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Wedding and acoustic music at Merewood House Hotel – Lake District wedding

Merewood House Hotel Wedding and Acoustic Set
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Last weekend we played at a lovely wedding in the Lake District for Amy and Chris at the Merewood House Hotel. This is a fantastic venue with a great view and a lovely setting. We played and acoustic set in the afternoon followed by our 7 piece showband in the evening.

Amy and Chris had  Finally Found by the Honeyz for their first dance which was a great choice. What a lovely couple couple and a great venue! All the best for the future!

Merewood House Hotel Wedding and Acoustic Set

Merewood House Hotel Wedding and Acoustic Set

Merewood House Hotel Wedding and Acoustic Set
Merewood House Hotel Wedding and Acoustic Set
Merewood House Hotel Wedding and Acoustic Set
Merewood House Hotel Wedding and Acoustic Set
Merewood House Hotel Wedding and Acoustic Set
Merewood House Hotel Wedding and Acoustic Set

The Aldwark Arms Wedding York

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We got to play at a lovely new venue this weekend – the Aldwark Arms near York who opened their doors to married couples last year. It’s a lovely rural venue and the marquee looked absolutely amazing.

Aldwark Arms York Wedding Band
Aldwark Arms York Wedding Band

We had the privilege of being Naomi and Tom’s wedding band and it was a cracking night with lots of lovely people. They had You and Me by the Wannadies as their first dance which got the dance floor going and which never stopped until right at the end!

Aldwark Arms York Wedding Band
Aldwark Arms York Wedding Band

The Aldwark Arms has a lovely outside area with chimineas and the food was great too. Well worth getting in touch with Pete and the team if you want a rustic, easy going venue for your wedding – https://aldwarkarms.co.uk/

Aldwark Arms York Wedding Band
Aldwark Arms York Wedding Band

So thanks again to Naomi and Tom – it was lovely spending the evening with you, your family and friends and we wish you all the best for the future :)

WaterAid Ball With Yorkshire Water at New Dock Hall Leeds

New Dock Hall Leeds WaterAid and Yorkshire Water
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Last weekend we had the privilege of playing at the New Dock Hall in Leeds for the fantastic charity WaterAid.

Wateraid are part of an active global network and work hard getting water, toilets and hygiene to the millions of people still living without these basic human rights.

While one billion people have escaped extreme poverty in the last 20 years, at least 10% of the world’s population still live without safe water to drink and one in three people live without a decent toilet. As a result, 500,000 children die every year. This wholly unacceptable situation causes untold suffering, holding back human and sustainable development. It particularly affects the lives of women, who carry the burden of collecting water and caring for sick children, and the lives of girls who often fail to finish their education because of a lack of toilets in schools.

New Dock Hall Leeds WaterAid and Yorkshire Water
New Dock Hall Leeds WaterAid and Yorkshire Water

We had an absolutely fantastic time and we would like to thank the folks at Yorkshire Water for having us on board at this great event. Lots of money was raised for a great charity with a fantastic cause.

New Dock Hall Leeds WaterAid and Yorkshire Water
New Dock Hall Leeds WaterAid and Yorkshire Water

You can make a donation to WaterAid here – https://www.wateraid.org/uk/donate

New Dock Hall Leeds WaterAid and Yorkshire Water
New Dock Hall Leeds WaterAid and Yorkshire Water

Getting The Most From Your Wedding Band in 2019

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Getting married next year? Read our handy guide on how to get the most from your wedding band!

1. First! Make sure you have an EXPERIENCED band. They will likely have encountered just about everything that might happen at a wedding before. They should know how to take care of most things which takes much of the pressure away from you!

2. Save 25% on your wedding band! Agencies will always add a large booking fee so find the band you want on the agency site or google, and then approach them directly. Saving is nice!

3. SONG CHOICES – It sounds obvious, but pick a band that plays the type of music that you like. At an early stage ask to see their setlist and check that their music is the type of thing you want. Bear in mind that the band will not sound the same as the original. Songs that you like from your ipod might not work that well with a live band but conversely, songs that you wouldn’t normally listen to might sound amazing!

4. THINK ABOUT YOUR GUESTS. What type of music do your guests prefer? Other people might not share your music tastes so ask the band to play things that would appeal to everyone over the course of the evening. If you manage to hit something that everyone enjoys then you are on to a winner.

5. FIRST DANCE OR NOT?! Would you like the band to play your first dance? This is a super special moment and having a live band play your special song is something you will remember forever. Be sure to give them plenty of notice so they can have a think about the best way to play it.

6. Finally – An experienced wedding band will know which songs to play and in which order. Use their knowledge of what works and then suggest some songs that you like too. That way you have the best of both worlds. Use their experience to make sure you get what you want – all your guests having a great time!

Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester – Event for AEC

Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester - AEC Event
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We had a great time playing at a recent event for AEC at the Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel in Manchester. It was their 20 year event and special thanks to Tracey for asking us to play and being such a good host! The Halle suite is an amazing space – the sound was brilliant and the lighting just as good. We have been regulars at the Radisson Blu Manchester over the last couple of years are we always love playing here :)

Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester - AEC Event
Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester – AEC Event

The Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester is a 5 star hotel in the centre of the city which hosts lots of events all year round. The food was amazing as usual and the staff super friendly.

RADISSON BLU EDWARDIAN MANCHESTER – EVENT FOR AEC
RADISSON BLU EDWARDIAN MANCHESTER – EVENT FOR AEC

Thanks again to Tracey and AEC for having us at your event at the Radisson Blu!

RADISSON BLU EDWARDIAN MANCHESTER – EVENT FOR AEC
RADISSON BLU EDWARDIAN MANCHESTER – EVENT FOR AEC

Ackworth Grange Pontefract – Tipi Event

Ackworth Grange Pontefract - Tipi Event
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This weekend we played a tipi event at a new venue in Pontefract, Yorkshire called Ackworth Grange. This grade II listed building has a private walled garden area and is in close proximity to neighbouring towns and areas of Wentbridge, Pontefract, Doncaster, Barnsley and Wakefield. It has hosted many private parties over the years and is now opening its doors as a totally new venue.

Ackworth Grange Pontefract - Tipi Event
Ackworth Grange Pontefract – Tipi Event

We were lucky to be involved with Juste Nous catering who provide great quality outside catering for all sorts of different events. Thanks to Clare for a fantastically well organised event!

Ackworth Grange Pontefract - Tipi Event
Ackworth Grange Pontefract – Tipi Event

Ackworth Grange will be open for events for the forseeable future and hopefully we will be back here at some point for another great event.

Special well done to Rosettas Variety Entertainment who`s dancers did a fantastic job entertaining the crowd.

Ackworth Grange Pontefract - Tipi Event
Ackworth Grange Pontefract – Tipi Event

The Queens Hotel, Leeds – Ferrari Owners Club Event

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Last month we played a great event for the Ferrari owners club at the Queens Hotel in Leeds. The Queens Hotel is a really popular event venue choice in Leeds and they host many weddings, conferences and amazing events like the one we were invited to play for the Ferrari owners club!

Queen Hotel Leeds Ferrari Owners Club Event
Queen Hotel Leeds Ferrari Owners Club Event

The Queens Hotel is one of the most famous landmarks in Leeds with it’s beautiful Art Deco-style rooms and lovely restaurant. We always love playing here and the event for Ferrari was no exception.

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Thanks again to the Ferrari owners club and the Queens Hotel Leeds for having us!

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Titanic Hotel Liverpool Wedding

Titanic Hotel Liverpool wedding
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We were recently asked to play at the Titanic hotel in the dock area of Liverpool for Steve and Charlotte. We love this venue! From the HUGE main room with the big lights to the awesome staircase in the adjoining room, it’s a BIG venue with a great atmosphere.

Titanic hotel liverpool wedding
Titanic hotel liverpool wedding

The industrial history of the building is obvious. It is part of Stanley dock, designed by Jesse Hartley and opened on 4 August 1848 as the only one in Liverpool which was built inland, all the others being built out from the foreshore. The adjoining bar is especially industrial looking with its exposed brickwork, metal girders and pillars.

Titanic hotel liverpool wedding
Titanic hotel liverpool wedding

The happy couple had Ed Sheeran, Perfect as their first dance which was enjoyed by all. Thanks for having us to be a part of your big day!

Lovely Farm Wedding Near York

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This weekend we had a blast playing for Becki and Rich’s wedding at their lovely family farm near York. The sun was shining and the marquee looked absolutely fabulous!

York Wedding Band
York Wedding Band

We want to thank the family for being so accommodating to us, we loved playing for you and it was great to share the day with you.

Farm Wedding York
Farm Wedding York

We loved the ‘Just Married’ sign upon driving into the farm and the road sign was a great touch!

York Wedding Band
York Wedding Band

Thanks again for having us Becki and Rich and we wish you all the best for the future!

Special mention to Dj Andy who is a cracking chap :)

Wedding at the Coniston Hotel Skipton

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The wedding season is now in full flow and this weekend we were at the lovely Coniston hotel in Skipton playing for Gemma and Robbie.

After a beautiful day of sunshine the drinks were flowing and the party kicked off with the bride and groom’s first dance – ‘Then’ by Brad Paisley. Gemma’s dad Peter was then invited to the dance floor for a fantastic daughter and father dance which was lovely to see.

Wedding at coniston hotel skipton
Wedding at coniston hotel skipton

We managed a last minute addition to the set list – ‘don’t stop believing’ by Journey which was great fun to finish with.

We had an absolutely amazing time and it’s great when family and friends are so inviting and want to bring the party!

So thanks again Gemma and Robbie and we wish you all the best for the future!

Wedding at coniston hotel skipton
Wedding at coniston hotel skipton