We met Nikki at the previous open day at Loseley Park… Ian hadn’t been able to make that day, but had witnessed the band’s online footage, so it wasn’t to be too much of a surprise. We were told the guests would be mostly over 50’s, though a bunch of the ‘kids’ would be there, who were in their 20’s. Rollercoaster play all parties form 21st up to 70th… plus all the weddings… so this wasn’t going to be a problem.
Catering was handled by the resident caterers, Caper and Berry, who provided some stunning meals. The venue itself has a great layout – a long hall, with a separate section fro dancing – away from the tables, and a small bar area next to the band.
We started with Be My Baby (DJ’d), then pushed on with the set. And apart from the short break at 10ish, the guests literally didn’t stop dancing. They were a fantastic crowd – as always, it makes it so much easier for the band. We played what was appropriate, kept it up at the right points, threw in the odd Irish tune, and took it down occasionally to some classic slow numbers. They shouted for more, and we obliged, right up until the venue curfew.
It has to be noted, they were a very glamorous crowd – and it was great to play as the 5 piece (including fiddle and female singer). It was only half way through that we realised that one of the guests was non-other than the incredibly beautiful (and enormously talented) actress Margot Robbie… not that you would know – there was a refreshing lack of pretence in any way or fashion. She was just one of the guests having a good time. On everyone else’s part, there was plenty of break-dancing, and hoisting of the bride and groom up onto chairs to dance around the room.
The were a lovely couple – warm and welcoming, and hugely grateful at the end. A splendid time had by all. Huge thanks for looking after us – best of luck in the future!