We started off what turned into a record breaking month with a pair of beautiful gigs- including this rather lovely garden in the Sussex countryside, where we made the most of the natural shade from the apple trees. This was a bit of a taste of the heat to come!
We were also hard at work in rehearsals for our debut at Pizza Express Soho in August – many hours in the studio with a variety of sections of the band culminated in a daytime rehearsal and evening gig with the full line up for our last chance to run through the new arrangements as the quintet.
We made a welcome return to the Canopy Market at King’s Cross, with the duo of Laura and Andy playing a mammoth 8 sets throughout the day with a change of band halfway through to keep things fresh! Here we are with Matt on the evening shift, still looking surprisingly fresh.
Mid-month, and we made the trip up to rural Worcestershire to be part of English Heritage’s Lazy Sunday picnic events at Witley Court – an amazing ruined old country house which really gave us the Gatsby vibes. This is where the heat really started to ramp up, with all of us acquiring some kind of sunburn during the day!
Next we were back at Wiltons Music Hall for Popup Vintage Fairs and we had the pleasure of being sketched as we played – which then happened again the next week when the duo performed at Hartney Wintney’s Summer Art & Craft Fair.
We had the pleasure of playing at a Grad Ball for some musical theatre students who really went to town on the partying front – so much so that we were asked to stop to calm everyone down so that they would sit down to eat! Not that they stayed sat for long though – you just couldn’t keep these guys from dancing! Here’s a pic from the more civilised first set that we played for the arrival drinks…
The next day we headed up to the Brecon Beacons for a very chilled sunny afternoon in the countryside for a wedding – we left plenty of time for the journey which meant we had loads of time to sit and soak in the sunshine before playing, and also had a white-knuckle ride up and down the hill from the house to the teepees in a 4×4!
The following weekend we were at another picturesque wedding – this time at Nymans gardens in Sussex. These guys were after our own hearts, with a wedding that finished at 7pm – just what we like to be home with a cuppa in good time…
Nearly through the mammoth 23 gigs that we squeezed in this month, and on a sunny Monday afternoon we headed to a south London industrial estate – where we found ourselves in an Aladin’s Cave of set scenery and props for a showcase event where we were on the circus stage (alongside an Elephant and a Monkey – only one of whom is visible behind Laura in this pic!). You can never tell where you will end up next…
We finished off the month in style at the Oxford Botanical Gardens – despite the intense heat and Laura losing her voice we enjoyed the day and even had some vegan food to boot – before heading home to rest up after the summer madness!