DAY TIME ENTERTAINMENT Tuesday 24th July to Saturday 28th July.
Daytimes in the Victory Marquee feature unique non-stop entertainment from 11.00am to 5.30pm.
This year bringing together music, dance, song, comedy, and a little bit of magic will be the order of the day. Our talented entertainment team will recall those vintage & wartime days in music, dance lessons, and comedy.
Our unique variety show in the Victory Marquee features the following entertainment for all the family to enjoy and take part in.
The Devils Cut Combo
Debut act for the Victory Marquee: From the UK, Jump Blues four piece, The Devil’s Cut Combo are filling vintage dance floors across Europe and turning heads across the globe. They stand out not only due to their effortless style and authenticity, which drive an infectious beat of hot early 50’s R’nB, Rockin’ Blues and Boogie Woogie, but also by the delivery of their exceptional original material – incomparable on the scene today. With the release of their EP Hot Foam Shave in 2015 they have gone from one nighter’s in the UK to packed festivals and weekenders across Europe.
The title track and songs such as Flat Tyre Groove, Pay My Rent and Bottom Shelf Bourbon Meltdown have been played on radio stations worldwide. The Devil’s Cut Combo have raised the bar for authenticity on the 50’s roots music circuit attracting attention from the 40’s swing scene, blues aficionados and rockabilly crowds alike.
Being believers in camaraderie on (and off) the stage, the combo has built up an extensive repertoire of hot R’n’B original tunes, and with their debut album coming out later this year, they look set to shake up everything we know about Rhythm ’n’ Blues. The band will be playing every lunchtime from 1pm until 2pm.
Viv The Spiv
Our Victory Marquee compere with a wink in his eye, a witty joke on the end of his tongue and a dodgy black market deal up his sleeve!
Viv The Spiv will keep you entertained, tell you who’s who and what’s what between the talented acts every day. Viv appeared on stage at the London Palladium performing for The Queen as part of Dame Vera Lynn 100th birthday celebrations.
We welcome Viv back to the Victory Marquee this year. Just don’t fall for his charm. Not arf!
Morning Dance Lessons
Daily 12:15pm (excluding Saturday due to Church service) New for this year: Responding to public demand we have introduced two dance lessons in the marquee daily this year. Time 12:15am but these will be held each morning by (Chris, Steve (Air raid Jive) along with Rod & Sue (Cinque Ports Lindy Hoppers). If you wish to learn to dance classic vintage styles come and join in, just before Devils Cut Combo perform live on stage 1pm)
We welcome back and in his 19th year at the show…All-round entertainer and funny man Adam Hoffman!
With his quick wit, charm, entertainment skills, silliness and unpredictable tomfoolery, Adam is at ease with any type of audience, he will get you from the start and hold you in the palm of his hand and take you on a rollercoaster ride of fun and laughter. Many top critics/reviewers have compared him to the late great Eric Morecambe an accolade Adam holds very dearly.
Adam would like to dedicate his performances at this year’s show to his hero, he’s Dad, David Hoffman who sadly died last year. David was a Veteran, a Father, a Husband, a Grandfather, a Great Grandfather, a friend and true entertainer who is sadly missed by many.
The Swingtime Sweethearts
The Swingtime Sweethearts are Annie Riley & Le’arna Castle, both successful solo artists, whose affection for the forties has brought them together to perform as the Swingtime Sweethearts. Their wide range of songs from the 1940s, wartime & swing, includes the hits of Vera Lynn, Anne Shelton, Gracie Fields and Glenn Miller. The girls have been very busy since meeting in 2006, performing at many venues including Blenheim Palace, Goodwood Revival, The Imperial War Museum, Trafalgar Square for Veteran’s Day, The Glenn Miller Festival at Twinwood Airfield, The Hop Festival and The War & Peace Show in Kent, Battle Of Britain Memorial Day in the presence of HRH Prince Michael of Kent, RAF Events including RAF Hendon and RAF Halton, Trafalgar Square for both Veterans Day and The Sir Keith Park Memorial Unveiling, The Institute of Directors Pall Mall, National Armed Forces Day and Salute To The 40s at Chatham Historic Dockyard, Folkestone Air show, Dover Castle, Brooklands Museum, The Olympic Park for Sport Relief, The Kenneth More Theatre, The Congress Theatre & Winter Garden Theatre in Eastbourne, Ideal Home Show at Earls Court and Olympia, Entertainment Artists Benevolent Fund, Brinsworth House, Blind Veterans (formally St. Dunstan’s) and the Royal Hospital Chelsea. The girls have also performed in St. James Palace and in the Ballroom of Buckingham Palace, where they have been presented to HRH the Prince of Wales, HRH the Princess Royal and HRH the Earl of Wessex. In 2012, they were heavily involved in both the Diamond Jubilee and Olympic Torch Celebrations and in 2013, were invited to perform in the gardens of Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Coronation Festival. The Swingtime Sweethearts have released 3 albums “Those Were the Days”, “Not Forgotten” and most recently “Their Finest Hour”, as well as their charity single which features the Forces Sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn, titled “Not Forgotten”. The girls were thrilled to have their song featured as the final track on Dame Vera’s latest album “Unforgettable”. Sales from the single, as well as a percentage from “Unforgettable” are raising funds for their chosen charities, for which they are both proud ambassadors, “The Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity” and “The Not Forgotten Association” for the Ex-Service and Currently Serving War Disabled. 2015 has been another busy year for the girls, with the highlights being the invitation to visit and perform in Normandy for veterans, to commemorate the D-Day Anniversary, an invitation to perform at a special lady’s 80th birthday party… in Barbados, and a Christmas performance in Northern Ireland. More recently, the girls appeared in Dame Vera Lynn’s 100th Birthday Concert at the London Palladium, of which Annie was a producer alongside Dame Vera’s family, and to which HM the Queen made a surprise attendance. This was followed by a performance on the famous white cliffs to celebrate Dame Vera’s special day, concluding with a spitfire fly past.
Tom Carradine- Carradine’s Cockney Sing-A-Long
Born out of the late night, cider-fuelled, sing-a-longs in the Nag’s Head bar at the Twinwood Festival, Carradine’s Cockney Sing-a-long was launched in the Mahogany Bar at Wilton’s Music Hall in October 2014. Since then it has grown and is now playing sell-out dates in the main auditorium at Wilton’s, monthly dates at Cahoots (London), every Thursday at Mr Fogg’s Tavern (London) and vintage events and festivals up and down the country including Twinwood (Bedford), The Classic Car Boot Sale (London), Vintage by the Sea (Morecambe), Festival of Vintage (York) and The Great British Vintage Fair (Braintree).
Alongside his sing-a-long work, Tom has worked extensively as a pianist and musical director on the London cabaret circuit and has tickled the ivories at many prestigious venues such as Cafe de Paris, Grill Room at the Cafe Royal, The Pheasantry, the Savoy Hotel, Battersea Barge, Cellar Door and New Players Lounge. He is also musical director for Champagne Charlie and the Bubbly Boys and at Brick Lane Music Hall.Tom’s theatre credits include the UK tours of Hi-de-Hi and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (as Musical Director), Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Scrooge and Cabaret (as Assistant Musical Director), The Sound of Music (Children’s Musical Director) and Associate Musical Director on The Sound of Music which toured to Jordan. He was Assistant Musical Director on Aladdin: A Wish Come True at the Theatre at the O2, starring Paul O’Grady as Widow Twankey, and has musically directed the last four pantomimes at the Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells. As keyboard player: Les Miserables (West End), Cinderella (Hackney Empire) and the UK tours of Blood Brothers, Half a Sixpence, Waterloo, Mad About the Musicals and Gotta Sing Gotta Dance, as well as Cats and The Wizard of Oz for the Larnaca International Festival in Cyprus
You will have the time of your life with beloved War & Peace Revival regular, Scott singing classic Elvis Presley songs from the 50s through to the 70s. If you know and love these songs, you won’t want to miss Scott’s wonderful tribute to The King of Rock’ n ’Roll.
Scott has been very busy since last performing at solo shows, vintage and charity events across the country.
Cinque Ports Lindy Hoppers
Afternoon tea dance and lessons at 2:30pm daily: Renowned dance teacher and leader of the famed Cinque Ports Lindy Hoppers, Gypsy John and his partner Karen will introduce you to the popular high-energy dance. Daily demonstrations featuring popular dance styles from the 1930s to the 1950s – The Charleston, Balboa, Lindy Hop, Collegiate Shag, tap, jazz and rock n’ roll jive.
The Swinging sound of two vintage voices harmonising together to form The Duettes! Holly & Victoria first met at War & Peace Revival in 2016. After realising they lived just down the road from each other, the following year they decided to perform a couple of numbers together at the same show. The rest is history. The due have performed with the Jive Aces and recently some shows of there own up and down the UK.
Victoria: At just 21 years old, Victoria has recently graduated from The Academy of Contemporary Music with a First-Class Honours Degree in Professional Music Performance. As well as performing her original music (and with The Duettes of course!), Victoria is part of “International Pin Up Darlings” The Satin Dollz! Based in Hollywood, Paris and now London. In the London group, Victoria performs lead vocals and has taken on the role of Vocal Captain. With elegance and class beyond her years, Victoria mesmerises her audience with stunning vocal performances, reminiscent of the wartime era.
Holly: Holly trained at The American Musical Theatre Academy of London. You may recognise her already as she has had an extensive career in the vintage world under her alter ego Miss Holiday Swing. She has been lucky enough to perform at many prestigious events and venues across the country such as Cahoots London, The Twinwood Festival, The Imperial War Museum (Duxford), and Eurotunnel Le Shuttle to name but a few! Holly has also performed for Aida Cruises and Saga Cruises.
Her love for vintage music extends from the 1920’s through to the 1960’s, but her favourite is the wartime era.
Suffolk Pop Up Dancers
Once again, our pop-up dancers will entertain you with the popular dance routines of the 1940s. See them perform around the show daily with their Willy’s jeep along with our entertainers.
Evening entertainment in the Britain at War Victory Marquee
We welcome you back to the Victory Marquee’s for a full schedule of evening entertainment. There is something for everyone with music song and dance from the 1920’s to 1960’s from 8pm to midnight
Debut show for War & Peace revival we are proud to present….
Jackson Sloan & the Rhythmtones
(plus DJ Gypsy John with his 1950’s sounds)
Friday 27th July. VICTORY MARQUEE 8pm till midnight performing two sets.
Jackson Sloan, over the years, has built up a reputation as an exceptionally talented and gifted frontman. Jackson’s love of the music evolved from his parents record collection which led to Jackson attending live gigs both in his own home town of Southend-on-Sea, all over Essex, London and Europe. As one of England’s most fervent devotees of 1940’s 50’s American culture, Jason Sloan and the Rhythm tones fuses rock ,jump jive boogie, blues & swing into a heady cocktail. The band have performed concerts in Europe and the USA including Twinwood festival, Goodwood revival, Rhythm Riot & Viva Las Vegas.
The evening will also include the legendary ‘War & Peace Revival’ dance competition hosted by Gypsy John & Crazy Karen. Take part and win prizes.
Debut show for War & Peace revival we are proud to present….
Alex Mendham & His Orchestra
Gala Saturday Dinner and dance 28th July.
VICTORY MARQUEE 8pm till midnight performing two sets.
Alex Mendham and his Orchestra perform the romantic and stylish music of the 1920’s and 30s with the modern energy and passion of their youthful years. They epitomise Hollywood’s golden era of Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers.
No corner is cut when it comes to presenting the sound, charm and white-tie elegance of vintage Hollywood: from their original instruments and pomade that slicks down their hair to the sharp tuxedos and spectacular dresses, no detail is overlooked.
Formed under the leadership and direction of their charismatic 27 year old founder and singer Alex Mendham, this young 11-piece Orchestra complete with singing duo, The Dunlop Sisters present a unique combination of hot jazz, sweet dance music and film scores from the Hollywood musical that has wowed audiences wherever they perform. Highly in demand, the Orchestra has performed in iconic venues throughout the U.K and internationally from Mountain Resorts of Europe to Palaces in Russia and beyond. Although the Orchestra is most at home in theatre show settings recreating the opulence of vintage Hollywood, amidst a busy show schedule they also perform for private high end luxury events and launches that have included such renowned venues as Kensington Palace.
2017 saw sell out shows across the U.K including Cheltenham, Harrogate, Petworth, Canterbury Snape Proms and Wilderness Music Festival, alongside The Orchestra appeareances across BBC radio and television. The orchestra have recently released a brand new studio album ‘On with the show’ which has received critical acclaim.
The Twin Swing
Special guests appearing with The Alex Mendham Orchestra will be The Twin Swing. The girls are a popular 1920’s Entertainment act on the vintage scene having performed at many high-end venues across the world singing and dancing. They regularly host a tea dance at London’s Waldorf Hotel & this year appeared at the International Twins festival in China where they closed the show.
Join us for this glitz and glamour Saturday night gala dinner and dance the night away in true 1920’s 30’s style. The Twin Swing will also be able to teach you the Charleston during the evening’s entertainment.
War & Peace Revival Variety Showcase -Tuesday 24th July
For those of you working and enjoying the show, but unable to catch the day time entertainment. The cast and crew will do it all over again for you on Tuesday night.
Featuring a host of talent from Viv the Spiv to Scott Elvis, The Swing Time sweethearts, Tom Carradine’s Cockney sing-a-long and topping it off with the man himself Adam Hoffman. Music song and dance from DJs Gypsy John & Crazy Karen.
Free entry to all. 8pm until midnight. Come along and dance the night away!
Wednesday 25th July: – Debut show: The Daisy Chains
The Daisy Chains are six petticoated girls that all sing in beautiful close harmony as well as play drums, guitar, bass, trumpet, tenor and baritone saxophones! As well as being accomplished musicians, the girls are all experienced performers having played in shows such as ‘Dreamboats and Petticoats’, ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’, ‘Carnaby Street’ and ‘Save the Last Dance for Me’ on National Tours and in London’s West End.
We play fantastic bespoke arrangements of old and new songs, ranging from Paulo Nutini and Eliza Doolittle to classic Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis. Having played at The Grand National and at events ranging from Footballers’ Weddings to Festivals that include Twinwood festival 2016/17 when the girls won best new vintage act as well as the best band at the London Vintage Awards! The Daisy Chains will be sure to make you Twist Again like you did at the Hops of yester year!
We are looking forward to seeing ‘The Daisy Chains’ perform on Wednesday night in the Victory Marquee. If you are unable to attend the show in the day we have arranged for evening tickets to be purchased at the box office up top 8pm on the night of the show. Cost just £10
Thursday 26th July – 50’s Rockabilly night with The Unconditionals
We welcome back The Unconditionals after last year’s amazing 1950’s night. The four pieces 50s and 60s rock ‘n’ roll band based in Kent formed in 2010. They cover a vast array of rock ‘n’ roll music to suit a dancing crowd. From Vince Taylor to Elvis, Johnny Cash Eddie Cochran.
You will not want to miss this and last year it was one of our most successful evening shows.
Free entry to all. 8pm until midnight. Come along and dance the night away!