and anything goes.


Sunday Afternoon, October 2nd, 2016

Location: The Old Police Station, Lark Lane, Liverpool

Time: 1pm to 5pm

Band: The David Broad Trio

DJ: DJ John Daglish, and Swanny


HOW TO PURCHASE YOUR TICKET (Please read all the info first before purchasing)

We want you to have a really boss time while you are here in Liverpool dancing and that means that we try to ensure, as far as possible, a balance between leads and follows. This may mean a wait list (but hopefully not!).


Weekend passes are being sold this year on EventBrite.

Standard Weekend Pass: £55

Saturday Night Social Passes may be released at a later day pending ticket sales.

Wrist bands and other info will be provided at the venue of Oh Me Oh My on Friday night.


Early Bird

There are a limited number of Early Bird Tickets for Follows and Leads. When they are gone, they are gone. Please enter the discount code ‘EarlyBird’, to receive 10% off your weekend ticket price. The discount code works with the full weekend passes only.

Mersey Swing Loyalty Card Holders

By coming to either the Swing Lab with Felix on Sunday or regular class on the 11th of May, you will be provided with a secret password to unlock a special ticket on EventBrite, just for you. There are only a limited number of these tickets so make sure you are in the know!

Wait List

If one or the other dance role sells out quickly then there will be a wait list. Once more of the opposite dance role tickets are sold, waitlist places will be released. You have 24 hours to respond to a released ticket, so please keep an eye on your emails.

Cancellation Policy

Unfortunately we do not provide refunds for cancellations for any reason. However, we will accept transfer of the tickets to a different dancer. The ticket will need to be transferred to someone who is dancing the same dance role. Please email info@merseyswing with any changes of names.

Alcohol Policy

All of our events, except the Sunday tea dance will serve alcohol, therefore 18s and over are welcome. Do not bring your own alcohol to these evening  events. We will lose our deposit.

Both Oh Me Oh My and The Florrie will have a cash bar (and a water station). Please do not bring your own alcohol to these events.

The Tea Dance on Sunday will serve tea and cake.


Smackdown t-shirts shirts will be available on Friday night at Oh Me Oh My. £12.



For those of you who are looking for accommodation on a budget, Hatters Hostel is centrally located and very good value.


 Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Our events will be serving Alcohol, therefore over 18's are welcome. Please do not bring your own alchol to the evening events.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Friday Night: Oh Me Oh My is in the city centre and there are many car parks nearby. Lime Street Station, James Street Station and Moorefields are within walking distance.

Saturday, at The Florrie: Public transportation is available. Take the 82 bus from the City Centre and get off at the Tesco Extra on Park Road. Cross over the main road and head slightly back towards the direction the bus came from. Turn left at Beresford Road and walk down until you get to Mill Street. Take a right at Mill Street and the Florrie is on the right hand side on the corner of Wellington Road. We would recommend sharing a taxi back to the City Centre at the end of the evening if you are on public transport but the last 82 bus from Park Road is at 11.30pm. There is also on street parking nearby. 

Lark Lane Community Centre: Public transportation is available to this site and there is plenty of on parking along the surrounding streets. Take the 82 bus from the City Centre and get off at the end of Lark Lane. Walk to the other end of Lark Lane and the venue is on the right. 

What can/can't I bring to the event?

Our venues on Friday and Saturday have cash bars and water stations. Please do not bring food or drinks of any kind into these venues. If you would like to eat prior event there are plenty of nearby restaurants.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

yes, please see the event information for more details.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes, up until September.


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