The Wiltshire wedding band were heading to Yorkshire!!
It was a real honour to perform at Nina and Matt Barnes’s at such a wonderful venue, the beautiful Hazelwood Castle, Yorkshire on Valentines Day 2014. We’ve been booked to perform for quite a long time, so had liaised with Matt & Nina a lot before the day. Nina, the bride, was so nice to deal with in the run up to the day, I felt that we’d known her for ages, she was very relaxed on the day and absolutely lovely.
I was so proud of our performance as a band, we sounded really tight, all of our recent rehearsals have obviously been paying off! Our sets sounded brilliant and the guests were really great singing along to words and dancing like it was nobody’s business!
It was very romantic to get married on Valentine’s day (Matt has no excuse to forget their anniversary!) Matt the groom is a also guitarist; it can be tough playing in front of other musicians but Matt was very impressed. It is one of the many reasons of why you should book The Zoots.
Hazlewood Castle is such a brilliant wedding venue. it looked wonderful even though it was raining. It was so cosy and warm inside with lots of space for the guests to relax in. There were open fires dotted about the place giving off heat as we walk past. As Harriet’s family are from Lancashire we went to visit the venue before the big day, meeting with Steve who works at Hazelwood. He was really nice & welcoming; his genuine enthusiasm for the venue and Nina & Matt’s wedding shone through as he showed us around.
On the night the duty manager Amy was very incredibly helpful and made our set up a lot easier by letting us share the resident DJs room behind the stage. Nina & Matt choose quite a few new songs from our repertoire that we don’t play that often which was fun; for example ‘Knocking on Heavens Door’, by Guns and Roses – everyone LOVED it! I got on the dance floor and got everyone to help sing along, it was a great song choice! During the show I enjoyed watching Harriet operating Bens wah wah pedal during Sweet Child O’ Mine. My highlight of the night was look on Matt and Nina’s faces during some of the slower songs we played, they looked so truly happy and blissfully in love as they enjoyed dancing together as husband and wife. Seeing them so happy dancing to our music is the reason I wanted to sing in the first place. It makes all the years of hard work worthwhile. When The Zoots arrived home in the morning to Wiltshire I had a message on my phone from Nina ” Thank you so much for making our wedding day so special!”
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Here’s a lovely testimonial from the lovely couple:
AWESOME is the best word that can be used to describe The Zoots. From the minute you started your set everyone in the room was rocking and having a great time, the room was filled all night and the tunes just kept coming. You are extremely talented musicians, totally professional and such lovely people, two months on from our wedding and everyone is still talking about how amazing you were! We can’t thank Jamie, Harriet, Ben, Mike and Stuart enough for making our wedding day so special and ending the day on such a high – we didn’t think the day could have got any better but you made it happen!
To anyone thinking about booking The Zoots, don’t hesitate, they will provide a truly memorable performance for you.
Nina and Matt, Wedding on Valentines Day 2014
Soon the Zoots band will be performing in Kent, Bicester, Berkshire, Essex, Midlands, Windsor, Lancashire, Dorset, Oxford, some 60s shows, and a few wedding receptions.
The Zoots have also just been booked as the wedding band in Devon and in Bath and in Maidenhead. The band will also be playing in Dorset, Wantage, Cambridge as the wedding band in the new year.
We are also going to the studio soon! There are no limitations!
Have a read of The Zoots tips of which group to choose for your wedding.