The Autumn 2017 Weddings and Events

So on the last day of September, we set off for Oatlands park Hotel in Weybridge.  The happy couple were Becky and Mike, and though we had played Oatlands before, we had not played in this part of the venue.  After setting up, we sound checked, and the crowd returned to the room to cut the cake and push on with the first dance.  The first dance itself was Stay Together, played by the band… which went rather well!  Onwards into the night, the crowds sang and danced.  In the break, we discovered that a quite a few of the guests were Chinook helicopter pilots for the RAF (the uniforms gave some of this away)… which in itself is pretty awesome.  Yes, these guys, and gals are the folk who fly the helicopters over Al’s studio, making the windows rattle… and probably adding to the soundtrack of a few recordings that are currently circulating the world of TV and film library music!  And they certainly partied, though mostly with the best behaviour (the chap who tumbled, and broke Robs mic stand was just unlucky).

So by the end, everyone left happy, and becky and Mike thanked the band.  They were a lovely couple – best of luck in the forte, and thanks for looking after us!

Three days later, we we at Beaumont House in Old Windsor for a corporate event for Proctor and Gamble UK and Ireland Sales teams.  We worked the crowd, DJ’d the popular tunes in the gaps, endplayed the favourites – and they danced the night away.  By co-incidence the singing waiters who were booked for a wedding back in September were also booked for this event!  Small world…

Next weekend we headed off to Wimpole Hall, on the WImpole Estate in Cambridge.  The approach and gardens to this venue are very grand, as it is a well kept National Trust location.  heaven knows what it costs to keep the gardens looking that good, but it certainly suited the wonderful wedding we were to be playing.  The actual wedding reception was to be held in a marquee in the grounds of the main house – which mean you could look out on the main garden.  First dance was a DJ’d Artic Monkeys song ‘Only You Know’.  Erin and Richard were the happy couple, and it has to be noted, that Richard was definitely an energetic dancer, who knew all the words to his favourite songs.  This was the general vibe of the wedding, with the guests having a great party… though at one stage an unfortunate party goer stumbled and crashed into Robs new mic stand… and broke it!!!

It was a 1am finish, so by 2am, we were packed up and were back on the road home – leaving the few happy stragglers catching taxis in this very grand Cambridge Estate!  Congratulations to Erin and Richard – and thanks for looking after us all.

Next week, we were heading up to the big smoke, for the Irish-Lithuanian wedding of Sean and Diawah, at St Ermins Hotel.  We arrived early and setup in the main room, which was pretty straight forward (one of the easiest load ins ever – straight through the side door on the street onto the stage).  The band then took the chance to sight-see this area on London – over to St James’ Park, views of the Palace etc… and of course, a visit the Starbucks, as the night closed in.  Rollercoaster fiddler Chris Haigh told us the tale of when he had come to play at Sting’s birthday party, in one of the houses we passed, and of how it had been snowing, but only outside Stings house – the talented Police frontman and bass player had hired in a snow machine to celebrate his special day!

Back at the hotel, we chilled until it was time to go on (after the most incredible bar food), and then we hit the stage, starting with Amazed (played by the band) as the first dance.  There were only around 50 guests, but the dancefloor was full the whole time… it was a great party, and everyone was up for having a good time, with all the Irish tunes thrown in!

It was a great party – thanks for looking after us – and congratulations to Sean and Diawah!


Nick and Chris, Joint 50th ’70s Themed’ Birthday, Headley Village Hall, nc Churt – December 2015

24598389576_fd63575fc0_b-2So this was to be a 70s themed, joint 50th party, for brothers Nick and Chris.  When we arrived, the hall looked great – glitter balls, pool dancing pole, vodka ice sculpture thing… and lots of flashy lights!  Jenny (Nic’s other half) had contacted the band and booked us as a surprise – though Nic found out.  She had sorted out a section of wigs for the band – and we had various props… sunglasses, open neck shirts, a general 70’s vibe….  Nick and Chris were genuinely thrilled and excited about having the band play – so we just had to deliver on that.

When the band kicked off, it was clear that this was going to be a good party.  We loaded the 70’s disco toward the start, then mixed in the other party tunes.  The crowd danced, drank vodka, pole danced, and looked rather fine.  The 70s outfits were excellent – I can very much recommend 70’s themed parties for people looking to have a colourful crowd… where people really let their hair down, so to speak.

It was a great party – with a top crowd.  Happy birthday Nick and Chris… hopefully see you out in Dubai 😉

Best University Of The Year Celebration, Surrey University, October 2015

Surrey University were listed as the best University in the UK by the Times, in October 2015.  To celebrate, the university had a celebration, including live music, street food, flames swillers, stilt walkers, and a huge firework display.  And the main band of the evening was Rollercoaster.

The stage was within a large Marquee, open one end – as could be found at any large festival.  When we hit the stage, we were playing to a few thousand.  By the end, there were around 5,000 people stretching back to the food stalls and bar… needless to say, it was a fantastic gig.  Looking around the crowd in front of us, there were loads of phones filming our set, and loads of glow sticks in various configurations, which were waved upon request… and the crowd was made up of all nationalities.  It was a great vibe – probably one of the loudest to sing back during 500 Miles… a truly appreciative crowd throughout.  The set was short, just 30 minutes, but was definitely sweet….and it was a shame to have to send the crowds off to see the fireworks after!

University gigs are always a pleasure to play – hopefully we’ll play more of them soon.  It’d be great to see any of the pictures from the set – there was certainly enough mobile phone footage out there 😉

The stage

Not the usual quality photo… but it’s all we have!

Kempton Park Racecourse Irish Day, Main Stage Headline, Kempton Park, London. July 2015

Kempton Park has to be one of the bands favorite shows.  We get to play the choice Irish tunes plus the popular party classics… to a festival crowd.

This year didn’t disappoint, with the weather holding out for a perfect evening. The show looked great from off stage, with a fantastic light show – as the photos will show… We weren’t able to sound check earlier, so on stage we were battling a few behind-the-scenes demons – hopefully not that the crowd would have known.  We pushed on and the crowd sang and danced.  It was only a 1 hour set, so we crammed all the favorites in, and before we knew it we were on the final song… which happened to be Fields Of Athenry (quite relevant considering the London-Irish involvement with the show).

This was one of the best Kempton shows yet… and it’s always a pleasure to play.  Hopefully we’ll be playing some more of the racecourse shows in the future – and if we do, be sure to pop along!

Close Brothers Christmas Party, Twickenham Stadium, December 2014

16039530999_14d713cd1c_bThis was the second time Rollercoaster had played Twickenham (previously it was for the RFU Xmas party)… but it was the first time for Close Brothers.  This was the coming together of the South, Midlands, and Scottish offices, of the industrial vehicle financing division (or something similar!), and hence a variety of accents in the room.  With a view of the pitch, the crowds drank, sang, danced, and partied all night.  We played through the hits – Jason on fiddle, with Holly joining us on vocals.

Top crowd, fun night – a great way to see out 2014 pre Christmas!