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A nice warm start to July for the Moonies

The amazing heatwave has continued across the UK during the early part of the July, which means we’ve enjoyed a couple of rather warm gigs over the last few days…

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On Saturday we played a wedding evening party at pretty much the best venue possible when it’s almost 30 degrees: Banwell Castle in Somerset.  As you can see from the picture above, the set up was perfect – everyone in an al fresco castle courtyard, with us set up in an airy tunnel (we like to refer to it as beneath the castle ramparts) looking out into said courtyard.  And with access available from the rear of the tunnel, the load in was dead easy – exactly what you need on a warm evening.

Summer is here, and so is the busy season!

After a quiet May, June was a nice busy month for us gig-wise…

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8th June – wedding at Clevedon Hall, Somerset

First up was a wedding evening bash at Clevedon Hall down on the Somerset Coast.  The most significant element of the evening surrounded the first dance: the groom had secretly asked us to play “All Of Me”, “Thinking Out Loud” and “Sky Full of Stars” joined up together, we’d soon realised that if we removed “Thinking Out Loud” from the equation we could join the other two up perfectly; we then played them on the night to leave the bride absolutely delighted with her surprise. We love it when a plan comes together!

The rest of the evening was smashing, and come the end the bride was desperately trying to somehow make the night continue past midnight – what a party animal…

 

April finishes in style with a great wedding gig at Priston Mill near Bath

April has been smashing for us gig-wise, and we finished the month in style with another enjoyable performance on Saturday night.

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The venue was Priston Mill Tythe Barn – one of our absolute favourite places to play – and we were delighted to arrive and find the speeches all finished and the room ready to be set up for the evening party.  It was soon time for the cake cutting (see above).

A busy start to the spring season for the Loungie Men

After a quiet March on the live performance front, spring has brought with it a flurry of gigs for us to tell you about…

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29th March – Wedding at Cripps Barn

We tend to play at Cripps Barn once a year, and on 29th March it was time to make that annual trip up into the Cotswolds again.

Things weren’t exactly straightforward this time; the venue have installed a new sound system (lots of small speakers dotted around the barn) which we were told we had to plug into.  Well, we had a go, but it didn’t sound great, and in the end we persuaded the co-ordinator to let us use our own speakers.  From there on in it was great though – from the first dance (The One by Kodaline, always works well) right through to the extended disco set that finished the evening off.  And we only set off the sound limiter twice, and on the second time during “Don’t Look Back in Anger” the guests were happy to sing the final chorus for us!

The winter season gets particularly wintery!

February and early March have brought with them some interesting winter gigs, here’s the lowdown…

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10th Feb – Birthday party at the Naval Volunteer

In a change of pace from the weddings, we headed into Bristol City centre for a birthday bash in the Naval Volunteer on King Street.  The pub hadn’t planned for the fact that an England rugby match was on the telly, which basically meant a rammed pub that we couldn’t access with our gear!  Not to worry – being adept at problem solving we found a way into the back room via the pub’s ancient front windows!