Down for the Count perform at Dell's Great Gatsby Party, Marrakech
In June 2016 Down for the Count provided vintage entertainment at an international corporate event for DELL at La Mamounia Hotel, Marrakech.
The Great Gatsby
The event was an extravagant Great Gatsby evening for the Dell’s top worldwide sales personnel. The event took place at La Mamounia – a hotel famously frequented by Winston Churchill in the 1950s. The hotel has recently undergone a 100 million Euro renovation and in 2015 was voted the best hotel in the world by Conde Nast Traveller.
(Above) Our pool-side stage being built and (below) the Water Room at La Mamounia
The Hotfoot Strutters Dance Troupe
To add atmosphere to the event and to encourage guests to dance, we bought along a troupe of 12 professional swing dancers, The Hotfoot Strutters, lead by London’s top lindy hop dancer Benjamin Cook. We’ve worked with this group several times before, and they certainly know how to bring energy to proceedings, getting guests involved in dance offs and group Charlestons throughout the evening.
The band and dance troupe in action
The Roaring 20s
The event was 1920s themed, with 350 guests dressed to impress. The evening started with a drinks reception and presentation in the world-famous Churchill Bar, before guests headed out to the pool area where they were greeted by a vintage Rolls Royce, food stalls, and entertainment from Down for the Count and the Hotfoot Strutters.
Bespoke vintage corporate event entertainment
Our brief was to provide three sets of bespoke live entertainment by the pool area, and we worked closely with the event company in the months leading up to the event to choose appropriate songs for the performance. We took songs performed by our Swing Orchestra and Jazz Band line-ups, and also orchestrated ten new songs especially for this performance.
The company wanted the first set to be of completely authentic 1920s music; we choose music inspired by The Great Gatsby, including tunes like ‘Happy Feet’, ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’ and ‘Charleston’.
In Set 2, we were asked to take modern songs and perform them in a 1920s style. Inspired by Postmodern Jukebox, we gave a retro spin to tunes like ‘Crazy In Love’, ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ and ‘Careless Whisper’ – turning them into swinging arrangements true to the period.
To finish off the evening, Set 3 contained a mix of more recent swing music, with a range of jive and 1940s music to get all the audience dancing around the pool.
The event was a huge success, with great feedback for the band and dance troupe. Afterwards we took a well-earned break in the city of Marrakech, exploring the markets and souks and taking a trek into the Atlas mountains.
(Above) Our trip into the Atlas Mountains and (below) our tour meal
Your international event entertainment with Down for the Count
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