THE SWANVESTA SOCIAL CLUBFounded in St Albans the Swanvesta Social Club is a Cuban-influenced English musical group.
They released a salsa version of I Predict a Riot in 2008 on their first CD release the mini album: Never mind the bongos, which featured a mixture of traditional Cuban songs, originals and latin reinventions of contemporary pop songs According to the St Albans Review newspaper they model themselves on the Buena Vista Social Club. The line-up includes actor Simon Grover on trumpet.
They are most noted for their lively outdoor performances. Ray Cooper described them as "one of the most interesting live bands I have seen in ages!".
In 2007 they headlined the Exmoor Folk Festival and were described by folk journalist Rob Hopcott as monumental, and appeared at the fringe of the St Albans International Organ Festival. In 2008 they played alongside Oysterband at the Two Rivers Festival. In 2009 they played to at the Two Rivers Festival again alongside Seth Lakeman, The Leamington Peace Festival along with Attila the Stockbroker and 3 Daft Monkeys and Togfest at Bradwell Abbey.