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The CoverUps West Midlands Live Wedding Band

We’ve enjoyed our quieter season this winter and have hunkered down preparing for 2017 wedding season! The quiet season is, however, coming to a close. The CoverUps’ calendar is full of fantastic weddings and events across the UK and we can’t wait to play live rock and pop music for them all!

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We’ve enjoyed our quieter season this winter and have hunkered down preparing for 2017 wedding season! The quiet season is, however, coming to a close. The CoverUps’ calendar is full of fantastic weddings and events across the UK and we can’t wait to play live rock and pop music for […]

21/03/2017

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Holly And Paul’s Summer Wedding At Hampton Manor

On this warm July day, The CoverUps were invited to play live music for Holly and Paul’s summer wedding at the renowned, Hampton Manor in Solihull. The band love playing at this fantastic wedding venue located just down the road from Coventry where the band are based. The staff of Hampton Manor are welcoming and accommodating plus, on a practical note, it is an easy load in for the band and the venue itself is stunning with historical architecture and beautiful gardens to set the scene. No wonder it is such a popular wedding venue in the Birmingham and Warwickshire area.

The CoverUps were booked to play for 2 and a half hours which is 30 minutes over the usual time, but we didn’t mind one bit! The bride and groom requested a few of their favourite tracks to be played including Marry You by Bruno Mars and Faith by George Michael which immediately followed their first dance. The CoverUps prepared Dignity by Deacon Blue as the couple’s first dance and the preparation pulled off. The newlyweds and their wedding guests loved it and the band enjoyed having a bit of a fun grooving with the track.

The dance floor was filled with guests drinking, dancing and enjoying themselves late into the night. To top it all off, we played Power Of Love by Huey Lewis and as if on cue, guests jumped to the dance floor with plastic guitars and pulled out their best dance moves and air guitar skills. We couldn’t have ended the night on a higher note!

Congratulations to Holly and Paul on your marriage and thank you for booking The CoverUps as your live wedding band. We wish you all the best!

On this warm July day, The CoverUps were invited to play live music for Holly and Paul’s summer wedding at the renowned, Hampton Manor in Solihull. The band love playing at this fantastic wedding venue located just down the road from Coventry where the band are based. The staff of […]

09/07/2016

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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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A Relaxed Wedding Party At Warwickshire’s Nuthurst Grange

Nuthurst Grange has quickly become one of the band’s new favourite wedding venues. Just to the South of Birmingham, it lies in Warwickshire countryside barely 20mins from the CoverUps Coventry HQ. On arrival we were delighted to find out our set up was well beyond earshot of the dining wedding guests, leaving us free to get our equipment set up, and even have a quick run through the first dance!

More Than Words

In over a decade, playing hundreds of weddings, it’s amazing that this was the debut for us playing this particular first dance. More Than Words by Extreme is a gorgeous choice, and one both our guitarist and vocalist cut their teeth on nearly 2 decades ago. The delicate track was perfect for the Nuthurst Barn, and as the guitar struck up there were whoops and the guests recognised the distinctive guitar pattern. A few bro-mance harmony moments later and the guests flocked to the dance floor.

80s Power Pop

The night continued with throws of the 80s (while More Than Words was technically released in the 1990, the whole album has that 80s rock sound: just check out Steve playing Decadence Dance from the same album!) From Paul Simon (You Can Call Me Al) to Aha and Huey Lewis And The News it was a time machine trip Marty McFly would have been proud of!

Back To The Future

From there – after a short break for everyone to catch their breath – the band pulled the set right back to the modern day. With Happy by Pharrell Williams running straight into an impromptu rendition of Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off (as requested by the bridesmaids) the band rocked the dance floor hard through to the end of the night.

We’re looking forward to a return to Nuthurst Grange in the new year, but for now, just enjoy the photos of the night!

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Nuthurst Grange has quickly become one of the band’s new favourite wedding venues. Just to the South of Birmingham, it lies in Warwickshire countryside barely 20mins from the CoverUps Coventry HQ. On arrival we were delighted to find out our set up was well beyond earshot of the dining wedding […]

11/07/2015

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Wrapping Up The Season With A Bang!

One of The CoverUps last weddings for September 2014 happened to be Caroline and Andy’s wedding at Hampton Manor!

On Friday, 19th we made our way down the road (literally!) to Hampton in Arden, Solihull for Caroline and Andy’s wedding. The Manor itself is a beautiful wedding venue very close to our HQ, in Coventry, with only a 12 mile journey to go! Though nothing makes us happier than a satisfied bride and groom… when the drive is easy, the load in is simple and the food is filling, our night is just that much better!

Hampton Manor is a restored estate hired out for weddings, parties, meetings, weekends away- practically everything! The estate has stunning gardens, stylish contemporary rooms and offers great wedding packages for your ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception. We love that it is a beautiful venue nearby and we hope to be returning here for many more weddings in the future!

Introducing… Adam Kibble!

Tonight, The CoverUps introduced a new member of the crew, Adam, on lead vocals. It was Adam’s first gig with The CoverUps and we threw him into the deep end… of course trusting fully in his ability to swim. 😉 The feedback was excellent and Adam was all smiles at the end of the night while raving about how great it went! After the couple’s first dance to their chosen recorded track, “How Long Will I Love You” covered by Ellie Goulding, we started the night with a classic hit, “Moondance”, and followed it by “Stuck In The Middle”, another favorite. As always, we are more than happy to take requests from the Bride and Groom and in this case the requests fit perfectly with the night! The dance floor stayed full all the way through to the end with high energy and encores!

Something we just have to mention was the mid-evening entertainment – fireworks!! After our second set, the guests were welcomed outside to enjoy a firework display organized by the bride and groom. What a fantastic way to keep your guests dazzled during the usually “quieter” segments of the evening!

All In For A Spontaneous Conga Exit!

“Take Me Out”, “Don’t Stop Me Now”, “Livin’ On A Prayer” and “500 Miles” were just some of the favored requests and they went down an absolute treat. You can’t go wrong with a bit of Stevie Wonder and Bon Jovi!

We finished the night with The Killers’, “Mr Brightside” and it turned out to be the perfect ending tune for the night. To make it even better, towards the end of the track, as the Bride and Groom were getting ready to leave, all of the guests suddenly ran into formation from all corners of the room and started a conga line! When timings are tight and you want to get everyone outdoors in an efficient fashion, a conga line is probably the best way we’ve ever seen this done!

Thank you to Caroline and Andy for being wonderful clients and for allowing us to host your evening wedding celebration! We had a wonderful time and wish you the best on your new adventure together as husband and wife.

Please enjoy the photos below!

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One of The CoverUps last weddings for September 2014 happened to be Caroline and Andy’s wedding at Hampton Manor! On Friday, 19th we made our way down the road (literally!) to Hampton in Arden, Solihull for Caroline and Andy’s wedding. The Manor itself is a beautiful wedding venue very close to […]

19/09/2014

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