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Quality Hotel, St Albans - wedding and live band

The Quality Hotel in St Albans, Hertfordshire is a really good wedding venue and a really good function room for a live band!  The function room has everything worked out perfectly for a live band.  There is a bar on one side, a room for the buffet to the other side and a split level with a huge glass roof lantern in the middle!

Th dancefloor was full all night and the bride and groom - Hazel and Andrew were the perfect stars of the show, dancing all night as a great example to their guests!

Everyone was in a party vibe and a great night was had by all.  I was lucky enough to be in on a big romantic surprise from the groom to the bride - a gift of a tambourine was wrapped up, ready for me to announce over the mic for the bride to come up to the stage and receive her gift.  She then got to stand with me and play tambourine together for a song - Are You Gonna Be My Girl by Jett!! It was great fun and apparently Hazel is a big fan of the tambourine, so very happy to have her own and get to perform on stage with the live band!

Thanks Hazel and Andrew for looking after CandyStripes on the night.

We wish you all the best for your future together.

Hannah and the band, CandyStripes

Full dance floor!

Full dance floor!

Quality Hotel, St Albans weddings

Quality Hotel, St Albans weddings

Live Band - Chatteris, Cambridgeshire - garden summer party

CandyStripes played for a family party in the beautiful garden belonging to Richard, who organised a special garden party to get many family members together who had never met each other!

It was a very special event for CandyStripes to be a part of and play the live music for the evening and night too.

We were lucky with fab summer evening sun, delicious food and great music (of course). ;)

Chatteris is a beautiful village in the county of Cambridgeshire; CandyStripes enjoy travelling the country to new venues and areas to play their live music - and as always a pleasure to discover Chatteris and play live music for Richard's summer family party in Cambridgeshire.

Look forward to visiting this place again one day for more live gigs.

All the best

Hannah and the band, CandyStripes

Danesfield House, Marlow-on-Thames - Beautiful Wedding

We played at the beautiful venue of Danesfeild House in Marlow-on-Thames, near Henley, Berkshire on 11th July 2015.

The venue is set in stunning surroundings, beautifully kept grounds and gardens... flowers in bloom all around! I would highly recommend this venue for weddings.

The function room was also elaborate and grand, along with being a fantastic room for a live band and partying! Photographic proof below. :)

Versailles Suite, Danesfield House

Versailles Suite, Danesfield House

The guests were so receptive and danced to the live music all night! Particularly enjoying the rock!

The food was also amazing, thoroughly delicious! 

Congratulations to Rhiannon and Lenny who booked us after seeing us play at a friend's wedding in Berkshire.  It was great to see both couples again and be there to make the night a party with the live band plus disco / DJ service for their wedding night at Danesfield House in Marlow-on-Thames.

All the best

Hannah and the band, CandyStripes

CandyStripes at Danesfield House

CandyStripes at Danesfield House

Danes field House, Marlow

Wedding on the Thames, Golden Sunrise, Temple Pier

What an experience!!! CandyStripes played for the first time ever on a (moving) party boat on the River Thames for the wedding of Jess & Michael! The MV Golden Sunrise.

Despite it being a challenging load-in, and somewhat hairy experience travelling with equipment on a dingy (albeit a big proper boat-type one) a little way across the Thames to get to The MV Golden Sunshine, and then passing the gear from the dingy to the Golden Sunrise, ready for setting up!

It was a fantastic gig, the guests were amazing and the sights were brilliant! We had a great gig, and some lovely feedback from guests at the end, as we all disembarked the boat!

I have some pictures below to express the night.

Thanks Jess & Michael for looking after the band, and congratulations on your wedding party!

Best wishes

 

Hannah & the band

CandyStripes

Passing the equipment to the very helpful crew on the 'dingy'!

Passing the equipment to the very helpful crew on the 'dingy'!

Party boat people whilst sailing past Tower Bridge, The Thames

Party boat people whilst sailing past Tower Bridge, The Thames

CandyStripes playing on the Golden Sunrise

CandyStripes playing on the Golden Sunrise

Bride & Groom and guests on the dance floor, Golden Sunrise on The Thames

Bride & Groom and guests on the dance floor, Golden Sunrise on The Thames

The London Eye!

The London Eye!

The guys

The guys

Weddings on The Thames, London

Weddings on The Thames, London

Charlotte Harpur's 21st Birthday Party with live band, Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk

Happy Birthday Charlotte!! We hope you had a fantastic 21st Birthday Party with CandyStripes as your live band for the night. :-)

Two years ago, CandyStripes played the live music for Charlotte's brother Josh's 21st Birthday Party... So it was only fair that played for Charlotte's too.

Nick, (Father of the Birthday Girl), sang a surprise version of the blues song 'Little Angel' by Buddy Guy, along with the band playing the music live for Nick to sing along. He created his own personalised lyrics dedicated to his Little Angel. (Photo below!)

Nick singing with the band to his daughter on her 21st Birthday

Nick singing with the band to his daughter on her 21st Birthday

Once again, thanks for being a great audience and dancing with CandyStripes all night! The guests enjoyed the music so much, after the live music had finished they all jumped into the heated pool!

More photos of the night below...

Fun on the dance floor, Live Music, Suffolk - Charlotte's 21st Birthday

Fun on the dance floor, Live Music, Suffolk - Charlotte's 21st Birthday

Live Band's equipment for the gig. Bury St Edmonds

Live Band's equipment for the gig. Bury St Edmonds

Father and Daughter. Nick sings to Charlotte for her 21st Birthday Party

Father and Daughter. Nick sings to Charlotte for her 21st Birthday Party

Best wishes

Hannah, CandyStripes

Live Music for Hannah & Stuart's Wedding, Sevenoaks Kent

An idyllic setting on 20th June 2015, so close to the longest day of the year... And the first time we've ever played in a giant Teepee! 

The wedding was set in a marquee in a family member's beautiful garden, full of flowers in bloom (photos to follow!).

We played their first dance live, Ed Sheeran 'Thinking Out Loud' - a great song, and popular choice in recent months; followed by 2 sets of live music with DJ/disco (by me) in between, and a full dance floor all night. Very happy band and a very happy Bride and Groom and guests.

Tonight's wedding reception is best described by the pictures I took (below), which really set the scene and atmosphere of the night - despite some initial torrential rain and exciting thunder storms, once subsided, the night was peaceful and warm.

We were always very well looked after by the amazing caterers too, so many thanks for that! It was a treat to not only get a large dinner, but also a selection of two deserts... wowsers! I couldn't fit into my dress afterwards but who cares. ;-)

Thanks very much Hannah and Stuart for a great gig - I'm so glad you both had a wonderful wedding day and night too!

All best wishes

 

Hannah and the band

CandyStripes

Giant Teepee Tents! Kent Wedding

Giant Teepee Tents! Kent Wedding

Beautiful summer flowers in bloom, Weddings in Kent

Beautiful summer flowers in bloom, Weddings in Kent

Flowers in Wellies... I love this idea for a wedding party

Flowers in Wellies... I love this idea for a wedding party

Stuart and Hannah at their wedding in Kent. First dance played live by the band

Stuart and Hannah at their wedding in Kent. First dance played live by the band

The bride & Groom had a dance routine to Ed Sheeran's 'Thinking Out Loud' played live by the band

The bride & Groom had a dance routine to Ed Sheeran's 'Thinking Out Loud' played live by the band

Hannah & Stuart's guests were supporting them and having a great night too.

Hannah & Stuart's guests were supporting them and having a great night too.

Full dance floor all night! Wedding band, Kent

Full dance floor all night! Wedding band, Kent

Gorgeous fox gloves surrounding the Teepees.

Gorgeous fox gloves surrounding the Teepees.

Night time flowers, wedding in Kent

Night time flowers, wedding in Kent

Teepees at Night!

Teepees at Night!

Groom on friends' shoulders, whilst the band play an Oasis tune (his fav band)! 

Groom on friends' shoulders, whilst the band play an Oasis tune (his fav band)! 

And finally, a sweet fire near the bar within the Teepee!

And finally, a sweet fire near the bar within the Teepee!

Congrats Kate & David! Wedding & Live Band in Fryerning, Essex

Marquee Wedding Fryerning Essex

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Sarah & Paul's Wedding at Best Western Plus, Woodford Green - 29th May 2015

Best Western Plus Weddings, Epping Forest

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Hanbury Manor, Ware - live wedding band for Frances & Damien

We had the pleasure of providing the live music for Frances & Damien's wedding reception at Hanbury Manor, Hertfordshire - our 3rd time there!  The Spectacular Poles Hall, once the chapel of the Convent, was the function room for the evening's entertainment and live party band - that's us.

Hanbury Manor is a beautiful Period Venue, with open fireplaces and original period features - personally, I love it and would highly recommend it as a wedding venue and for booking a live function band to rock your wedding night!

Frances and Damien were warm and welcoming to the band, and we had a great night with a full dance floor and plenty of encores on public demand!! ;-)

All best wishes for your future as together! Thanks for having us.

CandyStripes

Hanbury Manor, Ware, Hertfordshire - Function Band & Live music for Wedding Reception

Hanbury Manor, Ware, Hertfordshire - Function Band & Live music for Wedding Reception

The Spectacular Poles Hall, Hanbury Manor

The Spectacular Poles Hall, Hanbury Manor

NYE Party 2014 @ Herne Hill Farm, Suffolk - LIVE PARTY BAND!

New Year's 2014. It was our 5th time being the live Party Band for the NYE party @ Hern Hill Farm in Cheddiston, Suffolk, and we're gladly back again there this New Year's Eve 2015!!! Looking forward to it! Suffolk Party Band here we come... well, in 12 months.

Terry Tooze and his catering company cook a mean Hog Roast and meat buffet, along with Jo Wareham who does a fantastic job organising the bash!

We've had a fantastic NYE 5 times in a row there and can't wait for the next one.

One little girl was very sweet and mesmerised by the music all evening. She did well to stay up past midnight. ;)

Look forward to seeing you again in December with new songs in our live set!

If you need to hire a function / party band in Suffolk, then look no further.

Until then, have a lovely year...

CandyStripes

Live Band, Suffolk

Live Band, Suffolk

Chalfont St. Giles Tennis Club Ball - Live Band and Fancy Dress! Hertfordshire

Following the success of CandyStripes playing live music for Harewood Downs Golf Club in Chalfont, Buckinghamshire - we provided the live music entertainment for Chalfont's Tennis Club Summer Ball!
The Party took place @ Gerrards Cross Golf Club, all in aid of raising money for the tennis club and enjoying a little Fancy Dress in the theme of China.

As always, it's a pleasure for us to see a full dancefloor and these guys certainly gave us that!

We even got to wear some Chinese hats, and the guys very much enjoyed borrowing some Chinese style jackets too... photographic evidence below!

Thanks to Lin & Graham Murray for looking after us throughout the evening. I'm thrilled that you raised over £2000 for the tennis club!

Hope to see you all again at your next Fancy Dress Party in Buckinghamshire.

Hannah & the band
CandyStripes

Hannah borrowed a Chinese Dragon Mask for a song or two... It wasn't very mic friendly.

Hannah borrowed a Chinese Dragon Mask for a song or two... It wasn't very mic friendly.

Gareth (drums), Rob (bass) & Al (guitar) having a coffee in Chinese Fancy Dress before the first set!

Gareth (drums), Rob (bass) & Al (guitar) having a coffee in Chinese Fancy Dress before the first set!

Stylish Wedding is an Art Form - Wedding Band, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

Of all the Wedding Venues I've played with my function band, this has to be the most arty, bohemian, creative of venues. As soon as you step foot inside the building, you get a sense of grandeur and history and yet it seems an unlikely place to hold you wedding... but it works!

The wedding decorations compliment the painting-lined walls and corridors. I also loved the outside space, and on this beautiful Summer's Day, we got to watch the sun go down over this stylish stretch of South East London.

Harewood Downs Golf Club, Chalfont St. Giles - Fancy Dress Party Band! Hertfordshire

A fun, fantastic, Fancy Dress gig!  We were all made to feel so welcome at Neil Buckley's Fancy Dress Party @ Harewood Downs Golf Club, Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire for a joint celebration of Neil's 70th, his wife's 65th and his daughter's 40th Birthdays  - where we played some marvellous live music if I may say so myself. ;)

The costumes were amazing, Neil as Elvis, his lovely wife Lorraine as Scarlett O'Hara and many more very impressive getups!!

Neil and his friends had put a surprise live band together to play a few numbers in the break too. I do believe they called themselves 'New Balls Please'.... (tennis joke). 

Thanks to Neil for booking CandyStripes as his live band for the party, we got a further booking for Chalfont St. Giles Tennis Club Ball! (More Fancy Dress to come)!

The moral of the blog is, fancy dress parties are great fun.

Hannah & guest Lin, dressed as Tina Turner

Hannah & guest Lin, dressed as Tina Turner

Audience member dressed as 'Slash' plays blow-up-air-guitar with Hannah on the dance floor!

Audience member dressed as 'Slash' plays blow-up-air-guitar with Hannah on the dance floor!

CandyStripes performing at Chalfont Saint Giles Golf Club

CandyStripes performing at Chalfont Saint Giles Golf Club

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