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Record Store (Shop) Day

We would like to announce Record Store Day 2011 which will take place on Saturday April 16th and as last year, will run through to Sunday April 17th.

For the uninitiated, Record Store Day is an event that originates in the U.S.A and is now in its 4th year in the U.K., celebrating the continued existence of independant record shops with lots of very ltd vinyl & CD releases exclusive to participating stores of which there are approximately 150 in the U.K. Sound Knowledge is the only participating store in Wiltshire and they will be hosting a weekend of live music with support from some excellent artists to mark the occasion.

Saturday 16th April – Open 9am with exclusive releases on sale – A list of what’s being released is available on the recordstoreday.co.uk website. If you would like further detail on any of the product then please call them on 01672 511106

Saturday 6pm – an exclusive performance by Nathaniel Rateliff who was recently awarded Time’s CD of the week. Nathaniel will be signing copies of his excellent new album – ‘In Memory Of Loss’ after he’s performed.

Sunday 17th April – 2pm onwards – Live music featuring Pineapple Thief (Yet to be confirmed), Jon Amor Blues Group & more.

The store will remain open throughout the weekend including during the live events, all of which are FREE! Please go down and support them and enjoy some great live music and help to make Record Store Day 2011 as successful as last years event. (Oh how the sun shone!)

Please confirm numbers if you know you wish to attend either or both of the live events. Walk-ups on the given day won’t be a problem but they prefer to keep an eye on numbers.

Wedding Bands

First off it’s probably important to make it clear that I’m not talking about wedding rings, or wedding bands as they are called in the US, this is about the type who stand up on stage in front of people and play songs, so if you need to know more about the ring type, back you go and refine your search ?

So how do you find a good band to play at a wedding? It’s a difficult decision to make, in part because being “the most important day of your life” it’s likely that you have just a few other jobs to be thinking about, such as a dress, flowers, the venue, décor for the venue, wedding favours, etc, the list goes on!

The other thing which makes it really difficult to chose, is that unless you have experience in booking bands for other events, such as corporate functions and the likes, how do you know who is good and who’s not? There are a number of ways to firstly find some bands and then to asses if they are any good.

To start off, you need to find some groups to check out, many of them will have their own website these days, and although it is entirely possible they could have a really good site but not be up to much, it’s pretty unlikely really. You may also find them advertised in local press and in wedding shops and related sites.

So, you’ve found a few that sound like they fit the bill, but how do you know if they are actually any good or not? Well firstly if they have a website, check to see if they have any songs on there as mp3 or even mp4 files, if so you can download them and play them to your better half, these could be live or studio recordings. Alternatively they may have some video up on their site, but myself, I think the better option is to have a look for them on You-tube, the beauty of this, is that you may find footage of performances, other than those which the band have published them self, this could give a much more honest view of the band and not just the highly polished performances they want you to see.

The other option is to go and see them playing live somewhere, the chances are that if you are planning your wedding to the extent where you want a live band there, you are most likely doing it quite a while in advance, so contact them and ask where they are booked to play live, but it’s a public event. Most good pop bands will certainly have other bookings which are open to the public, even if you have to pay a few pounds entry to the venue, it’s well worth it to make sure you find a band who really know how to play to and work a crowd.

You can of course always ask friends, colleagues and relatives if they have ever booked wedding bands before, I’m sure a lot of people will have done, so you can use their experience as a starting point.

The main thing is to make sure you do your homework, as choosing the right one can really make the evening go off with a bang. Most function bands will play the style of music you ask for(provided it’s within their repertoire of course), but an experienced one can keep people dancing and partying on the dance-floor all night long, which can sometimes be just as entertaining to watch as it is to actually get up and have a bit of a boogie.