No Comments | October 12, 2016
Quantock Lakes is a wonderful venue and the wedding band Doctor Chocolate has played here on numerous occasions. As a band, Doctor Chocolate has played for some amazing weddings, events, charity fundraisers, celebrations and school proms over the years. We have also played in some amazing venues all over the South West and the UK.
So, we get to see behind the scenes of these venues as well as see the staff and the venue in action. This is great as we see first hand how efficiently and quickly they lay out their furniture, how they speak about the clients, what their food is like, how polite the staff are and what the grounds and rooms are like etc. You can tell a lot about a venue by the way the staff interact with both musicians and your guests.
Recently, we had the pleasure of playing at Quantock Lakes and this is definitely a venue that we love performing in. During the summer months the venue has a beautiful marquee attached to the main bar area and this doubles up the spaces and options available to clients.
We were booked to perform in the venue for a private birthday party and we were able to set up in the bar area, leaving the clients freedom to enjoy the marquee area for their reception. The marquee is large, and has a stage and lighting behind curtains for a big reveal later in the evening and the size is certainly big enough for our 9 piece wedding and function band to set up in. The marquee, reception area and bar all look over the beautiful grounds and lakes.
On this occasion Doctor Chocolate had been booked for a surprise birthday party and we set up all the equipment and lighting in the main bar area. This room was decorated by the venue and everything looked really simple but pretty taking advantage of the rustic style of the room with a few candles and twinkly lights.
The staff at Quantock Lakes are attentive, polite and great fun. They know people are at the venue to celebrate and they do all they can to ensure that everyone is looked after. Doctor Chocolate have played at this venue on several occasions, and have found the staff helpful as well as really clear with their instructions on where and when we have to set up. It may not seem so important, but when we arrive at a venue we only have a short time to set up and sound check and having clear instruction on arrival is a massive help.
If the staff are helpful and friendly to other suppliers for your event then you can be sure they will be genuinely helpful and friendly to your guests too!
On this occasion we had a little bit of a wait until the birthday boy arrived in style. He arrived in style by a surprise helicopter ride that flew by a couple of times before landing 20 foot in front of the excited crowd who wooped and cheered as he arrived in James Bond style. Everything was a complete surprise and how 100 people kept it all a secret we will never know! Before our first set we had time to relax in the lounge area.
What do the band do whilst they are waiting to perform? Have a few pints of beer? No, not this band – we all enjoyed a lovely cup of tea! Perfect!
Once guests enjoyed a meal and speeches were over the band started to play and the dance floor was immediately full and remained so for the remainder of the evening. We would thoroughly recommend this venue for any wedding, party or celebration. We would also recommend that you book Doctor Chocolate as the band for your wedding, party, celebration or fundraiser so contact us today for a quote.