Swing Punks has joined forces with Youth Music and will perform at The Tabernacle W11 on 12th April, with all profits going to the charity. Chris Bemand, founder and conductor of the Swing Punks, the big band that plays irreverent swing versions of everyone’s favourite punk tunes, from the Sex Pistols to the Ramones, has planned a unique and sensational evening of Big Band entertainment at The Tabernacle Theatre , Notting Hill, London W11. He’s very pleased to be working with the charity Youth Music. He said “Everyone on stage is a professional musician and we know what music means to us. This is a great opportunity for us to give something back to the music community and to encourage young people to use music as an outlet for their creativity.”

Swing Punks

The Swing Punks big band has been wowing audiences with their new show featuring unique versions of classic punk songs. Musical Director Chris Bemand has been working with the band over the last two years to put the set together and, whilst doing it, he has given the classic punk songs of the ‘70’s a completely new lease of life, the new arrangements are jazzy, twisted and fun. The show includes tracks by: The Sex Pistols, The Stranglers, The Damned, The Ruts, The Ramones, X-Ray Spex, The Buzzcocks, The Lurkers, The Clash and The Undertones. Swing Punks features a Big Band drawn from some of London’s finest jazz musicians. The band consists of four trombones, four trumpets, five saxophones, drums, bass, guitar, piano and three singers led by trombonist / singer James Lawrence. Feedback from the Swing Punks shows:  "Awesome entertainment, so much FUN...."  "A superbly entertaining evening"  "Crazy, bonkers and 100% FAB..."  "A triumph" 

Swing Punks Taster

A little taste of the Swing Punks in concert

Chris Bemand

Chris Bemand is an eclectic music composer based in London. He has released many innovative leftfield electronic albums and writes musical scores for TV and film. His latest project is a live show ‘Swing Punks’ that features complete reworkings of classic 70s punk songs using a twenty piece big band.. Check the latest project here: http://www.thecrazymind.com/2017/03/swing-punks-interview-with-composer.html

The Tabernacle

The Tabernacle is a Grade II-listed building in Powis Square, Notting Hill, west London, England, built in 1887 as a church. The building boasts a curved Romanesque façade of red brick and terracotta, and towers with broach spires on either side. ‘More than just your local’ proclaims community-minded Tabernacle – the self-styled home of the Carnival Village housed within the eccentric confines of a Grade II-listed chapel. The vast upstairs hall plays host to rehearsal studios, a comedy school, yoga, Afro ‘dancercise’, playgroups & much more besides, while the easy-going bar & kitchen downstairs celebrate the neighbourhood’s vibrant cultural diversity. Here you’ll find salt fish fritters & jerk chicken burgers jiving happily alongside asparagus risotto, Singapore laksa soup, Thai pumpkin curry & sesame-crusted tuna salad with pickled ginger – not to mention grilled rib-eye steaks with chips, flourless chocolate cake & Sunday roasts. Out front, the ample courtyard gets packed with local families enjoying lazy weekend breakfasts, while the interior’s loungey, chillout vibe suits the neighbourhood to a T.