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Backstage with Downtown Underground at Katie & Mickey's Wedding

Downtown Underground, our top pop, soul & funk band in the North West, played for Katie & Mickey's wedding last summer at Accrington Town Hall. Harry from the band reports from backstage.

Backstage with Downtown Underground at Katie & Mickey's Wedding

The preparation for each gig starts long before we load the vehicles, although this is the first time we join together as a band. Each of us will have already cleaned and ironed our stage clothes along with checking and packing all of our instruments and equipment.

There is no better feeling than getting a room full of people dancing. This is what we live for!

We meet with plenty of time in hand before we need to leave as we don't like to rush. We like to stay cool, rushing around is NOT cool.

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As with the packing process we like to leave plenty of time to get to the venue to ensure we are all there and ready to start loading in and setting up. In addition to using a Sat Nav we also always take a map and directions as many rural venues can be difficult to find.

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The journey allows us some time to catch up with each other and get down to new musical finds. We all have very eclectic tastes so there is always some interesting music to listen to, one of the perks of working with such passionate and studious musicians!

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We arrive at the venue, Accrington Town Hall, and marvel at its grandeur! Another perk of working in a function band is the wonderful range of historic venues we get to play at.

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Apparently the Queen was on that balcony last month when she made a visit to Accrington. Royal Soul! We make our way inside to meet the venue co-ordinator and confirm arrangements before beginning the load in.

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The sign inside leaves us in no doubt we are in the right place!

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Once we've all helped get the equipment on stage we begin to set up. We usually do this in two stages. Firstly the actual physical set up of the equipment; construction of drum kit, setting up mic/speaker stands and connecting leads.

We do this quickly and quietly so as not to disturb wedding proceedings that are going on at the same time. Then once everything is set up and we've got the all clear to make some noise we do the sound check. Sound checking ensures we sound great in every venue we play.

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In our dressing room the rest of the band talk through the set list I have prepared. The set list usually changes from gig to gig depending on the 'first dance' and any other requests.

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A sight we are used to seeing. The crowd is usually up and dancing half way through the first song of our set. There is no better feeling than getting a room full of people dancing. This is what we live for!

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Once our final encore is complete we take a couple of minutes break before packing down our equipment and loading it out. We take the opportunity to congratulate the bride and groom, Mickey and Katie, on their big day. Receiving positive feedback from them and other guests lets us know we've done our job for the night! Then all that remains is the drive home for some well earned sleep!

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Downtown Underground are available to hire from Function Central. See wedding bands in Lancashire to browse similar bands available in Lancs and beyond.


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World-class pop, funk and soul function band, refreshing and recreating the classic soul sounds of the 60s, 70s and 80s, alongside soul-infused contemporary pop and R&B. DJ service and jazz/acoustic afternoon music available.


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