What a night…..

Thanks to all that came along to the recent 80’s night at The Felbridge Hotel. Our second one there this year and you guys did not disappoint!  Some amazing costumes and awesome dancing…..oops upside your head was just brilliant!!

Will keep you posted but it looks like the next one is March 2017.    We are also back at The Tavern in Horley on Saturday 27th August for another great night of 80s in this lovely venue, more details can be found on the Public Shows page

Happy New Year

We want to wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year.

2016 is shaping up to be our biggest year ever with bookings already in the diary for 80’s nights, weddings, parties, pubs and another new year’s eve gala dinner at the Selsdon Park Hotel.   Keep an eye on the Public Shows page for more information of upcoming performances.

If you are looking for a band for your event please get in touch to see how we can help.

Planning your Evening Reception

We often get asked (or told) how the evening reception at a wedding should run and are given a timetable that sometimes breaks the running order down to the minute.  While this is great advanced planning and a worthwhile exercise, it may be worth building in a certain level of flexibility on the night.

The reason being, is that there is always a period upon arrival of the evening guests that needs to be left to social chatting, as guests will want to see the happy couple and have a drink when they arrive.  This is difficult to accurately account for and can depend on how promptly they arrive, how long it takes to get served at the bar etc. Our experience if the band starts too early is it can be wasted on the audience and can also interrupt the arriving guests from speaking to the Bride and Groom comfortably.

It’s a fine balance to strike between the entertainment starting too early, possibly resulting in a lack of interest or too late, so that any all-day guests are starting to think about making a move.  We have found over the years that starting the band after the evening buffet (if there is one) generally works well, as everyone is warmed up with a few drinks, has had some food, caught up with their friends and ready to party.  Midnight/last orders is also a great time to for the band to hit their last few party songs, in the knowledge that guests generally expect to stay until this time.  If there’s a late licence then we can keep the party going with disco music for the die-hard dancers!

It is usually apparent when the time is right to kick off the music – and the band should be flexible to start when that moment arrives, whether it is before or after their initial scheduled time.

Remember to make the most of having a live band experience at your reception – after all that is why you booked one.  The timings of the evening can make a real difference between keeping the dance floor packed all-night making it a night to remember or struggling to attract guests to the dance floor.

First Dance at a Wedding

We often get asked about what makes a good first dance, so we thought we’d offer our take on it….

When your choosing your first dance together, it may seem an obvious point to make – but do listen to the lyrics!

Many a time we’ve been asked to play a favourite song of the couple, only on first listen to discover it’s about cheating, infidelity or in one case – the song was about a parent, not a partner!

It’s all too easy to forget what the lyrics actually mean when a song has been a firm favourite for years. It may sound great on the dance floor, but all too often we have watched rather puzzled looks from guests as U2’s ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ kicks in, or The Police – ‘Every Breath You Take (the song is actually about stalking an ex-lover!) pumps out over the sound system.

On another note, one of the best first dances we have seen was ‘Moves Like Jagger – never be afraid of going down the upbeat route especially if the groom is uncomfortable with a slowie!

Welcome

Welcome to the all new Cinnamon Street website.

We are really proud of it as it now gives everyone the chance to see what we do and hear us play, and also give you an insight into why we do what we do.

Being huge 80’s fans we will be constantly sharing our passion for the decade on here and hope you will enjoy reading about our desire to create the best possible replication of these great songs at your event.

We also aim to provide all the information you will need should you be looking for a band for an upcoming wedding, event or birthday party. Feel free to get in touch to find out more and stay tuned for future band blogs to help with creating a successful event.

Dave, John & Greg – Cinnamon Street