Summer 2018 - Gigs in Europe
We thought we'd share some of our amazing experiences that we had performing in Europe so far this summer. With four gigs in France, one in Ibiza and Spain coming up this September, we can say that we've had a great summer so far and a lot of vitamin D.
We kicked off our European gigs in May when we drove down to the stunning town of La Deux Évailles (next to Laval), for an amazing wedding for an American couple on Saturday 26th May. It was a delightful sunny day and we had a great time setting up and doing soundcheck, while soaking up some rays. Until about ten minutes before our performance, thunder struck, literally. Rain was pouring down and everyone was scrambling trying to help us cover all our equipment under the barn. About an hour later, we kicked off with our first set and the dance floor was pumping all night long. It was a great start for our European wedding season.
The day after, on Sunday, we drove to Paris airport and flew to Ibiza where our next wedding venue was all setup and ready for us to perform by the beach, at Ca's Mila Restaurant in Cala Tarida, on the West side of the Island. When we arrived we couldn't say much, everyone was trying to take in the views. This place was just magical. Even better, everything was setup and ready to go, with two sound engineers on site to assist with whatever we needed. After the couple's first dance we kicked off with our first ever set on the party island of Ibiza, still trying to realise that the view was not a postcard. After our performance, we took a cheeky dip in the sea and headed back to our hotel. On Monday headed back to France and drove back to the UK.
We thought nothing could beat that weekend in May, but the best was yet to come, with two gigs in France in the month of June. It was our very first wedding performance at a vineyard, that is still in operation, Domaine Gayda, which is situated in the town of Brugairolles, next to Carcassonne. Our duo performed during the drinks reception and the band followed with two party sets later in the evening. We had plenty of time to enjoy the amazing views, sunset and also some wine tasting. We cannot forget our first Michelin Star restaurant food experience on a gig that was served to us at this venue, 3 course meal, that included steaks, truffles, salads, cheese boards and various deserts. Oh how we love France!
Two weeks later we flew out to another magical venue and location in France, this time it was the Chateau du Doux, in the village of Altillac, just North of Toulouse. This place looked like a magical castle from a movie and everything looked impeccable. Driving into the venue took us back in time, as we setup all the equipment with the sun setting behind us and hills and fields right in front of us. We performed the first dance live and then all the guests were ready to party, with everyone on the dance floor, showing off their dance moves and throwing some shapes. We couldn't help ourselves but join the guests with a little bit of crowd roaming.
As our final France wedding for the season got closer, we thought it would be hard to beat the previous weddings, but we were wrong, again! The South of France is such a magical place, filled with picturesque landscapes, that you never know what to expect. Dan & Brian's wedding took place on the 6th of July, in a small village in France called Opio. This place was straight out of a postcard, with magical views and a venue with loads of character. It was an American couple with guests and friends that flew in all the way to France from various states in America. The wedding was planned perfectly and with a lot of attention to detail, they also had napkins and coasters with their names and date on. The clients treated us like celebrities and took great care of us. What a way to close the wedding season in France.
We're not done with Europe yet as we'll be performing at the Hotel Cortijo Bravo in Malaga, Spain in September this year and we'll be back in France for more weddings in 2019!