This could be the 5th time we have played Kempton… and as always, it is a favourite of the band.  The staff are great, and the crowd is simply there to have a good time.  And this year didn’t disappoint…

ROLLERCOASTER_JULY 16_0036It’s an early arrival for the band – 1pm – so as to soundcheck before the horses arrive.  After that, we took the chance to grab some more promo pictures.  We had top photographer Jason Leaman documenting the event for us – and we were a full 6 piece band, with Chris Haigh on mandolin / fiddle,  Jason Dickenson on fiddle, and our female vocalist Holly.  Our pre-gig meal was in the ROLLERCOASTER_JULY 16_0037Panoramic Restaurant, where we hooked up with our video crew, Jeff, Darren and Andy.  We often take the chance to film the Kempton shows, as it give prospective clients a chance to see the band in action… as public appearances are rare for Rollercoaster.

ROLLERCOASTER_JULY 16_0202Last race was a 8.45, so we took to the stage at 9pm.  It was a slightly shortened set, but we packed the songs in, playing a good mix of traditional Irish songs with some contemporary pop’n rock thrown in.  We had a special appearance along the front from a group of young Irish dancers… and later on, the crowd linked up to perform Conga round the paddock… ending up directly in front of the stage – where the party hit a new level.  It was a lovely vibe, with a very interactive audience who had no problem singing back to the stage.  Sadly, the last song came about all too soon… but it was a pleasure to play to such a great crowd, and it looked like they enjoyed it as much as we did!
ROLLERCOASTER_JULY 16_0377Hopefully we’ll be seeing you all again – Happy Irish Night!

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