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2018 finishes up with weddings at The Bishop’s Palace and the Hare and Hounds

One of the features of 2018 has been the number of venues we’ve played at for the first time.  And we found ourselves at yet another one a couple of weekends ago when we arrived in Wells to play at the Bishop’s Palace (part of Wells Cathedral).

We tend to rely on Google maps these days to get us places, and it rarely lets us down; however, on this occasion it took us to the wrong side of the cathedral, which led to lots of driving around Wells (and getting stuck in its one way system) trying to find correct the way in!

Anyhoo, eventually we figured it out and were soon set up and soundchecking in another very echoey room! Thankfully, the guest helped absorb the sound once they piled in and onto the dance floor during the first dance (Angels, which amazingly we’ve never played live before).

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Most guests stuck around for the first set, and after a quick sarnie and a pint we were back on and playing to a packed dance floor for a brilliant second set.  We managed a few encores before letting the disco fill in until the strict 11.30 curfew.  Thankfully it was a lot easier finding our way out of Wells that it was getting in…

10 autumnal gigs to report on!

It’s been a very busy autumn for the Moonies, and we’ve been slacking off on updating the blog… so there are no less than 10 gigs to give you the lowdown on!  Here goes…

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22-Sep-2018 – St Tewdrics House, Chepstow

Perhaps the most amazing thing about the last couple of months is the number of new venues we’ve played at – St. Tewdrics being one of them!  This splendid new venue is located just over the bridge, just outside Chepstow.

The first dance was Kodaline’s “The One”, always a good choice, and from there on in we were delighted to see the dance floor stay packed all night.  There was a chap with a little pizza van to feed everyone during the break, and the icing on the cake was one male guest doing a Full Monty for the bride with Hot Chocolate playing away in the background. Great night!

A strong start to September for the Moonies

September has started strongly for us with a couple of excellent gigs!

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On the 1st of the on the month we made a return to the Barn @Berkeley for an evening bash.  It was quite a full-on evening, given that (a) it was really warm in the room we were playing, (b) we knew quite a few guests, with Stu in particular catching up with lots of old school friends, (c), we couldn’t access the stage end of the room so had to carry everything through where guests were finishing their meal, (d) Stu had a bit of a sore throat, and (e) one of our speakers decided to play up during the first set and needed changing with our spare…

Moon Loungers on tour in Oxfordshire (kind of…)

Last weekend we just so happened to have back-to-back gigs in Oxfordshire on Friday and Saturday night, so we decided to stay over on the Friday night. Our choice of location was Faringdon, and we plumped for the Bell Inn.  Here are Chris and Stu getting comfortable in their room:

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Once we’d checked in and changed, there was time for a quick half before heading off to Lains Barn near Wantage for wedding number one.  We were greeted by a pleasingly organised wedding co-ordinator, and once we were set up and ready to go we were even provided with some much needed hot food – marvellous stuff.

Late July brings with it more hot weather – and more gigs!

Incredibly, the hot weather continued into late July, as did the gigs for us!  Here is a quick rundown:

 

21st Jul 2018 – Wedding at Chavenage House

This wedding evening party took place on another very balmy night, and given how stunning the grounds and views are at Chavenage House, we braced ourselves for everyone spending the evening outside…

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Thankfully, loads of folk danced – joining in during the first dance (“I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz) and keeping the dance floor busy all evening, making for an excellent party.  We were also grateful that the unexpected power outage happened once all guests had left and we’d packed almost all of our gear away.  Absolutely pitch black…