Summer is here, and so is the busy season!
After a quiet May, June was a nice busy month for us gig-wise…
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…
9th June – 30th birthday at Horton Village Hall, South Gloucestershire
We have vague memories of playing at Horton Village Hall many years ago, so it was a bit strange to find ourselves finally back at this lovely venue on two consecutive weekends. On the 9th June it was a birthday party for Hayley, whose wedding we played at back in 2010! Here are Stu and Chris enjoying the rays before we started playing.
This was a predictably cracking evening, and as was the case on Hayley’s wedding we played a bit of “Shout” by Tears for Fears, as well as a specially learned “No Diggity” which has since found its way into our repertoire…
16th June – wedding at Horton Village Hall, South Gloucestershire
… and so the following Saturday we returned to Horton, this time for a wedding party. It was interesting first dance time again, and this time we’d learned “As the World Falls Down” – a David Bowie song from classic cult 80s film “Labyrinth”, in case you had to ask…
The song went really well, as did the rest of the night, and come the end we made sure we grabbed a pic of Chris with the groom and his best man (see the top of this post!).
23rd June – wedding at Priston Mill near Bath
It was back to more familiar territory on the following weekend, with a wedding at Priston Mill near Bath. We were in the Watermill, which is a little bit of a squeeze to set up in, but always a nice atmosphere.
We’d been looking forward to this one as the bride and groom had already cemented their place in Moon Loungers folklore (okay, so there’s no such thing) by getting their pic on our Sgt Pepper Acoustic Covers album. They were delighted by our specially learned cover of “Say You Won’t Let Go”, so much so that the groom bought us a beer (or two) during the break.
The crowd were amazing in the second set, although they did peak slightly early (around “Teenage Dirtbag”), but overall it was a cracking night. Here are the happy couple recreating their pose on the Sgt Pepper cover:
29th June – FAB Ball at Tortworth Court, South Gloucestershire
We finished the month in style with another brilliant FAB Ball that raised over £5K for the Frenchay Afterburns Unit. We’ve been playing this event for something like 8 years, and it kind of runs like clockwork – we kicked off playing live around 10.15 and played one solid 2hr set that had everyone up dancing and going crazy. The disco kept things going until 1am, with loads of guests keeping the party going right up to the end – what a fantastic crowd.
Well done as always to Lizzie and her team for organising another amazing evening. And congrats to all the happy couples, not to forget happy birthday Hayley!