King Candy & The Sugar Push

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Welcome King Candy & The Sugar Push to your stage and be transported back to America’s golden age of swing. Add a dash of contemporary humour and lashings of finely crafted musicianship and you’ve a recipe for enjoyment. Move your feet as the musicians knock out a serving of big band hits and feast your ears on the bitter-sweet tales of love and loss from our glamorous chanteuse Kate Mullins (Puppini Sisters).

King Candy & the Sugar Push have quickly made a name for themselves (albeit a long one) as one of the UK's top retro acts playing beautifully crafted arrangements of American swing music.

Frequently invited to play at the major swing-dance events in London and the UK, they have honed their skills on the thriving Lindy-hop circuit entertaining some of the country's top dancers. Equally, the quality of musicianship in the band is such that they repeatedly sell-out respected venues like Ronnie Scott’s jazz club, holding their own on the band-stand with a concert programme of superbly-crafted arrangements and witty banter for the discerning jazz concert-goer.

As well as providing music for events we use the close bond we have with some of London's top dance troupes including the award winning Attic Cats to provide a package of music and dance for a whole evening's entertainment. This can take the form of a swing dancing class, a concert and cabaret display and an opportunity for you to try out your new steps to some high-octane musical accompaniment!

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  • Please, describe your act or business in on sentence:

    9-piece band (with vocalist) playing energetic songs from America's golden swing era.

  • What are the highlights of your career?

    Repeatedly headlining London's Savoy Ball and selling out Ronnie Scotts jazz club

  • What is your competitive advantage (special features)?

    Our vocalists include Kate Mullins from the award-winning Puppini Sisters. We work in collaboration with swing dancers to provide a music & dance package for corporate events. Our library can cater for sit-down concerts or energetic swing dance sets.

  • What kind of events do you usually serve?

    Cabarets/corporate functions/weddings/retro themed parties

  • Who are your previous clients?

    CNN, Benefit (make-up), Retro Festival, London Barbican Centre, London Swing Dance Society, Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club

  • How can event planners pay for your services?

    All contracts require non-refundable 20% deposit and full payment from 28 before event. Cancellation within this time requires full payment.

  • How long do you play for?

    We provide up to 120mins of live music in the form of 2x60min or 3x40min sets. Our basic contract allows an arrival time no earlier than 5hrs before contracted finish time. Sets can be spaced out within this.

  • Do you have your own PA and lighting?

    We provide PA but not lighting

  • Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment?

    Yes - yearly PAT test of all equipment and all members are MU registered with pub liability insurance

  • How much space do you require?

    ideally 15x12feet we have fit into 9x12feet before

  • My favourite tune is not on your list. Will you be able to play it?

    We can transcribe and perform a song of your choice for an additional premium of £120 per song

  • How many breaks do you take? How long are they?

    We provide up to 120mins of live music in the form of 2x60min or 3x40min sets. Our basic contract allows an arrival time no earlier than 5hrs before contracted finish time. Sets can be spaced out within this.

Set List/Services

‘T’aint What You Do - Jimmy Lunceford
After You've Gone - Benny Goodman
Aint Nobody Here But Us Chickens - Louis Jordan
Air Mail Special - Benny Goodman
Begin The Beguine - Artie Shaw
Bei Mir Bist Du Schein - Andrews Sisters
Bli-Blip - Duke Ellington
Boogie Blues - Gene Krupa
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy - Andrews Sisters
Buona Sera - Louis Prima
Candy Man Can -
Come Sunday - Duke Ellington
Cottontail - Duke Ellington
Dipsy Doodle - Ella Fitzgerald
Don't Dip Your Toe (In To Retro) -
Don’t Be That Way - Benny Goodman
Flat Foot Floogie - Slim N Slam
Flight of the Foo Birds - Count Basie
Four Brothers - Anita O'Day
Groovie Movie -
Honeysuckle Rose - Anita O'Day
How high the moon - Ella Fitzgerald
I'm Beginning to See the Light - Duke Ellington
Jeep Jockey Jump - Glenn Miller
Jitterbug - Cab Calloway
Jump Jive n Wail - Louis Prima
Jumpin At The Woodside - Count Basie
Just Squeeze Me - Duke Ellington
Keep Punchin - anon
Let Me Off Uptown - Gene Krupa
Love Me Or Leave Me - Benny Goodman
Massachusetts - Gene Krupa
One ‘O’Clock Jump - Count Basie
Opus One - Anita O'Day
Peckin - Duke Ellington
Posin' - Jimmy Lunceford
Que Reste-T-Il De Nos Amours - Charles Trennet
Shiny Stockings - Ella Fitzgerald
Sing Sing Sing - Benny Goodman
Splanky - Count Basie
Star Spangled Banner - Duke Ellington
Stompin At the Savoy - Louis Armstrong
Stop Beating Round The Mulberry Bush - Count Basie
Straighten Up And Fly Right - Nat King Cole
Swing Brother Swing - Billie Holliday
Tea For Two - Anita O'Day
Tulip Or Turnip - Duke Ellington
When I Get Low I Get High - Ella Fitzgerald
Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well? - Lucky Mallinder
Who's Dat Up Dere - Woody Herman
Why Don’t You Do Right - Peggy Lee
Zoot Suit - Dorothy Dandridge
Maybe It's Because Of Love - Ray Charles