Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. We present to you; the judges for DERT 2015 in Bristol

Yes, the judge list has been finalised.

Judge JudyA little wrangling here and there took place, with hopefully not too much resulting controversy. Remember that we opened the judge selection process with invitations for applications detailing the years of experience in dancing/playing/organising? Well, some of those made the cut and the list, and will join more established and experienced judges with reasonably familiar faces.

Again, we’d like to say thank you to those who submitted an unsuccessful application this year.

We haven’t yet decided which pubs and venues the judges will sit in, let alone what categories they’ll be judging. But we thought that you may want a goosey gander at their beautiful faces and the words wot they have wrote about themselves. Some of them have even put what they’re looking for at DERT 2015 in Bristol.

Please click to the Judges page JUST HERE


Attention DERT 2015 team administrators, informations needed. Parking, bio’s and pics, insurance and black plastic bags.

Good morning all

Please can you take a moment to digest these requests?

1. Please click on the Teams page link at the top and have a look at your bio and photo. Please let us know if we need to make any changes, and check the length of your bio, it should be around the 100 word mark. Black Swan – please shorten yours, Locksided – a little more length please?
2.We need to know how many cars your team is expecting to bring along to the event. There is parking available, we just need information to be able to manage it properly and effectively.
3.  Insurance – we MUST have a copy of your public liability insurance certificate that covers the weekend of DERT 2015. Without it you cannot dance. No if’s and no buts. Please email a copy to
4. As we mentioned in an earlier blog post, the Broad Plain Boys Club has someone using the gym on Saturday morning. Bit of a pain we know, but there’s a dearth of suitable venues in Bristol that have parking, are close to the action, can provide breakfast, sleeping accommodation, social space and can run a bar. So, we will be dishing out large plastic bags and a sticker to all indoor campers. When rising on Saturday morning, you will need to put all your belongings in said back, identify it with the sticker and place in the secure lockable room for the day.
Fear not on the recycling front, the bags will then be re-used by the Boys Club.
Thanks y’all
Deadline for responses – Wednesday 28th January
classic car

Lo and behold, competition pub No. 4 for DERT 2015 is “The Bank Tavern”. 1 more pub to find!

Sam’s your man at Bristol’s Bank Tavern.

The Bank TavernThe Bank Tavern lies in the centre of Bristol’s old city, it’s a three-storey building sandwiched between ancient medieval lanes, Bauhaus-style 1960s concrete carbuncles and a leafy graveyard behind decaying iron railings. It’s simply a cracking DERT pub dance venue.

Tucked away from the hustle & bustle of the city centre, The Bank Tavern has stood since the 1800’s; surviving an alarming number of riots, two world wars, Bristol City Council town planners and Margaret Thatcher.

Map of the Bank TavernIt’s a small and intimate venue with 4 or 5 real ales on tap, a couple of draft ciders and a jar of pickled eggs behind the bar. There are various banking and money related paper ephemera on the walls and a lovely wooden floor to dance upon.

The Bank Tavern’s website is HERE, their Facebook page is HERE and they’re also on twitter – Just HERE.


Deadline for DERT 2015 payment counting down. A Showcase tickets update and coming merchandise., plus DERTs gone by.

money sackThe clock is ticking, and tocking. The deadline for team payments  is on Wednesday 15th January. About 30% of you have paid so far, so thank you.

There are currently 55 tickets left for sale for the Showcase event. If you desire one, and we’re sure there’s a fair few hangers-on, supporters, former and/or injured rapperists and those would that go to the opening of an envelope, then please click on the PayPal link to the right and purchase yourself a ticket. We are highly likely to sell out, so please don’t delay, buy one/two/three today.

Remember that your ticket is the email that you receive from PayPal. So either print it off and keep safe, or electronically save it somewhere really obvious.

Merchandise. The gloriously capitalist part of any event, where the organisers attempt to come up with great designs and products and attempt to sell them to you for slightly more than they cost! We’re sticking with a nice badge and a t-shirt, as these seem to be what people want and for what they are willing to pay. We are also producing a numbered, limited edition poster of all the teams that take part. They’ll be in kit and identified by team name and competition category etc. If you google the Oscar Winner Dress Poster, you’ll see what we’e aiming for.

As we said, it’ll be a limited edition, numbered, and also silkscreen printed onto archival quality paper. A real reminder of the Bristol event. The poster and t-shirts will be available on pre-order at the beginning of March, with a 10% over-run for you to purchase at the event. Just in case you change your mind when you see the t-shirts being worn and the poster in front of your face.

And finally, there’s some gaps to fill on the grand historical roster of DERT events from yonder times. If you know, for instance, where DERT 1997 was held, on what dates, who organised it and who won the Steve Marris Trophy then please do get in touch. The information gaps are to be found on the Wikipedia page for DERT and also on the Sword Dance Union’s DERT page

And here’s DERT 2015 competition pub number 3, introducing The Big Chill Bar!

Last DERT 2015 related post for this year, we’re sure you’ll be pleased to hear.

header1Introducing The Big Chill Bar at 15 Small Street, a beacon-like super cool venue in Bristol, managed by Colin and colleagues and providing good beers, cocktails and the widest selection of music in town. Edwin once saw DJ Derek here, he’s a Bristol institution. DJ Derek that is, not Edwin.

The Big Chill scored highly on floor quality and staff welcome, it’s a nice wide open bar with good natural light and a reasonably high ceiling. We’ll be dancing in the main bar on the ground floor, sadly not in the Georgian study or in the retro kitschen. The building is in the oldest part of Bristol city centre and has seen different uses over the years

data=U4aSnIyhBFNIJ3A8fCzUmaVIwyWq6RtIfB4QKiGq_w,x7UpHagAJSlszvWOMSfsIPAbhpO_wtCrfKvHXReLirr4PRz7x3dSUfxOHZJODu3zPbelBJQqVwIFeGsySYe1R4ZL2xxxECLyywt5IZceN-GEhElF_2XTqFUhJhVhrmIER3WJKelly’s Directory of 1914 states that 15 Small Street was the location of The Assize Courts Hotel, the Bristol Assizes being further up the hill on Small Street. Number 15a was inhabited by the City Cycle Company, dealers in all things velocipede. The Post Office Directory of 1856 has a trio of businesses in the building; William Bessell (bookbinder), Henry John Turner (printer) and John Mortimer & Co (coal merchants).

More information and pictures can be found on their website – 

Till next year then, just 2 more competition pubs to find!

Have a great Christmas and New Year, try not to damage yourselves with the swords. It’s a moderately dangerous pastime after all.

Martin and Edwin for Northgate Rapper



DERT 2015 pub no. 2 confirmed, it’s an ex gay bar, currently a heavy metal / real ale bar. The Gryphon. Awesome.

Yes, DERT 2015 pub number 2 signed, sealed and delivered!

The Gryphon BristolTucked between Colston Avenue  and Trenchard Street, between the Colston Hall and BRI, the Gryphon is like no other pub in Bristol city centre, not just because it is shaped like a measly wedge of cake.

Built in about 1874 when the area was remodelled and Colston Street was built. It replaced an earlier Griffin which was originally built about 1750 in Griffin Lane, which is now called Lower Park Row. In 1987 The Griffin transformed into a gay bar, when the axis of the gay scene in Bristol was centered around Frogmore Street, rather than Old Market as it is now.

data=U4aSnIyhBFNIJ3A8fCzUmaVIwyWq6RtIfB4QKiGq_w,o850x8pXXu8ISq-gktZvuyD9euCKowKycue32QZbFD_BGb8_f1oeiuSu7haqX9Uu40v7xbIvWfQrT638m7n7CQo2Xe0aPX5WQ2-lgchEOT2lG_SeWNGM-KOhVYQkR4UOLHW3In 2011 it reopened as The Gryphon, Bristol’s only heavy metal real ale bar. It has 6 guest ales most of the time, including some unusual beers too. Plenty of cobwebs and spiders too, fake ones that is.

This pub scored highly on beer and floor quality, but the punters absolutely loved us on the crawl. We’ll be dancing in front of the main bar!

The pub’s website is and they can be found on Facebook too.

And finally, John the Landlord has a beard that is a wonder to behold.

And the first DERT 2015 pub is confirmed. Meet Graeme and Debs from The Shakespeare Tavern in Bristol.

And so it begins.

The Shakespeare TavernThe first competition pub for DERT 2015 in Bristol is The Shakespeare Tavern. Graeme and Debs will be your hosts for the day in this historical Greene King pub. The pub owes it’s name to the proximity of the Theatre Royal and the building was originally a Georgian merchant’s house dating from c. 1726.

The pub backs on to what was the hub of Bristol’s thriving harbourside and docks and is one of the 4 remaining Georgian buildings on Prince Street. The original mahogany staircase is still in-situ and historical information can be found in the pub.

The floor is very good, evidenced by high scores from Silver Flame, Northgate and Taff after our crawl a couple of weeks ago. The pub has the Cask Marque, the beer was good on the crawl and there’s usually an IPA, Old Speckled Hen, Abbot Ale, Shakespeare and a guest on tap.

data=U4aSnIyhBFNIJ3A8fCzUmaVIwyWq6RtIfB4QKiGq_w,NXUb5Jnk-PYKUDRP3rcGgUgagp3ei-yOvR4613kjy9yQ9HBdxeN8vmVkzHVGkL94jN974Zxuymha-XnlBkJK2VvfldyVPZrr_4v_I7mJl4xxdImMStBLGe8j78_o3py5G_2GThe pub can be found on Prince Street in Bristol and the pub’s website is they’re also on Facebook, so give ‘em a like.

A detailed history of the pub can be found here

More pub postings to follow in due course.

Want to see who you’re up against at DERT 2015 in Bristol? All teams now listed online.

We’ve listed all 30 teams that have registered and have been accepted to compete at DERT 2015 in Bristol. DERT lush innit. You can find them on ‘The Teams‘ page.

So now we can expect conversations like; “oh I wonder which category will Sheffield Steel and Crook Morris be in?” or “where would Northgate be if they were competing this year?”.

Allocations to the various categories will follow in due course, as will those teams for Veterans (not hard to decide, just look for the bottles of liniment and Just For Men), Newcomers and Alternative.

Much achieved thus far, plenty to do. We hope this hard work is worth it, we feel we know each other better than our other halves at the moment!

Martin and Edwin – for Northgate Rapper


DERT 2015 in Bristol is now full. 30 team registrations received. Invoices sent out. Please pay promptly. Thank you.

The marvellous Maltby Phoenix and wondrous Wardrobe Outlaws have taken the last registration slots, this means DERT 2015 is now full. If you were interested in registering, please let us know your intentions as one or two teams may drop out. You’ll be put on a waiting list.

Invoices have now been sent out. Please check them for accuracy and email Edwin on to ascertain fault and assign blame. Not really, just email and we’ll get things sorted out for you.

pound coinsOnce it’s checked, please pay promptly! We have been kindly supported by the SDU with a float, but we now have some bills to pay. You can pay one of three ways;

Via PayPal – go to and click Send. Follow the instructions, making payment to

Cheque – please make payable to DERT 2015 and send to the address on the invoice, please include a copy of the invoice

Online bank transfer – the bank details are on the invoice, please ensure you use your team name as a reference. This is really important, as we don’t want to have to phone around all registered teams trying to allocate a payment.

Thanks for your interest and support so far.

We’re looking forward to a great competition!

Martin and Edwin, for Northgate Rapper.


Two days left to register for DERT 2015! The Wurzels sang about Bristol, so did the Beautiful South (sort of). Here’s a Bristol based musical treat selection for you.

Just two days left to register folks, that’s about 48 hours. With just 1 space remaining, who’s it going to be? Cinquefoil, NYFTE or Hawksword? Or another team entirely? Registrations recently received from Gaorsach, Mons Meg and Warwick!

Names and team numbers still need to be added/updated by Medlock, Silver Flame, Locksided, Haymarket, Tower Ravens, Stone Monkey and Bristol Rapper.

Please drop us a line to ask any questions, we’re here to help. Email address is

number twoHere’s a another visual reminder of how many days you’ve got left.

To amuse, entertain and distract you, we thought we’d tell you that Bristol has an impeccable musical heritage. Not only The Wurzels, but Acker Bilk, Russ Conway, Beth Gibbons and Portishead, the Fuck Buttons and Fred Wedlock all hail from Bristol or the surrounding area.

In our mission to try and educate you in all things Brizzol, we’ve found a couple of them there YouTube videos for you to watch. Firstly, the world famous Wurzels with ‘The Bristol Song’, and secondly a parody by GWR Radio of the Beautiful South’s ‘Rotterdam’. (Some say they murdered the latter).