This was our first visit to The Russell Hotel in Maidstone which is one of the Best Western chain. Philip who was managing the wedding in the Kent & Sussex suite was very helpful, friendly and approachable from the moment we arrived right through until the close at midnight and all the staff were friendly and happy, we had an opportunity to grab a bite just before we left at 1am and can report that the food was also extremely nice. The room itself is quite small, I believe would it would accommodate around a hundred for the sit down meal but in the evening it feels larger once they remove a few of the tables and install a dance floor, the bar is conveniently positioned at the entrance to the room so it doesn’t feel detached from the dancing area, also considering it is a hotel it does feel quite exclusive. We installed 8 uplighters in there before the meal yesterday set to pink as requested by Claire and also arranged a playlist of background music including Michael Buble and a soft selection of chart music from the last couple of years.  From a DJs point of view you don’t need to take any subs into this venue as there is a sound limiter fitted to quite a strict 85db and once the curtains in the evening are drawn the room does sound a lot more bassy than during the day so be aware of that, you really do have to keep the bass to a minimum or it will trip. As far as smoke machines go its not going to make an appearance unfortunately as the smoke detectors are right above the dance floor so we didn’t risk using any at all, well we didn’t want to be responsible for turfing a full hotels worth of guests into the car park whilst the fire brigade came out did we ?:)

The playlist from last night is detailed below, the bride had asked for an old school garage section but generally to keep the overall guests happy …sooooo we obliged with the latest charts including a double request for the current number 1 Gangnam Style as well as all the wedding standards, it was quite an up to date playlist generally on the whole. You will notice that following the first dance there is a bit of a gap after KC & Jojo finished …and theres a story behind that ! Just before the first dance the father of the bride had asked for a song by T Carter called “daddys little angel”, however as luck would have it we didn’t have it with us and the song is not available on iTUNES, however we had an internet connection and managed to source it on you tube then play it out of the pioneer mixer courtesy of an rca lead through an phone, isnt technology great ?

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20:44 : K-Ci & JoJo – All My Life
20:51 : Peter Andre – Mysterious Girl
20:54 : Mark Morrison – Return of the Mack
20:58 : Bobby Brown – Two Can Play That Game
21:01 : Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
21:04 : Katy Perry – Firework
21:08 : Mark Ronson – Valerie (Feat. Amy Winehouse)
21:10 : Scissor Sisters – I Don’t Feel Like Dancing
21:15 : The Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
21:19 : Sam and the Womp – Bom Bom (Radio Edit)
21:21 : JLS – She Makes Me Wanna (feat. Dev)
21:25 : Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jagger
21:27 : Rihanna – Where Have You Been
21:29 : PSY – Gangnam Style
21:34 : Azealia Banks – 212 (feat. Lazy Jay)
21:38 : LMFAO – Sexy and I Know It
21:42 : Rizzle Kicks – Mama Do the Hump
21:45 : Beyoncé РSingle Ladies (Put a Ring On It)
21:48 : Flo Rida – Whistle
21:52 : Robin S. – Show Me Love
21:53 : CC Peniston – Finally
21:57 : Jamiroquai – Return of the Space Cowboy (David Morales Remix)
22:01 : Cee Lo Green – Forget You
22:05 : Lady GaGa – Paparazzi
22:06 : Lady GaGa – The Edge of Glory
22:07 : Rihanna – Only Girl (In the World)
22:07 : LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem (feat. Lauren Bennet & GoonRock)
22:10 : Double 99 – RIP Groove (Radio Edit)
22:12 : Danny J Lewis – Spend the Night
22:14 : Artful Dodger & Craig David – Re-Rewind (The Crowd Say Bo Selecta)
22:14 : Shanks & Bigfoot – Sweet Like Chocolate
22:20 : Dj Pied Piper – Do you really like it
22:23 : Sweet Female Attitude – Flowers
22:25 : Doolally – Straight from the Heart (Radio Edit)
22:26 : DJ Luck & MC Neat – Sambuca
22:31 : Baby D – Pure Garage Platinum – Let Me Be Your Fantasy
22:35 : So Solid Crew – 21 Seconds
22:36 : Kc & JoJo – Show me Happiness (Tell Me That Its Real)
22:41 : 3 Of A Kind – Baby Cakes
22:42 : Fish Go Deep & Tracey K – The Cure & the Cause (Dennis Ferrer Remix)
22:46 : Olly Murs – Dance With Me Tonight
22:49 : PSY – Gangnam Style
22:50 : Flo Rida – Good Feeling
22:53 : The Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar
22:56 : Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
22:59 : Jackson 5 – ABC
23:02 : Kool & the Gang – Celebration
23:05 : B52s – Love Shack
23:09 : Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody (2000 Remaster)
23:10 : Diana Ross – Chain Reaction
23:17 : Wham – Wake me up before you go
23:20 : Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough (2003 Edit)
23:24 : Madonna – Holiday
23:27 : MC Hammer – U Can’t Touch This
23:31 : DJ Casper РCha Cha Slide (DJ Düse Mix)
23:35 : Los Del Rio – Macarena
23:39 : Rizzle Kicks – Mama Do the Hump
23:42 : Dizzee Rascal – Dance Wiv Me
23:45 : Labrinth – Earthquake
23:49 : Whigfield – Saturday Night
23:53 : Village People – YMCA
23:57 : Beatles – All you need is love
00:00 : Fatboy Slim – Rockafella Skank