One of my biggest events of the year was last night at The Marriott hotel in Leeds, for my second year at The Pink Ball, helping to raise money for cancer charities. Mood lighting round the room, a larger than usual sound system and a late finish.
Thankfully everything went well. After the meal, auction and an X Factor style competition, I played for the last two hours, finishing at 2am. Great crowd and a packed dancefloor. And hopefully lots of money raised for the cause.
It was a pleasure to be part of the food and drink festival again this year, particularly as the event was at risk. Well done to all the people who made it possible. The weather was great and the town seemed as busy as usual. And of course, lovely to be on stage with my son!
As well as taking up my usual role as compere of the food demonstrations at the Holmfirth Food Festival at the end of September, I have also been asked to perform a similar role at a fringe event of the Huddersfield Food Festival this weekend.
Last weekend Holmfirth saw Le Tour come through. To celebrate, The Picturdrome hosted a whole weekend of life music. I got to play in the main room after Peter Hook (Joy Division, New Order), T-Rextasy and Craig Charles.
As well as the headlining bands we also has The Habeneros playing all three days, The Dans (I really don’t know what name they were playing under, but they are nearly all called Dan!, and a Classical Duo. I ended up providing sound systems for all of these. Ended up completely exhausted but it was a great weekend.
From Katie, after her 30th party:
‘Thank your for last night. It was great. I’ve got lots of people wanting to use you!xx’
Good. More parties with luck.
Once again I seem to have been roped in to help the Zumba ladies! This time it is sound and lighting systems in two different rooms.
It looks as though life is going to get busier, as I was voted in as the new chairperson of the Yorkshire branch of the National Association of DJs last night, and I am looking forward to arranging some new features for the meetings, and taking the branch forward.
I am again pleased to have been asked to get involved with this years concert. Playing music for the kids at the start, then filling in between the bands and running the auction. It was a good one last year so I hop we get an even bigger crowd this time.
A text I received today:
‘Hi Gary just wanted to say a massive thank you for Saturday night! You were absolutely fab!!! Everyone had a brilliant night and I understand my friend has booked you for her 40th!!! Cath.’
And I am pleased to say I did get the booking from her friend.
I played for the staff of the Rose & Crown and The Scapehouse last night. Great night had by all. I was pleased to see this on Twitter this morning:
Finally had our Christmas Party last night, along with the @TheScapeHouse ! Thanks everyone who turned out + big thanks to@garyduncanDJ