The King’s Court Masonic Centre in Chandler’s Ford, Southampton set the perfect rustic backdrop for our next wedding of the season.
Setting up as the guests were just getting dessert, it was
clear the couple had put a lot of thought and effort into their special day:
the mini-cheesecakes in individual glasses were a particular favourite. The
children had a separate room to play and eat sweets while the adults could
drink and chat by the bar. One child was fascinated with all our equipment and
asked if he could play on Jon’s drumkit.
Starting with a new addition to our set for the first dance Brown Eyed Girl, the love and emotion in the room as the newlyweds danced was indescribable. Specially for the happy couple we added a couple of other songs to our usual set, I Will Wait and Build Me Up Buttercup. The dance floor was packed as the party officially got going with a particular shout-out to the gentleman in the grey suit who was throwing some serious moves on the dance floor.
The couple were very kind and said the band could help
themselves to the buffet in between sets and as we relaxed before the second
set, we all discussed our plans for the Easter weekend. Sarah told us all about
her final training for the London marathon: we wish her the best of luck in the
Bex was feeling rather unwell by this point in the night but
powered through and blasted out the second set like any other day. Proud of
One thing we love at weddings is watching guests descend further into the party spirit: and yes, there is always one guest who dances with real enthusiasm! As the drinks finish, the singing gets louder and the dance floor gets busier. For us: there’s no better vibe than a wedding and helping the couple celebrate their special day.
We wish the Rich and Amy all the best in their future together and look forward to seeing them soon at future gigs.
What’s that old phrase: three’s a crowd? And there certainly was at our third gig for The Arrow pub in Eastleigh, Southampton!
We picked a very long set list this week, one which we knew
the crowd would love. Craig was very excited to be returning to his favourite watering
hole and his mates were excited to see him! This year was particularly special
as Richie’s 3rd year as landlord and to honour the special occasion,
Kool and the Gang paid special tribute to him in their Celebration anthem courtesy of all his loyal patrons.
Since our last gig there in January, we’ve added quite a few songs to our set, and it was a great opportunity to give our old fans something new. Sweet Child ‘o’ Mine, Pencil Full of Lead and Everybody Needs Somebody were all absolute hits with the crowd. Mat, raging out his guitar solo in Sweet Child ‘o’ Mine, as always got a massive cheer from the rest of us who aren’t gifted with his nimble fingers.
It didn’t take long for the crowd to get involved and our main groupie Tara taking up the roll of honourary tambourine player. Another drunken fan managed to get hold of a microphone and belt out Mr Brightside (Beyonce wouldn’t stand for that)! But we found it rather funny as he, slightly less than tunefully, belted out ‘I just can’t look, it’s killing me’ for the whole pub to hear!
After our second encore and playing for 3 hours straight the
band were exhausted. But the crowd weren’t done yet. Clamouring for more, and
never failing to disappoint, Craig took it upon himself to sing Robbie
Williams’ Feel with his voice of
Angels (was that pun painful enough?) as the whole pub joined in.
We always love hyping up a crowd! But the best thing about gigs like these is when the crowd hypes itself up and we end up riding on their adrenaline. Some incredible videos of our performance are on The Arrow’s Facebook page and you can feel the energy shining through! In addition to this, Daisy very kindly took some lovely photos of us for future publicity – let me tell you it’s very difficult trying to pull an attractive face whilst playing the saxophone…! The Arrow is a firm favourite in our annual calendar, you always give us a big welcome and we look forward to playing for you again very soon. Links to some snapshots of our performance are found here;
Who doesn’t love a winter wedding?! With the recent weather
warnings, we were worried the day would be snowed off! But thankfully the only
glistening white for miles around was the beautiful bride, Lisa!
Arriving at Otterbourne, Winchester Village Hall for 3pm to set up on stage before the guests arrived, the room was adorned with fairy lights. Looking at all our equipment again for the first time after our Christmas break, it took us a few minutes to remember where all the different cables went! But we soon got going and set up in a very speedy 40 mins. This left us enough time to warm our instruments and voices with a quick revival of the set before leaving the guests to enjoy their delicious 3 course dinner.
As with all good weddings, everything was running a little behind schedule, which gave us a great opportunity in the back room to catch-up on our Christmas breaks. Moving onto other topics of conversation, we discussed ‘classic’ wedding subjects of ‘What would you do in the event of a nuclear strike’ before we all concluded its far too unlikely to have to worry about! But you know the classic boy scouts’ motto, ‘always be prepared’!
Leading on straight from a beautiful first dance, the guests
were clearly ready for a party. Sarah and Craig are always ready to warm up a
crowd but clearly none was needed here. From the first note of Let Me Entertain You all the way to our
final Oh What a Night, the dance
floor was packed for every song. A particular shout out to the lady in the
black dress at the front who didn’t step off the dance floor all night – she
seemed to have a different dance routine for every song!
The bride and groom were very kind to give us each a slice of cake after we packed up – a delicious sponge which really rounded off the evening on a high. We hope they enjoyed their big day and wish them all the best in the future. Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day and we hope to see you at other gigs soon!
To anyone wanting to see more pictures head over to our Instagram, otherwise check out our upcoming events. We only have a few gig slots left before August so, book us before we’re gone!