This week saw us remaining on home turf…but this time with a view! We were at the Southampton Harbour Hotel and Spa, the City’s newest and luxury hotel, and this years venue for the Rainbow Centre Annual Ball.
We were spoilt from the moment we arrived with breathtaking views over the harbour and Ocean Village, and instantly knew this was going to be a very special evening! What an honour to be the first band to play at this stunning venue!
With a swift 5pm arrival for Take Note, we were greeted with a grand entrance hall and beautiful spiral staircase, which whilst stunning, was going to pose a little tricky for the amount of gear we had to deliver to the first floor! Bex loaded Tom’s equipment onto the luggage cart and upstairs in 1 swift move like a true pro, whilst Mat was poised with a sack truck, (which had a total mind of its own!). By 6.45pm we were done, dusted and sound checked before making our way up to the 6th floor to the Har Bar to take in the beautiful harbour views, and enjoy a team meal together, watching the fireworks over the water.
Due to a fun packed evening full of lots of activities for the guests to enjoy, we saw our performance time move from 10pm to 11pm and our performance change from 2 sets to an extended 1. No worries at all for us, as we are always able to adapt quickly when required. We weaved our way through the elegantly dressed tables in the hall, full of beautiful ladies in stunning floor length dresses and handsome gents dressed in dinner jackets and bow ties.
We took our places whilst the last of the wonderfully generous prizes that had been kindly donated were auctioned, and the thank you speeches were given. We were poised and ready to play, and had the dance floor filled from our very first number until the bell chimed for carriages at Midnight.
This was such a fantastic event and we felt truly honoured to be able to support the fundraising work of the Rainbow Centre for a second year, raising a record £36,000. Congratulations!
We had the pleasure of seeing Take Note perform on Saturday at the new Harbour Hotel in Southampton in support of the Rainbow charity. These guys really raised the roof on this new venue. An amazingly talented band with an excellent play list! – Rod Clark – Guest