Details for the next showcase will be launched very soon…..watch this space.
We are excited to announce the date of our next showcase event – Mon 23rd July and it will be held at the gorgeous Hartsfield Manor, near Dorking in Surrey (Sandy Lane, Betchworth, Surrey RH3 7AA). We decided with all the craziness going on in London with the Olympics, we’d hold the event at one of our favourite countryside venues. Hartsfield manor is just gorgeous and we are really excited – the views are stunning!
7.30p.m Our Pianist will entertain you all on arrival
7.45p.m Live Loungers
8.15p.m Cocktail Duo
8.30p.m MIB 8 piece band
8.45p.m Solo Vocalist
9p.m 21st Century Riot
9.20p.m Acoutic Duo
9.30-9.50p.m Motown Supreme
9.50- 10.p.m Cocktail Duo
10p.m-10.30p.m MIB 12 piece band
The lovely Carly will be there to discuss with you any questions you might have, and please feel free to bring along friends and family and make a night of it!
Entrance is free, however as this is a slightly smaller room than we usually use for our showcase nights , could you please let us know if you are planning on coming along? (email firstname.lastname@example.org)
We are looking forward to it!
Sera & The MIB Music Team
We are excited to announce that MIB are performing at the amazing ‘London Rocks 2012′ again this year!
This is a fantastic event which raises funds & awareness for Barnardos, held at the prestigious Cafe De Paris in London’s Piccadilly. The event is organised by the gorgeous and talented Kezi Silverstone, and Live & Loud Events, and we are proud to say its our third year running performing for them.
As MIB, we will be peforming as the last act of the evening which is usually around 11p.m (sometimes a little later), and its our job to get everyone up on their feet and dancing the night away. We’re looking forward to performing a set full of fun party tunes!
Kezi has actually asked us to be the house band for the main concert, backing the other artistes, which we do under our alias of The 77 Collective (a side project we run – a super tight session band!).
ALSO, you may have seen on our facebook page that a few of us MIB members have started writing our own material, and have formed a new band named ‘Unsung Lilly’. We will be performing one song as Unsung Lilly, and are super excited because it will actually be our first ever gig! (Thanks so much to all of you who have ‘liked’ us on facebook and twitter by the way – your support has been amazing and we now have a fan list of around 16,000 fans! Eeek!) This pic above is us!
Its going to be a big evening!
Sooooo….who wants to come and see us? Unsung Lilly are running a fun competition to win tickets to this, check it out on their facebook page….
You can also buy tickets from email@example.com
Wowee – well we’ve just about recovered from the showcase on Monday (I felt a little bit like I’d been hit by a bus when I woke up yesterday!) What a great night, and by far the best turn out we’d ever had which was brilliant to see! I had a great time… it always makes me super proud to see all of our bands play on the same stage. Not that I ever forget, but it just reinforces just how talented our musicians are and reminds me how lucky I am to work with such fantastic talent! I would like to say a big official ‘THANK YOU’ and ‘YOU’RE AMAZING’ to all of them for consistantly doing such an amazing job, and for always being happy and lovely people to work with.
While I’m gushing I also must say a big thank you to Helen and Rachael too, who helped with answering your questions and stage managing. I remember the days when I used to try and do all that by myself – LOL – I can’t even imagine it now. These lovely ladies do such a great job and were just as exhausted as me at the end of the night!
The feedback has been outstanding from all of you, so thank you for your comments. There were tweets galore all through the evening, and we’ve had some lovely emails and calls in the last few days. Here’s a few pictures of the night.
I must give a big shout out to the venue, The Four Seasons, and of course Aron Schlagman, the events co-ordinator there. He is just lovely and has been so acommodating and wonderful to work with (in fact I highly reccomend following Aron on twitter because he’s got a fantastic events-based blog which is really interesting). A lot of you said that you felt the style of the hotel was exceptional and loved how the vibe of the place matched our ‘edginess’ and perhaps more modern look at entertainment and events, and we totally agreed. The hotel is stunning, and its really lovely to work somewhere with such lovely and helpful staff.
Thanks also to Haydn and the team from Concept Events. These guys are the production team we always use because they are lovely people to work with and we’ve found really care about their clients as individuals, which I think is so important. And I think its safe to say the stage/dancefloor/backdrop etc looked just stunning!
We’re hoping to get another night booked in as soon as possible, probably for around June/July time, so we’ll keep you posted on that.
Much love again to everyone who made it a fantastic night
P.S Thanks to the lovely musicians for my birthday prezzie too – it was my birthday on Monday and they all got together and got me an awesome make-up case! )
Happy New Year everyone!
What a crazy December we had…!
We’re excited to announce the final time-table for our showcase at the Four Seasons Hotel on Mon 23rd January – this is a rough idea and we usually run to time or within about 15minutes, bearing in mind there are a lot of acts to get on and organise
7p.m Doors Open (guests will arrive to our lovely pianist to set the tone for the evening)
7.15p.m Live Loungers (Setting the scene with some lush arrangements of well known pop tunes)
7.25p.m Buddha Bar Sax set (chilled vibe for over dinner or reception drinks)
7.35p.m Funkadelics (performing as the 4 piece band and ready to party!)
7.50p.m Cocktail Duo (Our gorgeous piano and vocal duo will perform some jazz classics)
8p.m MIB 6 piece band (Performing as our smaller 6 piece option)
8.15p.m Solo Singer Marianne (Our solo singer option is a fantastic idea for your cereomony, reception drinks or meal)
8.30p.m Buddha Bar Sax Set (Uptempo for transforming your event to a club vibe)
8.45p.m DJ (Our gorgeous DJ Pheobe will be spinning the decks and showing you what she can do)
8.55p.m Acoustic Duo (We’ll be bringing the vibe down a little with our acoustic guitar and vocal duo)
9.05p.m 21st Century Riot (Our legendry 4 piece indie rock band will take to the stage to play songs from Killers, Kings of Leon etc)
9.20p.m Cocktail Duo (Back to our beautiful piano and vocal duo while we change over the stage)
9.30p.m Motown Supreme (Our fab 7 piece Motown Tribute will be entertaining you with hits from the motown era)
9.45p.m Jazz Trio (A fab option for over dinner or earlier in the evening)
9.55p.m MIB 12 piece (Our ultimate 12 piece option will perform a fun party set to finish off the evening)
Timings subject to a little change but we’ll notify you of anything we can beforehand
Our fantastic friends Concept Events will be taking care of our staging, dancefloor and other production, and of course the fantastic Four Seasons Hotel providing the venue (its just stunning since the rennovations!)
We can’t wait to see you there!
We will be releasing a timetable nearer the time, but the evening will feature performances from MIB, Funkadelics, 21st Century Riot, Motown Supreme, and will also be showing the optional extras that we offer within our ‘MIB Experience’ package such as our cocktail duo, dinner jazz and solo vocalists.
We popped over to do a site visit yesterday, and the venue is absolutely stunning! (In fact I shall do a venue write up blog-post very soon) We can’t wait – it should be a fantastic evening and we would love to see you there from 7p.m.
Thanks to GDYK photography for the pic above!
One of our fab acts, Funkadelics, is booked to perform at the Captains Club’s ‘Fire and Ice’ Party on Friday 25th November, in Christchurch, Dorset. You may have seen our blog post a week or so ago about this venue – we performed at one of their other events and it was just stunning, so I’m sure this will be another fantastic evening!
This is actually a public event, so if you’d like to get tickets, have a look on the website here
We hope to see you there for a boogie!
Oooh I love it when we get photos back! Here’s a selection of a few photos from last weeks showcase, courtesy of the awesomely talented Matt Pereira.
First up, a few ‘backstage’ shots… here’s the MIB boys doing a bit of last minute rehearsal…
Doing photos at the Langham was just a joy…everywhere you turn is another epic ‘picture moment’… check this out for a beautiful shot…
The beautiful Marianne performing her solo set…
Some shots of MIB as the 8 piece…
The awesome Francis entertained everyone while we changed bands over, with his beautiful cocktail piano, and later as a duo with the supremely talented Debbie…
Funkadelics then took to the stage…
Followed by our acoustic duo…
21st Century Riot…
We were very proud to then launch the first EVER performance of ‘Diva Sax’, which went down a storm! Please watch this space for the new website and video…
And Motown Supreme were fabulous as always…
And then the 12 piece MIB took the stage, performing their Jewish medley and a 45mins set…
I just want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who came along last night to our showcase night at the Langham hotel… it was lovely to see you all, and what a lovely atmosphere!
Not only did we have plenty of new clients come to see us, but some old ones too – it was lovely to see some friendly faces there.
We’ll be popping up photos and videos soon, but I just wanted to say some big thank yous….
First Up… Our Musicians!
I find myself being constantly in awe of the musicians I work with…not only are they hugely talented, but they are just so lovely! I think working with lovely people is so important, and I hope it shows when you see us all performing that we all get on brilliantly too… its fantastic to be able to work with such good friends.
Our fantastic office team!
Hopefully you all got a chance to speak to the lovely Helen, who was at the back of the room throughout the evening, and Rachael was being ‘musicians liason’ for the evening and making sure everyone was in the right place at the right time. I have to say, I am SOOO glad they were both there to help with these things…its what made the event run as smoothly as it did, and its great to have such a fantastic team to work with.
Our Sound Crew
We’ve been working alongside our sound team for a year now, and they’re just fantastic. There is nobody I would trust more to deal with our sound…and again, not only are they super duper amazing at what they do, but fantastic people too. They worked super hard last night – engineering all those different acts is pretty hardcore stuff, and it went fantastically smoothly.
Wow – what a venue! I love, love, love working at this hotel. The Grand Ballroom is just beautiful – so elegent and classic, and the rest of the hotel is just done to perfection…to the point where every room has something interesting design-wise that catches your eye. Its obvious that they’ve paid a lot of attention to detail with the design & presentation of the hotel, and I think that attitude is reflected wonderfully in their general ethics. Everything we’ve ever dealt with the Langham on has been handled with absolute precision and perfectionism – and when you’re having an important event, thats exactly what you want from all your suppliers. Thanks to Nicole, Aran and the rest of the team for all your input!
I think its really important to find a team of suppliers that can work well together when you’re organising an event, and thats exactly what we’ve found with Haydn and his team. They are just such fantastic people (again, its all about the people for me, its just so important) and they put huge amounts of effort into everything that they do. I’ll never forget the first time I saw a room that these guys had worked their magic on – it literally took my breath away! Their attention to detail is stunning, and their enthusiasm is a real breath of fresh air! Last night, Concept provided the staging, backdrop, dancefloor, lighting, and production booth… I think its safe to say they did a pretty fantastic job! Thanks Guys!
This company provided the gorgeous baby grande piano (that was played so beautifully by our pianist, Francis Goodhand), and have been absolutely fantastic to deal with. With it being the busiest time of year, we didn’t leave a lot of time to organise this showcase, and they were absolutely brilliant at sorting us out with the piano at very short notice. I’d really reccomend them to anyone! They will deliver the piano for you, and tune it aswell, which is just a fantastic service and perfect for any event.
We love our Matt! He really does take fantastic photos – I can’t wait to see what he comes back with. Matt’s another one who just care’s so much about attention to the details, and giving his clients exactly what they want. When you think, a photo will last a life time, its worth getting a top-knotch photographer for your big day, and Matt is certainly one talented man. How does he make us look so goodlooking?! Thanks for all your hard work Matt, we can’t wait to see the pics!
We use Al & his team for all our videos, and it was great to have them around yesterday! Again, I sound like a broken record, but its all about the people, and these guys are all fantastic to work with. I couldn’t reccomend them highly enough, and I can’t wait to see the video footage! Thanks guys
So…what a team, and what a lovely evening!
Hope to see you all again soon!