Seeing in the New Year in Style at Hotel du Vin, Cheltenham

Something of a regular slot for the CoverUps, Cheltenham’s Hotel du Vin really know how to throw a great party! New Year’s Eve is the biggest party night of the year, and with the backdrop of one of Cheltenham’s classiest hotels the band had the ideal setting to kick into the new year in a big way.

Lively from the Start

The night for the guests always begins with a great meal – and the same was true for us too! The venue treated the band to a slap up sausage and mash, but not just any sausage an mash. This was seriously tasty, cooked to perfection with a rich gravy to die for… A tip from the inside: keep your musicians on side by serving a hearty meal! With this inside us, we were set for a great show.

The first half started around 10:30pm. Despite being filled with all manner of great food, the guests were straight to the dance floor. The bar opposite remained busy throughout the night, which I can only imagine helped a little. Toward the end of the first half we dropped a brand new track for us – Moves Like Jagger. We really felt we’d probably seen the last of Maroon 5, with This Love being on our demo for years a little else being heard by the band. Then there’s Moves Like Jagger: a dance floor filler to match the best of them! It’s a killer vocal line, with a straightforward beat and catchy arrangement. We can see this track becoming something of a regular!

Seeing the New Year In

Our break ended just before midnight to count the audience down to midnight. Singer, Mike, had a feed directly from the atomic clock, so we gave a second-accurate greeting to the new year! Out of the cheers and sound of party poppers came the sound of bagpipes. Traditional themes were riding out across the room – Auld Lang Syne and the like – as everyone wished their loved ones the best for the new year.

When the piper had finished his set, it was back to us, and dancing into the night. It’s great being a party band on such a lively night – never a quiet moment, the audience seemed to love every note – a wonderful feeling. We played to a packed dance floor way beyond the contracted time; having a great time. We capped the night off with our rendition of Don’t Look Back in Anger, as seemed fitting.

A Happy New Year from the CoverUps

So, all that remains is to wish you all a very happy new year from everyone here at CoverUps HQ. We hope to see many of you at a wedding, corporate event or birthday party during the year!