Last weekend we were lucky enough to play Chris and Jo’s wedding at the Merchant Taylor’s Hall in York. Weather-wise it had been a typical British summer’s day – but the sun started to show it’s face as we arrived; and, once we were inside it was obvious that we were with a party who were up for a good time no matter what the weather!
The hall itself dates back from the 14th century, and sits just inside the ancient city walls of York. Due to it’s age and location there are some strict volume controls in place for live entertainment. This is something that is becoming more common in many city centre venues, and it is the sort of situation that really highlights the difference between booking a professional band and a part-time one.
Many less-experienced bands struggle with any sort of volume restrictions and don’t have the ability, or the inclination, to manage their sound levels to suit the venue, the event, or the audience. We work regularly in venues where we need to control our sound levels and we perform at a lot of weddings, which means we’re often playing to audiences aged from 4 to 104. So we’re used to taking a flexible approach to volume, and still giving 100% to our performance.
Our approach at the Merchant Taylor’s Hall was to bring an electronic drum kit, which provided us with compete control over our volume. We took our time over set up and sound check, and we were able to provide Jo and Chris with a trouble free performance!
The happy couple had chosen ‘I’m A Believer’ by The Monkees for their first dance, and it made a refreshing change to start the night with an uptempo request and it set the pace for the rest of the evening. We had a full dance floor all night; and, yes, they were aged from 4 up to… somewhere higher!