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Hello 2017!

So sorry, its been a total age since we’ve written. There’s no excuse really, apart from we’ve been really busy. Like our feet have hardly touched the ground, until now!

December 2016 was one of THE BEST December’s we’ve ever had. We went to Oman, to UAE, to Germany, France and Belgium. And then we saw the New Year in (on the floor of the airport) in Cuba before sailing to Jamaica!! How lucky are we? I literally have 1000s of photos from our trips, so will include only a few below. If you want to see more, send me an email, and we’ll arrange a slideshow. :)Dubai was hot and interesting. We went to the old Souks (markets) on the river where they sold spices, textiles and gold. We (Tommy) learnt the art of haggling, which came in very useful. We stopped for a bite to eat near the gold souk, where we had some delicious local foods. Jamie bought some of the local attire. We took a little boat across the river (video below) It was an incredible experience.

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Vicki is my one of my cousins so I was over the moon when Ben proposed to her! Vicki and Ben have travelled all over the country to see the band and are fantastic supporters of the band. Ben has even performed with the band although he was dressed as a ghost that day and said his name was Steve. Ben is a fun guy and I think his performance with The Zoots (which is well documented on Youtube) sums up what a great guy he is.

Vicki on the left, Ben at the back, Amy and Christine have been coming to see the band for about five years now and Ben told me in private about four years ago that one day he wanted us to play at his wedding, even though he hadn’t asked Vicki!
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We had been planning a show local to home for a long time, we just couldn’t find the right venue for The Zoots to play. We rehearsed at the Wyvern Theatre a couple of years back and thought about St Johns but couldn’t decide. I’d been to Marlborough Town Hall but had never been upstairs,  I arranged an appointment and immediately thought it would be a great venue for a Halloween show. It was designed in Victorian times and has a fantastic history and even has cells in the basement for the naughty people.
We booked the hall, got some printed tickets and started selling! We had a great start to sales from our lovely new neighbours who bought the first 60 tickets! We were also very lucky to have the support of Marlborough Academy of Dance and Drama. Cheryl Heuston who runs the academy put together two brilliant Halloween themed dances for the students to open the show. We also planned for one of Ben Jones’s guitar students Ellie to make a guest appearance too. The local press were also very supportive as were Mercers of Marlborough.
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As a band we get to travel around alot and we get to see some lovely places, recently we’ve been to Kusadasi, La Coruna, Split, Lisbon and The Azores. It is a brilliant journey and we are having a great time, we just need to remember to tell everyone about it! Continue reading

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The Zoots have been soooooo busy this year and have been away so much its been tough to keep up to date with all our news. We had a fantastic November and got to tour some fantastic places; Turkey, Croatia, Portugal, Italy and a brief trip to the Azores. We have some exciting times ahead, in December we are going to the UAE and Oman in the Middle East aswell as Holland, Belgium, Germany and France. To cap it all off we have a show in Cuba on New Years Eve!! Then to Jamaica early January! Lucky us!

Below is a picture of us being the first to arrive at T2 at about 4.00 am on a cold November morning on our way to Turkey. Travelling to all these warmer places makes winter so much better! 60s band, 60s band south west, 60s tribute band london, sixties tribute band, sixties band, sixties tribute hampshire, 60s tribute band Hants, 60’s tribute band in wiltshire, zoots 60s band, zoots sixties band, 60s tribute show, sixties tribute show, 60s tribute south, Masquerade theater, 60s tribute hampshire, 60s tribute band for hire Continue reading

We met Anna and her family, husband Stuart, son Fraser and daughter Elizabeth when we performed on a cruise in 2015. We were sailing through the med having the best time! We performed in the theatre to a crowd of 1,500. When we asked for a volunteer, a small hand shot up, and young Fraser was chosen to join us on stage when we performed ‘Really Got Me & All Day and All Night‘. We gave him an inflatable guitar and he rocked out like a pro with our lead guitarist Ben. It was brilliant. Continue reading

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It’s been a very busy weekend this Easter. We performed at The Beacon Theatre in Wantage on Friday and at Northbrook Park for Bex and Jay’s wedding on Sunday. Today we’re headed South down the A34 and M3 towards Hampshire, Hayling Island to be precise as we’ve been booked to perform with out very popular sixties show.

It was our debut show on Hayling Island and we were keen to see what it was like. Did we need a ferry? Did we need our passports? Was there a time change? Luckily for us April fools was a couple of days away.

This was to be the third ‘Showstopper’ performance The Zoots had put on, after previous very successful showstopper performances at Corton Coastal Resort and Alvaston Hall this year.
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Last week was blooming brilliant. We had such a fab time performing for Steve and Laura at Pinewood Studios and only yesterday (Friday) we had the absolute honour of performing for our good friends Simon & Emily on their wedding day at Priston Mill. I don’t think we could be any happier.

Today, Saturday, we’re headed towards a little town called Chorleywood. We’ve actually passed through here many moon ago when we were performing at Fitness Fiesta in Hemsby last year. It’s a lovely place, lots of fields lots of green. Today we’re performing for Phil and Rainee on their wedding day at North Hill Farm and we’re really looking forward to it. We’ve been liaising with Phil & Rainee about their big day since they got in touch in August last year.  Continue reading

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OK, so today is a preeeeety special day. We’re always very excited and very fortunate that lots of couples choose us, The Zoots, to be there wedding band which on a day they’ll never forget. It really is a very lovely thing and gives us a very warm feeling to be part of something so memorable.

But today is a little bit different. Today one of The Zoots drummers, Simon Small is getting married! We’ve known Si for three years now and he plays with us whenever Master East isn’t available. We just love playing with Si, he’s great fun and very talented. Over the years, we’ve got to know Si and Emily as a couple and we’re really lucky to be able to call them our friends. So when Si popped the question on the Christmas Eve 2013 to his beautiful girlfriend Emily, we were absolutely thrilled to hear the news. They are just perfect together. We jumped to offer to perform for them both on their most special of special days. They said yes and the countdown to the wedding began.  Continue reading

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Last week we had a brilliant time at Sophie and Charles wedding at Marden Manor. It really was fantastic, at one of the most beautiful marquees we’ve ever seen! The week flew by and before we knew it, it was Saturday and we we’re heading East to perform at Steve & Laura at the very famous, Pinewood Studios. It was an early start for us as Steve & Laura wanted the band to be set up before the wedding breakfast took place. We had tired sleepy eyes but we were feeling like happy and content Zoots as we set off in our still very slow van. Continue reading