Eh up you lot! Last day of the month today and it’s been a mad May in Deadbeats-World, one of the busiest months we’ve had. Ahead of the long-awaited return to our spiritual home, The Station Tavern in Lytham, next Friday (8th of June – save the date!) here’s what the boys have been up to for the last few weeks. If we’ve played your party this month, you’ll be in here somewhere! Read on….
May kicked off with 3 great gigs in Liverpool, St Michaels and Shipley – all detailed on the last blog. After a well-earned rest for a few days it was on to our first public gig of the month at Blackpool’s legendary ‘home of the bands’, The Belle Vue. A truly awesome night in there with the usual lively gang. Thanks to all who came, sang, drank and danced with us – we’ll be back at The Belle later in the year.
It was another triple-header for the second weekend in May, so on from the Belle Vue to a venue we love, The Clifton Arms Hotel in Lytham, for Faye & Steven’s wedding on the Saturday. A great night with a crowd that really dug their classic rock! Congratulations and thanks go out to the happy couple and the lovely staff at The Clifton who always make us feel welcome.
Sunday was something else entirely as The Deadbeats pulled in to Matthew Street in Liverpool to load in at the world-famous Cavern Club! The occasion was local legend Billy Shiel’s 70th birthday and we had an unforgettable night playing 2 hours of Sixties classics (through vintage gear!) by the likes of The Who, Kinks, The Stones and, of course, The Beatles – all on a stage that had hosted the likes of Adele, Arctic Monkeys and Paul McCartney himself! The crowd were lovely, Billy himself a true gent and we loved every minute. Thanks to Sue, Gina, everyone at The Cavern and all the family for a superb evening.
Due to a client letting us down at the eleventh hour (won’t name names as we’re professionals!), huge thanks go out to Mark Taylor and all at The Stanley Ward for giving us a last-minute gig on Friday 18th. Considering the late booking, not to mention the Royal Wedding and FA Cup taking place the day after, the turn-out was impressive and a great night was had by all. Thanks to everyone who came to see us at such short notice.
We had an early start the next day for Kirsty and Ross’s wedding held in the stunning setting of the newly-opened Glass House at Staining Lodge. The bride, groom and guests were welcomed (on what was probably the hottest day of the year so far) with an acoustic set outside in the sunshine from Dave, Tom and Josh followed later by Kirsty and Ross’s first dance to Hunter Hayes’ “Wanted” – played by (by now slightly sunburnt!) Dave and Josh from the band. The guests then partied through to the early house with a packed dancefloor throughout. Our congratulations again to Kirsty and Ross and thanks to all for a great and lively night.
The last weekend of the month brought another triple header with gigs Thursday thru Saturday of the sun-drenched Bank Holiday Weekend. We found ourselves back at one of our favourite places, The Villa in Wrea Green, on the Thursday for Dougy and Samantha’s wedding. After cutting the impressive Marvel-themed cake the happy couple danced to Madness’ “It Must Be Love” (played live by us of course!) and were swiftly joined by most of their guests, all of whom joined them again on the dancefloor at the end of the night to a special live request of Supertramp’s classic “Give A Little Bit”. A lovely wedding for a lovely couple – congratulations Mr And Mrs Duggan!
On the Friday we hit Bartle Hall (the home of the first-ever official Deadbeats gig and location for our Uptown Funk Medley video!) for a seriously lively night at Joe and Natalie’s wedding. The new Mr and Mrs Bowley and their guests definitely knew how to party – one of the most up-for-it crowds we’ve had the pleasure to play for and floor was full right the way through till “You’ll Never Walk Alone” being played at past 1am! Indie classics from Oasis and The Courteeners went down a storm but our Billie Jean Medley (including Eminem’s “Without Me” – most of the guests knew every word!) and the 90s Medley we finished with nearly tore the roof off! Thanks a million you guys and all the best for the future.
Finally (still reading? well done! thanks!) our last gig in May was at North Shore Golf Club to celebrate our friends’ Greg and Lisa Nairne’s Silver Wedding anniversary. An eventful night to say the least, including a proposal halfway through our gig (she said yes!) – many thanks and congrats to Greg and Lisa (and the couple that got engaged). A brilliant party (not sure what time we turned the music off??) with great people, I’ll leave the final words to Greg himself on this one…. “Thanks for another amazing night helping Lisa & I celebrate our 25th Anniversary. You guys always deliver and made the night even more special. Everyone has commented on what a good night it was and how fab you are. Hope to see you all soon”
Thanks Greg! And thanks a million to everyone who’s partied the night away with us in magnificent May. And thanks to you all for reading all this! We hope to see YOU all soon too. Don’t forget, we’re back at The Station Tavern in Lytham on Friday 8th June 🙂
Big love and enjoy the sunshine!
The Deadbeats Xx