This September The CoverUps played live music for several weddings, a 21-st birthday party and a corporate event. It was definitely a busy month for this Coventry based function band!
Beautiful Barn Wedding In Worcestershire
Our first event of the month saw the band at Curradine Barns for Laura and Sarah’s wedding reception. The CoverUps enjoyed returning to this beautiful barn wedding venue located in the small village of Shrawley in Worcestershire. With 3 x 45 minute sets and plenty of requests by the brides we had a set list full of fun favourites that kept the dance floor full all night long! The band even changed the words to Moves Like Jagger to ‘Moves Like Hannah’ at the request of the brides. Everyone loved it!
5-Piece Wedding Band In Worcester
It was a double header weekend for the band as the next day we arrived at Orchard Manor in Worcester for Claire and Kush’s wedding day. This was a special one as the band played for Claire’s 21st birthday party and now it was her wedding day! I suppose having been a band for over a decade it was only a matter of time before this would happen! With our 5-piece lineup, Claire and Kush had a set list full of both male and female lead tracks including Only Girl In The World by Rihanna and Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol. It was a brilliant night all in all.
A Happy Wedding Day In Surrey
Our next wedding brought the band to Nonsuch Mansion in Sutton, Surrey as a 5-piece lineup. The bride and groom picked Happy by Pharrell Williams for their first dance and the cover went down a treat. Soon after, guests joined the happy couple (pun intended!) on the dance floor for a night of Queen, Michael Jackson, The White Stripes, Spin Doctors and other classic rock covers! Christen and Mike on lead vocals did a wicked job covering these mega records.
21st Birthday Party Black Tie Style
The band was then booked to play live music for Tom and Harry’s joint 21st birthday party in Sheepwash, Melton Mowbray– a black tie event to say the least! With our 5-piece band, the birthday boys had a set list containing all their favourite songs. A youthful crowd kept the dance floor packed well into the night. Great energy, great party. We will never forget it!
Corporate Event In Harrogate
The CoverUps also visited Harrogate International Centre for Infection Prevention Society’s corporate event. Harrogate International Centre is a conference and exhibition building with a 2,000 seat auditorium and plenty of meeting spaces for events such as this one. With over a 2.5-hour drive, the venue wasn’t necessarily local for our West Midlands based musicians, but the travel was straightforward and the night went without a hitch.
Marquee Wedding In Swindon
To tie our September wedding season to a close we performed at the Evans’ marquee wedding at Manor Farm in Swindon. The bride and groom sent the band a list of their favourite songs before the big day. Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus and Johnny B Goode were amongst other chosen tracks. We had a great time playing these song requests to a packed dance floor and everyone enjoying themselves. The CoverUps wrapped it up with Wonderwall by Oasis, also requested by the bride and groom, and we couldn’t have imagined a better tune to end the night on a real high.
This September The CoverUps played live music for several weddings, a 21-st birthday party and a corporate event. It was definitely a busy month for this Coventry based function band! Beautiful Barn Wedding In Worcestershire Our first event of the month saw the band at Curradine Barns for Laura and […]
It may have been April Fools’ Day, a holiday meant for fun and games, but it was no joke that Jacqui and Ian were officially tying the knot! The band arrived at Worsley Park Marriott Hotel, Manchester at 6:00pm prompt to meet the happy bride and groom and prepare to play live music for their wedding reception.
The band kicked off the night with Marry You by Bruno Mars- a requested favourite by the bride and groom for their first dance. As we jumped straight into the next track on our set list, Stuck In The Middle With You by Stealers Wheel, all wedding guests were invited onto the dance floor and it was plain to see we were in for a memorable night!
Jacqui and Ian put careful thought into the live music for their wedding which the band always appreciates. Therefore, it wasn’t a surprise to receive a list of requested tracks the couple picked from our repertoire. We couldn’t say no to adding these epic tunes into the night’s set list- Mr. Brightside by The Killers, I Saw Her Standing There by The Beatles and Shut Up And Dance by Walk The Moon just to name a few!
The night went down a storm and the dance floor was packed until we finished our last set with Don’t Look Back In Anger by Oasis. The CoverUps are so pleased to have been a part of such a special occasion. Huge congratulations to the newlyweds, Jacqui and Ian! Enjoy and short highlight video from the night below!
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It may have been April Fools’ Day, a holiday meant for fun and games, but it was no joke that Jacqui and Ian were officially tying the knot! The band arrived at Worsley Park Marriott Hotel, Manchester at 6:00pm prompt to meet the happy bride and groom and prepare to play […]
A 2 and half hour drive led The CoverUps to The Wellbeing Farm in Bolton last Saturday. What a fantastic venue it turned out to be! The Wellbeing Farm is not only a fully functioning farm. It is a host to various business events and vintage tea parties as well as a cookery school AND is also used for barn and tipi weddings! We don’t know how they do it, but they do it well!
A Humanist Wedding Ceremony
As a live band, we most often arrive well after the formalities are finished. So this was a rare treat with our singer arriving before the ceremony itself to set up for an acoustic set. As you can see from the photos below, the ceremony was a fairly relaxed affair, with the couple saying their own vows that they had written themselves. With the common religious texts off the cards, the couple chose song lyrics and poems that had significance to the pair of them. And as the ceremony came to a close, the congregation were asked, as they usually are, if they would support the couple in building their life together: a rousing ‘we will’ was the response!
The acoustic set over the drinks reception was well appreciated, with on and off showers bringing people back inside. It’s always fun playing more relaxed live music over the afternoon drinks, and tracks like Newton Faulkner’s Dream Catch Me set a lovely tone.
Treading Their Own Path
We’d always recommend putting your own stamp on your wedding day, and this couple did so in spades. From the ceremony which reflected their own beliefs, to the first dance which, well, was something unusual! 99 Problems, Hugo’s cover of the Jay Z track was their choice. We never did quite get to the bottom of the joke ourselves, but it seemed to be well appreciated by the friends gathered around!
With requests aplenty in the set, we ploughed on through the night with lively responses right through the night. With the Wellbeing Farm being itself fairly new to weddings, we’re hoping to be back there soon – until then, Congratulations Andy and Jess, and here’s to the next visit to the Wellbeing Farm!
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A 2 and half hour drive led The CoverUps to The Wellbeing Farm in Bolton last Saturday. What a fantastic venue it turned out to be! The Wellbeing Farm is not only a fully functioning farm. It is a host to various business events and vintage tea parties as well as a […]
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!
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 […]
Today’s wedding took the band out of the West Midlands and most of the way up the M6 to the Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre in Waterloo, Liverpool. It was a 2:30pm arrival for the advance party (Mike and Gaz) for a solo acoustic set over drinks before the speeches.
Acoustic Drinks Reception Music
The solo acoustic set was great fun. The audience really appreciated the tunes and it was a lovely opportunity to play a few new tracks and some that don’t often get an airing. Probably highlights of the set were Count On Me by Bruno Mars and I’m Yours by Jason Mraz; they certainly summed up the way the couple seemed to feel about one another on their wedding day!
Alternative Wedding Format
The young couple made some significant deviations from what we’ve come to see as the ‘norm’ for a wedding. The first indication we had of that things weren’t going as per usual was there only being 1 hour allocated for speeches and food. It turned out that the main meal was happening as a buffet once the evening guests arrived; a lovely way to include the evening guests.
The cutting of the cake passed us by completely! We often announce the cake cutting as it often happens immediately before the first dance; but we don’t know when, or indeed if it happened – but we weren’t called upon to announce it (or eat the cake! 🙂 ).
The first dance, while being performed live, wasn’t performed by the band… most odd! It was a beautiful rendition of the Eva Cassidy arrangement Songbird by the sister of the bride, Hannah, Her voice really was excellent and it made a really personal and special moment of the wedding reception.
Let The Dancing Commence!
Then it was time for the band to strike up! The young and excitable crowd flocked to the dance floor as soon as we begun. It’s always nice to play a full live set at the evening reception after playing an acoustic set over a drinks reception. The audience are often surprised to see us back, but eager to see a different side to the band.
Highlights of the full set in the first half were Mr Brightside, and a wee Beatles collection – our little tribute to being in Liverpool! Can’t Buy Me Love made a rare appearance, reminding us that we realy should play that song more; it’s a great dance floor filler.
Tonight we were pleasantly surprised by a couple of familiar faces in the crowd. Two old friends of Mike popped in just before sound check to say hello. As it happened, it was them who had recommended the band be considered for the wedding entertainment – but they were completely unaware that we’d been booked! Gaz came across an old musical friend; a friend whose album he’d played guitar on a few years back. Much reminiscing ensued in the short break between sets.
End of Summer Wedding Season 2012
This is now truly the end of the wedding season for us. We have a few weeks off now to work on some projects for next year and hone some new tracks. Watch this space for news of some exciting new things the band will be offering in 2013!
Today’s wedding took the band out of the West Midlands and most of the way up the M6 to the Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre in Waterloo, Liverpool. It was a 2:30pm arrival for the advance party (Mike and Gaz) for a solo acoustic set over drinks before the speeches. Acoustic […]
Another Saturday afternoon on the road for the band, this time up the M6 to Cheshire. Nunsmere Hall is a spectacular venue for a wedding and, as it turns out, a great place for a live band! Tonight’s wedding was for the sister of a groom we had played for a few years back – a groom who had married one of the band’s good friends from their university days.
The Band with Time in Hand
As is often the case, the band arrived with plenty of time in hand – having allowed for the worst case scenarios of the dreaded M6 round the north of Birmingham. The same room inside the hotel was being used for the guests’ meals and the evening entertainment, so the band had a little time to recline in the library and talk over the set list!
Strictly Come First Dancing
After a swift load in a set-up, the band were ready to go. First dance tonight was Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You” played from an iPod. Tonight’s surprise was that the couple had taken dancing lessons from some of the Strictly Come Dancing professionals (though we didn’t catch which ones). The bride and groom actually danced really well – the whole of the first dance was elegant, but relaxed – and the lifts really were excellent!
A Packed, Lively Dance Floor
There was simply no let up in the pace all evening. The dance floor remained bustling from the opening tracks (including Mr Jones by the Counting Crows as requested by the happy couple) right through to the midnight curfew and the Beatles’ Hey Jude. The whole band, as the audience, had a great night. Mike Summers on bass brought his particular brand of groovy bass playing to the rhythm section; he and Jack loved the opening of set 2. Valerie, Mercy, Billie Jean, Superstition – it’s a real time to shine for the bass and drums, and tonight it all sat down beautifully.
Definitely a long day, but by the end of it we had given the bride and groom an evening to remember – and that makes it all worth while!
Another Saturday afternoon on the road for the band, this time up the M6 to Cheshire. Nunsmere Hall is a spectacular venue for a wedding and, as it turns out, a great place for a live band! Tonight’s wedding was for the sister of a groom we had played for […]