The Kings Arms, Shirley, Southampton

The Take Note UK crew love a new venue, and Saturday certainly didn’t disappoint! The Kings Arms in Shirley, Southampton was our home for the night, and what a welcome we were given! Having never played at the venue we didn’t know exactly what to expect. We were greeted by the lovely Kristina, who immediately made us feel at home and part of the team.

After setup was complete, we had time for a quick catchup before heading on to perform. We had an unusual start to the gig as Sarah was singing backing vocals but with not a note to be heard from her mouth, (unusual for our Sarah to be quiet!) It seems that actually plugging your microphone into the mixing desk always helps…(in the immortal words of Meghan Trainor her ‘Lips Are Movin’…..!!)


The crowd were in great voice throughout the night and danced right the way through; the floor didn’t clear all evening! We played a whole host of tracks including “Valerie” which the audience sang all the words to, along with “Park Life” and “Mr Brightside” It was great to see lots of friends in the pub who had seen all the event on Facebook.

Craig was joined on vocals by one of the pub’s regular Karaoke Kings, and what a dynamic duo they made!


The evening ended with not one, but THREE encores – (we got the impression they liked us?!) With the crowd chanting for a repeat of “Sex on Fire” after Sarah making a pinky promise with the lovely Tania that we would oblige! (nobody can break a pinky promise…Right??)

A fantastic evening and we can’t wait to be back in the Kings Arms soon!

“Can’t thank you enough you were all outstanding can’t wait to have you back! x
Nothing but amazing feedback xx” – Kristina, Landlady

Why not check out some photos on Instagram, and some live videos over on our Facebook page?

10th Wedding Anniversary

Our second event for the weekend was to celebrate the 10th Wedding Anniversary of Carmen and Gareth! You raised the roof! So happy we could share your party with you. 10 years married, huge congrats from all at Take Note HQ and thank you for having us! What a fantastic bunch of people to share the evening with!


One of the requirements of this event was to ensure the volume was suitable as the hotel is in a residential area of Southampton. Due to our setup this was not a problem at all, through careful balanced mixing we were able to have a great party without a single request to turn down. We even received the comment from the hotel management; even though initially concerned having a 7 piece band with brass; they had four piece groups who were far louder and thanked us for accommodating their needs.

“Thank you so much for playing at our party, we had a fabulous time and lots of compliments on our band. cheers guys – would definitely recommend you guys x x x”

We were glad to help facilitate such a special moment with the recreation of Carmen and Gareth’s first dance. What a wonderful 10th anniversary celebration, may you have many more years of happiness together.