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Monthly Archives: August 2015

Bromsgrove’s Redhouse Barn For A Wonderful Wedding

After a brilliant wedding the previous night, we were back to Birmingham but this time for Katy and Jon’s wedding at Redhouse Farm Barn! Redhouse Barn is just a short jaunt from the band’s home in Coventry which made it a convenient gig for everyone! It wasn’t a venue we had played at before and we were delighted to play there as a 5-piece band for such a lovely young couple on this warm August day.

Going Gaga For The Ladies

Despite its tongue and cheek references, Marry You by Bruno Mars is fast becoming a wedding classic that everyone loves! With a 60s-70s standard first set and the second half of our set list highlighting the best of the 10s, it was a seamless night with a jam-packed dance floor and everyone having a whale of a time. Christen rocked it on female vocals as part of our 5-piece line up and it was obvious the girls in the audience especially loved the added Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Meghan Trainor tracks! There was a never dull moment at this wedding that is for sure!

Sing It Like You Mean It

Last but not least we ended the night with the Guns and Roses track, Sweet Child O’ Mine. This song is always a smashing end to an awesome day. We love hearing the bride and groom and their guests singing at the top of their lungs above the volume of the music! Everyone gave all they had to this one and we absolutely loved it.

Congratulations to the newlyweds, Katy and Jon. Thank you for letting us be a small part of your special day! All the best to you on your journey together!

After a brilliant wedding the previous night, we were back to Birmingham but this time for Katy and Jon’s wedding at Redhouse Farm Barn! Redhouse Barn is just a short jaunt from the band’s home in Coventry which made it a convenient gig for everyone! It wasn’t a venue we had played at before and we […]

30/08/2015

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Garden Marquee Wedding In Birmingham

Just down the road from The CoverUps hometown in Coventry was the celebration of Joanne and Ben’s wedding in Edgbaston, Birmingham! Joanne and Ben decided on an intimate wedding with only their close friends and family. After a ceremony at their local church, the bride and groom, along with their guests, wined and dined in an elegant garden marquee set up.

Once we arrived at the reception location we immediately unpacked our gear into a side room in the marquee away from the guests enjoying the wedding breakfast. Once set up, we sat down ourselves and enjoyed delicious beef wellington- an impressive dish for an outdoor wedding! Our stomachs were thankful and the meal prepared us for a lively evening performance!

As requested by the bride and groom, the band played Shut Up and Dance to kick off the night and everyone was encouraged onto the dance floor. In our opinion, this is a very clever way of keeping the tradition of a first dance if you don’t want all eyes on you! It was an energetic start to the evening that kept going throughout the entire reception!

Thank you, Joanne and Ben, for inviting us to perform at your wedding. We hope it was even more memorable for you than it was for us! Huge congratulations to you both!

Just down the road from The CoverUps hometown in Coventry was the celebration of Joanne and Ben’s wedding in Edgbaston, Birmingham! Joanne and Ben decided on an intimate wedding with only their close friends and family. After a ceremony at their local church, the bride and groom, along with their […]

29/08/2015

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A Smashing Night In Solihull

Solihull, sitting just south of Birmingham is barely a stone’s throw from the band’s epicentre in Coventry. Playing a wedding so close to home is great, and the band always arrive fresh for the show. This night we arrived early to get the PA set up ready for the speeches. Being hidden behind a curtain in the expansive marquee gave us a chance to get set up without having to worry about how things looked while we did so – always a nice thing for us and the guests!

Today

The first dance was Today by the Smashing Pumpkins played live by the band. The chosen version though was that of Willamette Stone, which is much calmer, and made for a lovely first dance. Jo made a tidy job of a guitar solo to replace the string instrumental of the original – his guitar tone and playing always give tingles!

Rocking The Marquee – Live!

Something we’ve always enjoyed is the juxtaposition of such an elegant wedding marquee and a live rock band – especially when the rockier end of the repertoire has been requested! With Kings of Leon, Killers and Guns ‘n Roses bringing the the first set to a rocky end, The Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs, Fratellis and Stereophonics brought the dance floor to an epic frenzy in the second set. A classic end of night with Hey Jude topped things off to a tee.

Enjoy the photos below of our trip to Solihull – and the band will be rocking a wedding in the area again in the future we’re quite sure!

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Solihull, sitting just south of Birmingham is barely a stone’s throw from the band’s epicentre in Coventry. Playing a wedding so close to home is great, and the band always arrive fresh for the show. This night we arrived early to get the PA set up ready for the speeches. […]

15/08/2015

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Nottingham Bound For A Vibrant Wedding At Kelham House

With over a decade of weddings under the band’s collective belt, a new wedding venue is a rare treat for us – and just beyond Nottingham, Kelham House in Newark gave us no room for disappointment. The expansive grounds and facilities were lovely and, after an unload to the doorway near where we were playing, the food we were given was delightful!

Shut Up And Dance

Tonight’s first dance was the new Walk The Moon hit – Shut Up And Dance. It’s such a great dance tune and a really fun choice for a first dance. The synth solo, which works equally well as a guitar solo we’ve since discovered, was a fun sound to recreate, and the song brought the guests to the dance floor with a great energy. From there it was on with hits from Bruno Mars, Take That and later bits by Katy Perry and Alphabeat (a personal favourite!)

Happy?

In the last year, Happy by Pharrell Williams has become a real staple of the set. Tonight it was flanked by Meghan Trainor’s fun swing, All About That Bass and Taylor Swift’s pop romp, Shake It Off. The 5 piece band is has taken such a strong shape the last 12 months, with Clean Bandit and others bringing fresh band sounds to the fore. The night ended with classic tracks from Bon Jovi and Bryan Adams, which is a great way to bring everyone of every generation to the dance floor.

We’re hoping our happy couple remain so in their marriage for a great many years to come, and that we get to return to Kelham House for another great show in the near future!

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With over a decade of weddings under the band’s collective belt, a new wedding venue is a rare treat for us – and just beyond Nottingham, Kelham House in Newark gave us no room for disappointment. The expansive grounds and facilities were lovely and, after an unload to the doorway […]

08/08/2015

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Summer, Country House Wedding in Surrey

To kick off the month of August we skirted round London to the Great Fosters Hotel in Surrey for AJ and Harriet’s wedding. Great Fosters was originally built as a royal hunting lodge in 1550, though today stands as a luxurious country house perfect for hosting weddings like this one!

The road to Surrey was a straight forward 2-hour journey for the band. We loaded our gear into our vehicles and left plenty of time to get to the hotel to set up. It was the band’s first visit to Great Fosters Hotel and from what we were told about the venue, it certainly was all we expected and more. The grounds were gorgeous, no doubt about that! We couldn’t find any reason not to label the hotel as a fantastic wedding venue. We would recommend Great Fosters to any bride and groom looking for an all-in-one wedding package and a location close to London yet in the countryside seemingly miles away from the big city.

A Marvellous Night For A Moondance

The evening reception began with the bride and groom’s first dance which the band performed live- Moondance by Van Morrison. Following the happy couple’s first dance, the bride had an intimate dance with her father and the groom had a special dance with his mother. This is an American tradition come to find out that was a lovely touch to the evening!

After the first dances we carried on straight through our first set list full of 60s-70s classics. We changed things up a bit in our second set with some modern hits that kept the dance floor full. Arctic Monkeys, Bruno Mars and and Maroon 5 being some of the guests favourite artists, of course!

Wrapping It Up With A Favourite Finale 

The night went by like a flash. It’s true that time flies when you’re having fun! To wrap up the night we rocked out to Summer of ’69 by Bryan Adams. It’s a classic favourite often requested and it never disappoints. The dance floor was packed, everyone was having a blast and the bride and groom couldn’t have been more pleased. What more could we ask for?

A big congratulations goes out to the bride and groom, Harriet and AJ! The CoverUps wish you the absolute best in your married life together and we hope that one day our paths might cross again.

Congrats!

 

To kick off the month of August we skirted round London to the Great Fosters Hotel in Surrey for AJ and Harriet’s wedding. Great Fosters was originally built as a royal hunting lodge in 1550, though today stands as a luxurious country house perfect for hosting weddings like this one! The road […]

01/08/2015

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