This Christmas season has been bustling with staff Christmas parties, which all make a fun departure from the weddings that the band play throughout the summer months. This night in Derbyshire, it was the turn of Atkins Global, a world-renowned engineering firm, to enjoy the CoverUps’ finest party tunes!
Live Band And DJ
The company had opted for both live band and DJ as their entertainment for the evening. While not strictly necessary (we’re always happy to keep the atmosphere with recorded music between the live sets) it does make for a diverse evening of musical entertainment. The DJ started the evening with some background tunes, becoming livelier as dinner finished.
A generous tab at the bar kept the staff happy through the early parts of the evening, people taking turns as if tag teaming between the bar and dance floor!
Timing Is Everything!
We spent some time before the performance discussing the timings with the venue and DJ to make sure that we made the most of what they’d booked. While it makes sense to have the band playing at key moments, it’s also good to not chop and change too much. We decided in the end to play two longer sets, rather than the 3 shorter sets originally requested, giving the DJ a much better run at it during the band’s break.
Suffice to say, the second set really got the crowd going! Massive modern classics like Dynamite and Locked Out Of Heaven were flanked by old school classics from Bon Jovi, Journey and Bryan Adams to take the night up to the next level! The dance floor was so lively by the time we finished that the DJ couldn’t even wait for an encore, and got playing right away with some brit pop tunes.
I hope we get to play for this lot again – it was great fun. And who knows, we might even play a wedding at Shottle Hall before the year’s out!