Boogie Woogie is a style of piano-based blues that first became popular in the late 1930s. Having begun with just pianos, it quickly extended to include as many as three pianos at once, guitars and even big-band. Boogie-woogie music is associated with dancing and upbeat tunes rather than standard blues music.
From the 4th to 6th July this year, Sturminster Newton in Dorset hosts the 10th annual Boogie-Woogie Festival. That’s the good news; the great news is that 1930s/40s fancy dress is actively encouraged at this event. Boogie-woogie lovers of all ages are welcomed to this wonderfully inclusive festival in the beautiful Blackmore Vale. A lot of the daytime events are free, and spread over several different locations in the town; it’s bound to be a fantastic event filled with people in great fancy dress. There’s accommodation available too, so you can stay for the whole weekend and avoid missing anything!
Since it began in 2004, the festival has grown massively, with many of the world’s greatest boogie-woogie enthusiasts taking part. This year’s headline acts include Mike Denham and Carl Sonny Leyland as well as a host of other performers and events. We’re looking forward to dusting off our pin-stripe suits and joining in with festivities!