There’s certainly no rule that says weddings have to be on a Saturday, or Friday, or Sunday – but for many obvious reasons the weekends are popular amongst couples planning their big day. So to be asked to a wedding on a Thursday night was a rare treat. Not only that, but the reception was right on the band’s doorstep in Leamington Spa – ideal!
Live In Leamington Spa
The band used to live in a house in Leamington Spa back in the early days! Warwickshire plays host to a variety of excellent wedding venues and hotels. The Ashorne Hill Centre is set in beautiful grounds – exceptionally well kept gardens and fantastically traditional buildings. Surprisingly, access to the bar we played in was excellent, so after a timely arrival, set up was straight forward, leaving us fresh for the performance.
First Dance And Song Choices
Tonight saw the band play Tiny Dance by Elton John live for the Bride and Groom’s first dance. It’s a beautiful track and the live piano (well, a midi-keyboard with an excellent piano-simulator!) really set the first dance off.
From there we ploughed on, playing to a bustling dance floor (as you can see from the photos below) all night long. Other tracks requested by the happy couple included Girl From Mars and the 1975’s Chocolate. Girl From Mars is an old favourite of the band’s, growing up in the 90s and being inspired to a career in music by the britpop greats or Ash, the Bluetones, Dodgy, Oasis, Blur and many others. Chocolate isn’t a track we were familiar with before the request, but I can imagine that it’s this type of band that will inspire the next generation in the way we were back in the 90s.
The Band Play On
Otherwise, the set list took fairly typical form – and the dance floor the same! Highlights included Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor and Livin’ On A Prayer, and Place Your Hands, which had taken a little sabbatical from the regular set, but returned to a lively response!
Enjoy the photos, and we’ll see you next time!