It’s been a beautiful week of glorious, and some what humid weather, but we’ve been enjoying it. It’s been a busy week at HQ, we’ve had lots of enquiries for bookings for 2017 (and even 2018) which is just brilliant! Today, we’re off to a lovely place, called Hook, in Hampshire. We’re heading to The Frog & Wicket in Hook to perform at their annual cricket day, taking place on England’s oldest functioning cricket pitch. Continue reading
Hello! Me again,
Its been a crazy few months in Zoots world, we were touring non stop from November to the beginning of 2016 and we’ve moved our HQ. We’ve found an article from last November about our excellent cruise to Malta, Barcelona and Cagliari.
I hope you enjoyed our blog from December about our performance in the Broadway Melodies Theatre. When we weren’t busy onstage with our 1960’s show, we were fortunate enough to have some time off to explore the places which we stopped in, boy we’ve been very lucky Zoots this year, and we’ve visited some amazing places. Today I want to tell you a little bit about where we went, and share with you some photos we took on our travels in late November. Continue reading
Wow. It’s autumn already. You may have noticed we’ve been a bit quiet on the blogging front, our bad. We’ve been so busy. Like really so busy. We’ve not even had chance to tell you about some of the awesome things The Zoots have been doing. We’ve not filled you in on the pretty spectacular and very colourful wedding of Tara & Vig at the stunning Boreham House, back in August (was it really August?!). Nor have we had a minute to stop and mention just how fantastic Laura & Andy’s wedding at Walton Castle was (we played in a turret!!) and we’ve just not sat down to really soak up how much we enjoyed performing for Emma & Lee at their beautiful wedding at the Moonraker in Wiltshire. Continue reading
On Saturday 27th December The Zoots performed at Laura & Sam Wallace’s wedding reception at Chiswell Street Dining Rooms part of the prestigious 5 star Montcalm Hotel in central London. The impressive 17th Century building was once owned by the Whitbread Brewery and one of the first mass production breweries in England. The style and decoration throughout the hotel oozed class and the staff were extremely helpful. We met Sam and Laura a few months before the big day to discuss the plans and the load in to make sure everything flowed like clockwork on the night. Below is a picture of the venue on the day and back in the day. I also got a sneaky shot of the reception staff who kindly opened up the doors for us to load in our equipment.
Today, it’s a special one on the blog for The Zoots. It’s the 4th of October 2014 and SAM IS GETTING MARRIED! I’ve known Sam since school. At the age of 11 we became friends as we both embarked on 5 year venture through secondary school. We then journeyed through college together and went our separate ways a few years later for university. Our paths have crossed over the years as we’ve kept up to date with what each other has been doing via Facebook and mutual friends. Sam got in touch in January 2014, having seen The Zoots on The Independence of The Seas a few years ago, she wondered if we performed at weddings and if we would be available to perform at hers! We said yes!!! I was so excited and nervous and happy and smily and feeling so wonderful that Sam had asked us! Continue reading
Let’s journey back to Friday the 4th of April 2014. We are in central London, Knightsbridge to be exact, performing for those crazy cats at the Royal Thames Yacht Club for their younger members ball. It is one of those ‘crazy crazy nights’ (thank you KISS) and the crowd are loving it. Not just ‘sorta-kinda-giving-it-a-go-shufflin’-those-feet’ but really LOVING IT. Bodies are bopping, arms are a-waving and sweat is a-pouring. It was brilliant. Made ever more hilarious as it was a masquerade ball! In amongst the throngs of people, bodies, drinks and masks were Alan & Jenny. Bride & groom to be. As we were recovering (packing away) they came up to us and asked us to be their wedding band. We said yes! Continue reading
Last week we were lucky enough to spend the night in Norway. It was out of this world beautiful and amazing. We left Heathrow and got a plane to Oslo. We then caught a short flight in a *tiny* plane to a place called Stavanger in the middle of the fjords. The plane had two little propellors and only took about 40 passengers. We had one of the most beautiful taxi rides through the fjords headed toward a small village called Loen, even the drizzle couldn’t dampen our mood. We climbed mountains before returning to sea level to make our way around the fjords, through tunnels and along the roads by the fjords. It was a short distance to be covered but due to all of the water we had to take the long way round and we were grateful for it. There were beautiful waterfalls everywhere. The houses were incredible, everything was just amazing, and we just simply couldn’t capture or take in the beauty of it all. Dumbfounded by the scenery, we arrived at the hotel. It was like walking in to a painting. After a bite to eat (needless to say it was one of the tasiest meals we’ve ever had – “That was *the best* hamburger I’ve ever eaten‘, exclaimed Stuart) we headed outside for a short walk and to take in the views. The air was so clean. It was one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever seen (apologies for the over use of the word but its the only way I can really describe it). It stayed light until about 1am and even then it was barely dark. We took so many photos trying to really capture the essence of the place. It’s something we wont forget, ever. We’re so lucky to be able to visit places like this whilst doing what we love. Words fail to do this amazing place justice so I’ll let the pictures to all the talking. Continue reading
Hello May 31st. It’s Saturday. It’s around 4pm. We’re at Zoots HQ in Wiltshire, having a cup of tea and loading the van all set for our performance at Tylney Hall in Hampshire. The skies are clear and we’re feeling elated. We’ve just returned from performing to 2000 people on a cruise to France and Italy, (read all about it here) and we’re looking forward to performing for a very lovely couple, Olivia & Rich. They got in touch in July 2013 to see if we were available to perform for them. They sounded just wonderful and their wedding sounded perfect so we of course said yes! Tylney Hall is just such a breath-takingly grand venue. We are pretty excited.
We’ve arrived it’s even better than we remembered. We’ve visited Tylney Hall a few months ago and met with Olivia & Rich and Olivia’s parents Lindsey & Terry. It was great to check out the room we were performing in, our load in arrangements and where we could park. We always like to visit a venue if we can before the day as it really helps things to run extra smoothly. It’s also great to meet the hosts if we can too, and put names to faces so that on the night it’s more personal. Continue reading
Saturday got off to a great start. Lead Guitarist Ben and Bass player Stuart stayed over a Zoots HQ following our gig the night before in Brean with our other group Jamie & The First Class. We started the day off with a tasty cooked breakfast before being joined by drummer Master East and hitting the road, bound for Sussex to perform at the wedding of Juliette & Nicolas. We met them a few weeks previously to talk weddings. Read all about it here. The journey was good, the weather was nice and we made good time. We stopped on the way to make a few phone calls and take some selfies. Continue reading
Saturday was the 3rd of May 2014. We’d been looking forward to Saturday for a long time. It was the day we were performing for James & Abbie for their wedding at Fell Foot Park in the Lake District. Owned by the National Trust, their website park promises Fell Foot to be a ‘lakeshore park with stunning mountain views’. It certainly didn’t disappoint. The couple had organised for a very special marquee to be erected on the grounds (boy, there are marquees and there are marquees – this one was hugeeee!) – it was outstanding. But more about that later… Continue reading