Happy August from your favourite of all the roaming bands!
2018. The year of the unquenchable summer. We've spent the summer driving around in the sunshine providing wedding entertainment for scores of happy couples, and a welcome sight its been too. Just when you think the weather is going to give way to the usual disappointment, rain, cloudy days, the great orb rises once more to grace our events with its warmth and good cheer.
We kicked off the year slightly earlier than expected, a chilly start all thing considered but a wonderful event all the same, a charity do in the Principle Hotel, Manchester on the 10th of March. The building is steeped in that glorious industrial revolution history, a time well and truly gone by, but restored with great love and affection by the Principle Hotel Company. The show we were booked for was through the wonderful Christie Charity Ball, a star-studded and high profile evening of 1920’s themed art deco decadence, all for the NHS Foundation Trust.
It’s a great feeling to be able to entertain folks at these events and especially to bring a feel good factor to a room where a great vibe can make all the difference to the incredible work that a charity can do, to people who desperately need it. From all of us at the Wanderland Band, we’re incredibly grateful to have been asked to play.
After an early start to the season we hit the ground running with a few wonderful gigs over the May Day bank holiday, both gorgeous weddings, one in the picturesque Cotswolds, Cripps Stone Barn, near Cheltenham, where the bride and groom seemed to up the anti with the heat - serving food from an argentine style coal barbecue! You know what they say… if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen! So we happily obliged, playing in the garden to a host of champagne sipping guests and a wonderful play set for the children, who were happy to join in on the chorus to ‘I wanna be like you’ from Disney’s The Jungle Book. It’s a true classic that one, a favourite with young and old a like!
Our next stop on that busy weekend saw us in the wonderful Sussex Downs at the Buxted Park Hotel. Another wonderful afternoon, and a perfect day for it. We took the heat of the day and the sumptuous garden furniture to indulge in some smooth sun drenched tunes, while the Bride and Groom’s little boy requested ‘Sweet Caroline’ over and over! Adorable! That show will live long in our memories for a few VERY spirited oasis numbers at the end of the meal, and a brilliant solo from our man on sax, Ash Wood, who dazzled us atop a chair in the centre of the room! What can we say? He’s a showman!
Now, I know this isn’t strictly a football blog, is it… but it would be remiss of me to not even mention it after what has been such a wonderful tournament, so for many reasons. One of the draw backs of being a wedding musician is that you’re often working unsociable hours and you can be travelling an awful lot during the best weather of the year. BUT when the world cup is on, all that traveling time can be spent listening to football on the radio! Which is an incredible bonus. I watched or listened to over 20 matches this world cup, witnessed some amazing moments going too and from shows, we even got to play for some Belgian lads who we’re celebrating their amazing win over Brazil in the quarter finals last week at the silverstone camp site for the F1 Championships. What a great atmosphere that was! Although, I’m sure that Felipe Masa’s fans wouldn’t have been too happy with the result! Such is football.
We suddenly started getting requests in from our clients to play ‘Three Lions’. So it was that ‘footballs coming home’ began reverberating around our shows, and everyone joining in! Our very own barmy army member, Dom Cardell on drums, took lead vocal. His southern tones much better suited to the anthem than Lewis’s lyrical Yorkshire, but both were in full voice for the crescendo ending, the audience well and truly feeling the full effects of world cup fever! We might be out of the tournament now, but with the performance those boys have put in… football feels like it sort of has come home after all.
We’ve got another few months left of what looks to be an incredible summer. We’ve had some wonderful memories made already and I’m sure there’ll be more to come! 2018, you’re turning into a golden year. Looking forward to seeing you on the road!
Lewis and the boys, Luke, Ash and Dom (and Jess in the office!!!) for the Wanderland band.