Bank Holiday boogie

Another busy bank holiday weekend for Func On The Rocks! But today we’re looking back at another triple whammy weekend.
Friday was the return to one of our favourite Yorkshire venues; The Great Barn at East Riddlesden Hall. The romantic barn overlooks the duck pond and idyllic grounds which are owned by the National Trust.

East Riddlesden Hall Yorkshire Wedding Venue

The stage is curtained off during the wedding breakfast, which means we can sneak into the venue set up discreetly.
After the speeches we opened the curtains to reveal the live band set up so the guests knew the evening reception was underway!

The bride and groom chose ‘Baby I’m yours’ by the Arctic Monkeys for their first dance which we performed live. We then invited the happy couples friends and family up onto the dance floor for the evening celebrations.

East Riddlesden Hall Yorkshire Wedding Venue Live Band

As the bride and groom said their goodbyes to their loved ones we played ‘Unstoppable’ by Lianne La Havas which was the perfect finish to a beautiful day.

Yorkshire Wedding Band

Saturday was a long road trip from Leeds to Clissold Park Mansions in London.
This wedding was made extra special as our lead vocalist Cherie, who went to school with the bride and her ‘unofficial’ bridesmaids in Teesside and they were all very excited to have a dance to the live music.

Clissold Park House Mansions Wedding Venue London

The bride and groom had their initial wedding ceremony in the Scottish Hebrides and arranged an intimate celebration for their close friends and family at the park.
There was an array of personal touches at the wedding including a ‘Bake off Table’ which hosted an array of delicious desserts and treats homemade by the guests. The father of the bride serenaded guests on the piano during the Mediterranean buffet and the tables were decorated with stunning colourful wildflower.
As the sun went down the sky became an electric blanket of reds and oranges, it was a spectacular sight and the perfect indication to move friends and family inside for party time!

Clissold Park London Wedding Band

 

Instead of a first dance the bride and groom asked us to play ‘Where You Lead’ by Carole King. We performed the special song at the start of the second set and it was so lovely to hear everyone singing along with huge smiles on their faces.

Bride and Groom with Wedding Band Singers

To finish our trio of weddings we traveled to Heaton House Farm in Macclesfield Cheshire.
This was a new venue for us so we were very impressed with the beautiful venue and really helpful staff.
Our drummer was over the moon to have his very own drum platform on the stage.
We even spotted ourselves on the unique rustic itinerary board.

Rustic Wedding Itinerary Board

After performing the couples first dance the groom’s brother took to the microphone and said a few moving words and then surprised the groom with a Birthday cake for his 30th birthday! The best man joked that the bride had picked that day for their wedding so the groom would never forget their anniversary 🙂

Mr & Mrs Cunningham had prepared their wedding to last detail to make sure on the day they could sit back, relax and enjoy every moment. They were in very safe hands, as the team at Heaton House Farm went above and beyond to ensure the Bride and Groom had an incredible day which ran effortlessly from start to finish.

White Van Man

Well it’s been an eventful few weeks for Func On The Rocks! We sadly had to say goodbye to Pauline our big red van, who has safely escorted us to gigs up and down the UK for the past four years. From Leeds to Glasgow, Somerset and The Isle of Man (to name but a few).
We met our new van Roda the Renault… who has very quickly settled into the function band family and is a big hit with the band mascot, Charlie.

White van man

We were thrilled to be taking our first trip in style returning to the North East’s historic Durham Castle for a wedding event.
Durham is such a stunning city with so much history and charm. The River Wear looping around the Romanesque Durham Cathedral and Norman Durham Castle; the perfect spot for our bride and groom Kirsty and Danny to celebrate their marriage.

Durham Castle Wedding Venue

Durham Castle Wedding Breakfast

We set up our band equipment in the magnificent Great Hall, on the large stage at the back of the room ready for the evening’s wedding reception.

Durham Castle Wedding Live Music Stage

After announcing the cutting of the cake we got the guests around the dance floor to await the happy couple’s first dance as husband and wife.

We were in awe of Kirsty’s incredibly unique pale green wedding dress which was complimented by the floor length rose bridesmaid dresses.

Kirsty and Danny showed off their quirky and fun personalities with a mash up of ‘Close to You’ by The Carpenters and the Rocky Horror Picture Show classic ‘The Time Warp’. Friends and family joined the newlyweds on the dance floor and showed us their best Time Warp moves which turned into an infectious dance off!
This set the bar pretty high for the rest of the evening’s dance moves but they were definitely up for the challenge.

Durham Castle Wedding Guests Dancing

Mr & Mrs Roberts told us their favourite tunes in advance so we could design their special day playlist around their personal taste and family favourites including Michael Jackson, Ed Sheeran and Foo Fighters.

During the second set of live music the guests most certainly let their hair down and boogied the night away until midnight.

Dance Floor Wedding Guests Dancing

We performed ‘You Got The Love’ by Florence and the Machine as the encore and dedicated it to the happy couple with friends and family singing along. The perfect finish to a perfect day.

Thanks so much to the Durham Castle staff who we very helpful and such a pleasure to work alongside. We hope to return to the North East of England again soon.

Durham Castle Night Lights