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Annie Lennox Tribute Band

Party Band Pop of Ages Extend their Reach

The locally well known party band, Pop of Ages have a new act, the Annie Lennox Tribute, they do two different shows, either the diva show, which is dedicated to the solo songs, or the Eurythmics show, as you may expect, this one has all Eurythmics songs instead.

Pop of ages have been around for several years playing at private parties, balls and weddings with a broad repertoire ranging from modern acts such as the Kings of Leon, Lady Ga Ga and Amy Winehouse, through the 70’s and 80’s with songs from the likes of Phil Collins, Queen and Dolly Parton, right back to old classics from the 60’s including the Mamas and Pappas, the Kinks and of course no set would be complete without the occasional Beatles song thrown in. They are about the only professional party band I know of, actually gigging pretty much every weekend and traveling up and down the country to do so. Most bands seem to have a full time job and just fit playing live in around that where they can. This gives them a bit of an advantage in that they are able to pack up the PA, lights and instruments and set off to play further afield, because they can leave earlier.

The new tribute act will certainly require some traveling to play, being a tribute they will probably have requests from much further afield than the local counties.  After all it could be a dedicated Eurythmics fan’s birthday up in the north, so they will have to make their way all the way up there, but not only set everything up but also take various costumes and probably have a few quick changes during the set. They have a new site dedicated purely to the new show, it’s called the Annie Lennox tribute and it provides a lot more information about the members and the songs they play.

Fantastic Wedding

A friend of a friend of a friend kinda thing, got married last weekend, I went along as my other half’s plus one, so didn’t really know many people there other than a handful of mutual friends (not ones who I even know very well to be fair! But it was a really good wedding and I can’t remember the last time I said something like that about a wedding.

It just started off well and continued that way for the entire day. OK it was a church do, which isn’t really my thing, but they managed to jazz it up a little by having a gospel band there, it was very handy as pretty much nobody in the congregation sang at all, but they really belted it out at the right times and did some very quiet background melodies to create a really good atmosphere. So we left there for the reception already being quite impressed.

Then they jumped in their car amidst a torrent of confetti and drove off, we all milled around for a few minutes, then wandered back to the car in the blazing sunshine (it really was a fantastic sunny day) and followed on to the reception.  When we got there we has drinks out on the lawn, it was a great venue, a converted barn, with marquees outside too one for the catering and another with a disco in it, all done to a very high standard, and who should be there in the corner, the gospel band again, they continued singing for about an hour outside while we all had a few glasses of champaign on the lawn, so again, it was nice. I think this was the marquee hire company, who are worth a mention as the marquees were fantastic, spotless and decked out inside really nicely (the venue one, not the catering one of course!)

Then we came inside to the tables, kind of dreading the speeches, but food first 🙂 that was pretty good too, although by this point I was starting to realise they had spent a small fortune on the day, so out came the starters, I had a mozzarella and avocado salad, the veggie option, followed by a vegetable tart thing, it was lovely, my other half had the meat and said it was equally good. So a few drinks later and the speeches started, first the brides father, he got up made a couple of jokes, thanked everyone he needed to and sat back down again, phew! Then the best man, this was a bit longer, but was almost like a comedy stand up gig, he was hilarious, the whole crowd was in stitches.  Oh I think the groom also stood up and said a couple of words, but that was literally it, so we got off lightly there too.

Then we went back outside (lucky it was a sunny day) where some tables and chairs had been laid out, we could see the staff furiously rearranging the inside and pulled back a curtain which was at the end of the hall and we could see a fair sized stage with a disco set up on one side and a drum kit and guitar near the middle with various microphones dotted around too.

When we went back in the disco was playing, quite quietly and a buffet was already being laid out on a table to the side, a little early I thought, but apparently everything had been running late (not that I had noticed) so it was being laid out before the catering staff left.

Anyway, the disco played for about an hour as the evening guests started to arrive, then after the volume had crept up a bit, the band walked out on stage, a four piece band with a lady singer, drummer, guitarist and keyboard player who doubled up as an extra percussionist and saxophone player, apparently a well known wedding band, they belted out the hits and some classics for the oldies, were very good and kept the dance floor packed all night.  They did 2 sets, the first was a bit more sophisticated and included more classic hits, the second part was more of a good old knees up, apparently this was exactly what the groom had asked them to do.

I was very impressed so thought I would give them a quick plug as they are a highly professional wedding band in Swindon, Wiltshire, they also do corporate functions and do a cocktail pianist set too so if you need a good party band, I would suggest checking them out, If I ever get married and am looking for wedding bands I’ll certainly be getting back to them. I didn’t get the details of the gospel singers too which I’m a bit disappointed about, but then again I suppose I wouldn’t want it to be exactly the same as theirs.