Summer Of 2017…. the weddings, parties, and sunny celebrations

Ok, it’s been a super busy summer… and we would usually blog for all the weddings and parties individually… but it’s been so hectic, we’ve had little time to breathe between gigs, learning first dances, travelling up and down the motorways of the UK, and recovering from the late nights.  So here’s what’s been happening since the last blog, back in July.

Well for a start, at the end of July, we were visiting the very lovely Bury Court Barn, and kicking off the night with a chilled Ed Sheeran style Wonderwall, played by the band – for Amy and Greg.  Top night, lovely couple and lovely venue.

A few days later we were playing over at another favourite haunt of the band, Gate Street Barn.  This time, we were playing a chilled out version of Sweet Child Of Mine for the happy couple, Nick and Vicky.  Jason and Rob had been wowing the guests at the ceremony with their fiddle / guitar tunes… which was nice!  Once again, a superb evening at Gate Street.

Nick and Vicky… and friends.

Next up was Stoneleigh Abbey – and you couldn’t ignore the ice cream van in the courtyard… perfect for the mid show snack.  Again, a great night – and a pleasure to perform for the happy couple, Oliver and Rhiannon.  We threw in a few Irish tunes, keeping the Irish contingent happy – which is always good fun.

A week later, we were performing at the lovely venue of Ramster, in the heart of Chidingfold.  Vicky and Dan were the happy couple, and they didn’t want a first dance as such… so we kicked off with Higher and Higher, which they ended up dancing to anyway… and it all worked out well!  Of course, the food was superb, with Jacaranda at the helm 🙂

Vicki and Dan and cardboard Dan

We just wanted to say thank you SO much for playing at our wedding on Saturday. You guys were awesome and everybody has been commenting on how great you were! Thank you so much for answering all of our questions in the lead up, particularly in relation to first dance/last dance stuff! And thank you for being so flexible when our speech/end of dinner timings went awry! You were so great eith the first dance and the archway at the end too so thank you! We had so much fun and you guys kept the dancefloor full throughout!
Vicki and Dan.

Fast forward one week, and the band were back at Gate Street Barn – playing a relatively unknown song called Toothpaste Kisses for Kat and Dan… Great song, great night.

After getting home, 11 hours later, we were back in the cars, this time heading off to Gloucester, for Lisa and Lukes wedding.  This was a beautiful setting, and the crowd were very enthusiastic.  It was a late finish, but the guests would have happily continued.

Lisa and Luke… a farming wedding

One day off, and we were back to Gate Street Barn, this time, with the wonderful Tim Pearne on keyboards.  Tim has now been with the band for around a year, but he is an absolute asset, and a pleasure to play with.  Tonights first dance was the awesome song Everlong (Foo Fighters), played acoustically by the band.  It was a shape of things to come, as it turned out to be a great wedding – many congratulations to Alex and Ella.

Alex and Ella

A few days later, we were off to Hereford, for a marquee wedding, with the full 7 piece band!  The views were incredible, and the happy couple Louise and Tristan danced away to the first dance, which was Days Like These (Van Morrison), played by the band, and sang by our wonderful drummer Chris.  It was a late finish, at 2am, but the crowds could have easily continued into the small hours… which I imagine a few of them did!

What a view!!!

5 days later, we were back at Gate Street Barn – first dance Kula Shaker, last dance, Closing Time (played by t he band).  We had the lovely Holly present, so threw in all the girl classics to the set.  Emma and James were the happy couple, and a very happy couple they appeared to be!

Emma, James, and a nearly shirtless guest

This took the band to the end of August, but two days into September, we were off to Milton Keynes to play the most incredible wedding, in a huge private marquee, with 200+ guests (quite a few turned out to be farming folk).  Laura and Gareth were the happy couple, and what a great great crowd they had!  First dance was Galway Girl (not the Ed Sheeran version) played by the band, and from then on we pushed on with the full set – we had the 7 piece performing, with a good spread of Irish tunes shown in.

Laura and Gareth… a farming wedding

Rollercoaster dressing up for Straumann

A few days rest and we were off to Southampton and the Macdonald Botley Park Hotel, performing for our now good friends Straumann.  This was a corporate party, where the employees had spent the day in the wind and rain, sailing on the open ocean.  They looked ready to drop, but still the party continued – though utter kudos to the lady who cajoled  the rest of the guests to get up and dance… she did a great job, which meant we could in turn, do a great job!

I just wanted to say on behalf of Straumann a big thank you once again to you and the band for the great entertainment at our event last week. Everyone had a great evening. People were absolutely shattered from the days sailing (and some a little bruised too) but I understand from Justin that people did get up and dance in the end – I also heard he ended up on stage performing!!
I’m sure we will be in touch in the future
Sarah Gardiner
New Customer Marketing & Events Manager

Later that week we found ourselves at the lovely Loseley Park, for a Scottish wedding (Scottish on the grooms side).  Colin and Amelia were the happy couple, and they danced away as the band played the first dance – The One by Kodaline.  It was then into a Ceilidh, then on with the set.  It was a rare 1am finish for this venue, but the time flew by.

Just a few kilts at Loseley!

Found this very talented band last night at Colin and Amelia’s wedding. At last a band that can properly deliver ceilidh and covers. I am occasionally asked for band recommendations in the South East of the UK and at last have discovered a band that gets my wholehearted recommendation. The guys were kind enough to let me join for a bit of their ceilidh set. A very big thank you to Chris Haigh who was kind enough to lend me his mandolin.

Next week, we were of to Farnham Castle for Catherine and Alex’ wedding.  This is fast becoming  a regular venue for the band, and it has to be said, the wedding breakfast is incredible – definitely to be recommended!  We DJ’d the first dance, then played in to the night… and the guests danced and sang.

So here we are, close to the end of September, and the band finds themselves in Childerley Long Barn in Cambridge.  The name gives it away – it’s a very long barn… though perfect for a band, with it’s custom built stage, chill out area, and awesome wedding guests… at least they were awesome for Tania and Rik’s wedding on the 23rd September 2017!!!  First dance was DJ’d – Beast Of Burden by The Rolling Stones – and from then on we played, and they danced.  They were truly a great crowd to play to – and it was lovely to play Here Comes The Sun for Tania and her father.

Thank you all so much for creating such an amazing atmosphere and being so good at working the room to make sure that dance floor was never empty! It was honestly perfect and everyone has said how great you guys were, we were so pleased with everything!
Thank you again,
Tania & Rik x

So that was the Summer of 2017.  Now we get to put our feet up for the winter…. NO WAY!!!  The gigs carry on, the booking’s keep pouring in, and life on the road for the mighty Rollercoaster continues relentlessly.  Looking back at all the pictures, with all the happy people, simply having a good time, one can truly say, it’s not such a bad job after all.  See you all soon 🙂

You guys were absolutely amazing we cannot thank you enough for a spectacular performance that our guests still talk about today. We are so glad we had the privilege of having you to share our special day and be a big part of our memories. We hope to see you guys again soon Al and Naomi xxx

Carl and Laura, Harleyford Golf Club, Marlow, July 2017

This was our first visit to Harleyford Gold Club, though a most pleasant one it was!  First dance was ‘Your My Best Friend’, by Queen, played by the band.  We had Holly singing the girl songs for the evening, so harmonies were in full flow, as was the quality ale form the Harleyford bar.

A break for bacon baps, served by the friendly catering staff, the we pushed on into the night – finishing with a couple of specially requested DJ tunes.  Band happy, venue happy, and most importantly, bride and groom very happy – which made for a great night!

Thanks for looking after us, best of luck in the future!

David and Tamara, Wedding Reception, Gate Street Barn, July 2017

We have the perfect setup for Gate Street Barn, and this wedding was no exception.  Rob wowed the guests with his skilled guitar playing during the ceremony, then later he was back with the band playing the first dance, Too Good To Be True.  The crowds danced, came in and avoided the rain, danced some more, and sang quite a lot!  David and Tamara were a lovely couple, with a great bunch of friends who made the night what it was!

Thanks for looking after us – best of luck in the future!

Straumann Tour, London, Coventry, Manchester, July 2017

Straumann are a super technological company, providing high end kit to dental surgeons and technicians worldwide.  They came to hear about Rollercoaster via a dental technician called Ben Hill… who happens to sing in top local band The Sausage Monkeys.  These guys rock – and have been friends to the core Rollercoaster folk for the past 15-20 years… so it was great to get the recommendation.  The folk at Straumann booked us to play the 3 major dates around the UK – Sandown Racecourse, Ricoh Stadium (Coventry), and Old Trafford (Manchester).  We would be entertaining important clients up and down the country, and would be fitting in with the tour vibe – an awesome American style truck, lots of blow up guitars… basically a live band on tour.

Rollercoaster – ecstatic to be road testing the Ui24R

First gig was Sandown, where we have actually played a few times before.  The marquee was setup outside the racecourse stand, next to the juggernaut.  The drinks and food were free flowing as were the freebies – hats, inflatable guitars, mini toy lorries etc.  The technology inside the truck seemed to speak for itself – a kind of 3d scanning of teeth, right through to the 3 printing of denture components etc.  The Straumann staff were super friendly and helpful, and were quick to jump onto the dance floor with ‘air-guitars’… which in turn pulled the dental surgeons etc. in to the ‘mosh pit’.

This was pretty well the procedure for all the events.  The Ricoh Arena gig had a more intimate vibe, but come Manchester, the wild guitar antics returned in force.  In the shadow of Old Trafford, we rocked out to the setting sun… and before we knew it, we’d hit curfew.  The highlight had to be when all the guitars were thrown into the air – maybe to Mr Brightside…

Mid show with the Soundcraft Ui24R

This was a super fun tour to be part off, and a great brand to be associated with – after all, what’s better than high tech 3d scanning and printing (not to forgetting the £60,000 guitar on permanent display within the all American Juggernaut).

We could say it stopped there, but the wonderful folk of Straumann booked us to play their End of Summer Party in September… which we were told would be one to remember!

Thanks for looking after us – it was a pleasure to play for such a wonderful bunch of people!  See you in September 🙂

Laura and Dave’s Big 40th Birthday Bash, Marquee, West Horsley, July 2017

This was a lovely looking marquee, in a the family garden, and with it being a joint 40th birthday, was set to be a great event.  Laura and Dave, and family, were super welcoming, as we setup, and as we finished our sound check, the evening guests arrived.

We played all the classics – we’re doing quite a few 40th birthdays, so the music moves along similar lines.  Jason fiddled on his fiddle, Holly sang and swayed, and the rest of us simply did  what we do… and the crowd danced the night away.  Before we knew it, it was midnight, and the music had to stop.

They were a great crowd – and a lovely family to play to (very cool little dogs in our ‘green room’).  thanks for looking after us, and happy birthday Laura and Dave!

Lexie and Jamie, Wedding Reception, Loseley Park, July 2017

Great to visit Loseley Park again – such a beautiful venue, with lovely grounds.  Jamie and Lexie were the young bride and groom whom we had the honour to play to, with the first dance as Your Song (played by the band).  We pushed on, throwing in a Gay Gordons for the Scottish contingent at the halfway point.  Cocktails were flowing – we could see them being brought out as we played – and the guests were up and dancing, despite it being one of the hottest evenings this year.

Great crowd – best of luck to Lexie and Jamie in the future – thanks for looking after us!

Sarah and Mark, Wedding Reception, Marquee, Send, Wiltshire, June 2017

Back to a marquee wedding, which is great to play, as the sound is second to none.  Sarah and Mark had seen us at a previous wedding (Katie and Dan), so they knew what to expect.  First dance was played by the band, with Chris Hughes doing his awesome Van Morrison impression – Somone Like You.  We had the very wonderful Tim Pearne on keyboards, which sounded great.  The night pushed on, the guests danced away, breaking to enjoy the fireworks.  Brilliant crowd – lovely to have Sarah come up and join us to sing Son Of A Preacher.

Thank you so much for looking after us – and thanks for the gifts of quality wine at the end – to was much appreciated.  Best of luck to Sarah and Mark in the future – i’m sure we’ll be seeing them soon at another wedding 🙂