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The Monastery Manchester Wedding Band

The Monastery Manchester Wedding Band
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We had a super time playing for Christine and Solomon at the Monastery in Manchester a couple of weeks ago. The Monastery Manchester is a fabulous historic venue in Gorton, Manchester once listed as one of the world’s top 100 endangered sites.

The Monastery Manchester Wedding Band
The Monastery Manchester Wedding Band

Christine and Solomon had Thinking Out Loud by Luckie D which was a great choice, followed up by our 5 piece wedding band as the evening’s main entertainment.

The Monastery Manchester Wedding Band
The Monastery Manchester Wedding Band

The monastery Manchester really is a fantastic looking venue and it was great to share it with our lovely couple. All the best to you both for the future!

East Riddlesden Hall Wedding Band

East Riddlesden Hall Wedding Band
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Last weekend we had an great time playing for Sam and Georgina at the amazing East Riddlesden Hall in Keighley near Leeds. East Riddlesden Hall is national trust grade 2 listed barn near Keighley who specialise in weddings. The barn is a blank canvas allowing you to put your own stamp on the day and always looks great with a rustic theme. The new glass front has really added a great focal point to the venue.

East Riddlesden Hall Wedding Band
East Riddlesden Hall Wedding Band

Georgina and Sam had The Maccabees – Toothpaste Kisses as a SURPRISE first dance played for them by some friends which was a great touch.

East Riddlesden Hall Wedding Band
East Riddlesden Hall Wedding Band

It was our 7 piece show band out for the evening playing two sets with dj playlist music in between which really fills the space in a big barn like this.

East Riddlesden Hall Wedding Band
East Riddlesden Hall Wedding Band
East Riddlesden Hall Wedding Band
East Riddlesden Hall Wedding Band

It’s always nice to get good feedback from our clients about gigs we do. Here’s what Sam had to say:

East Riddlesden Hall Wedding Band
East Riddlesden Hall Wedding Band

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Ripley Castle, Harrogate Wedding Band

Ripley Castle Harrogate Wedding Band
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Last month we played a GREAT wedding at Ripley Castle in Harrogate near York for Fran and Adam. They are a lovely couple and it was a privilege to be your wedding band. The couple had Meghan Trainor- ‘Like I’m gonna lose you’ for their first dance which was great fun.

Ripley Castle Harrogate York Wedding
Ripley Castle Harrogate York Wedding

Ripley Castle is remarkable site of historical importance in Yorkshire and it’s always a great event when we play here.

Ripley Castle Wedding Band York Harrogate
Ripley Castle Wedding Band York Harrogate

So thanks again to Fran and Adam for having us and also to Wedding Photographer Tim Hardy for sending us the photos you see here. He is a lovely chap and well respected in his field.

Ripley Castle Harrogate Wedding band
Ripley Castle Harrogate Wedding band
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RipleyCastleWeddingBandReview

Stirk House Wedding Band, Clitheroe

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Stirk House was the fantastic backdrop to Chris and Lorna’s wedding that we were privileged to play at this year. Stirk House is lucky enough to be surrounded by 22 acres of glorious Lancashire countryside and is just a stone’s throw away from the famous Pendle Hill.

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Stirk_House_Wedding_Band

Chris and Lorna had Lucky by Jason Mraz as their first dance which kicked off a night full of dancing, laughs and good times.

Stirk_House_Wedding_Band
Stirk_House_Wedding_Band

It was great to be involved with your wedding day and we wish you both all the best for the future :)
Special thanks to The Big Pic for the fantastic photos :)

Stirk_House_Wedding_Band_Review
Stirk_House_Wedding_Band_Review

The Millhouse, Skidby Wedding Band and Acoustic Duo

The Millhouse Skidby Wedding Band and Acoustic Duo
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We had a full day of playing for Luke and Rebecca’s wedding at the Millhouse in Skidby this month. Our acoustic duo played in the afternoon during the happy couples drinks reception (see video below) and then the 5 piece core band for the evening entertainment. It was a lovely day and especially nice when we get to play the acoustic set earlier in the day as we have much more time to speak to guests and get to know people!

The evening started with a LIVE father / daughter dance to ‘My Girl’ and it was lovely to see Bill dance with his daughter.

The Millhouse Skidby Wedding Band and Acoustic Duo
The Millhouse Skidby Wedding Band and Acoustic Duo

The Millhouse is a bright, open venue where you can choose from a range of different rooms to suit your occasion. We were in the glasshouse where you have great views over the countryside of East Yorkshire.

The Millhouse Skidby Wedding Band and Acoustic Duo
The Millhouse Skidby Wedding Band and Acoustic Duo

The Alice in Wonderland theme went down a treat and we loved the stilt walkers and giant garden games :)

The Millhouse Skidby Wedding Band and Acoustic Duo
The Millhouse Skidby Wedding Band and Acoustic Duo

Thanks again Rebecca and Luke and all the best to you both for the future :)

Fishlake Mill Wedding Band

Fishlake Mill Doncaster Wedding Band
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We had an AMAZING time at Lucy and Gez’s wedding last Saturday. What a cracking bunch! Fishlake Mill is lovely venue in Doncaster near the small village of Fishlake. It’s a quirky 18th century mill and the bride and groom can actually stay in the mill on the wedding night!

Fishlake Mill Doncaster Wedding Band
Fishlake Mill Doncaster Wedding Band

Lucy and Gez had Shut Up and Dance With Me as their first dance and they had a fully choreographed dance to go with it. Gez did a great job!!

Fishlake Mill Doncaster Wedding Band
Fishlake Mill Doncaster Wedding Band

It really was an awesome night playing for some of our favourite people! All the best to you both for the future and we hope to see you again at some point soon!

Fishlake Mill Doncaster Wedding Band
Fishlake Mill Doncaster Wedding Band

And thanks for the feedback Lucy :)

Fishlake Mill Doncaster Wedding Review
Fishlake Mill Doncaster Wedding Review

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

Aldwark Arms York Wedding Band
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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!