Smackdown 2018

Save the Date!!!

October 5th to 7th

Ticket Fee: £50

More details will be confirmed as they become available. Tickets will go on sale in June.
The Mersey Swing Smackdown has rapidly become the dance exchange of choice for those looking for both great dancing, and an fantabulous experience! We have listened to your feedback about our events and we are working to reduce the costs of our events, provide venues with access to free parking and public transport, the right venue for the after party, and nice floors.
If you have been to any of our events before, you know that we love to have a good time and we are really looking forward to you seeing our lovely city of Liverpool! The Smackdown is a weekend full of dancing, competitions, live bands, sightseeing, and a heck of a lot of fun!
Mersey Swing has never been strictly Lindy, so don’t be surprised if you see dancing or hear music that is out of the usual realms of Lindy Exchanges.
DJs and Live Music
Our 2018 exchange promises to be an exciting event live music and amazing DJs.
Our Friday night event at the Stanley Theatre at the University of Liverpool will be a very exciting night. This event is hosted by our very own Compere, Cat Foley with a live band joining us.
Saturday afternoon will provide you with a range of activities you can join in on, from dance classes to pub crawls. Saturday night is at the historic Crypt at the Metropolitan Cathedral. Live Music will be provided.
Saturday night at the Crypt is the night that we will be hosting our competitions including our infamous Group Showcase. Once again we see the ‘Master’s’ category. A ‘Dance with a Random’ competition for non professional dancers 40 years of age or older.
Saturday evening’s afterparty will once again be held at Sound. If you were at Sound last year you know that is is such an epic party. Anything goes!
On Sunday afternoon we will finish off the weekend with a tea dance. Tea and Cake? Definately. You also have the option of joining a stretching class before dancing. We are looking to have a live band as well.
Saturday night will be the night of the competitions. You will see some serious Lindy Hop getting thrown down, particularly in the Group Showcase. We mean BATTLE STYLEY (think Step Up 2, but with more jazz and less rain). Do you have the courage to step up? (Silliness is encouraged).
‘Dance with a Random’ Competitions and Group Showcase will be:
1. Newbie – for those dancing Lindy Hop 12 months or less (in any dance role, lead or follow & any age).
2. Standard – for those non professional dancers dancing Lindy Hop 13 months or more (any age). We may mix this up a bit this year.
3. Masters – for those non professional dancers 40 years of age and older.
3. Group Showcase
· The group must contain at least 4 dancers.
· At least one of your group needs to have started dancing Lindy Hop within the last 12 months.
· Anything goes as long as there is a clear nod to Lindy Hop/Jazz or Charleston.
Competitions at the Smackdown are always light hearted and lots of fun.
Judges for the competition will be an eclectic mix. We will of course have the seasoned judges for the comps but we will also be having at least one judge from the audience on the night.
Registration for the Competitions
There are a limited number of entries for these competitions.
You will need to register for competitions nearer the time.
Entry Fees:
£5 for all comps (no charge for group showcase)
Prizes last year included –
Tickets for:
  • Leeds Swing Exchange 2018
  • Hully Hop Swing Farm (Hamburg) 2018
  • Swing Revolution 2018
  • Mersey Swing Winter Ball 2018
  • Mersey Swing Smackdown 2018
We will be annoucing this year’s prizes closer to the date.
12 Noon
A walking tour of Liverpool City Centre.
Classes (12:30 Sat, or 12:00 Sunday)
This year we are going to be providing some fun and interesting classes for you!
3pm Pub Crawl
Hey it wouldnt be Liverpool without a bit of a pub crawl. See the sites where Mersey Swing has held classes, performed or just generally has some boss memories. See our local Speakeasys. Try Liverpool Gin!
Friday Night, October 5th 2018
Location: Stanley Theatre, University of Liverpool
Time: 8pm to 1am
Band: TBC
Saturday Night, October 1st, 2016
Location: The Crypt, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
Time: 8pm to 12am
Band: TBC
Competitions: ‘Dance with a Random’ (Newbie, Masters, Standard)
Group Showcase.
Saturday After party:
Sound Food and Drink
12am to 4am
In the main room, Lindy and anything goes.
Sunday Afternoon, October 2nd, 2016
Location: TBC
Time: 1pm to 5pm
HOW TO PURCHASE YOUR TICKET (Please read all the info first before purchasing)
We want you to have a really boss time while you are here in Liverpool dancing and that means that we try to ensure, as far as possible, a balance between leads and follows. This may mean a wait list (but hopefully not!).
Weekend passes are once again being sold on EventBrite.
Standard Weekend Pass: £50 (last year it was £65!)
Saturday Night Social Passes may be released at a later day pending ticket sales.
Wrist bands and other info will be provided at the Stanley Theatre on Friday night.
Early Bird
There are a limited number of Early Bird Tickets for Follows and Leads. When they are gone, they are gone. Please enter the discount code ‘EarlyBird2017′, to receive 10% off your weekend ticket price. The discount code works with the full weekend passes only.
Wait List
If one or the other dance role sells out quickly then there will be a wait list. Once more of the opposite dance role tickets are sold, waitlist places will be released. You have 24 hours to respond to a released ticket, so please keep an eye on your emails.
Cancellation Policy
Unfortunately we do not provide refunds for cancellations for any reason. However, we will accept transfer of the tickets to a different dancer. The ticket will need to be transferred to someone who is dancing the same dance role. It is easier for us if you transfer your ticket directly to the person who is buying your ticket from you. We scan the bar codes at the door so changing of names is a little more complicated than just providing the e-ticket. Each e-ticket equals one wrist band.
Alcohol Policy
18s and over are welcome.
Do not bring your own alcohol to the Saturday evening event. We will lose our deposit.
Friday night at the Stanley Theatre a cash bar will be available. A water station will also be available. Reasonably priced drinks!
Saturday Night at the Crypt will have a bar. Please do not bring your own alcohol to this event. Water will be available.
The after party at the Sound will also have a bar.
The Tea Dance on Sunday will serve tea and cake.
Smackdown t-shirts shirts will be available on Friday night at the Stanley Theatre. £12.
For those of you who are looking for accommodation on a budget, Hatters Hostel is centrally located and very good value.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The Premier League Football fixtures list will be released in mid June. Should there be a football match on the weekend of the Smackdown, hotel costs will be ridiculous as they increase the rack rate in order to accomodate travelling fans. Book your accomodation early!
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Our Saturday event will be serving Alcohol, therefore over 18’s are welcome. Please do not bring your own alchol to the evening events on the Friday or Saturday.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Friday Night: The Stanley Theatre is in the city centre and there are many car parks nearby. There is on street parking beside the venue or a secure parking area on Renshaw Street.
Saturday, at the Crypt there is free on street parking (after 6pm) near the venue or a secure parking area on Mount Pleasant Street or Renshaw Street. Both venues are walking distance to Lime Street Station.
What can/can’t I bring to the event?
Our venues have cash bars and water stations.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions? or on the event page on Facebook.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
yes, please see the event information for more details.
Can I update my registration information?
Event Brite will let you update select information.