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…
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!
3rd April – Wedding at Kingscote Barn
Back in the Cotswolds again, this time at the more familiar Kingscote Barn. This was another excellent evening, kicking off with a first dance of “Something Just Like This” by Coldplay. We’d put together a cover of this specially for the couple and, well, it sounded pretty good if we don’t mind saying so ourselves.
Despite it being a Tuesday there was plenty of partying and dancing going on, and the pizzas during the break were well received by everyone (us included). Oh, and special mention to our newly invented game of “Celebrity Mouths”:
6th April – Wedding at Berkeley Square Hotel
The following Friday we made our debut at this central Bristol venue for another wedding bash. We managed to find a parking space right outside the hotel, and next to a Ferrari (which for some reason garnered much more attention that our lovely white van).
We set up on the stage in the downstairs bar, which is a great room for a party, and with no first dance required we kicked off our first set around 8.15. During the break we tucked into the pork sarnies, and also couldn’t resist the amazing sweet selection:
Once again there were plenty of dancers throughout both our live sets, and once we’d finished we quickly blasted out a guest-requested “Basket Case” to a delighted crowd. Top stuff. Here is Chris with the bride:
12th April – Wedding at Kingscote Barn
Last week was very busy, with the three gigs on the bounce starting with a return to Kingscote Barn on the Thursday night. As is generally the case at Kingscote, this was another brilliant night – we almost forgot it was a weeknight to be honest…
The first dance this time was “Stand By Me”, the Ben E. King classic, which we always enjoy playing. The rest of our live music went down a storm, with lots of dancing and some splendid singing along, especially to our new live favourite “All These Things I’ve Done” by the Killers. Once we’d finished playing we made sure we put on the disco a special request of “Bank Robber” by the Clash for the bride’s Dad – we were never given an explanation so draw your own conclusions…
13th April – Ruby Wedding at Resound
Hot on the heels of that gig was a wedding anniversary party at Resound – an amazing new church in Mangotsfield built with live music in mind. We had a nice big stage to set up on and, because of the great acoustics, we sounded rather good as it goes…
With it being a ruby wedding and all, we’d actually learnt “Lady in Red” for the happy couple to open the dancing with, and we managed to tempt a few other folk on to the dance floor throughout the evening. And obviously “Hey Jude” at the end ensured that it was properly full come the end!
14th April – Wedding at Old Down Manor
The busy run of gigs finished on Saturday at Old Down Manor, where we were greeted on arrival by the strutting peacock pictured at the top of this post!
We set up while the wedding breakfast was happening, and then had an opportunity to chat with the friendly bar tender (and learn all about whiskey):
The crowd were well up for this one, and after a first dance of “Wonderful Tonight” we kept the dance floor packed for the rest of the night. We even extended our encore by an extra song, they were so insistent we play one more. The disco ran until 12.30, with a hardcore of guests sticking around right until the end – well done everyone!
Congrats to one and all and thanks to everyone who has looked after us the past month with beers, tea, cake, sandwiches, you name it…