Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 28 May 2021
A FORMER football manager turned swing singer is set to perform at a live entertainment bar in Hinckley town centre bar this weekend.
Local swing star, Dean Thomas, will take to the stage at Revival on Regent Street tomorrow night (29 May) at 7pm, where he will perform a number of ‘soundful’ swing classics.
Dean has close connections with the bar as he was the first performer to ever perform at the venue, when the first ‘staff training’ event took place on 16 October, just a week before opening to members of the public.
Exclusively speaking to the Free Press, he revealed that his music career was never originally planned, but it was kickstarted after taking part in a charity gig after he ‘fell out love’ with football.
He explained: “I fell out of love with football. All of the negative experiences that I had encountered took their toll in the end.
“Singing was never planned. I took on a gig to raise money for charity and I fell in love with it and being on a stage.
“Performing gave me my buzz back and a dream to chase.”
Dean’s most influential crooner was ‘Ol Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra, as he believes that his voice and variety of songs are ‘magnificent’.
He now even has a tattoo of Sinatra on his arm and regularly performs his classics as a part of his set list.
Whilst Dean had never taken part in any football club singing ‘initiations’ as they were not practiced at either Hinckley United or Hinckley A.F.C., he revealed that if he had to, then his song would have been “That’s Life” by Frank Sinatra.
Thomas has thanked his supporters for supporting him in his career over the few years he has been singing, as he turned away from the footy field to the microphone and stages.
He said: “I want to say thanks to everyone that has listened, appreciated and supported me over the few years that I have been performing.”
Only a few tables remain available to book for the event tomorrow night, but they can be booked through Revival’s official website here.
Tonight (28 May), just a night prior, local performer Rachel Ball will be singing classic hits which span across the decades.