50th Birthday Festival!

It’s fair to say that the 2018 Festival Season is well and truly underway, and what better way to celebrate your 50th Birthday than with a festival of your very own? That’s exactly what the lovely Clare did!

Arriving at a field marked with balloons close to Hedge End, Southampton, the Take Note crew were greeted with a sea of glitter and sparkles any seasoned festival goer would be proud of! It’s fair to say that guests really embraced the theme! We quickly set up in the marquee, which was next to the inflatable bar (yes you read that right!) and hog roast tent, in the centre of the party action. The festival was already in full swing with tents being set up all around us and some seriously impressive motor homes pulling onto the site. Mat even set up Home for the evening!


We unloaded the gear and got set for a riotous evening; the crowd certainly didn’t disappoint! Matthew made his dep sax debut, and treated us all to a stonking solo.

Clare left the play list up to us, simply requesting “a little something to keep everyone happy” and so we ensured we played a variety of classics from across the decades. Needless to say, “Sex on Fire” and “Mr Brightside” went down a storm in the buzzing festival tent, with a full crowd singalong as we blasted “Don’t Stop Believin” as our final song of the night.


A special mention must go to the birthday girl; not only for having us but for her simply fabulous rendition of “Valerie” – she was absolutely brilliant; all the more so thanks to her light up wellies purchased especially for the occasion! She was joined by her daughter Maddie and all we can say is watch out X Factor – there’s a new Duo in town!

A massive thanks to Clare from all of us here at Take Note HQ for inviting us along to make your special day one to remember – we had the best time (even if we’re still finding glitter now!) Rock On!

We had the best time ever!!! Surrounded by great friends with fabulous music. You guys absolutely rocked it, we have had sooooo many compliments for you from friends, reckon you’ll be busy with the amount of times we gave your details out. If you ever need an additional singer just let me now!! – Clare

Becky and Mark’s Wedding

Back on local turf for Saturdays gig – the celebration of Becky and Mark’s wedding day at the Hilton Hotel, Ageas Bowl, Southampton.

An early start saw Sarah, our fabulous singer, already up and away undertaking the makeup for not just the bridesmaids, but the bride herself – what an honour!


With Sarah tied up, Take Note teamwork rallied around to get the band set up and sound tested in a record time frame!

We all reconvened at 7pm to calm our nerves, and to spend some quality time together as a band before the first dance. Sarah and Mat did a great job of providing a stripped back acoustic version of “Lay It All On Me” by Rudimental – a special request by the Newly Weds. Mark took to floor in a lovely silver and blue waistcoat, beautifully complimented by Becky, in a fantastic floor length dress; stunningly elegant.

The band stage was slightly smaller than we’re used to and considerably bouncy to boot, (with any small movement making the drum kit play double time!), however this didn’t stop us getting our groove on! The dance floor was packed from start to finish – just what we love to see and strive for at every gig we play!


Take Note certainly had a fantastic time performing at the wedding and we feel very honoured to be a part of this very special day.

From all here at Take Note HQ, we wish both Becky and Mark a wonderful life together as Mr and Mrs Thompson. Congrats!!!!