Nearing the end of our July 2016 wedding season, The CoverUps arrived at Elvetham Hotel in Hartley Wintney, Hampshire to play live music for Fiona and Andy’s wedding day. The band have played at Elvetham Hotel once before so it was a pleasure to return this year! Much more than a hotel, this wedding venue is a 16th-century mansion with converted stables and an elegant interior perfectly suitable for wedding celebrations. A very popular Hampshire wedding venue located between Basingstoke and Woking, it’s no surprise it was Fiona and Andy’s first choice for their big day.
The CoverUps 4-piece band were booked to play for 2 hours during the wedding reception. We started the night playing the recorded Ed Sheeran track, Thinking Out Loud, through our PA at the request of the bride and groom. It proved to be the perfect start to the night!
Soon enough guests were encouraged onto the dance floor and the night was off to a great start with Stuck In The Middle With You by Steelers Wheel and Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen. A few other favourite hits of the night included Hard Day’s Night by The Beatles and Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones. You can’t deny the classics!
What’s better than playing to a full dance floor with guests drinking, dancing and enjoying themselves? Ending the night on Rule The World by Take That! The track was requested by the newlyweds especially and we couldn’t have ended the night on a better note!
Congratulations to Fiona and Andy on this very special day and thank you for booking The CoverUps as your live wedding band!
Nearing the end of our July 2016 wedding season, The CoverUps arrived at Elvetham Hotel in Hartley Wintney, Hampshire to play live music for Fiona and Andy’s wedding day. The band have played at Elvetham Hotel once before so it was a pleasure to return this year! Much more than […]
Hardly a million miles outside London, The Elvetham Hotel feels like a completely different world! A contemporary of one of our favourite venues, Ettington Park, The Elvetham Hotel in Hook serves as a beautiful location for a wedding. As we arrived in the dark, the bride and groom greeted us on their way to have their photo taken with the hotel as a backdrop – those photos must be pretty special!
New Toys For The Wedding Band
Tonight, our drummer was debuting a brand new toy to use live at weddings; a Roland SPD-SX! It’s a sampler, which means the drummer can trigger all sorts of sounds, effects and loops from the back of the stage. A new addition, we eased the device into service with only a couple of key moments in the set leaning heavily on the pad. Fireflies, early in the first set, was the first track to make the most of the pad – the introduction formed by using a sample of the original track. This free’d our front man up to use a vocoder during the choruses – and made the song generally sound epic! Tracks like this and many other modern tracks rely so heavily on the studio production, that they can, without careful arrangement, fall flat live. It’s great to have this new gadget on board to really fill out the sound (without relying on backing tracks, which we’ve never liked!)
A First Dance, a Second Dance – a Third, Fourth… Fifth?!
The Bride and Groom chose “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Frankie Valli as their first dance. While it’s a track we perform regularly live, the couple decided to perform to the recording as they had rehearsed a dance to it. The dance was lovely, and while the couple weren’t regulars at choreographed dance, the effort they put in really made a lovely moment of the evening.
The second dance was where we came in with “The Wonder of You” by Elvis. This is one of those classic tracks that transcends the original arrangement – with all it’s orchestral backing. Our more straight forward 4-piece arrangement worked particularly well when the audience added in the “Woah-woah-woah” backing lines, and the dance floor was full.
Our usual set then kicked in, and Bride and Groom remained on the dance floor well into the first set. While this doesn’t sound unusual, we often find that with the final formality of the day over the bride and groom will take a moment (probably at the bar!) to regroup, rest, and join the dancing later in the set… These guys were so in the groove they didn’t leave until 5, 6 or 7 songs in!
Dancing into the Night
And so, as you’ll see below, the dance floor remained packed all night! The highlights in our view were probably Moves Like Jagger, Superstition and Don’t Stop Believing… but it’s a hard job to pick on a night where every track is greeted by such an enthusiastic and lively audience.
Live music stopped at midnight, at which point the iPod kicked back in until 1am. In reality the group had worn themselves out on the live set, but it was great to maintain the atmosphere into the night for those staying up in the adjacent bar.
A Narnian Departure
As we left the venue we were greeted by almost Narnian scenes. The Elvetham Hotel was shrouded in a light mist, and their lighting of the venue created a scene that really was spectacular! Hopefully our return to the Elvetham Hotel will be similarly Narnian; returning sooner than we expected!
Hardly a million miles outside London, The Elvetham Hotel feels like a completely different world! A contemporary of one of our favourite venues, Ettington Park, The Elvetham Hotel in Hook serves as a beautiful location for a wedding. As we arrived in the dark, the bride and groom greeted us […]