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Monthly Archives: September 2012

Gloriously Sunny Wedding at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire

Today’s wedding took the band just north of London. A quick trip down an uncongested M1 and the band arrived in plenty of time to load in and start setting up before food was served. On arrival Hatfield House was bathed in glorious sunshine and looked a truly spectacular wedding venue. A straight forward load in to the Old Palace and a spacious playing area made the set-up of tonight’s 5-piece wedding band remarkably straightforward.

A Time For Everything

In contrast to many weddings we play, today’s schedule was relaxed. No evening buffet meant that even though timings ran on a little during speeches there was plenty of time for dancing left. The first dance, Ben E King’s “Stand By Me” was a lovely choice and an invitation to join the bride and groom on the dance floor was readily accepted by the wedding guests.

Evening Reception Highlights

“Can’t Buy Me Love” was a brilliant moment with the bride and groom clearly chuffed we’d added their request to the set. There were a few songs which were really lifted by the addition of our dedicated keyboard player as a 5th member of the band. Some of our favourites were “Moves Like Jagger”, “Superstition” (great clavinet part!) and “Don’t Stop Me Now”.

Next week the band venture to Hampshire with a wedding in Winchester… must put a play list together to keep us going on the journey home!

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Today’s wedding took the band just north of London. A quick trip down an uncongested M1 and the band arrived in plenty of time to load in and start setting up before food was served. On arrival Hatfield House was bathed in glorious sunshine and looked a truly spectacular wedding […]

29/09/2012

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A Trip Down Memory Lane – Wedding at Vale Resort, Cardiff

Tonight’s wedding took our lead singer within an hour of the home of his youth in South Wales. Only a short step outside of Cardiff, the Vale Resort is a spectacular wedding venue. The modern buildings are impeccably decorated, and despite there being more than one wedding taking place, the venue felt like it was all ours!

Long Journey – Great Food

Cardiff is something of a journey from the band’s HQ in Coventry. Fortunately, the bride and groom had arranged bar meals for us on arrival. These really hit the spot and gave us a boost into the impending load in a set up.

The function room at the Vale Resort was ideal. It was a good size room, well designed and easy to get a crisp sound in. Sound check as a 5 piece only too fractionally longer than usual, just checking the balance between the male and female leads.

Disney First Dance

The first dance was the theme from An American Tail, (Feival Goes West) as performed by James Ingram and Linda Rondstadt. As a lovely duet and having male and female vocals on hand it seemed only right to perform it ourselves. The couple’s son joined them as we begun, and the family shared a special moment together on the dance floor.

From the first dance on the dance floor was bustling. Having the bar in the next room can be awkward with people moving in and out of the room, but the first set finished with a rousing rendition of Mr Brightside followed by Sweet Child O’ Mine – great fun.

Singing Groom

We had the privilege of being joined by the groom in singing Rule the World – and a great job he did too. It certainly represented a high point of the night, and hopefully a lasting memory for the couple. Other highlights included Sex on Fire (still a huge tune) and Domino by Jessie J (a track it’s great to wheel out with our female vocalists).

Things in the CoverUps camp are getting quieter as wedding season comes to an end – but we’ll be sure to keep you posted about all our goings on, and keep your eyes peeled for some wedding tips and tricks in our blogs over the coming months. Until then here are some photos of tonight’s dance floor.

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Tonight’s wedding took our lead singer within an hour of the home of his youth in South Wales. Only a short step outside of Cardiff, the Vale Resort is a spectacular wedding venue. The modern buildings are impeccably decorated, and despite there being more than one wedding taking place, the […]

08/09/2012

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Blakelands, South Staffordshire – Great Venue for a Live Wedding Band

Tonight’s wedding took the band across the West Midlands, past Wolverhampton to Blakelands Country House in Bobbington. Surprisingly, we don’t venture into Staffordshire that often, so it was a nice change for the band’s drivers to take a different route! Allowing, as always, for the unexpected we all arrived with half an hour to spare and settle down for a catch up over some dinner.

Hungry Band + Great Food = Happy Band!

The food given to the band was wonderful – absolutely spot on! We were graced with delightful plates of roast chicken dinner. It certainly set us up for the evening’s work!

The load in was straight forward, though up a flight of stairs; but with the whole wedding running to time, and suitable pauses during the days events there was not problem getting set up in plenty of time to be started with the first dance at 8pm.

First Dance and Highlights

The first dance was played by the DJ, though it was a song we’ve played a number of times already this summer. Michael Buble’s “Everything”; it’s a great choice, and I’d certainly never begrudge anyone wanting to have the man himself singing with his silky smooth voice over having the track played live… both work well, and it’s simply a matter of preference.

Tonight’s performance was full of great moments, the dance floor busy from start to finish. For us the highlight of set one was probably Parklife. We’ve started playing this as a mashup; Parklife vs Fit But You Know It by The Streets. Mike Skinner’s spoken style suits the parklife lyrics, and dropping the chorus of the Streets track over the chords of Parklife always raises a smile in the audience.

Live Wedding Band + DJ = Early Home Time

As Blakelands has a resident DJ who was finishing the night, we were finished with the live entertainment by 11pm. A discreet set down in the dark, and we were on the road by midnight!

And with Blakelands Country House only being an hour from home, it’s certainly somewhere we’d love to play another wedding some time soon. Helpful staff, good food, straight forward set up – it’s all in there for a great night!

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Tonight’s wedding took the band across the West Midlands, past Wolverhampton to Blakelands Country House in Bobbington. Surprisingly, we don’t venture into Staffordshire that often, so it was a nice change for the band’s drivers to take a different route! Allowing, as always, for the unexpected we all arrived with half […]

01/09/2012

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