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Band Down on the Farm: Wedding at South Farm

Tonight’s wedding was at the elegant, rural setting of South Farm, Royston. Arriving, as we did nearly an hour ahead of schedule, we remained confined to our vehicles as the rain drenched the grounds. Fortunately for the happy couple the rain broke at all the right times, allowing formal photos to be taken outside.

Lucky Pigs!

It was lovely to be at a wedding and see some pigs enjoying proceedings… They’re more often being enjoyed by the guests in the form of a hog roast! South Farm remains a working farm, being home to animals and the farming family who own the venue. As such the venue is restricted by strict live sound limitations. The official line is to cut off music (and wedding band like us!) above 90dB (just above the volume of a busy restaurant), and we managed to trigger the limiter once during the evening… It’s a shame having to concentrate our performance on a particular volume issue, rather than the audience’s reactions, but judging by the consistently packed dance floor and minimal power disruptions we got the balance about right!

Wedding Band Live Highlights

As usual the pop section opening the second set was a blast. A more relaxed audience and tracks by the likes of Lady Ga Ga and Michael Jackson created an awesome vibe. Hey Jude made a marvellous finale to the wedding entertainment.

Homeward bound now and just enough time to rest up before tomorrow’s wedding fayre at the Tythe Barn, Bicester. We’re the only wedding band being represented (albeit in solo acoustic form with a live acoustic set), so that should be good fun!

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Tonight’s wedding was at the elegant, rural setting of South Farm, Royston. Arriving, as we did nearly an hour ahead of schedule, we remained confined to our vehicles as the rain drenched the grounds. Fortunately for the happy couple the rain broke at all the right times, allowing formal photos […]

22/04/2012

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Leamington Spa Wedding – Band Glad to be So Close to Home!

With bookings all across the UK and Europe – it makes a refreshing change to be at a venue so close to home. Wethele Manor was the wedding venue for the wedding and it’s evening reception. Happily, one of the wedding’s two best men was an old friend of CoverUps frontman, Mike… so a night with a few unusual treats for the band!

Wedding Bands at Wethele Manor

According to the staff at Wethele Manor, more than half of the 3 weddings a week at the venue have wedding bands! As such, we weren’t the first to have spent a slightly longer than usual sound check working around the room’s sound limiter. We’re well practiced at creating an atmosphere at lower volumes, regularly playing beneath 90dB (busy restaraunt volume) while keeping the energy high-  and this wedding was no different.

Live First Dance

Tonight the band played the first dance; a gentle rendition of Elton John’s Your Song. It’s a lovely choice for a wedding, and the band are always happy to play it live.

A packed room led on to a bustling dance floor into the first set. Highlights this set were definitely Mr Brightside and Sweet Child – always a high energy end to the first half of the night.

Refuel with a Bacon Roll!

A well timed break for some evening refreshments gave the audience a new lease of life into the second half. As you can see from the photos below, the dance floor was bustline right through! The bride and groom had made a number of selections for the set list – triple starring Moves Like Jagger – and this gave us a good indication of the tracks they were into. The second half had a couple of less regular songs; Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor being one that hasn’t been in the wedding set list for a while.

The night came to a great climax at 11:30pm (the venue curfew) – the bride and groom after an upbeat number to finish off the night. Chelsea Dagger did the job – a packed room gathered round the happ couple as the night came to a close.

The Close to Home Paradox

For some reason, whenever we’re so close to home, or finishing early, the pack down and journey home seem to take longer than expected! A relaxed end to the evening and home shortly after 1am…

We’ll leave you with some photos from the evening, including some rather philosophical quotations from the order of service; a lovely quote there from Neitzsche!

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With bookings all across the UK and Europe – it makes a refreshing change to be at a venue so close to home. Wethele Manor was the wedding venue for the wedding and it’s evening reception. Happily, one of the wedding’s two best men was an old friend of CoverUps […]

20/04/2012

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An Energetic Night at Eynsham Hall

It’s not the first time we’ve visited Eynsham Hall, but it’s unique charm as a wedding venue is fresh every time. Tonight we arrived with plenty of time in hand, so we reclined in the Gun Bar for half an hour and supped on a cold glass of cola. We noticed a strong young contingent on our way so expected a packed and lively dance floor; so this was the calm before the proverbial storm.

The Gun Bar

It’s worth pointing out that of all the venues we’ve played, Eynsham Hall’s Gun Bar is one of the more unique rooms we’ve encountered. Set in a gorgeous Jacobean-style building, it could hardly mark more of a contrast. The modern, yet slightly retro feeling room is quirky to say the least. Stylistic Lamps and Trophy Animal heads adorn the room with an almost carboard cut out feel. The experience is surreal, but surprisingly energising!

A Great Sounding Room

The main function room at Eynsham Hall is a great souding room. Decked out in wood from floor to it’s high ceiling creates a perfect environment for live music. We set up infront of the fireplace and despite the late finish to the guest’s meal, we were set and ready by the allotted time. It really makes all the difference working in a room like this – you feel like you’re working with the room, not against it.

Cake Cutting into First Dance

We think this always works well – having the cutting of the cake on the dance floor immediately before the first dance. That way, you’ve got the attention of all your guests, and don’t have to spend time rallying round twice!

Tonight’s first dance was ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’ borrowing a little from Andy Williams, a little from Frankie Valli. It’s a great choice as a first dance, or end of night song – tonight for brevity we ommitted the beautiful key change which always send shivers up our spines at the end of a night.

3-Sets that worked

Tonight’s performance was split into 3 sets. We usually advise away from 3 sets, as it can feel like the music keeps starting and stopping. However, tonight’s first set did a great job of providing some early evening entertainment for the older generation, while allowing us to save 2 sets for the bride and groom’s friends. As you can see from the pictures below, the dance floor just got fuller and fuller through the night.

High Points and Favourite Songs

Tonight was absolutely great fun – such a great crowd to work off and we all had our special moments in the set. Jake enjoyed some slap bass in the Lady Ga Ga track (Just Dance) – and I particularly enjoyed the reaction to our segue into Back Street’s Back. I say it often, but a year on it remains good fun! Moves Like Jagger went down a storm, and the ‘Christina’ Middle 8 sounded really solid tonight.

Returning To Eynsham Hall

Only an hour from home and with such a great sounding room, Eynsham Hall is certainly a venue we’d love to return to soon. If you’re having your wedding at Eynsham Hall, and you’re looking for a band – do give us a call!

Next week we’re even closer to home at Wethele Manor – but for now, I think it’s time for bed! Good night all!

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It’s not the first time we’ve visited Eynsham Hall, but it’s unique charm as a wedding venue is fresh every time. Tonight we arrived with plenty of time in hand, so we reclined in the Gun Bar for half an hour and supped on a cold glass of cola. We […]

08/04/2012

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