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Monthly Archives: August 2013

Wedding At The School House, Weeford

While a return to school might sound like a nightmare for some, the School House in Weeford fortunately bears little resemblance our former places of education. The contemporary venue is well kitted out for wedding, with a great sized marquee with a perfect dance floor and stage area, ideal for a live band like ours!

Hey – First Dance Ho!

This couple chose the recent classic, Hey Ho by the Lumineers as their first dance, to be performed live by the band. It’s a lovely track, and one we’re always happy to play live – the cute change into the chorus is one to keep us on our toes!

From there it was straight into a bit of Bruno Mars with Just The Way You Are; a really lovely track to keep tempos up, and a great sentiment on a wedding day.

Back To School

It’s looking like this won’t be the band’s last visit to The School House in Weeford with another date already in the diary for next year! Here’s to that one!

While a return to school might sound like a nightmare for some, the School House in Weeford fortunately bears little resemblance our former places of education. The contemporary venue is well kitted out for wedding, with a great sized marquee with a perfect dance floor and stage area, ideal for […]

24/08/2013

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5-Piece Wedding At The Leicester Hilton

The Leicester Hilton is a handy venue for us, being as it is on the junction between M1 and M69, it’s a straight forward drive from Coventry, and not too difficult for those coming up from London, as our female vocalist and guitarist were today. The venue has a very professional feel, and is clearly well set up for functions. The load in was straight through fire doors to the stage area, which was partitioned off so we could set up out of sight of all the guests.

Leicester Hilton Wedding Food

Once we set up, as was straight forward today, it was time to eat before the sound check. We usually delay the sound check if there are speeches taking place, so we just checked the lines were all working and went for our food. A quick sit down to eat and chat over the set, and we were back to get the sound check finished.

Mystery First Dance

It’s not unusual for us not to know what the first dance is before the day. It’s often a rather last minute decision, and if we’re not playing it live there’s no rush. However, we’d usually expect that the couple themselves might know before the day, let alone before the time they’re due to take their first dance! Not this day – the groom even asked us there and then what we’d recommend! After a quick chat, we managed to find a copy of a Coldplay song they were after and popped that on, and off they went.

Close Proximity Bar

It’s always a good sign for us if the bar is in close proximity to the dance floor. Ideally in the same room, but in a room adjacent to the dance floor as it was in this case worked really well. Through the evening the drinks flowed, and the dancing got gradually more raucous. From the early part of the evening, with 5-piece tracks like I Want You Back by the Jackson 5 and Rolling In The Deep to the end of the night with Firework and Crazy In Love the people dance floor got more and more involved. As we finished with Viva La Vida and Don’t Look Back In Anger the night ended with rapturous celebration.

The Leicester Hilton is a handy venue for us, being as it is on the junction between M1 and M69, it’s a straight forward drive from Coventry, and not too difficult for those coming up from London, as our female vocalist and guitarist were today. The venue has a very […]

24/08/2013

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Local Wedding At Coventry’s Excellent Coombe Abbey

Coombe Abbey is one of Coventry’s busiest wedding venues. Capable of hosting 3 completely separate wedding parties on the same day they really have got wedding receptions down to a fine art. This time we were in Coombe Abbey’s elegant Cloisters – a part of the original building and a wonderfully picturesque room.

Close To Our Coventry Home

The park at Coombe Abbey is a regular haunt for those members of the band with young families, so the trip to the venue is one we’re very familiar with. The long drive way up to the venue is quite spectacular, and while we normally turn off to the park, we made the trip right up to the main building. Load in was via the front courtyard, which is a lovely place to be.

Running On Time!

We’ve played at hundreds of weddings and a common theme is that the timings slip. There’s so much to organise and to get through on the day that it’s no surprise when things are anything from 15mins to an hour ‘behind’ when it gets to us… This is never an issue as far as we’re concerned – it’s important to stay relaxed on your big day, and we’re happy to do what we can to bring things back on track. This time however, timings were spot on! We’d just wolfed down our dinner, and we were on!

Live Band And A DJ

Venues like Coombe Abbey often have a house DJ who is part and parcel of booking the venue (or available at a good rate). As such, we were playing alongside the resident Coombe Abbey DJ, which was great for us. While it’s never a problem us providing music between the sets, to have this responsibility – and that of playing the first dance – taken care of always gives us a bit of breathing space. We always provide the DJ with a set list on the night, so we don’t duplicate any songs, and it’s great to have someone playing a compliment to the live set!

The couple were great music fans and really appreciated everything we and the DJ played. Their first dance was Bless The Broken Road by Rascal Flatts, which was a lovely choice.

The whole night went a storm (as you can see from the photos below). The new vocoder during Get Lucky (which we drop into from Billie Jean) really turned some heads, which was a nice moment for us! As for the rest, you’ll just have to check it out in the photos!

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Coombe Abbey is one of Coventry’s busiest wedding venues. Capable of hosting 3 completely separate wedding parties on the same day they really have got wedding receptions down to a fine art. This time we were in Coombe Abbey’s elegant Cloisters – a part of the original building and a […]

17/08/2013

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Marvellous Midsummer Manchester Marriott Wedding

Hailing, as we do, from the West Midlands, we’re often a more competitive option for gigs further north than London wedding bands, meaning we’re often making the journey north into Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire. A little less often we make the journey North West up the M6 to places like Manchester and Liverpool. This though, was one of those occasions. It being V festival weekend, traffic was pretty hard work, leaving the band stuck in Jam’s much of the way up. Being well organised and efficient – this is as important a part of what we do as the playing! –  we were still there and set up right on time with no problems, despite traffic delays.

Acoustic Afternoon Music

This couple had opted for an afternoon acoustic set, which made a lovely way to arrive at the venue. The court yard in the middle of the Marriott was a great location and a real sun trap, making a lovely atmosphere with the chilled acoustic tunes sailing out over the guests. Half The World Away by Oasis is always a great on these occasions, as is I’m Yours by Jason Mraz.

5-Piece Band For The Live Show

The remaining 4 musicians arrived, and we all got set up by 7:30pm and took a few moments to relax after the frustrating hours in the cars! Food soon arrived, a quick change of clothes and we cracked on with the main set.

Better Together by Jack Johnson was the couple’s choice for first dance (one we heartily approve of after its use in on of our own weddings!) and from there the dance floor grew. A great fun addition to the set – by special request – was some Cliff Richard. Rather than the more obvious choices of Livin’ Doll or Summer Holiday, we went for a track we’d played out in the alps a few years back: Wired For Sound. The song is certainly as daft as it is musically interesting, accents moving about all over the place. It was pretty well received for such a relatively unknown song – and it was great fun to play!

Having Rach on the gig meant we could play some of the poppier end of the repertoire. Domino was a particularly great track from this perspective, really get the dance floor pumping!

As you can see in the photos below, a great night was had by all – especially the bride!

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Hailing, as we do, from the West Midlands, we’re often a more competitive option for gigs further north than London wedding bands, meaning we’re often making the journey north into Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire. A little less often we make the journey North West up the M6 to places like […]

16/08/2013

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Cracking 5-Piece Wedding In Mid-Wales

With various members of the band connected to Wales in a variety of ways, it’s always nice to make a trip through the valleys into the wilds of Mid-Wales. While making quite a journey, there’s little more spectacular scenery in the UK than the rolling Welsh hills and valleys. The glorious weather today’s couple were blessed with only added to the atmosphere as the whole community came together to celebrate – it was always going to be a great day!

Acoustic Drinks Reception

A great way to involve live music in more of the wedding day is to have an acoustic set over the drinks reception. The set kicked off as the guests arrived, the chilled out tunes, sunshine and drinks blending with the celebration after the wedding itself to make a great atmosphere. The bride and groom arrived on horse drawn carriage, much to the surprise of everyone there; a great photo opportunity! God Only Knows was a favourite of this set, along with Billy Joel’s Just The Way You are – not to be confused with Bruno Mars’ track of the same name, which also made an appearance. An impromptu rendition of Save Tonight by Eagle Eye Cherry – by request – was also well received; nice to play a song that’s not been aired for a great many years.

5-Piece Evening Band

The rest of the band arrived in the early evening, just in time to grab something to eat and get set up. First Dance tonight was Gabrielle Aplin’s rendition of the Power Of Love – not to be confused with Huey Lewis’ awesome track by the same name (we played that later!) The couple chose to have the recording of the song, which is quite understandable given the arrangement. It’s a lovely song and one we’d love to play live (particularly the original Frankie Goes To Hollywood version!) – but Gabrielle Aplin’s version has a lovely quality to it.

Highlights and Late Nights

The night ramped up with some great 80s choices by the couple – a few new tracks we added for an 80s show earlier in the year making another appearance. A Little Respect be Erasure is a definite keeper from that set list – the keys parts sounded great! Kat took the female lead by storm, absolutely nailing Crazy In Love, and bringing her unique brand of Scandinavian attitude to the parts! As you can see from the photos below, everyone had a cracking night (still wanting to keep going at 1:30am!) – here’s to the next Wales gig! [pwaplusphp album=”MidWalesWeddingAugust2013″]

With various members of the band connected to Wales in a variety of ways, it’s always nice to make a trip through the valleys into the wilds of Mid-Wales. While making quite a journey, there’s little more spectacular scenery in the UK than the rolling Welsh hills and valleys. The […]

10/08/2013

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Coleorton, Leicestershire For An Elegant, Personal, Fun Wedding!

This mid-summer day was quite the ideal for a wedding; especially one set in the grounds of the parent of the bride with a fairground theme! Coleorton in Leicestershire nestles in between Burton-On-Trent and Loughborough, just south of Derby and to the north east of Leicester… That’s a long way of saying, it’s not far from us in Coventry, but takes a bit of getting to! On arrival we were greeted by a beautiful scene – an elegantly landscaped garden filled with traditional fairground rides, and a lovely marquee.. this was going to be a fun night!

Weddings Focussed On Fun

There are always different aspects to every wedding. In our experience, the best of weddings are those that reflect the personalities of the couple most vividly. Whether the couple are travellers, share an interesting hobby or work in similar fields, wedding themes derived from the couple themselves are always a great way to celebrate the bride and groom’s special day.

This wedding had so many personal touches we completely lost track. One that really stuck in our minds was the bunting that adorned the marquee. This was truly lovely, as every triangle had been personalised by the guests as part of their invitation response. As such, every view looking around the marquee was a reference to the happy couple themselves.

Another lovely touch was a box of sandals (or dancing shoes!) for those ladies with aching feet from high heels – now there was no excuse for not dancing! It worked a treat, as you can see below the dance floor was packed the whole night…

Hired Help For The Band!

A really helpful aspect of this wedding for us was working with a sound engineer and a PA that was provided by the venue. This let us just focus on getting our equipment set up, and enjoying the show knowing that someone else was worrying about how it sounded out front.

Brilliant First Dance Choice

The first dance was an excellent choice – You’ve Got A Friend In Me by Randy Newman. If you’re not sure, it’s the theme song from Toy Story! For us it’s always good fun to play a new song live for a first dance, and this is a track we’ve never had come up before. It struck us, as when you think of it it seems like such an obvious choice – but it’s a rare one. Definitely one for our list I think!

From there we were off to a winning start, and the dance floor was packed through the whole night – just check out the photos below!

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This mid-summer day was quite the ideal for a wedding; especially one set in the grounds of the parent of the bride with a fairground theme! Coleorton in Leicestershire nestles in between Burton-On-Trent and Loughborough, just south of Derby and to the north east of Leicester… That’s a long way […]

03/08/2013

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August’s Show At Riverbank Rocks, Nottingham

Another even numbered month (that’s how I remember it) and another live show at the Riverbank in Nottingham – and a great night it was too! And don’t just take our word for it – before we even got packed away we had a message on our facebook page from a ‘multicoloured hair girl’ about how much she enjoyed the night… check it out:

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Rocking The Riverbank

We’ve really enjoyed playing these shows this year. They’re a great change from the more sophisticated atmosphere at most weddings (at least, that’s how they usually start!) and it gives us a chance to really make some noise. We thought we’d try something new this time, and dropped Get Lucky by Daft Punk in on the way out of Billie Jean. As experiments go, this was a success… next time just need to work on a vocoder sound for the instrumental and we’ll be away!

Summertime

It’s great gigging through the summer. Warm, late nights and long days really get people in the mood for a good party. The highs of this gig definitely included the above experiment with Get Lucky and Billie Jean, but beyond that Place Your Hands was great fun again, and Jonny B Goode always attracts new people to the dancefloor. It’s time to go, but here are some photos by the sound man (cheers for that!).

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Another even numbered month (that’s how I remember it) and another live show at the Riverbank in Nottingham – and a great night it was too! And don’t just take our word for it – before we even got packed away we had a message on our facebook page from […]

02/08/2013

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