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!