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Wednesday 2 December 2015

The Jump Joint - Gin Fizz Review

I was so excited to be asked along to blog the Gin Fizz Event taking place on the 28th November. I haven't had a night out since having my little one, I love a good rhythm and blues band with a gorgeous double bass, and I do not have to be asked twice to find a reason to dress up. So this came at a perfect time, as I was well in need of letting down my hair and kicking off my shoes (metaphorically speaking of course).

Gin Fizz is a fabulous Pop Up Events company based in Milton Keynes. They specialise in vintage themed nights, The Crimson Club which is 1920s themed, The Spitfire Party which is 1940s themed and The Jump Joint which is all about the 1950s. All events are designed with the appropriate, music, entertainment and dress to take you back into the themed decade. Each event takes place at a different venue, which is held a secret. Once you purchase your ticket, all is revealed and the excitement can start.

I attended The Jump Joint a 1950s Rockabilly Event, that was held at the MK Social Bar. The venue itself was beautiful, had a lovely atmosphere and had decor that suited well. Hot Food and a delicious array of cocktails were available. There were a few issues with bar service time, and the view of the performers was a bit restricted with the space, however I don't believe anyone let this spoil their fun.

I walked around and spoke to some of the attendees, everyone was so buzzing and liked that this was something different than the normal events around. Some regulars said they love the chance to go to an event that not only provides good and unique entertainment but also love the opportunity to dress up and dance. Some had even booked into the pop up beauty parlour with Sarah's Do Wop Do's meaning stunning vintage hair styles could be spotted all over the venue.

Though dancing is not a talent of mine, I enjoyed testing out a new outfit I had bought a while back and not had a chance to wear. The rockabilly theme gave me the perfect excuse to pull out my polka dots and petticoat. I wore my Penny top from Collectif Clothing and my swing skirt from Hearts & Roses.

Everyone was welcomed and introduced to the acts by the charming host, the ice was broken, any uneasiness was dissolved and everyone warmed up and let themselves go.

The entertainment included two saucy acts from the stunning Suzie Sequin. Suzie is an international burlesque performer who offered some cheeky performances sure to put a smile on your face. Unfortunately I could not get close enough to even see her first act, as she was so popular. I did glimpse her costume as she left the stage and was so disappointed that I had missed a Hawaiian theme. Her second performance I did catch however, it was an unique Vegas act. The costume, music and story was well planned and performed and fit the nights theme perfectly.

If you've read my blog before, I have previously mentioned how I have a funny relationship with music. As a former musician myself, who stopped due to suffering sever anxiety, I find music painful to be apart of sometimes. I feel sad that I no longer do it, envy that other people have children and are still able to be apart of it and rejection, as if I have had a relationship end with someone/something that doesn't really care about me anyway. So I do not review music usually for these reasons. How ever, lately I have had little glimpses into the music world and found that I did not get burnt and that I maybe even enjoyed it.

This is where the next act comes in. The Excellos. A three piece Rockabilly, Rhythm and Blues band, based in London. Their performance was full of energy and passion, and the audience couldn't sit still if they tried. They played a number of highly fuelled originals and some scorching covers. My favourite being 'Black Betty'. The Excellos, performance, appearance and presentation along with their sound, kept the theme of the night right on point and never let the atmosphere dissolve. I really enjoyed being able to relax and smile around music again, remembering the good times without being ashamed of the new person I had become.

I am so glad I attended this event, it was well organised and you could see the hard work and love that had gone into it. I was highly impressed that the musicians had been considered with in this plan, as I know the difficulties of performing at a night not solely for music and have often left feeling I had performed awfully due to bad sound. I think the organisers deserve a lot of respect for doing everything in their ability to provide the best for their performers and the audience alike.

Thank you so much for reading my post, I hope you enjoyed walking through my Jump Joint memory with me, and if you have why not find your best dancing shoes and head down to the next one. Like this event the future of Gin Fizz is hidden in mystery, so make sure to keep a look out on their website to find out where they will be next!

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