Another wedding triple header for the Moon Loungers!!!
Yes, we just completed our second three-wedding weekend in a row! And the good news is that once again it was a great weekend from start to finish.
Up first was a return to Kingscote Barn (third consecutive gig there…) for an evening party. On arrival at the venue we were presented with a rider we’d jokingly requested from our friends at Stawberry Fields, featuring a variety of chocolate bars, crisps and even bottles of Coke with our names on them! Big thanks to Lee for providing us with enough snacks to keep us going through the whole weekend, great stuff.
It was then a matter of getting down to the business of performing, and we started things off with a first dance of “You’re My Best Friend” (acoustic style). With the venue packed to the rafters with guests, it was great to see the dance floor fill up thereafter and remain nicely stacked throughout the rest of the evening.
We finished up with a few encores and some choice disco numbers to take things up to midnight, before packing away and heading home for a much-needed beauty sleep…
The next day we took to the M4 and headed to the suitably named North Hidden Farm near Hungerford for a full day’s work at a rustic barn. When we say rustic, we mean one of those semi-converted ones with electrical power specially added and a portaloo (an ultra posh portaloo, make no mistake) outside. We arrived to find it kitted out in magnificent style, and quickly got set up for the drinks reception in the adjoining marquee.
The drinks went really well, and with lots of time at our disposal we ploughed through 30+ songs before everyone headed into the barn for the meal. We managed to grab a bite to eat and then it was time to set up on the stage for our evening performance. Stu arrived a bit later with his drums, and once the speeches were finished we quickly soundchecked; next thing we knew the first dance was happening – blimey!
The first dance song choice was the Lumineers’ “Ho Hey”, which we’d learned specially. The performance went really well, and we followed it up with two sets of music that really had the old barn rocking. We squeezed in a quick break in between, and come the end we found time for a couple of encores including “Honky Tonk Woman” for the Father of the Bride (how could we forget him?!).
Given the groom was (and still is) South African, the subsequent disco had an African flavour to it, featuring a couple of Paul Simon’s Graceland tracks, Toto’s “Africa” and also a couple of songs by South African musician Johnny Clegg that had some of the male guests dancing around in their own version of the Haka…
It was one of those nights that it was a shame to call to a halt, but unfortunately come 12.30 we finished everything up and packed away before heading back down the M4 to bristol, another great night’s work complete.
To complete the weekend we played another evening party at Matara in the Cotswolds on Sunday night. After a couple of fairly intense gigs, this was a slightly more relaxed affair – we arrived to find the room cleared and ready for us to set up at our own pace, and we actually started the first set half an hour early – unbelievable.
On this occasion the first dance was Everything by The Buble, and once again we moved seamlessly into our first set. Despite it being a Sunday, plenty of guests seemed up for a party and enjoyed a dance and a sing-a-long, so well done to them.
We took a nice long break between sets, tucking into (yet another) pork sarnie. We also treated ourselves to a well-earned beer, with Stu finally relieving himself of the dog-eared £20 of beer money he’d been carrying around for the last few gigs (for the first time in a while no-one offered to buy us a pint!).
With the times all brought forward, our second set was wrapped up shortly after 11.00, and once the bride and groom had left the co-ordinator was quick to turn the lights on and encourage everyone else to follow them! So we wound the disco up a little bit earlier than planned, not such a bad thing given how hectic the weekend had been…
Congratulations to the happy couples we had the pleasure of playing for over the weekend. We now have the next weekend off to recharge the batteries!