After a 2 year absence we made our third visit to the Spread Eagle Hotel in Midhurst, West Sussex for Rachel & Richard’s wedding on November 8, 2014.

Rachel had booked the Plug & Play package for the reception providing a playlist of around 50 songs which spanned across the decades.

On a wet afternoon the day started in good spirits, I was in Reading, Berkshire during the afternoon to see Charlton record a 1-0 away win, Igor Vetokele getting the only goal in the first half. With just over 5 mins remaining I legged it out of The Madjeski Stadium with the sound of Charlton fans celebrating in the distance to make my way back to the van for the 80min journey onto Midhurst, West Sussex.

We arrived at The Spread Eagle Hotel at 615, however with timings running late we didn’t get access until 745. Set up was completed fairly quickly though and we were underway with The Beatles for the first two songs at just after 830.

Any DJ’s reading this, access to the The Spread Eagle is pretty good, simply pull up at the foot of the stairs (about 5 steps) and you are straight into the room and set up is on that wall right by the entrance.

Its quite a narrow room, the DJ’s end is the dancing area then there is a seating area with the bar also in the same room which is great.

The use of haze for effects is no problem due to the very high ceiling and there is on sound limiter in the room. Be aware that the last song permitted is around 1130, so slightly earlier than a lot of venues most likely because its a very quiet residential area, but the staff there were quite relaxed and we ended up finishing at around 1145 …so rather than winding down your set at 1130 do this at 11.

Its not a huge space width wise so if you are considering a dance floor at The Spread Eagle Hotel go for a 12×12, any style would work well but I think I would opt for black starlit if I had the chance. You probably wouldn’t need the full quota of 10 uplighters either, 6 would still give a good effect.

Music wise this was a real mixed bag playing from Rachel and Richard’s pre selected playlist but early on the floor was wanting a more up to date selection of tunes. The last 90 minutes was more rock orientated and with a contingent of 90s Indie Rock fans present we had a good spell of tunes including Primal Scream, Dandy Warhols, Stone Roses, Oasis, Mock Turtles, Happy Mondays, Charlatans …before finishing off with a few tunes off the bride and grooms list.

We wish Rachel & Richard all the best for their honeymoon in Gran Canaria and appreciate the kind comments from the father of the bride at the end of the night.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are visiting this venue in the near future check for A3 road closures as apparently this is a regular Saturday night occurrence. Our journey back to Kent took us nearly 4 hours due to this so if you need to get back to M25 you will need to join the A3 via Milford.


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