A massive thanks to everyone who’s partied hard with us this Summer so far. It’s been hot, sweaty and busy with barely chance to catch our breath, let alone write a blog! Nonetheless, here’s what The Deadbeats got up to in June…
On the 1st of June we rocked up to the gorgeous marquee at Nunsmere Hall in glorious sunshine for Sarah and Garry’s wedding, a family affair complete with slush puppy machines and a well-rehearsed first dance to Michael Buble’s “Everything” performed by us. Great to catch up with some of our friends from Sky and Planning Forum too – a lovely way to kick off a busy June for a really nice couple. Congratulations Mr And Mrs Berryman!
Next up we were at Staining Lodge for Nick and Leanne’s wedding playing an early acoustic set outside in the glorious sunshine followed by the usual full electric set at night in The Glass House when things got very lively indeed. Another lovely couple and a great and glamorous crowd, some of whom would’ve happily partied till dawn I think! Thank you and all the best Mr And Mrs McCarthy.
Then came our first pub gig of the month at our longest-standing venue, The Station Tavern in Lytham. We’ve been playing at The Station for over a decade and it’s always a great night in there! Thanks to everyone who came down to ‘ave it with us and to the management, staff and security for looking after us as ever, we’ll be back later in the year hopefully. On the Saturday we headed up to Fleetwood for Liz’s 18th birthday party and had an absolute blast at Fleetwood Cricket Club. Liz is a big George Ezra fan which resulted in us playing Ezra’s mega-hit ‘Paradise’, twice! We received this great feedback from the family: “…a fabulous night, you were all amazing and the atmosphere was fantastic!” Huge thanks to Liz and family for a memorable night.
The following weekend we went on a marathon road trip to Otterburn in a far-flung part of the North East to play at one of the most stunningly beautiful venues we’ve ever seen, Le Petit Chateau, for Adam and Catherine’s wedding. Catherine kindly sent us this a couple of days later: “Thank you so so much for travelling all that way to play at our wedding. All everyone keeps saying is how awesome you guys were! You brought the party and absolutely smashed it, nobody wanted to leave the dance floor! We will definitely be recommending you guys and just need a reason for another celebration to book you again!!” Thank you so much Mrs Williams! A fantastic night and well worth the drive out, all the best to you both.
Halfway through the month and we find ourselves at the brilliant Browsholme Hall for Courtney and Andy’s wedding and the happy couple booked our increasingly-popular ‘Bandeoke’ option! Needless to say the night was a rowdy affair with many of their wedding guests getting up to sing live with The Deadbeats, making for an unforgettable night for the bride and groom. Many thanks to all who got up and sang, all the staff at Browsholme and of course to Courtney and Andy themselves, congrats to you both.
As the temperature rose even further we headed to the beautiful Beeston Manor for Liam and Jade’s dream wedding. After a lovely first dance to Arctic Monkeys’ “Baby I’m Yours” (really popular first dance at the moment that one!) played live by The Deadbeats the dancefloor was absolutely rammed for the whole night. The Bride and Groom sent us this lovely message after they returned from honeymoon: “…just wanted to email to say how perfect you made our wedding evening! It was amazing the dance floor was full all night long! Everyone’s been saying how brill you were, thank you so so much!”…. No no, thank You Liam and Jade, a pleasure to play for such nice people.
The following night we were invited back once again to entertain at Kirkham Grammar School for their Summer Gala Ball. After excellent food provided by Rowley’s and a lengthy charity auction the crowd were ready for a party. The Deadbeats were happy to bring it and a lively crowd partied late into the night, with so many on stage with us at one point that it threatened to break! Another great night at KGS – we look forward to playing for them again soon in the future.
Which brings us to the last weekend of June and one of the biggest, not to mention loudest, gigs we’ve been involved in of late. On Friday June 29th we were honoured to be invited to RAF Leeming to play at the Officers’ Mess Summer Ball (aka Messfest 2018), and what a night it was! Extra PA equipment was required as we were playing for 500+ so we kicked out quite a noise! The whole event was Vintage 1920s themed and included (amongst other things) fairground rides, fire jugglers, stilt walkers dispensing champagne, a specialist gin bar, a live-action stunt show from the S.A.S (Stunt Action Specialists) and performances from ourselves and Britain’s Got Talent’s excellent semi-finalists The Garnett Sisters. It seems we went down a storm as we’ve had great feedback from both organisers and guests, ranging from “brilliant setlist and very dynamic” to “everyone had an amazing night”. Many thanks to all at RAF Leeming for a very lively night we’ll never forget, and thanks to all for looking after us on the night. Hopefully we’ll have chance to return in the near future, we loved it!
We finished the month at one of our favourite regular wedding venues, somewhat tired and emotional (some of the parents within the band had next-to-no sleep after the journey back from Leeming!) but nonetheless ready to bring the party for the new Mr & Mrs Halton at The Clifton Arms Hotel in Lytham. The bride Claire kindly sent us this: …”We have just come back off honeymoon and wanted to say a big thank you to you all for playing at our wedding. You were incredible and had everyone dancing all night long. We couldn’t have wished for anything more and our guests are still talking about how amazing you were. You guys made our evening reception and we cannot thank you enough!”… More happy customers then! Thanks to you for making us part of your special day and thanks as always to the great staff at The Clifton Arms – always a pleasure to work with you.
And that was June! Some cracking gigs for some great people at some amazing venues. Thanks again everyone. July has so far brought 4 private functions, one pub gig and our yearly blast at Poulton’s Jean Stansfield Park, all of which will be featured in the July blog along with the other 7 gigs we have forthcoming this month!! In the meantime, a reminder that we’ve been booked for one more public gig of the summer. It’s on Friday August 10th at The Layton Club (formerly Layton Institute). Entry is free and the bar’s open till 1am. Hope to see you all there.
Thanks for reading you lovely people, see you soon.
The Deadbeats Xx