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Sounds of the Sixties Show photos by Graham Huntley
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Following the success of last years show at Eastbourne Bandstand  we were really looking forward to returning this year. We had been working on the show to make sure it was even better than our debut show in 2016. We had some new costumes, new songs all in the spirit of the greatest decade of music, the 1960s. We were luckily enough to joined by Graham Huntley who took all these fantastic photos.
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We were excited to be performing at Eric Herd’s 60th Birthday party at his lovely house in the West Midlands. Eric is the owner of a company called ‘Farmfoods’  a Scottish family business which has been providing frozen foods since the 1960s. It was our second gig for the family having played at Amy’s Dads party in January. It was also our second time performing for Champions Agency who we joined at the start of the year. Lauren, Claire and the owner of the Champions John were all at the event, so we had to be good! We arrived in time to load in all our equipment round the side of the house and parked the van just outside. Lauren and Claire were kind enough to help us in with the gear, they both so helpful and cheerful! Thank you girls! There was a nice sized marquee in the garden with a stage and a nice bar in the corner. All ready to go!
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Last year we were fortunate enough to perform at Liz and Ian’ s wedding in Somerset. It took place at Fernhill Farm the other side of Bristol. We had a great night, and relished our acoustic in the dark jam when the power went 10 minutes before the end!

It was fantastic wedding and whilst the lovely couple were on their honeymoon, they a received a call from Liz’s sister, Melanie and her partner, Dan. They were calling to see if The Zoots were available to perform for their wedding day in 2017! We said yes and the couple booked us in!
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The Zoots were looking forward to performing at Spetchley Gardens in Worcester for the wedding of Cat and Rob. The lovely couple had seen us perform at Elkstone Manor for Victoria and Doyle’s wedding in 2015. They even fitted the booking of the venue around when we were available, what an honour!
After a short journey up the M5 and a quick stop,  we soon arrived at Spetchley in Worcester. As we drove up through the grounds and up to the venue, we were in awe of the views. It was a lovely warm day perfect for a wedding!

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Colin and Jane first saw the band perform in 2012 performing at St Georges Hotel in Chatham, Colin was looking for a band for his 50th birthday party so we had a chat and booked The Zoots. We performed at Colin’s fantastic party in Gillingham in 2013 and Colin gave us a glowing testimonial. We have stayed in touch ever since! We’ve also performed for Colin’s friends Nikki and Simon in 2016, read the blog here.

For the last six years The Zoots have been travelling all over the world which makes time in the UK more precious. It has been wonderful to share special times with special people and we feel like Colin and Jane are part of family and part of our journey, so we jumped at the chance when they asked us to perform for their wedding anniversary this year.

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Last Monday The Zoots were given the opportunity to perform at a fund raising event for Clic Sargeant at Windsor Races. in attendance were TV presenter Jake Humpries who hosted the event, Formula One boss Eddie Jordan and Mc Fly drummer Harry Judd. We sat on a table with Veronica Stanwell and dancer Maxime Prince as well as auctioneer Charlie Ross.
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I was lucky enough to grow up in the town of Maidenhead in Berkshire and ever since Norden Farm, Centre for the Arts was built in 2000, I have always wanted to play there. It was so close when I lived in Maidenhead, I used to walk to the venue and watch some of the live music events there. When I formed The Zoots, I hoped we’d, one day, perform at Norden Farm, and today was that day, The Zoots were finally playing at the venue a stone’s throw away from where the band was formed.

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We were so excited to be heading to Lyme regis today. Our first show back in the UK since our trip to Spain to perform on the Independence of The Seas last week.

The 122 year old Marine Theatre hasn’t always been a theatre. The site has been many things to many people for many years. Bazaars, elections, dinners, Victorian holiday visitors stepping out of hot sea baths, fossil displays, public meetings, music, theatre, dance… a babble of people and scenes make up the atmosphere of this rare and charismatic venue. Needless to say, we were looking forward to performing!  Continue reading

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HURRAH IT’S SATURDAY THE 20TH OF MAY! We had the best time yesterday performing at The Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis (read the blog about it here) but today it is the wedding of Chris and Rachel and we’re REALLY EXCITED as they are big back to the future fans, and rumour has it, there will be a DeLorean making an appearance! Eeee.

Rachel and Chris were getting married at Lains Barn in Wantage so it was a fairly short drive from Zoots HQ to the Barn. Rachel had spotted us at her hen do at The Beacon, Wantage last year. (remember that? What an awesome show that was!). We were just so pleased that Rachel enjoyed the show so much that she decided to book The Zoots to perform on their wedding day.

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Hurrah, it’s finally here! We’d been waiting for this day for aaaaaaages! It was the day Laura and Pete got married! Laura and Pete spotted us at Sam & Luke’s wedding way back in 2014! Following their engagement on NYE 2016, Laura and Pete got in touch to see if The Zoots were available to perform at their wedding. Laura told us that we were the first thing they booked for their wedding, even before they booked their venue!

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