Book The Lock In for 2017!


The Demon Barbers & Breaking Tradition Dance Company are touring again next year!

Following a number of successful UK tours, including high profile shows at Glastonbury Festival and 5 star reviews at Edinburgh Fringe, The Demon Barbers have been bringing together some of the UK’s most exciting young Clog, Sword, Morris, Hip Hop & Break dancers onto the concert stage with their ‘Lock In’ dance show and ‘The Demon Barbers XL’.

In 2017, Breaking Tradition will be producing ‘The Lock In’ and ‘The Demon Barbers XL- Disco at the Tavern’ along with bespoke shows suitable for festivals of all shapes and sizes!

If you are interested in talking to us about possibilities for your festival, please get in touch with Damien at

We look forward to hearing from you!


‘A full-on show of such blazing energy and joyous ingenuity you scarcely ponder on the apparent madness of trying to marry folk dance and hip hop’

‘Some shows demonstrate great skill and technique, some offer strong musicianship, and some create the kind of atmosphere and energy that leaves you high on life. The Lock In does all three’
★★★★★ THE LIST (Edinburgh Fringe)

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The Lock In

The Demon Barbers XL


We need your dance group for our Autumn shows!


We have seen over 150 dance groups join us at our ‘Lock In’ and ‘Demon Barbers XL’ performances over the past few years and we are on the lookout once again!

If you are dance group (Morris, Hip Hop, Clog, Sword, Appalachian, Street… any style) we’d love you to come down to one of our up-coming gigs (listed below) and be a part of our pre-show dance displays. Over 2000 dancers have performed at this event in the past, bringing their high energy and buzzing vibes to kick off the evening!

We really appreciate all the support we get from local dance groups and would be delighted to feature each display group on our website. There is no pressure to stay and watch our show, however we are able to offer discounted tickets for many of the venues.

If this is something your dance group would like to be involved in please contact Laura at, we look forward to hearing from you!

The Demon Barbers XL- Disco at the Tavern
Saturday 8th October Leamington Royal Spa
Friday 14th October South Holland Centre, Spalding
Saturday 15th October Martlet Hall, Burgess Hill
Sunday 23rd October Theatre by the Lake, Keswick (Dance display TBC)

The Lock In ‘Cristmas Carol’
Saturday 19th November Salisbury Arts Centre (Dance display TBC)
Sunday 20th November The Lighthouse, Poole
Monday 21st November Exeter Phoenix
Saturday 26th November Clonter Opera House, Congleton
Monday 28th November The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
Friday 2nd December Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
Sunday 4th December Sage Gateshead
Saturday 10th December Norwich Playhouse
Saturday 17th December The Atkinson, Southport

The Lock In ‘Christmas Carol’ full tour announced


New festive show coming this year!

Half gig, half dance show and half panto! Join the BBC Award Winning team of musicians & dancers for 150% of the very best festive live music, song and dance!

It’s Christmas Eve and the regulars of Ye Olde Fighting Cocks are excited about the night ahead, it’s going to be the Folk & Hip Hop party of the year! To their dismay the landlady, Jasmineezer Scrooge, has more profitable ambitions and is preparing to launch her new business, ‘Jazzles’ nightclub. Cheap alco-pops, seedy lighting and mind-numbing bass beats are all in danger of alienating the local community and ruining Christmas! Fortunately, some insightful souls are at hand to lead her back to her senses.

Featuring ‘folk powerhouse’ The Demon Barbers; artists from Breaking Tradition Dance Company; a new seasonal repertoire and a ‘slightly unhinged’ approach to their family friendly stage shows, they are ‘guaranteed to raise weary spirits and send an audience home smiling’! The Telegraph

“Some shows demonstrate great skill and technique, some offer strong musicianship, and some create the kind of atmosphere and energy that leaves you high on life. The Lock In does all three” The List (Edinburgh Fringe)

‘A full-on show of such blazing energy and joyous ingenuity you scarcely ponder on the apparent madness of trying to marry folk dance and hip hop’ The Independent

‘The Lock In is infectious and gets under your skin to the extent you stop analysing and start just enjoying. Certainly the best night out in town’


We are recruiting clog dancers!

Clog blog pic

It’s an exciting time for the Demon Barbers and Breaking Tradition dance company. We’re currently working on; ‘The Lock In Christmas Carol’ – A Christmas version of our hip hop and folk dance extravaganza, ‘The Sleepover’ – A magical music and dance show for children and families, and we’re constantly developing our XL show that we perform at venues and festivals all over the UK. With so much going on, our troop of clog dancers needs to expand. If you’re interested in taking part, then please get in touch with All we need is your name, location and a short CV of your experience in performing. Happy clogging!

New headquarters at Kala Sangam Arts Centre

Photo for blog 3-6-15 Kala Sangam

We are very excited to move our offices to Kala Sangam, a vibrant, intercultural arts centre in the heart of Bradford. Kala Sangam houses many exciting events and artistic companies. They also provide an Academy of language, dance and music; performances in their theatre space; available function rooms and rehearsal spaces for hire; regular networking events; outreach work in schools and communities as well as a lively café that leads straight on to the beautiful Bradford cathedral.

Kala Sangam has recently received funding from ACE Capital Grant to completely refurbish St Peter’s house. They hope this grant will help build on their already successful arts centre by reducing energy costs and working towards a more sustainable and resilient organisation.Photo 2 for blog 3-6-15 Kala Sangam

We hope this move will bring new opportunities and partnerships for The Demon Barbers and the Breaking Tradition dance company and we look forward to experiencing what this great space has to offer!

If you are interested in working with us on any of our music and dance projects, please contact our Artistic Director Damien Barber on or just drop in and say hi!

Please use the following address for any future correspondence:

Breaking Tradition
Kala Sangam Arts Centre
St Peter’s House
1 Forster Ct

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"The Demon Barbers' hip hop and folk fusion raises the roof"

The List (Edinburgh Fringe)


"Folk and hip-hop unite to stunning effect"

The Independent