Swing East is the East End’s premier jump and jive jamboree.

The one day Swing festival transports Chrisp Street Market back to its Festival of Britain roots by recreating a 1950s dance hall with music, shopping and eating. It’s hugely popular with residents and vintage enthusiasts alike.

Our staff member, Nelson Piperides – AKA DJ Nel Raiser – is the driving force behind Swing East. Nelson suggested the idea of a 1950s rock and roll festival with “music that swings” to mark the unique history of Chrisp Street Market and Swing East was born.

Swing East drives footfall and is great for Chrisp Street and Poplar-based businesses.

Over 4k attendees

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50% increase in local business turnover on event day

Founded by HARCA's Nelson Piperides

"Such lovely people come and there’s a mixture of locals and the 1950s crowd. People come down and settle in for the whole day."

Karen Patterson, Maureen's Pie and Mash

"I love that this event happens here, right on my doorstep. It’s one of the best things about Poplar. There’s something for the whole family and it’s a really fun day out."

Laraine St Clair, local resident