“huddy & bells”

Client: Jayne & Alastair Hudd

Event: Wedding

Venue: The Gallivant Hotel, Camber Sands

Date: 26th Januar 2013

Package: Plug & Play

Upgades: Disco Photography


In a week which began with the cold snap and snowfall which brings the usual chaos to the UK, the week ended on a much warmer note on a mild evening at The Gallivant Hotel in Camber Sands.

It was our first visit to this venue, set in the heart of an area best known for its sand dunes, pontins and watersports …The couple met when Jayne ran her own pub, “The 8 Bells” in  Tenterden, however today the guests were served up a feast in the shape of the bride and grooms favourite party songs, with particular emphasis on the 80’s and a few guest requests thrown in for good measure for the younger element of the crowd.

“they call me jayne”

We didn’t see anything of the hotel except the disco area, but it was an excellent environment and had a beach hut type of feel with its white wood reception desk, lobster paintings on the wall and the mirror frames which appeared to be made of driftwood. The full wooden floor throughout encourages dancing and there’s a great bar built into the room,with its venetian blinds set behind Cambers famous sand dunes its a well thought out and unique seaside wedding venue.

jayne & alastair towards the end

From a DJ’s perspective the access is excellent, with parking right outside your straight into the disco area so no steps to navigate …and no sound limiter (woop woop), we had a really enjoyable time at this one ! The tartan kilt clad groom spent pretty much the entire gig with a huge smile listening to a lot of his old favourites, I love the personal aspect of DJ’ing when a client loves their music …and it’s great to watch the guests really buy into that too on the night (btw watch this space in February for a very unique music idea which I havn’t experienced before)

stunt mishap

The highlight for me of this one (other than a very poor attempt to balance a pint glass on my head – btw someone else tried it and I felt I had to try) …was the last hour where I got to play some different 80s stuff to the norm with back to back Deacon Blue, U2, INXS, EMF, ACDC and Simple Minds all present on the playlist, fortunately it was so good that my failed stunt went unnoticed except for the poor member of staff who had to clear up the debris, sorry about that (never to be attempted again) … the grooms final request to finish off the evening was for Snow Patrol which I was happy to cue up as the last song, although I managed a couple of encores with Ultravox and Aha which brought to an end a cracking first wedding of 2013

It’s been a whirlwind couple of months for the newleyweds who got engaged on December 1st …if Christmas, New Year and a wedding to plan wasn’t enough the couple are moving out to Australia for a year on Monday (28th) so we wish them both all the very best and hope that goes well for them.


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

20:26 : Boys Town Gang – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
20:33 : The Nolans – I’m In the Mood for Dancing
20:36 : ABBA – Dancing Queen
20:39 : Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
20:43 : Bee Gees – Staying Alive
20:46 : Wham – Wake me up before you go
20:50 : Mark Morrison – Return of the Mack
20:52 : Justin Timberlake – Rock Your Body
20:53 : Jocelyn Brown – Somebody Else’s Guy
20:56 : Gwen Guthrie – Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ On But the Rent
20:59 : Diana Ross – Upside Down
21:03 : Peter Andre – Mysterious Girl
21:06 : Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now
21:09 : Take That – Relight My Fire
21:13 : Frankie Valli – December 1963 (Oh What A Night)
21:16 : Jerry Lee Lewis – Shake, rattle and roll
21:19 : The Beatles – Twist and Shout
21:21 : Buddy Holly – That’ll Be the Day
21:24 : Jackson 5 – ABC
21:26 : The Jackson 5 – I Want You Back
21:28 : Men at Work – Land Down Under
21:31 : Simple Minds – Promised You a Miracle
21:33 : John Farnham – You’re the Voice
21:36 : Mark Ronson – Valerie (Feat. Amy Winehouse)
21:41 : B52s – Love Shack
21:47 : Madness – It must be love
21:50 : Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax
21:55 : Guns ‘N Roses – Sweet Child of Mine
22:01 : The Supremes – Baby Love
22:03 : The Elgins – Heaven Must Have Sent You
22:05 : Bryan Adams – Summer of 69
22:08 : Meat Loaf & Cher – Dead Ringer for Love
22:12 : The Foundations – Build Me Up Buttercup
22:15 : PSY – Gangnam Style
22:18 : Beyonce – Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)
22:23 : The Ting Tings – That’s Not My Name
22:28 : The Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
22:32 : Tom Jones – It’s Not Unusual (Second Studio Version)
22:33 : Katrina And The Waves – Walking On Sunshine
22:37 : Shamen – Ebeneezer Goode (Beat Edit)
22:41 : Prince – When Doves Cry
22:45 : Duran Duran – The Reflex
22:50 : Erasure – A Little Respect
22:53 : Damian – The Time Warp
22:57 : will.i.am – Scream & Shout (feat. Britney Spears) [Radio Edit]
23:00 : Cheryl – Call My Name
23:05 : T-Rex – I Love To Boogie
23:07 : Jackie Wilson – Your love is Lifting Me Higher
23:10 : Phil Collins – You Can’t Hurry Love
23:13 : House of Pain – Jump Around
23:16 : Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
23:19 : The Mavericks – Dance the Night Away
23:23 : Babybird – Because You’re Gorgeous
23:25 : Simple Minds – Don’t You Forget About Me
23:29 : Kings Of Leon – Sex On Fire
23:32 : The Killers – Mr. Brightside
23:36 : Take That – Never Forget
23:41 : Billy Ocean – Love Really Hurts Without You
23:44 : Deacon Blue – Dignity
23:48 : Deacon Blue – Real gone kid
23:51 : Take That – Relight My Fire
23:55 : U2 – Pride (In the Name of Love)
23:59 : EMF – Unbelievable
00:02 : Take That – The Flood
00:07 : ACDC – Back In Black
00:10 : Bon Jovi – Living On a Prayer
00:14 : INXS – I Need You Tonight
00:16 : U2 – Where the Streets Have No Name
00:20 : Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
00:25 : Ultravox – Vienna
00:29 : Aha – Take on me