There are many potential pitfalls and difficulties you can face being in an alternative wedding band.
Traffic jams, adequate power supply at the venue, over-indulging at motorway service stations etc. However, at the many receptions that we’ve played at, nothing has been more disruptive to our performance than a dog appearing on the dancefloor.
Ruth and Mike had invited us to perform to their friends and family at the beautiful Doddington Hall in Lincolnshire and things could not have gone any better. We arrive at the venue well-ahead of schedule, we have a relaxed set up and are ready to kick-off the party as the super-lovely first dance of Elbow’s Mirrorball fades out over the PA.
Five or so songs in and we’re really getting the room going until at some point during You Never Can Tell, a circle formed with dancers clapping and cheering in time to the music, yet seemingly uninterested in what was going on on stage.
This was weird. Why were people turning their backs on us? Then, through the legs of Ruth and Mike’s guests we could see a furry, four-legged friend, strutting his stuff around the dance floor, partly reveling in the amount of attention he was getting from the dance circle, and partly just being completely and utterly bewildered as to what he’d walked into.
Things took a turn for the worst for the poor mutt when a toddler tried to mount and ride him like a horse- which was about the time that we completely lost it. How we didn’t drop a note from the four of us being doubled-up, I’ll never know – although Pete couldn’t stifle his laughter and sort of just giggled in time throughout the last verse.
Where the dog came from, we have no idea, but that was a first for us and it made an already incredible wedding an extremely fun and memorable one for The Rebel Party Band.
Hmmm, I wonder if we could up-sell dancefloor dogs as part of our package..?