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A Knockout Boxing Performance

We were filled with excitement as the TN team pulled up outside the Eastleigh Railway Institute on the eve of 13th October. Raring to go, we walked through the doors and were taken aback as the club, which usually hosts bowls and drinks, had transformed itself into a full-sized boxing ring! Yes, you guessed it – our very first live boxing gig!

RLM Fitness representatives had been setting up for hours and as we joined in the preparations, the atmosphere was already high. After a quick warm-up ourselves, it was time to get the crowd going! Playing some of our usual classics as well as a new addition to our set list, Everybody Needs Somebody it was time to introduce the fighters.

 

As Craig gave his first hand as a ring announcer, his deep voice pumped up the crowd even more and the rest of the band just had to wonder if he was in the wrong career.
The cheers from supporters on both sides made the anticipation in the room almost unbearable. As each of the RLM fighters made their entrance walks into the ring, the TN team rocked the already-shaking house with classics like Johnny B Goode and Park Life. In return, we gave the away team a cheeky musical wink of luck as each opponent was greeted to a good ol’ bit of Get Lucky.

As we watched each fight, we were in awe of the skill and dexterity many of the fighters possessed. RLM Fitness’ Luke Martin made a particularly impressive knock-out punch within 1 minute of his fight.
Five fights later, RLM fitness had won three to the away team’s two but the night was only just beginning. As the cheers continued to grow, the main event was yet to come!

 

After a ten-minute breather, we were ready for the main event of the night: The United British Boxing Federation Title Match. Representing the home team, Sam Dixon and challenging him for the title, Ryan Cooper. As TN blasted out one of their all-time favourites, Let Me Entertain You, Sam strode across the floor with an air of determination before facing his opponent.

It was a close match and the determination and ferocity of both fighters meant the referee had to intervene multiple times to keep the fight clean. Eventually, after many ducks and blocks, RLM Fitness’ Sam Dixon was announced champion! The cheers were deafening; it seemed like they could be heard all the way from the station.

Sweaty and tired, the fighters went for some cold showers and beer as the TN crew launched into our set list. In the usual style, we had the audience and dancing as the words to Sweet Child Of Mine passed across their lips. Dancer of the night award of course must go to the guy who jumped into the ring and proceeded to do back flips from the corner cushions!

As the band relaxed in the dressing room after another successful gig, Bex and Gemma were particularly inspired by some of the fighters and decided to have a go at boxing themselves! Safe to say, they weren’t very good… best keep the hobbies to playing music, girls!

“People were taking about three things tonight;

The big guy that got knocked out

The little guy who got knocked out

And the band!” – RLMFitness

Helen & Rob’s Warsash Wedding

Last Friday saw Team Take Note UK head over to Warsash Sailing Club to celebrate the marriage of Helen and Robert; a beautiful venue set within the stunning backdrop of Warsash Harbour.

The day was running a little behind schedule when we arrived (as all great Weddings do!) which was no trouble for the team; we called a quick “car park meeting” to set in place our call to action for when the Best Man gave us the all clear to come in. To say it ran as a military operation is perhaps a little exaggerated, but we were in and set up in a record breaking 40 minutes… we’ll take that! Great effort by all involved (even Sarah had a hand in the set up!)

The evening began with the happy couple enjoying their first dance. Strictly Come Dancing can stand aside; Helen and Robert owned the floor! A huge 10/10 from us! After the couple took their bow we were straight in with our first number, which saw the guests immediately take to the floor. It’s fair to say that most of them proceeded to stay there for the evening!

We had a few special requests that were our absolute pleasure to perform. “Pencil Full of Lead” by Paulo Nutini was a real crowd pleaser (and will now be a firm addition to our set!) along with “Play That Funky Music” which provided the opportunity for some pretty awesome dance moves! “Everybody Needs Somebody” by The Blues Brothers showed us all that a true classic never goes out of fashion, and we had a lot of fun playing that track to what was one our most receptive audiences to date!

A massive thank you to the New Mr and Mrs Dawson for inviting us to share your special day. You both looked stunning and so very much in love, it was a joy to be able to play for you. We hope to see you and your guests at a future gig very soon!

“Thanks for keeping the dance floor filled on Friday night, we had the Best Day and so many people commented on how amazing you guys were…”
“So good, even my dad got dancing!”

Helen & Rob

Sarah & Dan’s Wedding – Rookesbury Park

It was love at first sight for the TN team when arriving at Sarah & Dan’s wedding venue; we couldn’t get over just how beautiful it was! A long sweeping drive leading up to the marvellous Rookesbury Park in Wickham set the scene for what was clear to be a truly fabulous day.

We needed to be set up and ready before the guests made their way to the Orangery for the wedding breakfast & speeches, and despite setting up our full back drop and lighting rig we did it in record time! #goteamTakeNoteUK

 

It was clear everyone was ready to dance the night away right from the word go….. so we started our first set as the Hog Roast was served. Despite guests taking the opportunity to dine on some delicious evening food, the dance floor soon filled and was packed out by our third song!

Mat had a small technical issue; he knocked over a drink on stage within the first song so quite literally paddled his way through a few numbers; nice one Mat!!!!!

 

After a very quick pit stop to refill our glasses and take a speedy “convenience” break, our second set couldn’t come quick enough! Once again the dance floor filled and everyone was in fine voice… well… kinda! Sarah’s theatre chums gave us all a rousing performance of “Our House”, but the highlight had to be the quite simply awesome air guitar through “Sweet Child o Mine” from the coolest of dudes with a tie around his head! What a legend! As for “7 Nation Army”… you guys raised the roof!

 

It was a fantastic venue filled with amazing guests and super friendly staff who made us all feel really welcome and couldn’t do enough to make our visit one to remember! We even met a real life TV reality star! (If you haven’t seen Candy Man Dan off the telly then please proceed to YouTube immediately after this blog!)

The night was finished off with the band sat in the kitchen, having a well earned cup of tea and hog roast sandwiches. What could better sum up a Rock n’ roll lifestyle eh?

 

“What can we say… Other than you guys were absolutely EPIC!!!!!! Such an awesome night, we absolutely loved it, and great tunes too…”

“You guys were amazing and if we need a band again, you’re no1 on the list!”

– Sarah & Dan

Thank you Sarah & Dan for inviting us to be a part of your special day; it was both an honour and a privilege. Sarah, you looked breath-takingly stunning and as for the groom…… not at all shabby Dan, not bad at all!!!

From us all here at Team Take Note – welcome to married life!