Winterwell

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Bad Zuke, Count Sizzle, The Boom Brothers, Rabbit Foot Spasm Band, The Boom Brothers, Lou Young.

Deep down most of us love pretending to be in the '20s, even if it's just an excuse to guzzle jam jar cocktails at faux-speakesy basement bars whilst sporting a monacle. Thus, the move by Winterwell – which accurately labels itself 'the biggest little festival' – to theme its 2013 event around "The Roaring 1920s" seems a fine one. A grand 17th century manor house in the Cotswolds will be turned into a giant adult playground for the day, featuring eccentric entertainment that includes ferret racing, a croquet tournament, hide and seek, and umbrella jousting, as well as cocktails and gourmet food being served. As you might expect, the emphasis is more on costumes, charcters and banter, but Winterwell has a tradition of supporting new musical acts, and you can hear swing jazz, a gospel choir, funk, electro-swing, boogie, and traditional rhythm and blues from the likes of Bad Zuke, Count Sizzle and Rabbit Foot Spasm Band. 1920s fancy dress is kinda expected, so break out that tattered DVD of 'Bugsy Malone' if you're stuck for inspiration.

Gatsby would definitely dig Winterwell's mix of debonair and debauched.

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