!daft! were honoured to provide sound services to an exclusive candlelit dinner event to raise money for DASH, a charity established to help people affected by domestic abuse.
The event was hosted by Caroline Burke and held at her own stunning pub, the Jolly Gardener, a beautiful and rustic venue set in the beautiful village of Holyport, Nr. Maidenhead, Berkshire.
Not only did Caroline host the event but served up an amazing 3 course meal along with wine, the event also featured a number of live entertainers performing songs in a classy acoustic manner and featuring tracks from Les Miserables, The Sound Of Music as well as various pop and seasonal Christmas tracks.
The glamorous event was well attended and supported by local people, as well as esteemed guests including acclaimed film producer Iain Smith OBE (The Fifth Element, Children of Men, Wanted, Planet of the Apes) although the star of the show was designer David Emanuel who compered the event in addition to performing a number of stunning tracks himself. Who knew he was such a great singer!
!daft! were delighted to be involved with the event, if not in a performance capacity then in one of support. We’d like to thank the organisers for choosing to work with us, and special thanks and “well done’s” to Caroline, Claire and David for an outstanding event.
Congratulations to everyone at Smokey Joes Roadhouse, Maidenhead for an amazing halloween weekend, particularly Lee, Dean and Chelsea for all their decorating, planning and make up.
Nearly 1500 people attended the club over a 48 hour period all looking amazing and having a great time. Well done to the band who worked really, really hard this weekend, and by all accounts did a fantastic job.
A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our bass player Nick as well for Friday just gone. And thanks to everyone who came and partied with us and Smokeys this weekend, I am wasted beyond wastage now but really satisfied :) Hope you are too.
Have a great week!… and lastly here’s a little something from drummer Barny and his mate to say cheers!
As we head towards the back end of 2014 you, your company or your groups and organisations might have started to think about Christmas and what to do to celebrate. Christmas party season brings that much needed, and earned, respite for many people from what has usually been a long and busy year. For over 10 years !daft! has been a Christmas band of choice for a range of customers, from local sports groups to global businesses.
We’re here to make life easier when planning your event and to ensure your night is as much fun as it can possibly be. To assist you we have put together an amazing Christmas party live entertainment booking package containing everything you would need to throw an awesome Christmas party.
The !daft! Christmas Party Band Package
A !daft!-quality live performance of classic tracks to todays chart hits
We will provide your disco before, between and after the band’s live Christmas party set
Just a couple of upbeat Christmas songs in the set list to theme the occasion
We’ll be set and ready before your party begins and your guests arrive
We will provide our top spec, full range PA system (inc. bass bins) and impressive lighting rig
Your booking will be attentively managed and fully contracted for your piece of mind
!daft! are fully committed to providing engaging and uplifting live performances coupled with unbeatable customer service.
DJ service included
We can help you to save money by not booking a DJ in addition to the band. Today’s technology and software allows us to provide a disco when we are not playing.
We can provide a seasonal blend of tracks to accompany dinner if your party requires it. Perhaps something classy like some Rat Pack material or some cool dinner jazz.
During the band’s break we can keep the party going with a 30-45 min long session of party tracks made up from the good old classics to todays most recent chart hits.
After the Band
As soon as the band is finished we can play the rest of the night out with a continuation of the disco, right up until close.
The best live music
!daft! cover the most upbeat, fun and engaging tracks from across the last 6 decades. From The Beatles to the Black Eyed Peas, our material is designed to inspire dancing, singing along and partying! Check out our full repertoire here.
You can be the star
We are always keen to get involved with the audience and have the audience get involved with us. If any of the guests fancy themselves as a bit of a singer we would warmly welcome them on stage to sing a song or two with us. This is always a lot of fun!
The perfect live band for your office or staff Christmas party
Some of the clients who’ve trusted in !daft! before:
- Fisher and Paykel Healthcare
- Goldmann Sachs
- Hightown Praetorians
- British Gas
- And many many more…
Check out our testimonials to see what other people thought when they booked us.
Get in touch with us today for a chat about your requirements.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!
To try and help you plan the perfect night out, we’d like to give you some information about the new timings and arrangements at the Bier Keller, Bracknell.
The Bier Keller is part of the entertainment centre at The Coppid Beech Hotel which features a live music venue (the Keller) and a nightclub, Aprés. Famed for it’s Alpine theming, the Coppid Beech Hotel along with the Keller and Aprés offer one of the best, safest, most varied and unpredictable nights out in the Berkshire area.
Keller opens: 7.30pm
Aprés opens: 7.30pm (used to be midnight)
Both venues close: 2.30am
Both venues can now be used simultaneously throughout the course of the evening.
Start time: 9pm
Finish time: Midnight
!daft! Guestlist & Privileges
Thanks to the Coppid Beech and Keller management team, on !daft! performance dates, we are delighted to be able to offer our friends and clients some special VIP treatment. This includes:
- Complementary entry to the Keller and Aprés (usually £10)
- Use of complementary entry privilege up till 10.30pm (usually 9pm)
- Use of VIP area in Aprés (subject to availability)
- Immediate escorted access to the bar on arrival
- Complementary bottle of Prosecco, shot or equivalent on arrival for birthday/wedding celebrants
- Complimentary HI-SPEED WiFi access throughout the hotel
- Preferential accommodation rates
Apply For Guestlist
Spaces on the guestlist are limited and only available via application.
I was scanning my Facebook feed last week when I came across an article from Buzzfeed about a charity in the UK who arrange weddings for people who have sadly been diagnosed with a terminal or life-shortening illnesses.
We were particularly inspired by charity “Gift of a Wedding” so we gave them a call. We spoke to MD and Founder Patricia Harrison to find out more about what they do and how they work.
After a very short time it was clear to us that we may have something to offer people who find themselves in such devastating and heartbreaking situations, and we have put ourselves forward to Gift of a Wedding as a supplier.
How Can You Help?
The charity welcome monetary donations as well as wedding dresses. Click here for more information about donating your wedding dress.
A Call To Wedding Industry Bands, Entertainers and Businesses
We would encourage all the venues, DJs, wedding planners, bands and artists, photographers, cake makers, MC’s, magicians, caricaturists, agencies and all the other businesses we have had the pleasure to work with over 16 years to contact Gift of a Wedding and offer your services too. If you did just one booking a year with them, that would be amazing. You can call them on 0845 474 0717 or email email@example.com.
This week saw a booking confirmed for a performance at Legoland, Windsor, which we are chuffed about! We can’t name the client unfortunately, but they are a large international healthcare organisation! We play regularly for some of the biggest companies in the world. This year we have been honoured to play for Deloitte, Goldmann Sachs, Fujitsu, Allianz and Panasonic, now adding these guys to the list. We love to keep the corporate world rocking!
This time we are going to be playing in the new, and particularly stunning, Legoland Hotel.
We’re really looking forward to this gig and playing at such a cool venue!
We are delighted to announce that we will be performing at WINGS 2014.
WINGS is an incredible International Jamboree Experience for Guides and Scouts aged 10 to 18. It provides seven days of adventure, challenge and fun along with opportunities to take part with others from across the world. The event attracts over 6000 Guides and Scouts from over 44 countries and is held in the stunning grounds of Windsor Great Park, Berkshire, UK. Read more
Laughingstock is back! A family day of live music, food, drink and fun, all in the confines of the beautiful grounds of Laughing Water, a private residence on the banks of the River Thames in Shepperton, Middlesex. Laughingstock is a charity event with tickets starting at £10. You can buy your tickets below. Tickets are limited and sell out in a matter of days so don’t delay. !daft! are co-organising the event and will be performing sometime in the evening. Read more
Playing Live: Maidenhead, United Kingdom - Nov 28 at Outside Maidenhead Town Hall bandsintown.com/event/10972488…
Playing Live: Windsor, United Kingdom - Nov 27 at Windsor Racecourse (Private Event) bandsintown.com/event/10972473…
This Weekend: Reading, United Kingdom - Nov 28 at Corporate Christmas Party (Private Event) bandsintown.com/event/10639837…
I posted 87 photos on Facebook in the album "!daft! gig - O'Neill's, Reading, 21st November 2015" fb.me/1VzeHVRFu
Today: Reading, United Kingdom - Nov 21 at O'Neill's bandsintown.com/event/9232731?…
This Weekend: Reading, United Kingdom - Nov 21 at O'Neill's bandsintown.com/event/9232731?…
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You were wonderful! You remind me of Robbie Williams!
From the minute I spoke to Graeme I knew we were in safe hands. Graeme was easy to work with and worked with all the requests that we asked for our evening. Then came the actual event….. The band were absolutely superb! Our guests could not stop raving about how fantastic the band played, and how they made the evening go with a real bang.
It was great audience participation and loved every minute you were on. I can see why you have such a massive following from your regulars.
Yet another successful Christmas Party for Hightown thanks to Graeme and his team. They did not fail to deliver and judging by my inbox the next morning I will have no choice but to book them for 2013. Well done Guys and thank you for making my job a little easier.
daft performed at our wedding reception in St Albans and were simply awesome. The set was superb and Greame’s interaction with the guests was excellent.
A HUGE thank you for last night! Daft were totally AWESOME and stole the show!
We had the absolute pleasure of Daft! perform at my wife’s 40th party last weekend. From the beginning of our dealings with Graeme which started 3 months ago, he has been a wealth of great advice, professional throughout, flexible and amenable to our every need (and we had many).
We booked !daft! for the Slough Christmas lights switch on. Their professionalism and friendly nature made them a pleasure to work with.
!daft! were outstanding and such great fun. They made the night a huge amount of fun.
We have hired Daft for two very different events and they went down an absolute storm at both!!
Graeme, I can’t thank you enough for saving the day at the Music Festival with Bill Wyman. Daft, as always were absolutely brilliant and I look forward to booking you again soon!
Right from the start Graeme was helpful and his pre-wedding dialogue leading up to our big day was tip top, he was always on the end of the phone to allay any of our concerns.
What an amazing night! Once again these guys rocked the crowd and had them begging for more! They just ooze energy and charisma!!
You guy’s were absolutely great! You must come and play for us!