Potential DERT 2015 pub pub crawl and a handy map. Teams update. Plus Showcase spectator ticket information.

Excellent news! Taff Rapper will be joining Northgate Rapper and Silver Flame on the crawl of Bristol DERT pubs on Saturday night.

The list of pubs is thus;

The Big Chill 19:30
Elephant 19:45
Small Bar 20:00
The Apple 20:15
Ye Shakespeare 20:45
Seven Stars 21:05
The Shakespeare Tavern 21:30
Bag o’ Nails 22:00
Hope & Anchor 22:30

All timings are approximate, because well, you know how it is. The beer might be nice, the floor might be excellent and the bar staff might be welcoming. However if you’re a twitter user, you could stay in touch that way. We’ll be tweeting and posting pictures as we go.

Here’s a map of where we’re going;

DERT pub crawl 2015


DERT 2015 team registration update

Just over a week to go until registration closes! Since we last posted, Thrales, Tower Ravens and Sallyport Sword have registered. thank you all! We’re now over half full, so please do get your registrations in ASAP.

Information for Showcase tickets

A limited amount of Showcase tickets are now on sale through this website. If you look on the right hand side of the home page you should see a PayPal button. Click that and choose the number of tickets you want to buy, and either pay via PayPal or with a credit card. Then print off the PayPal email that will arrive, this is your Showcase ticket.

If they’ve sold out, please send an email to dertinfo@dert2015.co.uk and request to go on the ticket list. You will then be notified when more tickets are available.



Tick tock, tick tock. 1 week and 5 days left to get your registrations sorted! Time is marching on.

As our favourite martial artist, Bruce Lee, once opined;

“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”

tempus fugitTime is marching inexorably on rapper chums. Registration for DERT 2015 (it’s DERT lush) close at midnight in 1 week and 5 days time. That’s the 30th of November!

If there were prizes for being best organised, Sheffield Steel, Whip the Cat and Star and Shadow would win hands down. Have you noticed the similarity between those teams? Come on boys, get organised and get your registrations sorted.

Here’s a suggested spiel to achieve this objective. Ask your fellow sword benders the following questions;

  1. Do you want to take part in the pre-eminent rapper sword competition in the whole wide world?
  2. Are you free the weekend of 10-12th April 2015?
  3. Do you want to stay in sumptuous (?) floor and breakfast accommodation or not?
  4. Are you waged/unwaged/a studenty-type/over 60?

List the answers, click to http://www.dertinfo.co.uk and register your team. Click on this link to see a YouTube video from David (Black Swan) that’ll walk you through it.

So far we have registrations from the following teams;

Sheffield Steel, Whip the Cat, Medlock, Crook Morris, Locksided Rapper, Haymarket Rapper, Pocketflyers, Star and Shadow, Silver Flame, Heage Windmillers, Mabel Gubbins and Black Swan.

Thank you!

Come on, lets have a full DERT, with teams of all abilities and experience, learning from each other and all trying to do our very best! There’s banter, beer and breakfasts. We might be dancing on a boat, learning Bristolian and dining on Park Street.

Edwin and Martin x


Potential DERT pub crawl sorted, 9 pubs for Northgate, Silver Flame and Taff (hopefully). Saturday 22nd November. In Bristol. Obvs.

Imagine a dedicated rapper duo (RPD), exhaustedly tramping the dark, dank and dangerous streets of old Bristol. They visited pub after pub, first looking at the floor, then the beer choices, and finally for the landlord or landlady. Then the spiel started;

RPD: “It’s somewhat akin to morris dancing, but there’s no bells, no hankies, not even a stick. We dance with swords, indoors, in pubs. Preferably those with a wooden floor and a genial landlord; a comely barmaid or handsome cellar boy is simply a bonus”

Proprietor: “Oh do you, that sounds very English”

RPD: “Northern actually. But seriously, can you open at 10am on Saturday 11th April next year? and if you can, would you like 300 people through your doors that day?”

Proprietor: “Er, yes and yes. What? all at once?”

Repeat ad infinitum.

Silver FlameNorthgate’s finest boys in green (well, all 7 of them!), Silver Flame’s Doc Marten’d lasses and hopefully Cardiff’s finest Taff Rapper will be crawling 9 decent pubs in Bristol on Saturday 22nd November. They’re starting at 7:30pm in The Big Chill Bar in the city centre and carrying on bendy sword based activities until approximately 11pm. Exact pubs and timings to be published next week, as you won’t be able to handle the excitement.

All dancers will be given a score sheet, this will be used to choose a DERT 2015 pub and is based on the following criteria;

  1. quality of wooden (or otherwise) floor, no carpet
  2. geniality of proprietor, number of handsome cellar boys and/or comely barmaids
  3. general height of ceiling and proximity of valuable light shades and pictures etc
  4. range and/or quality of real ales and ciders available
  5. perceived audience buzz or indeed, apathy, from punters in the pub

All pubs will be ranked and the top 5 accordingly chosen for DERT 2015.

the-apple-bristolAnd yes, one of these pubs is on a boat! The Apple Cider Boat, you’ll love it. Honest.

But seriously, if you’re loitering in Bristol on Saturday 22nd November from 7:30pm and you’ve genuinely nothing better to do, come along and see some sword dancing and get involved with choosing a DERT pub or two.


Registrations for DERT 2015 are now open. GET ORGANISED! Read on for more info and updates.

After much hard work by David Hall of Black Swan (thank you), the registration software has been rejigged and DERT2015-ified to enable you to register your team/s. The website is at www.dertinfo.co.uk

Registering your team means registering your dancers, your muso/s and bag carriers etc. It is not for spectators, please see below.

registrationRegistration is open today (3rd November) and will close on the 30th November. This helps you in being organised as you’ve now a deadline to work to and helps us as it means this big chunk of work needn’t take longer than it should and we can concentrate on getting the right pubs to dance in, ensure you’re in the right category (Premier, Championship or Open), allocate judges to the competitions, make sure your invoices are correct and ensure that everything’s in place for a smooth event. Basically, there’s still loads to do.

If you took part in DERT 2014 in Leeds (a hard event to top lads!), then your registration details have been carried over. Simply use the email address you used last time and ask for a password recovery if you can’t remember it. You will need to Add/Remove Members as appropriate and click Register for DERT 2015. Please use the document below for assistance.

New teams to DERT or those who didn’t dance in 2014 should use the document link below to download a word file for you to use.

Registration process for DERT 2015

You can of course enter more than one team; e.g. Whip the Cat. Again, repeat what you did last year; team bio, photograph and most importantly Add/Remove Members. Go tot he website, read the document. It’ll make sense.

DERT issues, questions and conundrums

From now on, please email Edwin on dertinfo@dert2015.co.uk if you have any questions or issues or similar. Both of us are here to help you, ensuring a quality DERT in 2015.

Public Liability Insurance

Once you’ve registered, you will need to send us a copy of your Public Liability Insurance certificate, making sure it’s valid for the period of 10-12th April 2015. If we do not receive this, you will not be allowed to take part. No if’s, and no but’s. Email it to dertinfo@dert2015.co.uk


Spectator tickets will not be on sale until after the registration period has closed and we know how many tickets will be available to buy. Sorry.


The DERTy Competition is now going to be 2 dances in front of different judges, Martin and I would like to make this more of an event for the Youth and Junior teams, driving miles to come for one dance doesn’t really cut it for us. The DERTy day then, is likely to start a little earlier and finish a little later.


As in previous years the competitions will be Main, Spotlight, DERTy and Traditional. The Main Competition will take place in 5 pubs in Bristol city centre. The Spotlight Competition will take place in a different venue during the day. The DERTy competition and the Traditional Competition will both take place in St George’s Bristol during the day, with DERTy during the daytime and the Traditional Competition taking place after the Main Competition has finished.

Veterans, Newcomers et al

If you wish to enter a veterans team, the same rules apply as last year; combined age of dancers to be 250 human years minimum! Newcomers applies to any team not having danced at a DERT before. There needs to be at least a couple of entries in these categories for it to meaningfully take place.

Evening Food

As we will be dancing in Bristol city centre and as St George’s Bristol is literally on Park Street with it’s cornucopia of bistros, restaurants and takeaways, DERT 2015 will not be organising any evening food for you. There are plenty of places to eat on and just off Park Street.

The Rules

There’s been much deliberation about the rules! Not really, it’s basically all staying the same! We wanted to do something about Buzz though, as larger teams with hefty numbers can create more of a buzz than those who arrive with just 5 dancers and a musician. Buzz is important to a good DERT though, so this will just be a little tweak. Don’t fret.

A Rules document and further updates will follow when we’ve figured this all out.

Thanks for your patience everyone. Now get your team registered!

Edwin and Martin

DERT 2015 update; bookings, hotels, pubs, DERTy, judges and a trip down Memory Lane

Bristol's Park Street

Bristol’s Park Street

Martin and I have been busy beavering away on DERT 2015 organisation.

1. Bookings

David Hall from Black Swan has been the most marvellous chap and is rejigging the 2014 booking software so that we (and future DERTs) can customise it and use it. We are looking to open bookings for DERT 2015 in November. There will be approximately 28 spaces at the Bristol event, so you’ll need to be pretty quick in getting your entries in.

2. Hotels

Aside from the Floor and Breakfast accommodation, we are signposting those of you who want a hotel to contact FutureInns (2 minutes walk from our base venue) and/or Travelodge (10 minutes walk). FutureInns are better quality (or so we’ve heard) and have rooms form £109 a night. Travelodge currently have rooms at £60 per night. These prices are likely to go up the closer we get to the event. If you choose Travelodge, make sure you book at the Bristol Central Mitchell Lane hotel.

Alternatively, a group of you could use AirBnB, just make sure you’re near to the centre of Bristol (eastern to north eastern side) unless you fancy a long walk or taxi ride after the Showcase.

3. Pubs

After much discussion, Northgate and Silver Flame are touring some of the proposed Bristol pubs on Saturday 22nd November. We’ll have further updates after then.

4. DERTy

We would like to see plenty of Junior and Youth teams competing at DERT 2015. However we recognise that Bristol is way down south compared to where a fair few of DERTy’s usual competitors are based. So, we would like to see how many Junior and Youth teams would consider coming. Phil H. is on the case but we would ask for your help too, if only to try to convince the Northern outriders to come to Bristol to dance their socks off.

What school and/or youth/junior teams would be interested in coming to Bristol next year?

5. Judges

We’ve had 4 applications to be a Judge at DERT 2015, there’s 5 more days to get your form completed. We’ve had 4 names so far! The closing date is midnight Wednesday 15th October. If you’ve ever thought about it, now’s the time to actually do it. The link is HERE.

6. Memory Lane

Vince Rutland

Vince Rutland

I was on the Nut on the Net yesterday, that excellent online archive of Nuts from the past. It’s well worth a look, plenty of info about teams, dances, notations and ancient gossip.

I found this article by Vince Rutland – Dancing Down the DERT Years.



We’ll keep staying in touch

Edwin and Martin

Judge, Judy and Executioner? Are you teamless for DERT 2015? Never fear, judging opportunities available. Read on….

We’re on the look out for those with sagely wisdom, some experience, a quick eye and an ear for decent percussive stepping. The name Judy, is in fact optional.

There are a couple of judging positions available for DERT 2015 in Bristol (it’s DERT lush remember), so we’re offering you (yes, you) the opportunity to submit an application detailing your experiences in the rapper world and what you could bring to the judgely huddle.

Obviously it’s a position of extreme importance; being a guardian of tradition yet treading the oh so fine line of innovation and entertainment. The pay is rubbish, we’ve run out of gavels, respect is somewhat scant and you might get your ear bent about “we wuz robbed”.

Interested? We will give you some sort of training, a free lunch, some beer and your transport down to Bristol. You’ll also have the long lasting satisfaction of taking part in DERT 2015 and helping those that dance the best get recognised, whatever ‘best’ actually means

There are some important qualifying criteria mind!

  1. you’ll need to have played, danced and/or been an active Tommy/Betty for at least 4 years
  2. you’ll need to have performed, well or badly, at a minimum of 3 DERTs
  3. you’ll need to briefly demonstrate your understanding of what constitutes an excellent rapper sword performance
  4. you’ll to be able to deal well with attempted bribery
  5. and wear a black gown with aplomb

If you’re still interested, please fill in the survey by clicking JUST HERE. The deadline for entries is Wednesday 15th October 2014.

Good luck, and we look forward to hearing from you!

PS – Martin asks; “what is a plomb?”

Judge Judy

DERT 2015 Spotlight Venue located and booked. It’s all Smoke and Mirrors baby!

The Spotlight venue for DERT 2015 in Bristol has been located, inspected and booked.

You’ll be dancing in the compact and bijou theatre space of Smoke and Mirrors, Bristol’s boutique pub and magic theatre. It’s located on Denmark Street, just off the Centre and down the side of the Hippodrome.

There’s a small stage, 3 real ales on tap and plenty of posh bar snacks like Scotch eggs and sausage rolls.

Mark, the owner, is looking forward to meeting us all and seeing us do our things with swords!


DERT 2015 dancers (and musos) have somewhere to sleep! Indoor camping accommodation now sorted.

After a lot of hard work online and on the phone, with 7 venue visits under the belt, DERT 2015 is happy (!) to announce that the indoor camping accommodation is now sorted.

There are not many Bristol venues that;

  • can accommodate over 150 people over 2 weekend nights
  • possess appropriate insurance
  • have a bar and kitchen onsite
  • have a secure car park
  • are within walking distance of the city centre dance venues
  • and are within budget, allowing us to keep costs as low as possible

Well, Edwin and Martin are extremely happy to announce that a suitable indoor camping venue has been located and booked that ticks all the boxes.

The Broad Plain Boys Club (home to the latest Banksy mural) will host the welcome evening on the Friday and provide a temporary home to approximately 160 dancers, musicians and retinue. There are 40 secure car parking spaces, a kitchen to provide breakfasts, pool tables, ping pong tables (also known as wiff waff), an internet cafe, soft seating for aging dancers, showers AND a boxing gym. All for the use of DERT 2015.

Registration will take place here, and with real ale and cider on tap at the bar, a “networking”, catch up and general rapper bollocks session will take place. There will be a late licence in place too.

The large gym will host the sleepers. HOWEVER, we might have to pack up our camping mats etc by 9:30am to allow for an established Saturday daytime event to happen. This is a notice of prior warning for you. Not a major issue, but one we have to warn you about.

We’re half way there on competition venues, plenty of pubs to visit and landlords still to talk to. Please rest assured that quality brewed beverages will be available at these venues and that at least 4 of the pubs will have a good wooden floor to dance on.

We’ll be posting again on here shortly.

Edwin and Martin

PS – there are already rumours that Bristol Rapper will be dancing in the main competition and that NYFTE might be entering a youth team!

PPS – you can see where we’re up to on all venues by clicking HERE

Broad Plain Boys Club

Social media handover and more

Black Swan Rapper

Thanks to Tom Richardson from Black Swan Rapper for a smooth and painless handover of DERT social media. Much appreciated. Now Northgate has responsibility for the resources and processes for next year.

Roll on DERT 2015 in Bristol!

Both twitter and facebook have been updated, you can see them by clicking the links below.

Twitter – twitter.com/dert2015

Facebook – DERT page

Please check them out and ‘follow’ or ‘like’ as appropriate. If you ‘Like’ us on facebook then please use the ‘invite your friends to like us’ links, and help us to spread the DERT 2015 word.

Organisation update!

Northgate Rapper are planning recon crawls to pubs in Bristol with Silver Flame and venue discussions/negotiations are taking place for indoor camping, a welcome venue and the spotlight venue.

We’ll update as and when we have news. Might not be frequent at this point in time, but then we do have a year before we all meet again. But we do know where, and we do know when. Bristol – 10-12 April 2015.


An apology and a change of date for DERT 2015

Unfortunately due to an administrative error, DERT 2015 will NOT be held in March.

The revised and now confirmed dates are 10th to 12th April 2015.

I apologise for this, it’s slightly embarrassing.

The Showcase venue remains the same however.

Work continues to  locate the other key venues, one we’re investigating is on a boat!


Edwin and Martin