Cleveland Bay Beer Festival 2017

It was the second time Take Note have played at the The Cleveland Bay, Southampton celebrating their beer festival, and this year was made a little bit more special as we were invited to play after a vote by the general public (you guys are awesome!!!).

We welcomed back Jon from injury along with Cecily on sax for her first gig as our newest full time member. She absolutely nailed it!


The Cleveland Bay crew were in fine voice and had clearly polished their dancing shoes as those moves were on show from the first song, (although we suspect the guest ales on offer may have had a little to do with it!). The new automated lighting rig was out to play, and some newly added songs were debuted, both of which helped keep the party going until last orders and encouraged what can only be described as some dubious shapes being thrown on the dance floor… some of which hadn’t been seen since the 80’s!

It was great to see some familiar faces, as well as meet some new clients who were keen to see the band in action, which resulted in a wedding confirmation, a corporate event being booked and some possible birthday celebrations to boot! Winner!


A special thank you to the Chandler’s Ford team at the pub for having Take Note back for a second year and for their hospitality! To end the night in true Take Note fashion, it was a quick stop off at McDonald’s before heading home. After all, who doesn’t want a burger and Nugget feast at 1am on a Saturday morning! #rocknroll

Sophia’s Sparkle Charity Event

Sophia Banger, is a local girl who has never been able to walk. Born with cerebral palsy, she fights a daily battle to achieve all the tasks that are usually taken for granted. Sophia has had many operations to try to help her reach her goal, in order to get there each day she has to get up at 6am before school for gruelling physiotherapy. Her tenacious family has had to bear all the costs of her needs in physiotherapy, equipment or specialist appointments, much of which is not available locally.


Take Note were lucky enough to have the opportunity to help Sophia by playing for a sparkling fundraiser in Chandlers Ford, Southampton. Working to make a real difference to her life, merely by having a good time! Right from the get go, we knew this was going to be a great event, with fairy lights adorning the walls and every guest offered a free glass of bubbly on arrival. The dance floor was packed right from start to end of the evening.


As part of the fundraising efforts, some of the men from the local area had agreed that they would sing with the band for a song, in dresses which were selected by the highest total cash donated by the guests. It doesn’t surprise you to hear that the ladies chose the shortest, skimpiest dresses available! Without rehearsal the whole band played Donna Summer’s ‘Hot Stuff’ to the cheers and screams of the audience.

To close the night, Sophia had asked for us to play Katy Perry’s ‘I Kissed A Girl’ and joined us in singing it as a solo backed by the band. It was great seeing her looking up to Sarah who was helping to cue the lyrics, and giving a young lady a really special evening.

“Talking of Take Note… wow!  🎤 🎹🎷🎸You guys were totally awesome! Everyone was up on the dance floor all night long.”

“Thanks so much for a fantastic night in support of Sophia. We can’t wait for Take Note to return to the Hilt in May! x x x”

“Another great gig by a great band.”

The event raised in excess of £3400 for the Sophia, what a great success!

Cleveland Bay Beer Festival

Wow! What a fantastic crowd at The Cleveland Bay Beer Festival, you guys know how to par-tay!! Our ‘Weekend Double’ started with the annual community event in Chandlers Ford, Southampton.  As with all events we arrived with a customised set list to ensure that the audience have a great time and adapted it live to fit the hosts required timings.


The marvellous Mark was on hand to play drums this weekend for us as Jon our usual drummer was on holiday. Mark did a fantastic job playing with us. As part of commitment to bookings, we have an extensive network of fellow musicians so are able to arrange great deputy players ensuring there is no stop to the party.


Thank-you for all the positive comments that we received from the guests and hosts, we really appreciated them and glad that you enjoyed the variety of music. We hope to see you all again real soon, we had a blast!

Festival + Beer = What a great start to the weekend

Surprise 50th Birthday Party

The band is absolutely buzzing after such a fantastic surprise 50th birthday party for Darren organised by his wife Sam. In the morning Darren was sent out while the back garden of their stunning home in Southampton was transformed with bunting, marquees, atmospheric lighting and yes – Take Note UK.

Our first set was played to a dance floor full of children and mothers who were boogieing to tracks such as “Livin’ La Vida Loca” and Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5”. With a bouncy castle and hog roast in the background we performed music that kept the party atmosphere high whilst waiting for the all important Euro 2016 football match that was scheduled to start at 9pm.

“You are the best band everrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!”
– Sophie (Age 8), Isabelle (Age 12)



With full a stomach and the guests having enjoyed all the cakes and puddings on offer, we resumed our second set immediately after the football. Having played the obligatory “Celebration” and “Happy Birthday” we moved on with more of our crowd pleasing anthems. The dance floor was absolutely jam packed with people of all ages, as the music carried on into the night. The guests and Birthday boy requesting more music – it was great having everyone singing along with the band – fantastic audience participation!

“Thank-you to Take Note – the AMAZING band that even got ME up dancing on the dance floor!”
– Darren



For more photographs from the party, check us out on Instagram.