What is Rebel Bingo?

innerebel19112015What do you get when you mix the drama of bingo, the excitement of music and the suspense of a 1980s game show? If you don’t already know the answer, it’s about time you’re introduced to a little event known as Rebel Bingo.

Rebel Bingo got its start as a small basement game played across the United Kingdom. Bingo enthusiasts with a craving for excitement would file into these basements for an innovative combination of classic bingo rules with an extra helping of excitement. Since those days, the game has grown into one of the country’s favorite pastimes.

Earlier this year, 37-year-old Freddie Sorensen and 38-year-old James Gordon took the Rebel Bingo formula to a new level by hosting a tournament in one of the U.K.’s biggest bingo halls. According to Sorensen, the duo created Rebel Bingo by accident after they found a bingo kit stored in the basement of a local church. Just a week later, they decided to turn it into a show, and it took on a life of its own from that point forward.

Sorensen attempted to highlight the appeal of Rebel Bingo in an interview. Among its most compelling benefits, he listed its social dynamic along with the dramatic competition that goes hand-in-hand with traditional bingo rules. Rebel Bingo players are engrossed in a thrilling atmosphere that’s both intense and emotional, allowing the game to take on a new level of excitement for both bingo rookies and seasoned veterans.

Since securing their first show at the bingo hall, Sorensen and Gordon have officially taken Rebel Bingo from an underground movement to a commercial success. Bingo halls around the country have expressed interest in utilizing the formula to regain the attention of players who have lost interest in the traditional atmosphere over the years.

The two founders say that the inspiration for Rebel Bingo comes from some of the world’s best on-stage performers. In particular, they named musicians such as Freddie Mercury and Katy Perry. When combined with the simple drama of classic game shows like ‘The Price is Right’ or ‘The Match Game’, these influences help create a truly unique bingo experience.

Creating a national bingo renaissance is no easy task, and the creators were quick to point out some of the biggest challenges they’ve encountered along the way. Creating a sense of suspense and drama with a total budget of just over $100, for example, often proved difficult. Additional issues included unreliable associates, faulty VGA cables and the near-constant emergency DIY needed to exceed the expectations of an excited bingo crowd.

If you’re in the U.K. and want to experience the excitement of Rebel Bingo firsthand, contact your local bingo club to find out when the event will be making its way to your neighborhood. For those in other countries, it could be a great time to put your creativity to the test and host a special Rebel Bingo event of your own. With a little bit of work, you could be in for a bingo experience like nothing you’ve ever seen.