A (not particularly) quick roundup of our August gigs…
We’re not sure where this summer has gone – time is flying by for the Moon Loungers with loads of gigs to report on in August (and we’re already into the September ones!). So here’s a summary – take a deep breath:
4th August – wedding at Coombe Lodge
One of the standout aspects of this gig was that we turned up early (after cutting it a bit fine on our previous trip to Coombe Lodge!) and finding the room we were playing in had emptied and a space had already been cleared for us to set up. We’ve spent many an hour in the lounge area waiting for meals and speeches to finish, but on this occasion everything was running right on time…
The first dance was “Tenerife Sea” by Ed Sheeran, and as we played this one couple of months ago for the first time it was nice to give it another run out. This made an excellent start to a top night, which we closed out with an eclectic encore featuring “Ice Ice Baby” and “All the Small Things” – variety is the spice of life after all…
5th August – wedding at Bristol Zoo
We seem to secure a gig at the zoo most summers, and it was great to make a return again this year. On this occasion we played in the ceremony as a duo, before taking a fairly long break (a special thanks to the Alma Tavern for providing the perfect change of scene and some good food!) before returning to meet up with Stu and deliver the goods as a 3-piece for the evening party. A roaring success all in all! (Okay so that was a truly terrible pun – sorry)
6th August – wedding at Hanham Court
The following day we were on acoustic duo duty again, this time in a marquee located at little-known but rather splendid Hanham Court.
We tend to shy away from marquees, but as this one was being set up at a proper venue we’d decided to take the plunge. Thankfully the weather was good, although the plan to set up on the stage for both wedding breakfast and evening party was completely scuppered when we discovered the stage was tucked away in a sectioned off area at the back of the tent… doh!
This meant two separate set ups, which we put together as quickly as possible, before knocking out a couple of solid acoustic sets as everyone tucked into their meals. The staff were kind enough to plate up some food for us, which we were able to munch before getting ready for the evening.
The first dance was “Amazed” by Lonestar, which was played on the laptop. The rest of the evening was good fun, with a core of guests enjoying a dance and a sing-song. Oh, and munching on lots of doughnuts…
With the bride being a huge Neil Diamond fan, we naturally had to play “Sweet Caroline” in the encore, before packing down and heading off into the Hanham night, taking a quick snap of the re-arranged “LOVE” letters on our way out (see above!):
21st August – wedding at Walton Park Hotel, Clevedon
After a well-earned holiday, we returned with a gig at Walton Park, a new venue for us that is located right on the coast of Clevedon.
Easily the most notable thing about this one was that we were playing for the oldest bride and groom since we started the band. Both were in their 70s, and had been engaged for 30 years. There’s no point in rushing into these things, is there?! Special mention goes to the wedding cake, complete with zimmer frame:
This was another smashing evening, with plenty of dancing, singing and (in the case of a few guests in particular) drinking! Congratulation to a lovely couple for finally tying the knot.
27th August 2016 – wedding at Coombe Lodge
Coombe Lodge is definitely the venue we have frequented the most in 2016. On this occasion everything was a bit behind schedule, but (with a bit of help from the bride and groom) we managed to get the first dance underway not long after 9.00. The song was “The One” by Kodaline, always a good choice.
Our friend Martin Dabek was taking the photos and he’s been kind enough to send us some pics over (for more info on one of Bristol’s finest wedding photographers check out www.martindabek.com):
During the break it was burger time – and the chef at Coombe Lodge knows how to cook a burger. Special mention goes to the burger stall that was wheeled out to serve them up, love it…
Suitably refuelled, we smashed out a cracking second set before turning to the disco to close out the evening.
30th August 2016 – wedding at Wick Farm
It’s always good to return to Wick Farm, where we’ve got to know the owner Julian. We had a quick catch up with him on our arrival, before setting up super quick for an 8.15 start.
The first dance this time was “How Long Will I Love You” by Ellie Goulding. The guests did a great job of joining the bride and groom after a minute or so and lots of them stuck around for the rest of the set.
The evening food was amazing again – this time it was foot-long hot dogs and burgers. That gave us the perfect pick-me-up (along with the beers the groom had kindly treated us to) to take us into what was a great second set.
The disco followed, featuring lots of requests from a large bearded chap… I’ll be honest, we weren’t going to argue with him – plus he asked for all sorts of unusual 80s stuff like “Stand & Deliver” and “The Safety Dance”…
And suddenly, August was done and dusted! Another great month of weddings, and as usual we extend our best wishes to all of the marvellous couples we’ve played for.