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A Venitian Masqeurade For New Year’s At Lainston House

It’s the band’s 3rd or 4th visit to Lainston House, which sits just outside Winchester and a stone’s throw north from Southampton. It’s a beautiful 5* hotel, oft used by football teams playing Southampton; as it was the previous year. This time the room was decked in Venetian Attire, with human statues greeting guests as they moved through to the room from the bar where they’d been having a drinks reception. As you can see from the photos, it was all very elegant!

Something For Everyone

One thing we pride ourselves on at the CoverUps is providing a diverse repertoire: something for everyone. During sound check, in which we tested the sampler with parts from Dynamite by Taio Cruz and Happy by Pharrell Williams, we were told “You know this an older audience!” Well, for a start, we’re firm believers that you’re only as old as you feel. And at that – the audience were certainly not ‘old’ in any sense, and very up for the party. This said we did spend the first set largely ‘off-list’, plucking songs from our extensive repertoire to entertain the audience with a set largely from the 60s and 70s. It’s always fun dropping in tracks we weren’t planning to play: it keeps us on our toes and the set feeling exciting!

Playing Through New Year’s

With the countdown ready, we began our second set with Van Morrison’s Brown Eye’s Girl, and extended it through to the 10s countdown! From there it was a rousing few choruses of Auld Lang Syne (our own special take on the traditional New Year’s Song) and on with the set becoming more modern as the night went on.

Fears amongst the organisers that people might not keep partying through until the early hours were proven unfounded – the dance floor packed through til 1am when we sadly had to start making our long way back home! A great start to 2015 though – check out the photos below!

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