Two weddings for the Moon Loungers at the Grange and Tracey Park
Our busy June continued on the weekend with a couple more evening wedding band gigs, this time at the Grange in Winterbourne near Bristol and Tracey Park near Bath.
We arrived nice and early at the Grange to set up, given the wedding breakfast was taking place in a separate room (so no need to wait for the speeches to finish on this occasion!). As he only lives down the road from the venue, Stu was even able to pop home once we’d sound checked for an hour or so. So a slightly more relaxed set up than usual, basically…
For the first dance we had specially learned the song “At First Sight” by Submersed, and for the rest of the first set we found ourselves competing with casino tables, a bouncy castle, and England v Sweden in the bar – so it was no surprise that the dance floor was somewhat “light” of revellers!
During the break we munched on the delicious barbecue and caught the exciting end to the football, and then it was back on for the second set. Whilst the bouncy castle was by this point long gone, and the footie finished, the casino tables remained until well after 10.30, so the dance floor stayed unusually quiet for the early part of the set as guests found themselves caught up in the heady delights of gambling with pretend money. Thankfully, come the end of the live music the dance floor was nicely busy and an encore was forthcoming – to which we obliged with a few more tunes before handing over to the disco.
On Saturday we returned to Tracey Park for the first time in a while, and the good news was we were playing in our traditional position downstairs (last time we had to lug all our gig up two flights of stairs – bad times!). With Stu unavavailable, we gave our pre-recorded backing tracks a rare outing – and to excellent effect.
Things kicked off with a first dance of “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon, which we played in our acoustic duo style, before knocking out an enjoyable first set to entertain everyone up to the buffet. Once again the food was barbecue-cooked, so we tucked into another meat-heavy meal before returning for a second set that enticed loads of guests onto the dance floor.
As per usual we found time for an encore to finish our performance, and as the disco took things up to midnight the guests continued to kick off some impressive shapes on the dance floor – a splendid crowd to play for.
Well done to all concerned and congrats to the B&Gs!