The wedding season seemed to kick off proper for the Moon Loungers on the weekend. Given that it is officially now spring, this made perfect sense – although the weather sadly wasn’t playing ball…
First up was a wedding evening bash at Leigh Park Hotel, a new venue for us (yes, we are still finding them after 7 years of wedding gigs). Weather update – cold and wet, but thankfully not snowing (here’s the venue in warmer times):
As we waited to access the room, the groom emerged from the wedding breakfast and sat down with us for a few minutes to catch his breath – only for the photographer to immediately appear and start taking his photo. The co-ordinator then walked in and asked if he wanted the lights up to help with the photos… a vignette of how intense the wedding day experience can be if we ever saw one!
We were able to set up in a partitioned off area of the function room whilst the meal took place, which meant we were all set and ready with plenty of time to spare. The first dance was “I’ll Be There”, which we played acoustically – and minus the bit that says “if you should ever find someone new” as it didn’t seem appropriate… The rest of the first set was good fun, the bride and groom continuing to dance for quite a few numbers and a solid smattering of guests joining them.
During the break we munched on buffet and enjoyed some amusing banter with the guests, before returning for a fantastic second set that saw us play to a packed dance floor. The groom and his best man in particular produced some impressive moves, and come the end of a euphoric “Hey Jude” it was the least we could do to play a few encores – including our new rendition of “Locked Out of Heaven” by Bruno Mars.
The disco then took over for the last half hour, during which time we had to politely ask the staff to refrain from bringing the lights up (always a party killer..). And then it was time to pack the Berlingo and head of into the freezing night, another splendid gig under our belt. Congrats to a really, really nice couple and thanks to the guests for being so friendly to us as well!
The following day we headed to the more familiar environs of Kingscote Barn for a drinks reception + evening band booking. With the weather now even colder than the day before (0 degrees), there was at least little doubt that we would be inside for the drinks…
We set up in the reception room, and the wedding party duly arrived – looking absolutely freezing! We played solidly for 1.5 hours, omitting the likes of “Here Comes the Sun” and “Sunny Afternoon”, and then took a break whilst everyone entered the main barn for the meal.
We were treated to a main course and the company of videographer Ben Bruton-Cox (friend of the Moon Loungers) during the wedding breakfast, and it was soon time to set up for the evening party.
We’d managed to rope Ben into sticking around after the first dance to film the whole of the party, and also secured the services of a sound engineer friend to record the audio. So the set up took a bit longer than usual, but we were still ready to start by the planned time of 8.15 (ish).
The first dance was “My Girl”, a live favourite of ours during which we enticed a few reluctant guests onto the floor.. this theme continued for the rest of the first set, lots of girls dancing whilst the lads presumably sampled the delights of the bar. YouTube videos to follow!
During the break a hog roast was served up outside (brrrr…) that we tucked into, and it was then second set time. With cameras trained and record pressed, we played a lively set that enticed a decent crowd onto the floor, although the lads seemed resolutely glued to the bar!
Once again the disco took over, and this time the guests were quick to make their exit – it had been a long (and cold) day, after all… the good news for us was that we were able to leave some of our equipment in the venue ready for Sunday’s open day – what a treat (it’s the simple things in life!).
And so Steve and Chris returned to Kingscote the following morning (or later that morning, should we say), actually passing some guests who had stayed over as we approached the venue… we were soon set up and joined by Uncle Al (see him below with no less than three logo festooned garments!) for what was a hugely successful event. At one point the barn was so packed with people you could hardly move, and we took it in turns with a piano and violin duo to provide background music.
Well done to the team at Kingscote Barn for putting on such a good open day, and thanks to the various caterers on site for the constant supply of nibbles!