As part of our September double header weekend we visited for the first time the Chandlers Ford Central Club. As soon as we walked in we were made welcome by the committee. Lots of familiar faces were there from neighbours through to work colleagues! Once setup we ran our set list playing classics such as “Beggin’” by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons right though to modern day hits as “Rather Be” by Jess Glynne.
Mat was trying out a brand new virtual guitar rig instead of his usual Kemper profiling rig and the sound was nearly identical, ensuring we always have backup options. Unusually for us we had been requested to run a three set evening rather than our typical two set formation, this posed no problem for us as we seamlessly adapted our playlist to suit the audience.
Before we went on stage for our third set we had been booked in for two more performances at the club which is always really pleasing to hear! By the end of the night we had everyone on the dance floor for a boogie and the variety of tracks received praise from lots of members – #Result.
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
We demonstrated Jenga like skills as we puzzled our way into a snug corner of the pub and set up camp (we have yet to find a space we can’t fit into!) and put the finishing touches to our set list. The crowd were up and dancing from the offset, which egged us on to try out some new numbers, including a brasstastic version of a La Bamba/Twist & Shout mash up. For all you disco lovers out there we’ve also thrown in some iconic ABBA for good measure! Keep an eye on our repertoire as we have been busy learning lots of new songs…all will be revealed in the next few weeks!