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Bombshell Beaus provide an extra special Mother’s Day treat

Bombshell Beaus

After announcing details of our new all-male trio The Bombshell Beaus earlier this month, we have seen a staggering number of enquiries from clients and followers, all wanting to find out more about our dashing wartime act… and their availability.

Their debut performance at Coombe Abbey last Sunday, found our Beaus serenading a full house of mums and families as they enjoyed a special afternoon tea for Mother’s Day. The sold-out event was concluded with rapturous applause, with a number of requests to return for more shows in the coming year.

Whilst it comes as no surprise to us that the Beaus would be a hit with the ladies, this vintage act was born from the desire to have an alternative offering to our established acts, The Bombshell Belles and The D-Day Darlings, which we could add to our wartime entertainment portfolio. Both the Belles and the Darlings are successful groups, having performed at military events, 40s weekends and themed festivals over the past decade – many of which they are booked for time and time again.

Over recent months, however, we have received requests for something ‘a little different’; an act which has the same distinctive vocal-harmony sound and nostalgic charm as our female trios, but with different, equally professional, performers. Rising to the challenge, director Katie Ashby began to explore ideas for an act which would add to the variety of Revival Live UK’s shows and have universal appeal.

Having received such positive feedback for the male entertainers cast in our theatre productions, it seemed a natural choice to create an all-male act and so, after a few discussions and a lot of creative input, The Bombshell Beaus were formed.

The Beaus perform at Coombe Abbey.

The Beaus serenading the guests at Coombe Abbey

Following many rehearsals and meticulous run-throughs, we returned – this time with the Beaus and Belles – to Stoke Golding Airfield where we got the cameras rolling for the filming of a promo and on-location photoshoot, in preparation for publicity to be created shortly afterwards.

Since their official launch, we have been overwhelmed with the response over our ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boys’ and after the success of last Sunday’s show at Coombe Abbey, we are excited to see this act don their uniforms and aviators at more events through the months – and years – ahead.

‘In the mood’ to swoon? The Bombshell Beaus might be coming to a venue near you soon – keep your eyes peeled here for updates. Also available to hire for private functions – get in touch for more details.

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Announcing the Grand Opening of Riverside Studios

Riverside Studios UK Grand Opening

After months of planning and preparation, it will soon be time for the Revival Live UK creatives to push aside their paint brushes and get powering up the microphones because on Saturday 18th March, Riverside Studios – the new vocal and performance academy in Kingsbury – will be throwing open its doors.

The day of the academy’s Grand Opening will find demonstrations of our vocal classes being performed by our industry-leading vocal coaches, as well as special launch day offers for our vocal, dance and fitness classes.

We’re expecting many a familiar face to attend on the day as local MP Craig Tracey has confirmed he’ll be popping along to cut the ribbon at around 11am. Kingsbury Councillor Andy Jenns will be attending too and there might even be local press coming to raise a toast with us as we prepare to guide others towards achieving their own performance aspirations.

Of course, the Revival Live UK and Riverside Studios team will be on hand to take all those attending on a tour around the studios, showing off our state of the art equipment and first-class facilities up close to the public for the first time.

Our expert vocal coaches Katie Ashby, Genevieve Sylva and Emily-Jane Brooks will be providing some live vocal performances and presentations throughout the day, whilst our Dance and Fitness instructors, Megan Jones, Paul Neary and Thomas O’Flaherty will be talking through all of the exciting classes coming to the studios, including Yoga, Swing, Salsa and more.

Guests will have the opportunity to reserve and book any classes or courses that take their fancy, and can sign up for one or more of our free taster classes which will be running throughout the week following our opening.

So, come along from 10.30am and enjoy a champagne, bucks fizz or orange juice with our academy directors and coaches, and be the first to hear about all the exciting plans we have lined up for Riverside Studios. Parking is limited so please plan ahead. Any questions, feel free to get in touch – otherwise, we look forward to greeting you on the day of our launch!

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Reviving inspirations at our new Riverside performance hub

Revival Live UK @ Riverside Studios

It has been a whirlwind for Revival Live UK in the lead up to the New Year, with not only a full agenda of entertainment to organise and new shows being produced, but also – perhaps our most exciting announcement yet – we have been working tirelessly on our plans to launch our new venture, ‘Riverside Studios’.

Having forged ourselves as one of the leading entertainment companies in the UK, we have become recognised for our ability to consistently deliver high-quality acts and theatre productions, featuring only the highest calibre of industry professionals. After a period of steady growth, it became clear that we not only want to provide first-class live entertainment; we also want to share our expertise with those who are as passionate as we are about performing. Combining our dedication to excellence with our desire to teach, we saw it a natural progression to establish headquarters which would bring together our ambitions and vision in to one, open-to-all performance hub.

Now, after months of hard work and planning by our Creatives, we are merely weeks away from unveiling our new HQ, Revival Live UK at Riverside Studios!

Our new home, heart and hub is to be launched in February, when we will be presenting our Vocal and Performance Academy in the idyllic waterside location of Kingsbury. During the launch day and the opening week that follows, our team will be on hand to discuss the range of tailored vocal, performance and community dance-fitness classes which will be available to join.

The vocal academy, led by our team of industry-leading professionals will offer one-to-one and group classes that will be adapted to suit each student’s goals and aspirations. Our fully-qualified teachers are all experienced in educating vocal and performance techniques across a spectrum of genres, styles and disciplines, ensuring each individual will have their needs and requirements fully met. We will also be working with local schools to help support students working towards exams. We have already received a lot of interest so if you’d like to find out more, join our waiting list.

In our purpose-built, fully-equipped dance studio we have a timetable of dance and fitness classes lined up to appeal to all ages and abilities. For those looking to explore a new form of dancing, we have everything from Dance Fit and Salsa to the more fitting RLUK vintage styles of Swing and Lindy Hop. Offering more ways to improve fitness, we’ll also be running a range of wellbeing classes including Evolution Flow, Stretch & Tone and Gentle Flow Yoga. These sessions, along with our children’s and 50+ classes, are also taught by trained instructors all of which are experts in their field.

Excitingly, our Creative Team will also relocate to their swanky new offices where they will continue running our live entertainment company! Here, they will manage all bookings and interest of our current portfolio of shows for clients, venues and events worldwide. Rehearsals and castings for new and existing productions will be held here throughout the years ahead too so there is undoubtedly going to be a buzz at Riverside!

Revival Live UK are so thrilled to be kicking off 2017 the way we intend to continue – growing, evolving and, most importantly, inspiring. There will be more announcements about our grand opening shortly so keep your eyes peeled on our website or check out our Facebook page for Riverside Studios. But, if you’re as excited as we are and can’t wait to find out more, get in touch. Our vocal courses and dance-fitness classes are getting booked up already so you want to reserve yourself a place on any of our lessons, join our waiting list here. We look forward to opening our doors to you soon!

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Entertainment stirs up extra treats at afternoon tea events

Afternoon Tea Collage with D-Day Darlings and Magical Kingdom Songbook

Over recent months, we’ve seen a huge rise in interest for our vintage acts to perform during afternoon teas at a number of venues across the UK. As the majority of dates have sold out – and pretty quickly after tickets going on sale – it’s got us wondering why such events have suddenly become so popular.

Of course, many have enjoyed afternoon tea since the 1800’s though the particulars of the ritual have evolved over the years. Once a tradition enjoyed only by lords and ladies wealthy enough to afford such delicacies as tea, the celebration still holds a certain elegance and very English charm; perhaps this explains why there has been such a roaring renaissance of afternoon tea occasions being held at hotels recently. But then why do themed afternoon teas seem to hold more appeal?

Years of working within the entertainment industry has taught us that creating an ‘experience’ is the key to a great show. People like to feel involved in the performance, it makes them feel special and they’re more likely to remember it for years to come. So, whether it’s celebrating a special occasion or simply spending time with a loved one, indulging in an array of tasty treats can be made more memorable when brought together with live entertainment.

Considering the patriotic sentiment delivered by The D-Day Darlings, it is clear to see why they’re possibly our most sought-after act for these quintessentially British events. As well as providing a sense of nostalgia, this 1940s act has got audiences singing along and waving their flags at various venues this year, including Moor Hall Hotel & Spa, Beaumanor Hall and Coombe Abbey Hotel.

Also in demand, our Magical Kingdom Songbook has been bringing families together to enjoy a magical afternoon of Disney songs and dress-up. With Princess Tea Parties coming up at Coombe Abbey later this month and more dates pencilled in at other hotels throughout 2017, it looks like our performing Prince and Princesses have unveiled another trend for themed afternoon teas.

Whatever the occasion, it seems that live entertainment adds that extra special element to each social meeting, turning them into a momentous event. As the bookings roll in for yet more themed afternoon teas in the New Year and beyond, we look forward to introducing our other vintage acts and theatre productions to new venues also looking to get a slice of the pie… or scone, in this case!

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Another casting call… Talented gents wanted!

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Revival Live UK are looking to add to their pool of professional performers AGAIN! This time, we’re looking for fabulous fellows who will form part of our new theatre productions and vintage acts being launched in 2017. We’re so excited to be adding to our talented troupe of entertainers and look forward to expanding our male act offering. Find out more about our latest casting opportunity…

Based on the huge success of our established touring acts including ‘The D-Day Darlings’, ‘The Bombshell Belles’ and ‘The Hollywood Starlets’, we are now casting male vocalists for our fabulous new shows ‘The Bombshell Beaus’, ‘The Great British Seaside Show’ and ‘Hooray for Hollywood’.

For the Bombshell Beaus we are looking for dashing and talented trained vocalists who move very well, can sing in the authentic style of the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s up to modern day chart music. Must be experienced in the event industry, confident with an audience, familiar with setting up a PA system (or be willing to learn). Experience working working with a band is advantageous. A friendly, flexible approach and ability to work very well within a team (and under direction) is essential.

You will need to have a full UK driving license, own a reliable vehicle and be prepared to travel (sometimes long journeys and flights). We are only looking for candidates who are available and looking for work on a long term ad hoc basis and not those who are seeking/auditioning for a contract (West End, cruise work, etc).

The Great British Seaside Show and Hooray for Hollywood are theatre shows, with dates booked for 2017 in Kettering in the Midlands.

The Great British Seaside Show contract dates are: 3rd May 2017 – 15th June 2017.

Hooray for Hollywood contract dates are: 4th September 2017 – 28th September 2017.

For these theatre shows we will be looking for males with strong vocal ability, who move well and can engage an audience with charm, story telling and a good comic sensibility.

Auditions will be held week commencing 16th January 2017 in the Midlands area (date TBC).

To apply, please send a good quality audio demo (pref in a classic and also modern style) to Katie Ashby, along with a recent photo and CV.

Please note: only seasoned professionals working within the industry need apply, hardworking reliable individuals who work well within a team.

Good luck!!!

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A corker of a Christmas coming up at Coombe Abbey

Entertainment coming up in December at Coombe Abbey Hotel for Revival Live UK this Christmas (2016)

After an amazing run of events at Coombe Abbey, we’re thrilled to be able to unveil the details of the shows we have in store for December… and what a line-up!

As well as their popular medieval banquet, Christmas party nights and festive afternoon teas, Coombe decided they wanted to amplify their entertainment with something a little different. Naturally, after a year of working together – and a number of successful events – we were the first point of call for new ideas.

After putting on our thinking caps, the creatives provided some options of bespoke entertainment packages which would be produced exclusively for the venue and thankfully, our ideas were a hit. So much so that they will also run through each month of 2017!

So, as there is no better time than Christmas to get in the party spirit our two new shows, ‘Back to School’ and ‘Legends at the Abbey’ will launch in December, giving guests a taster of what’s to come next year. Kicking off the celebrations on 14th December, the cast of Back to School will be singing and dancing through the hits of 80s and 90s. This upbeat show has been so much fun to create and it’s likely to be just as enjoyable for the audience.

Our other exclusive show coming to Coombe, Legends at the Abbey includes a cast of professional artists who will perform alongside a renowned tribute act to create a Las Vegas-style spectacular. The first of these dates, on 22nd December, will showcase ‘The Elvis Experience’ offering which has further dates coming up next year, alternating monthly with our ‘Tom Jones Experience’.

Whilst we’re excited to launch these new products, regulars to Coombe Abbey may be happy to hear that we do also have some favourites returning in December too. Our 1940s sweethearts, The D-Day Darlings will be performing their festive concert, ‘Home for Christmas’ on the 19th and 21st December alongside our ‘Christmas Crooner’. Packed with nostalgic yuletide classics, this show is guaranteed to get everyone in the spirit of the season.

Entertaining kids – big and small – our Disney-inspired show, ‘Magical Kingdom Songbook’ will again be making an appearance on 27th and 28th December for another two enchanting afternoons at the ‘Princess Tea Party’ events.

There is a Santa’s sack full of wonderful events coming to Coombe Abbey in the coming weeks and we’re thrilled to be a part of it. Whether it’s off-the-shelf or a bespoke production, we pride ourselves on providing only the highest calibre of entertainment. But don’t just take our word for it – take a look at what’s on and come see for yourself. Go on, treat yourself… it’s Christmas! ?

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Calling all aspiring Belles, Darlings and Starlets… We’re casting!

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For those of you that keep up to date with all things Revival Live UK, you’ll already know how busy our vintage acts are performing nationwide and overseas at all manner of events. And, as 2017 shows no sign of slowing down, we’ve decided it’s time to add to our talented troupe! Keep reading to discover more about our latest casting opportunity…


As the UK’s leading provider of vintage inspired entertainment, Revival Live UK produces high-quality acts, bands and theatre productions, reviving the glorious sounds of the golden decades. 

Due to a high volume of engagements, we are expanding our pool of vocalists for our three fabulous acts, ‘The Bombshell Belles‘, ‘The D-Day Darlings‘ and ‘The Hollywood Starlets‘. They are currently performing at weddings, corporate events, private events, military events, theatres, cruise ships, festivals and more – both in the UK and Europe. 

We are looking for attractive, talented and trained vocalists who move very well, can sing in the authentic style of the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s up to modern day chart music. Must be experienced in the event industry and history of working with a band is advantageous. Needs to be confident with an audience, familiar with setting up a PA system (or willing to learn!). Must be friendly, flexible, approachable and able to work well within a team and under direction.

Ideally, you will need to be based in the Midlands, have a full UK driving license, own a reliable vehicle and be prepared to travel (sometimes long journeys and flights). We are only looking for candidates who are available and looking for work on a long-term ad hoc basis and not those who are seeking/auditioning for a contract (West End, cruise work, etc). 

To apply, please send a good quality audio demo (preferably in a classic and modern style also), along with a recent photo and CV to Katie Ashby.

Only serious professionals need apply for this exciting opportunity.

Good luck!!!

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The D-Day Darlings Go Potty For The Poppy

The D-Day Darlings at Birmingham Poppy Day 2016 for the Royal British Legion

The lead up to Remembrance Sunday is always a busy time for The D-Day Darlings, who find themselves singing at a number of events each year for The Royal British Legion, UK Armed Forces and many other organisations looking to commemorate the lives of our soldiers both past and present. And this year is certainly no different.

This month, our Forces’ favourite sweethearts have been rallying up the troops nationwide to come together and get involved with the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Day Campaign, which launched in Birmingham last week. Together with flash mobs and military bands, the Darlings marched to the centre to fill the city with wartime music and nostalgia.

Whilst there, they were greeted with love and cheers from onlookers getting in to the spirit of the occasion, singing and dancing along with their harmonious renditions of 1940s songs. It was also a successful day in terms of fundraising and we are eagerly awaiting an update of the total the Darlings have now raised for the Legion since the last tally which stood at over £30,000.

Continuing their efforts, the songbirds will be collecting donations during their performances at the Elgin Hotel Forties Weekend in Blackpool this coming weekend and at RBL Worcester Park on Remembrance Sunday.

The D-Day Darlings are proud to be a longstanding partner of the Poppy Appeal since forming 10 years ago and not only hope to keep the music of wartime Britain alive but the history of the nation. Of course, the greatest honour is being able to do both whilst paying tribute to our veterans so long may it continue.

So, as the 40s trio gather their collection buckets and hit the road for various military, 40s and RBL events ahead, we’d like to kindly ask that you take a moment to reflect on the true meaning of the poppy. It’s a symbol of hope, remembrance. Wear your poppy with pride – our Darlings certainly will!

If you’d like to join us at any of our upcoming events you can find more details here. As ever, we’ll be donating £1 from each D-Day Darlings CD sold to the Royal British Legion – to get your copy, please click here. More information about the Royal British Legion Remembrance and Poppy Day events can also be found on their website here.

The Royal British Legion Poppy

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Cracking on with our new Christmas show

Oh What a Christmas Cracker Show - Xmas Production coming to Wicksteed Park 2016

Back in May, our blog discussed the auditions we were holding in London for our new Christmas show, which will be running at Wicksteed Park throughout this coming November and December.

Our day in the Big Smoke was a hectic one for our creatives but we were fortunate to meet many accomplished performers who entertained us through hours of casting. Sadly, we only had so many roles to fill so we couldn’t hire everyone. But after much thought and deliberation, we’re delighted to reveal our incredibly gifted line-up!

The vivacious vintage songstress, Emma Ruth, will be playing the role of matriarch ‘Mary’, a frisky flirt who persistently pursues the aloof ‘Nicholas’, portrayed by charming actor-singer William Hazell. Bubbly beauty, Kirsty Minchella-Storer plays the role of our saucy temptress, ‘Carol’ who flaunts herself to every man she meets, including her sidekick ‘Noel’, a flamboyantly camp character performed by the entertaining Justin Ward. Rounding off our characters is showman ‘Rudy’, played by charismatic performer Faz Farrell, who is all loved up with cute, ditsy ‘Holly’, portrayed by actress Danielle Cross.

With cast members in place and after months of plotting scripts, song lists and routines, we rallied up our talented troupe last week to get down to the real nitty gritty – rehearsing! Being a Carry On-inspired show, packed with plenty of physical comedy, it made sense to begin with choreography run-throughs and having seen our cast in action, we are sure the movement on stage will only be the start of the hilarity.

More rehearsals are set for the weeks ahead, when the vocals and main production will be perfected. Already we’re off to a flying start and can’t wait to see the final production from start to finish, ahead of the opening show on Sunday 6th November.

We’re thrilled with this latest production to our portfolio and look forward to the run of shows in the lead up to Christmas. Set to be a right carry-on, “Oh! What a Christmas Cracker” is filled with slapstick and innuendo, and we’re sure that all those coming to see it will be left with high festive spirits. Find out for yourself and come along for a hilarious daytime performance… ‘Tis the season to be jolly after all!

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The good old days live on…

1940s Weekend - Severn Valley Railway

With history festivals and re-enactments playing a regular part in the diaries of The D-Day Darlings and The Bombshell Belles, we’ve got to thinking what it is that makes the 1940s era so popular despite it being perhaps the most arduous decade in modern history.

Over the past few years we’ve seen a rise in bookings for our wartime acts, not only for private military functions but for 40s Weekends, WW2 Festivals and many other vintage events. During this time, our Darlings and Belles have performed in all manners of nostalgic locations such as museums, markets and airfields – even on classic buses and steam trains.

At each of these spectacular events, our acts are greeted with crowds of enthusiasts who really get in to the spirit of the event. Dressing in vintage fashions, men stroll by smartly in fedoras and zoot suits whilst ladies look the part with their hair in victory rolls, wearing shoulder pad-enhanced house dresses. WW2 military uniforms are also commonplace and it’s usual to see land girls, soldiers and Air Force officers walking around in full character.

So, why the fascination with life on the home front?

From our experience in the scene, whilst many just enjoy to dress up and take in the entertainment, others are keen to discover how life was in the forties and these events provide the perfect opportunity to do either – or both. Whether it be partaking in tea and cake served on antique china, browsing through propaganda posters and ration books or stepping on to the battlefield to see a display of battle tanks in action, it is quite difficult not to get bitten by the nostalgia bug.

Recent highlights for our D-Day Darlings and Bombshell Belles include the Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival, Wicksteed at War and the 1940s Weekends at Severn Valley Railway and Black Country Living Museum, each of which has given our acts an authentic insight in to the community spirit and patriotic outlook so characteristic of the time. This sentiment – along with the music and fashions – is what initially inspired our director, Katie to form the Darlings ten years ago. Since then, the proliferation of vintage events has thrived significantly and has led to the addition of the Bombshell Belles to our portfolio as well as the theatre productions, The Songs That Won The War, In The Mood and The Complete World War II Experience.

Whilst there is undoubtedly a gloomier perspective to the Blitz, it is so encouraging to know that history still lives on with a collective sense of pride for this make-do-and-mend era. It also seems to have spurred on an interest in other key moments in time, with our Hollywood Starlets being sought out for 1920s-themed events inspired by the resurgence of The Great Gatsby. As specialists in providing vintage-style entertainment, Revival Live UK embraces the trend for recapturing the good old days of time past… Long may it continue!

 

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