And it’s early (for us)! We have a 4 hour drive ahead of us, as we make our way to Suffolk to perform with our 1960’s show. This time last week, we were on our way to perform at Sian & Kevin’s wedding at Bassmead Manor Barns, it was so brilliant.
We all pile into the van and leave at midday. Here is the view from our HQ in Wiltshire. We’d been in touch with the team at venue to run through our plans and arrival times.
We drove west down the M4 and round the M25 to meet the A12 through Chelmsford, Ipswich and Colchester to Pakefield in Suffolk.
We loaded in our guitars, amps and extra bits and got ready for sound check.
We ran through ‘Suspicious Minds‘ by Elvis and ‘Do You Love Me‘ by The Contours in soundcheck. We spent quite a bit of time getting the sound right. The room was really large, which can make the sound quite difficult to control. It was great to be able to spend a lot of time getting the sound right. You can download The Zoots version of Do you love me from our album here.
After soundcheck, we headed over to the ship styled restaurant and got some fish cake and chips, vegetarian chilli and baked potatoes for dinner. It was really nice to have a hot meal after our really long journey.
After a few cups of tea and coffee, we went backstage to warm up and get changed.
We played loads of awesome sixties songs from our repertoire including ‘Apache’, ‘Twist & Shout’, ‘Johnny Be Goode‘, ‘Pretty Woman’ and ‘Gimme Some Lovin”.
Halfway through the set, we slowed things down with ‘Stand by me‘ by Ben E King. The dance-floor was packed as everyone enjoyed dancing together.
We love playing our rock ‘n’ roll part of the show which had the audience jiving, twisting, shimmying and shaking! Bass player Dan rocked out the double bass as we played some of our favourites by Elvis, Eddie Cochran, Chubby Checker and Bill Haley. The dance floor was totally packed and the whole venue was having a great time.
For the last song of the evening, we got the crowd in a circle and sang together. It was a great feeling.
After the show, we met with some of the members of the audience who gave us lots of great feedback on what was such a brilliant evening. Our special thanks to Charley, Robert, Steve, Emma (and for the photos) and all the team for making us feel so welcome and helping us to put on a brilliant show.
Thank you so much for everyone who came to see us, and thank you to everyone who took the time to leave some wonderful feedback in our comment book.
Love from The Zoots