Carly & Durrand

Client: Carly & Durrand Jemmott

Event: Wedding

Venue: Beauberry House, Dulwich, London

Date: 31st December 2012

Package: Plug & Play

Upgades: Creative Mood Lighting, Overtime till 2am


New Years Eve 2012, never to be forgotten by anyone who was there !

Carly had forwarded on her music selections around 4 weeks before the wedding which gave me plenty of time to prepare for the biggest night of the year, it was probably one of the largest selections of garage music I have ever had through for a wedding …and a proper selection of real UK garage that had the Georgian Mansion absolutely rocking from start to finish. If you have been a reveler at the South London clubs since the 90s then you would of been in your element, check out some of the tunes on the playlist under this review.

clock strikes midnight

Carly’s specific instructions were to play the party music first up incorporating any requests into it, then move onto the house and garage music (which dominated the playlist). During the last hour before midnight I gave regular time updates so guests could keep their glasses charged and at 11:59 I hit a specially prepared Space Age countdown giving party goers a minute to take up their final positions.

brides brother

As the evening ebbed and flowed it proved to be a night full of characters, the brides brother clearly had some MC’ing skills of his own as he occasionally borrowed the mic to belt out “South London Style” appreciation to party goers packing the dance floor …not to be outdone was one of the groomsmen who robbed the Choice Entertainment camera and went on his own personal photographing spree among the guests for about half an hour, I’m looking forward to seeing the end result of that once the photos are produced.

The venue itself is stunning house, a beautifully whitewashed mansion with attractive front lawn and plenty of parking available set in the lush Belair West Dulwich parkland. The wedding breakfast takes place in the first room on the left, I didn’t really get a proper look at that room but it had a mirrored entrance which looked pretty classy, there’s a spiral staircase leading both upstairs and down to the toilets on the lower ground floor …I think the disco normally sets up in the room on the right but on this occasion this was being used by a magician to entertain the kids and the room has a bar in it so its quite small so Carly switched this to one of the unused upstairs rooms which proved to be a smart decision …ok it was extra work getting everything up the stairs but if your planning a major event then its worth thinking through these things and “getting it right”,  it was a much larger environment for around 150 guests plus there was still a bar in the adjacent room, also a nice little terrace leading off the main room onto a balcony for smokers. Acoustically the room sounded great with the EV speakers we are now using and we managed to get a full light show up onto the trussing which looked great against the white walls, there is a smoke detector in the room but this didn’t cause any problems thanks to a bit of gaffer tape. We also set up some uplighting in there and as evening guests arrived there was a fantastic pink glow to the party room which stood out very nicely against the white of the house.


garage girls in full flow

For a wedding on New Years Eve this was the perfect combination, there was something for everyone but ultimately Carly & Durrands desire to let garage rule the night was an off the scale success because they gave the crowd exactly what they wanted and at 2am they still wanted more, this could have roared on for hours without a doubt. I woke up on New Years Day ridiculously early at 830am after 3 whole hours sleep and despite an early visit to McDonalds to grab a couple of sausage and egg McMuffins I then crashed out with a major headache missing the short journey to Watford to watch Charlton (had a match ticket and everything) …low and behold as sods law would have it, they turned it on in my absence and won 4-3 after being behind twice …gutted 🙁  but the night before was worth it …and that’s saying something !

Happy New Year to everyone, why not share your own New Years Eve stories below.


Here’s the set list from Monday, if you were at the wedding how about leaving us a comment.

21:41 : UB40 – Cant Help Falling In Love With You
21:44 : UB40 – Red Red Wine
21:49 : UB40 – Kingston Town
21:53 : Frankie Valli – December 1963 (Oh What A Night)
21:56 : Jocelyn Brown – Somebody Else’s Guy
21:58 : The Fatback Band – I Found Lovin’
22:03 : Kevin Lyttle – Turn Me On
22:06 : Mark Morrison – Return of the Mack
22:10 : Peter Andre – Mysterious Girl
22:13 : Arrow – Hot, Hot, Hot
22:16 : Chaka Demus & Pliers, Jack Radics & Taxi Gang – Twist and Shout
22:18 : Pitbull – Give Me Everything (feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer)
22:21 : Pitbull – Don’t Stop the Party (feat. TJR)
22:24 : Pitbull – I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)
22:27 : Shakira ft Wyclef Jean – Hips Don’t Lie
22:30 : Phil Collins – You Can’t Hurry Love
22:33 : John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John – You’re the One That I Want
22:35 : Robin S. – Show Me Love
22:36 : Bizzi – Bizzi’s Party (Booker T Remix)
22:38 : Fish Go Deep & Tracey K – The Cure & the Cause (Dennis Ferrer Remix)
22:39 : Amar – Sometimes It Snows In April (Dreem House Dub Mix)
22:43 : Kristine Blond – Love Shy (Radio Edit)
22:44 : Double Take & MC Kie – Love Come Down (Original Vocal Mix)
22:47 : DJ Pied Piper & The Master of Ceremonies – Do You Really Like It? (Full Length Original Version)
22:49 : Ed Case – Something In Your Eyes (feat. Shelley Nelson) [K Warren Mix]
22:54 : India & Masters At Work – To Be In Love (MJ Cole Vox)
22:58 : Lonyo – Garage Girls (Sunship Mix)
23:04 : Florence + The Machine – Spectrum (Say My Name) [Calvin Harris Remix]
23:05 : Crystal Waters – Gypsy Woman (1991)
23:13 : Shanks & Bigfoot – Sweet Like Chocolate (Original Mix)
23:15 : Wookie – Battle (feat. Lain) [Vocal Mix]
23:20 : Cameo – Candy
23:25 : FatMan Scoop (Ft. Faith Evans) – Be Faithful
23:27 : Sean Paul – Gimme the Light
23:28 : Will Smith – Miami
23:34 : Wham – Wake me up before you go
23:38 : R Kelly – Happy People
23:42 : R.Kelly & Public Announcement – She’s got that vibe
23:48 : Bobby Brown – Two Can Play That Game
23:51 : Usher Feat. Lil’ Jon and Ludac – Yeah
23:55 : Mark Ronson – Valerie (Feat. Amy Winehouse)
23:59 : Space Age Countdown 1:15
00:00 : Red Hot Chilli Pipers – Auld Lang Syne
00:02 : Bizzi – Bizzi’s Party (Booker T Remix)
00:02 : M.A.N.D.Y. vs Booka Shade – Body Language (Tocadisco Remix)
00:03 : Monsta Boy – Sorry (I Didn’t Know)
00:06 : DJ Luck & MC Neat – Masterblaster 2000 (Original Radio Edit)
00:09 : Kelly Le Roc – My Love (UK Garage Remix)
00:10 : Teebone & MC Kie – Fly Bi (Radio Edit) [feat. MC Sparks & MC Kie]
00:12 : Paleface – Do You Mind (Crazy Cousinz Remix) [feat. Kyla]
00:13 : Craig David – 7 Days (Sunship Remix)
00:14 : Genius Cru – Boom Selection (Original Mix)
00:14 : Jaheim – Just In Case (Dub-A-Holics Roller’s Revival Mix)
00:15 : Zak Toms – Bring Me Down (Original Mix)
00:17 : MC Neat & N ‘n’ G – Right Before My Eyes (Remix) [feat. Kallghan]
00:19 : Herd & Fitz – I just cant get enough
00:21 : F.U.N – It’s the Way (99 Remix)
00:25 : Mark “Ruff” Ryder – Joy (Original Mix)
00:27 : Indo – R U Sleeping (Bump & Flex Remix)
00:29 : Lovestation – Teardrops (Joey Negro 12′ Mix)
00:30 : Sweet Female Attitude – Flowers
00:35 : B52s – Love Shack
00:40 : Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jagger
00:41 : PSY – Gangnam Style
00:44 : Wiley – Can You Hear Me? (Ayayaya)
00:47 : The Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
00:48 : Rihanna – We Found Love (feat. Calvin Harris)
00:51 : So Solid Crew – 21 Seconds
00:58 : Niggas In Paris
01:00 : Jay Z – Dirt off your shoulders
01:04 : Jamie Jones – Hungry For The Power
01:04 : Kristine Blond – Loveshy
01:07 : Sneaker Pimps – Spin Spin Sugar (Armand Van Helden’s Speed Garage Mix)
01:11 : Kristine Blond – Loveshy
01:22 : Florence + The Machine – Spectrum (Say My Name) [Calvin Harris Remix]
01:25 : Michael Jackson – P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
01:34 : Beyonce – Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)
01:38 : Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
01:41 : Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody (2000 Remaster)
01:46 : Tina Turner – What’s Love Got to Do With It
01:49 : 50 Cent – Candy Shop
01:51 : 50 Cent – If I Can’t
01:54 : Cameo – Candy
02:01 : Al Green – Lets stay together