playing the inflatables
This was our first year at The Bumble Bee. The catering team did a super buffet to start the evening. It is a long venue, and so we we were situated one side of the bar, opposed end to the buffet. Considering we had a small space, and this is not known as a dancing venue, it was a very congenial occasion. Here are some photos to prove it!
I love this place. A centre of culture and excellence. Students who love music and to sing and perform. DJing for the Summer Ball has been a delight, when the opportunity has arisen. This year was no exception. In years past, there was a Marquee in the Quadrangle of the older building, but this year was my 1st year DJing in the main reception area. I was situated mysteriously (as in the dancers could not see me) on the balcony above. I had good view of the dance floor and stage area, where students had been performing previously. With the delights of food stalls, a Carousel and another performing space outside, it was 10:40pm when I began playing, after the last band were on the stage in the main reception hall. A variety of music was enjoyed. I had collected some requests by mixing outside with the students before I commenced. This was an advantage.
It was really pleasing to still have over 200 people on the floor by 2am at the end. We had a shout of “one more” after “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey, so we wrapped up with the classing “New York, New York” By Frank. Having played chart, pop, dance, timeless classics and RnB, it was a well rounded evening. ~ June
Avile and William were married on 2nd August. We had many communications before the day, planning and sharing ideas. The Marquee in the gardens is a pleasant place for a wedding. We provided background music for the reception, which was begun with “Spring” from the Four Seasons by Vivaldi for them to be welcomed into the room.
There were 3 courses served at dinner, accompanied by a largely classical background playlist. Speeches were given and recorded, and a competition between the guests for what the length of the speeches would be, as devised by the best man, David.
A mix of old and new music, sprinkled with some Spanish music as selected by Avile. A good time was had by all.
Tony & Mo had a Great Gadsby Theme, which meant there were lots of lovely period styled outfits worn. I played 20’s music for the early part of the evening- up until the buffet. The food was lovely- provided by venue staff, and the warm weather meant some enjoyed sitting outside to eat.
Plenty of disco dancing- music from 50’s through to the present day.
Tom and Alicia had a cool, but dry day for their wedding. I set up for the ceremony in the main venue, and played music to keep guests entertained until the registrar and bride arrived. Some very apt ceremony choices musically- “Marry me” by train, 1000 years by The Piano Guys as Alicia entered… just a couple of examples.
The wedding breakfast was in the annexe function room. We had up lighters in the corridor as well as the function room to match the colour scheme of purple, and an extension speaker in the bar, to facilitate anyone in the bar being able to hear both music and announcements. Tom added some fun to the speeches with scratch cards. There was some money won!
Music selections included a mix of dance, rock, and some classics and chart. A very happy wedding party, with plenty of good humour and love in the room.
Stage for the evening
I was a little sad when I woke up and found that it was raining. I was hoping for good weather for them. However, the weather did not seem to dampen the spirits of the party, the guests all appeared happy to be there and celebrate the special day.
Everyone arrived for the reception, and enjoyed a hog roast, accompanied by instrumental background music. There were delicate garden flowers on the tables. The speeches given manifested the love they had for each other, and the love of their families for them.
The hall was decorated by Naomi, Glen and friends. You will see the bunting and pom poms hanging from the beams. I was set up to the side of the stage, as the top table was also on the stage in the hall. We put some blue up lighters behind the top table to compliment the pom poms. The top table came down for the evening party.
Naomi and Glen’s 1st dance was “I knew I loved you” by Savage Garden. As soon as everyone joined them on the dance floor, there was enthusiasm from the guests for dancing, and there was only a lull for the buffet, again this was made by the couple and friends and family. A good night was had by all.
Thank you both, it was a privilege to be part of your day!
- 1st Dance
Written by DJ Sam Gould
What is hard for any new DJ, is to get their name out there and no one has done it quicker or bigger than our smallest and youngest little DJ, Louisa. At 8 months old, she takes to the decks (or rather Pioneer CDJ 2000 nexus) like a boat to water. From scratching to tapping play to giggling at her headphones falling off, she loves every bit of it. On the weekend I managed to get a photo of her in the mix and put it up on our SG Discos twitter page. It was not long until it was rewetted and shared across the world and later even mentioned by Pioneer DJ. Now if you don’t think she is really taking it seriously enough, then think about this, when taken away from the mixer she began to cry and in front of the controls she couldn’t stop laughing. Not only this, she was very careful with her milk and even managed to be sick (I was very worried for the equipment when that happened) away from the Pioneer CDJ’s, which obviously makes me happy as the equipment she was playing worth was worth in the region of £5000!
This is possibly the cutest picture I’ve ever taken of a DJ, far better than any of my selfies (I don’t take those. Seriously I don’t!). DJ Louisa is one to look out for, I will try and get some videos of her soon!
DJ Louisa Spotted by Pioneer DJ on twitter
On this occasion I shared the entertainment space with a band called Back to November who are from Barry. Four pleasant and talented musicians/vocalists who perform with great harmonies. They plugged their mics into our sound system, and did 2 x 45 min sets.
Catherine had chosen some advance requests which included tunes from Kool and the Gang, Dr. Hook, Jessie J and Robyn Thicke. A happy collection of guests who enjoyed these and other pop and soul numbers. The weather warnings did not prevent a good turn out, and the wood fires were very cosy.
It was lovely to see this couple again, having DJed for their Wedding in Miskin Manor in 2011.
Customer Feedback: “We were really happy with June. She did a fabulous job and we would highly recommend you. Thank you June!”
I first spoke to Sue in November, and booked the party. They got married on 14th February 1984, so this was their 30th anniversary. I asked if they had a first dance on the day, and they didn’t. So- 30 years later at their party, they did!
Background music consisted of a mix of tunes from the 60’s- 80’s, and their advance requested songs included music from The Kinks, The Beatles, Bob Marley, Madness and Simply Red. After the buffet, they did their first dance to “Twist and Shout” by The Beatles. All guests’ requests were played, and there was some epic dancing. Barry and Sue chose to end the night with some slow romantic songs- the last of which was “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton.
Barry asked everyone for a round of applause for me, June, the DJ at the end of the night, as everyone had enjoyed themselves. Thank you, Barry.
What a lovely couple!
The performance the entire music world was waiting for arrived last night. Yes it was the 56th Grammy Awards and everyone who is anyone in music is usually in attendance for the biggest event in the music calendar. However, last nights awards ceremony was special (not only because of the 34 couples that were wed and officiated by Queen Latifah) but because BEYONCÉ and JAY-Z put on (in our opinion) the best performance of the night!
The perfection of the performance was as expected from two of the greatest names in music, with Beyoncé performing one of her new tracks ‘Drunk in love’ from her most experimental and vibrant album Beyoncé. From surprising the world with the release of this album on December 13th, causing iTunes to go into meltdown, to having music videos assist every track on the new ‘visual album’; it is clear that Beyoncé has rightfully earned her place in music history.
To top off her performance, she was joined onstage with her husband and superstar Jay-Z. From the moment he emerged stage-right, the chemistry between the two was evident. They not only looked comfortable performing together, they have heightened the expectation of live performances at the Grammys! Their steamy rendition will definitely be a performance that no one will be forgetting any time soon.
Watch the performance below: