PAT Test Day! With ‘Lowe PAT Testing’

4 August 2015

It’s that time of year again! This function band always strives to keep all our PA & backline gear PAT tested and in good working order. So this week Mr Craig Lowe (of Lowe PAT testing) popped round for a few hours to test all our equipment and make sure everything is safety checked for another year of providing great musical entertainment!

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Hard-working, but always happy when he gets to the last extension lead!:

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Always a professional and friendly service from this company, and at a great price too! Definitely worth a call if you if you need any electronic equipment or appliances tested. Platinum Band highly recommends them!

Wedding Band ‘Platinum’ @ Eastwell Manor in Kent

3 August 2015

Another beautiful venue for tonight’s wedding gig- Eastwell Manor in Kent.

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The origins of this place apparently date back to the time of the Norman Conquest. A gorgeous carved bannister features some of these scary-looking guys:

 

The couple (Donna & Simon) chose a great day for it; the sun was out and the gardens were in full glory!

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As the speeches were going on, we had a little spare time to enjoy the view over a spot of coffee! Always welcome after the journey!

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The band set up in another stunning room:

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The bride & groom had chosen ‘Chasing Cars’ by Snow Patrol as their first dance. Platinum Band were asked to play this live. A lovely choice, and we enjoyed performing it.

Towards the end of the song, the other guests started  to join them on the dance floor kick off the party! A great night!

 

 

Platinum play Charlotte & Simon’s Wedding in Kent

23 July 2015

gorgeous setting for tonight’s wedding gig! We played in the grounds of the bride’s father’s amazing house, as the sun set over the fields. Such awesome scenery:

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The bride & groom started off the dancing with their choice of first dance: ‘Time after Time’ by Cyndi Lauper.

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After that, literally everyone joined them on the dance floor and were a great crowd to play to all night! The guests seemed to love the show and were really up for some crowd participation later on in the evening: Our singer for the night, Rose Kimberley, who is a joy to have as part of the band, is equally great at getting the audience involved for some singing and dancing!

Here’s a little clip of the action:

The couple and guests were lovely, the band were treated very well and the setting was beautiful! Couldn’t ask for much more- a really fun event!

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Floella & Matthew’s wedding @ Lyde Court in Hereford

10 July 2015

On our way to our wedding gig at Lyde Court, we found a lovely little shop which sold great local produce. We couldn’t resist doing some food shopping and between the two of us, bought 30 eggs, lots of fruits and veg, and one of the best date cakes ever!
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Floella & Matthew’s first dance was ‘Everlong’ by the Foo Fighters (the acoustic version). We really enjoyed playing it for them, as we all love this song. Straight after the first dance, we kicked off with ‘Place your hands’ by Reef.

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Loved this feature, what a great idea…

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As you can see from the photos below, Lyde Court is a stunning venue and the happy couple did a great job with the decorations…

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This was our chill-out area (between sets) where we also had our dinner.

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This was the view from upstairs. Lyde court offered a fantastic stage for the band to rock out on!

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…and just to make sure we didn’t get lost…

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In addition to our regular line up, we had the fantastic Piers Green on Saxophone.

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Tonight we had the wonderful Rose Kimberley on singing duties and James ‘the chops’ Palmer on drums

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We all had a fantastic night, and as you can see (from the photos below), everyone was up for a party!

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Was great fun playing ‘Soul man’ by Sam & Dave, ‘Basket Case’ by Greenday, ‘You shook me all night long’ by ACDC and ‘Naive’ by The kooks, some great additions to the setlist…

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Rose couldn’t resist jumping in the crowd and getting everyone involved with the singing.

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Platinum also had fun in the photo area (after two great sets of live music of course)…

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Platinum Band play Dave & Rebecca’s Wedding @ Barnett Hill, Surrey

8 July 2015

It is always lovely to be invited by a friend to play at their wedding – the night was great fun and Platinum band were honoured to be part of the day! Some musicians amongst the guests tonight so we tried not to feel under pressure! All seemed to love the live music though and the crowd were amazing; coming inside to dance from the word go (despite the lovely sunny weather outside!)

Here’s the drum-eye view of some of the dance floor antics…

Platinum Wedding Band at Barnett Hill, Surrey

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The Barnett Hill Hotel is a gem of a venue, in the midst of the Surrey countryside. The interior and the grounds are both stunningly beautiful.  Always a pleasure to set up the gear in a stylish venue!

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There were some lovely personal touches as well, such as cool (but mysterious) giant letters on the trees!

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All in all I think it’s safe to say everyone had a fantastic time! We were also impressed by the varied and very delicious choices of cake on offer at this wedding!

Some of the songs that went down particularly well tonight were ‘Addicted To Love’ by Robert Palmer, ‘Rolling In The Deep’ by Adele, and ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ by Queen (always a great sing-along one for the end of the night!)

We had a really good time performing for the guests and of course wish the happy couple all the best for the future! It was a pleasure to be involved!

 

 

 

Rosalind & Thomas’s Wedding @ Hall place & Gardens in Bexley

4 July 2015

We were welcomed by this magnificent room to set up and get ready for the big night ahead. Wow, what a beautiful place to have your ceremony in, great choice!

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Thomas and Rosalind’s  first dance was “I Will Wait” by Mumford & Sons, which is a great song and our newly wed couple did a wonderful routine to it! as you can see below.

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Hall Place & Gardens Hall Place is a stunning Tudor house with magnificent gardens sitting on the banks of the River Cray in Bexley. (below you will find a bit more infos on this stunning building, we love history so couldn’t resist)

Hall Place is a Grade I listed country house built in 1537 for former Lord Mayor of London, Sir John Champneys. The Tudor house, that has recently been extensively restored, boasts a panelled Great Hall with minstrel’s gallery. 17th century additions and improvements include a vaulted Long Gallery and splendid Drawing Room with fine plaster ceiling.

Set in award-winning gardens on the banks of the River Cray with magnificent topiary, enclosed gardens and inspirational herbaceous borders. In the walled gardens there are sub-tropical glasshouses and a nursery selling plants grown in the Hall Place gardens.

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Close up of this beautiful Tudor building.

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The garden was really stunning as you can see.

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Our lovely singer Rose Kimberley within roses and  singing later for Roz & Tom

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Our rhythm section for tonight: Terry Swain on drums and Eoghan Logue on bass getting ready to throw some tasty grooves on the dance floor.

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The night was really fun, rosalind & Thomas’s guest were a great crowd and well up for a boogie on the dance floor. We really enjoyed playing songs such as ‘Soul man’ by Sam & Dave, ‘You never can tell’ by  Chuck Berry, ‘Basket case’ by Greenday, ‘Raise your glass’ by Pink as we don’t always play them, it’s good for us to keep our set list exciting…

John & Sarah’s Wedding in Much Marcle

12 June 2015

Slightly further afield than our frequent Surrey gigs – but well worth the drive! The couple chose the perfect sunny day for their wedding!

Such a beautiful setting at Homme House (www.hommehouse.co.uk) the countryside, on the Herefordshire, Gloucestershire & Worcestershire borders. This place is surrounded by parkland and woodland, and boasts some absolutely stunning views. The interior is equally elegant!

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..the band setting up..

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Full 7 piece Platinum Band line-up this evening, featuring the lovely Debbie Graham on vocals, who had so many complements on her amazing voice!

First Dance, and a great choice by the bride & groom, was ‘Crazy Love’ by Van Morrisson. Here’s a photo of the happy couple on the dance floor:

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The guests couldn’t wait to get up and boogie, and joined them on the floor as we kicked off our first set of live music with ‘Forget You’ by Cee Lo Green – always a popular tune!

 

Mike & Keely’s Weeding at Buckettsland Farm

6 June 2015

On arrival to www.buckettslandfarm.co.uk we knew it’ll be a great night! the scenery there is beautiful and the farm is run by a lovely couple. Loraine one of the owner, who also managed the cattery for the evening,  made us feel very welcome and was so helpful.

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We had the fantastic Tom Worrall on keys in addition to our regular 4 piece line up which made some songs really fun to play such as ‘ Power of love’ by Huey Lewis & the news and ‘ Don’t stop me now’ by Queen.

The cutting of the cake taking place just before playing the First dance ‘ Ho Hey by The Lumineers which was great fun to play especially with our singer adding a really cool touch with her ukulele .

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Straight after the first dance we kick off with our 2nd set which allow us to keep the dance floor busy all night. We really enjoyed playing to Mike & Keely’s guests as everyone was really up for a good boogie. We played ‘ Shake it off’ by Taylor Swift for the first time, what a tune, people went mad for it, we witnessed some incredible moves on the Dance floor.

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At the end when everyone was gone and I was still packing up, I noticed this notice board on the side of the Dance floor which made so much sense of how the evening went! what a great idea, this board should be taken to every Parties, Events, Weddings etc….as it really did the trick on the night… It’s probably magic…..

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Kaz & Morven’s Wedding Day in Devon

26 May 2015

 

Easily one of the loveliest weddings we’ve played at all year! Amazing setting amongst the rolling hills of Devon, and such a great relaxed and fun vibe to the whole evening -really special.

The band couldn’t have felt more welcome – everything was made super easy for us and we were extremely well looked after. The crowd was an absolute pleasure to play for as well – we had a great time and I’m pretty sure they did as well!

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The bride and groom chose a gorgeous piano ballad by Ludovico Einaudi as their first dance. Here’s a photo of their moment on the dance floor:

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We followed with our first set of live music. It didn’t take anyone long to join in the dancing as you can see here:

Platinum’s first set the entertainment kept on going! A Ceilidh was organised for the break and we’ve captured what we could of the action (outside in the dark!):

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After the al fresco dancing…more dancing to the band in the marquee..

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After Platinum’s second set of live music, everyone was ushered outside again for sparklers!

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Even as we drove away the celebrations were still going strong: 

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What a fun evening! We all enjoyed playing for this event and wish the happy couple all the best in the future!

The Foxs’ Wedding in Cranbrook, Kent

21 May 2015

Lovely marquee setting in King George V Field today. The bride and groom had chosen ‘Book Of Love’ by Gavin James as their first dance, which is a beautiful song and we enjoyed playing it.

The dancing and celebrating started immediately afterwards – we always love an enthusiastic audience!

On vocals tonight we had the amazing Rose Kimberley (www.rosekimberley.com), who even managed to choreograph the whole crowd at some point -so many great singing voices and dance moves! Here’s a little pic we managed to capture in between playing duties:

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We had a good time and as you can see, the guests partied hard too! Thanks to the lovely couple for having Platinum Band at their wedding tonight!