INTERNATIONAL WOMEN DAY 2015
Divine Sounds featured at an event in Verdon St Community Centre, Sheffield to celebrate International Womens Day 2015 ! It was a fantastic event to be a part of, there were so many different people from all races and backgrounds – Yemeni, African, White, Black, Asian, Egyptian, Lebanese, Somali to name a few! There were stalls at the event and lot’s of women were displaying the charity’s they were from, support and health care advice, products on sale, a raffle, housing aid, free smoke alarm projects – there was just such a variety of stalls there ! There was a Zumba Class, Yoga, Kurdish, Punjabi, Egyptian and Somali music acts. The energy I felt in the room was amazing and very powerful. I felt truly blessed to have been invited to perform at such an event. The dancing was full of high energy ! Please have a look at SOAR the community that hosted this event. This was their 5th year of running International Womens Day in the Burngreave Community: www.soarcommunity.org.uk
WEDDING IDEAS MAGAZINE & HANNAH WHOMES PHOTOGRAPHY
Divine Sounds featured at a Multicultural Wedding with bride and groom Prem and Danny, at The City Rooms in Leicester. The Wedding features in ‘Wedding Ideas magazine‘, such a fantastic article! The photographer was Hannah Whomes. Have a look at her work here: www.hannahwhomes.co.uk
WOODSTOCK WEDDING, ECCLESALL WOODS, SHEFFIELD
Divine Sounds thoroughly enjoyed being a part of Ben and Flicks Woodstock wedding the in the beautiful setting of Ecclesall woods. They used the tipi company Tipi and Kata, who provided the popular Witches Hat Tipis. The trees had beautiful floodlighting and the setting was amazing. A company called Cloud Nine decor supplied giant crochet flowers for the woods and around the marquee and Rooney’s in Sheffield brought a juicy Hog Roast, it was the perfect meal to have in the woods. A band performed who traveled up from Manchester and the bride and groom provided a fantastic playlist for their guests during the reception! It was a wonderful wedding to be a part of, Divine Sounds love outdoor tipi weddings.
HARRY AND ELLIES WEDDING RECEPTION AT HAGGLERS CORNER, SHEFFIELD
Hagglers Corner is a wonderful intimate venue in Sheffield on Queens Road and has such personality! This was Harry and Ellie’s choice of venue for their wedding reception, the whole day was really laid back, the decor made the venue look like a beautiful tea rooms and the table decorations chosen by Ellie were wonderful ! The cakes were such an attraction on the day laid out on a huge table for all to enjoy. The music was provided by Dee Rock, a Sheffield funk and Hip Hip legend. I particularly enjoyed the speeches by the best man who mentioned a lot of drum and bass as the groom is one of Sheffields veteran drum and bass DJ legends, who goes under the name of Aggers. It was just simply a fantastic day, with a warm open fire in the courtyard, music upstairs and a cafe bar downstairs. I would highly recommend Hagglers Corner as a choice of venue for your Wedding Reception. They also offer themes for your decor such a Woodland Wedding Theme and I’ve seen they did a Mad Hatters Tea Party Wedding too, if there’s other ideas yo have get in touch with Hagglers Corner and ask for Sarah or Nos. Congratulations Harry and Ellie, not only are you good friends of mine, but also great people and I wish you all the best for your future together. All the best!
Here’s the link to the venue Hagglers Corner
CLOUD NINE DECOR – MY FRIEND RUTHIE
My friend Ruthie has a wonderful business called Cloud Nine Decor. Here creations are amazing !
At Cloud Nine Decor we have been creating spectacular, sky high décor for the past six years. We have created décor for beautiful boutique weddings, out of this world music and arts festivals and large scale events such as the Tour de France Yorkshire Festival.
Cloud Nine Decor was founded by Ruthie Ford, a visual artist and designer with a passion for colour and festivities. With a background in Decorative Arts and participatory art projects Ruthie began creating her unique giant crochet flower gardens as art installations. From there she moved to shop window displays, festivals, weddings and events. Ruthie has a wealth of experience in décor design and installation from initial planning to creating enormous sculptures, from liasing with clients to creating bespoke pieces, from working on site plans to managing a team of trained installers.
In 2014 Ruthie welcomed long time friend and co-conspirator Catherine Rose to the team. With a background in event management Catherine takes care of wedding event planning, festival logistics, sourcing bespoke props and generally making sure everything runs smoothly.
At Cloud Nine Decor we aim to add colour, movement and happiness to our events and bring joy and magic to those that encounter our surreal and happy wonderlands. Please get in touch if you would like to find out how we could work with you.
Previous clients have included Secret Garden Party, Kendal Calling, Parklife, Shambala, Beacons, Peace in the Park, Of Tales Untold, Sheffield City Council and Manor Green Estates.
Check out the website: www.cloudninedecor.co.uk
ARABIC, NORTH AFRICAN WEDDING – ST GEORGES HALL, LIVERPOOL
Divine Sounds team recently featured at a wonderful Arabic Wedding at St Georges Hall in Liverpool. It was held in the spectacular Great Hall and the exquisite Concert Room which had a huge organ, beautiful mosaic floors and decorated ceilings. The space was truly magical. Leading up to the wedding I prepared a variety of music, Algerian, Moroccan, Arabic, Middle Eastern, Rai, Hip Hop, Reggaeton, Rnb and early 90’s house classics ! It was a true mish mash of music flavours. The Civil Ceremony was held in another part of the building, and then guests started to arrive in the Great Hall. Guests started to dance as soon as they arrived which was amazing to see, and they didn’t stop dancing till the very end! The decorations and stage the bride and groom had chosen were extremely grand to! Divine Sounds are really enjoying these Arabic events and union of different cultures !
CHARN AND AMYS WEDDING, BLACKBROOK FARM EAST, SHEFFIELD
Charn and Amys Wedding was mighty special. They chose an intimate venue with a beautiful small cottage, where some guests stayed overnight. The cottage was a walk through the woods and up a farmers track to reach a lush field of green with Tipi’s in the centre for their dining and wedding reception celebrations. The view from the field was awesome, you could see a lot of Rivelin Valley. The brides and guests had contributed to the decorations and set up the ceremony area and tipis. During dining Divine Sounds played songs throughout the day, and when the reception commenced, DJ Zeeni performed a soul hip hop funky set, and DJ Shakti was there to play some classics. Divine Sounds really enjoys outdoor tipi weddings and have featured at many the last few years. It was good to be back in Totally Tipi’s beautiful structures again!
WIMILYS WEDDING, WOODLANE COUNTRYSIDE CENTRE, SHEFFIELD
Emily and Will are good friends from over a decade ago. The grounds are Woodland Countryside Centre are lovely! It’s always an honor when a friend puts their trust in you to help prepare their wedding ceremony, dining and reception. We really enjoyed creating the playlist for their day. Knowing Will and Emily, their music tastes are diverse, and can be a little silly too (just how we like it). We helped take them on a journey through the decades of music close to their hearts, and it ended up quite sweaty in the end finishing on Prodigy: Out of Space song followed by Bob Marleys Could you be love. Emily and Will we love you from the bottom of our hearts and with you all the best for your future together.
Photograph by Nye Spy Photography
EMMA AND DURBS FESTIVAL WEDDING, MAPPERLY FARM, DERBYSHIRE
Emma and Durbs celebrations were extremely colourful and rootsy. The venue was a field on Mapperly Farm, Derbyshire. There was a marquee in the field for dining, relaxing and the reception, and their ceremony was in the woods, underneath a big green parachute, with live music and a fire pit. Their ceremony was unique filled with the words and sentiments Emma and Durbs wanted to share with each other and their guests. Everyone was involved during Emma and Durbs Ceremony and the celebrant from the Humanist Society was brilliant at delivering their ceremony. The day was filled with crazy fancy dress, my favorite was a hat which was a cormorant sea bird. Divine Sounds had created a custom playlist for during dining which was 3 hours of noises such as the dawn chorus, leaves in the wind, pigs eating out of a trough, crows, owls and wolves howling in an evening imaginary scene, with the odd peacock call squeezed in. The guests seem to love the natural playlist we had created. The Hot Diamond Aces one of my favorite bands performed, and afterwards Thirsty Ear DJ’s took over the dance floor. I go to a lot of weddings to install our equipment with Divine Sounds, and I do remember the cheese was exceptionally special at this one ! We also linked up with Prime Tiger, another PA company in Sheffield to install the equipment and manage the day. We enjoy teaming up with Prime Tiger, thanks Sam!
ESME’S 6TH BIRTHDAY PARTY, HAGGLERS CORNER, SHEFFIELD
Divine Sounds performed at a 6th Birthday party for a group of lovely home educated children. They were so interested in the music and didn’t seem to have music knowledge of commercial music. The 6 year old Esme, met up with Divine Sounds for an official interview about her party and she chose to have funk, hip hop, early 90’s house and drum and bass at her party. All of the kids really enjoyed the music and really got involved with the DJ’ing too! What a treat, happy birthday sweet Esme.
NED AND CATHS WEDDING, BROSTERFIELD FARM, FOOLOW VILLAGE
This was a beautiful wedding set in the grounds of Brosterfield Farm. There was a marquee set up for dining and the reception. The weather was sunny in the morning, and it started to snow, which was just magical to watch in the Peak District. A DJ from Sheffield called Tom Wilkinson played funkybeats all night long with hint of disco and reggae too! There were a few cottages near the marquee which the bridal party and guests stayed in for the weekend. Divine Sounds team set up the equipment and took care of it all day which was a pleasure to do!
GREG AND SMITHAS WEDDING OR SHOULD I SAY MOHAN THE FATHER IN LAWS WEDDING?
This was an absolutely epic multicultural wedding celebration! It was set within the grounds of Brympton House in Yoevil, Somerset. During the day there was going to be a Civil Ceremony, a Hindu Ceremony, a couple of drink receptions, and then onto dining and the evening reception!
The couple were multicultural, the bride was from Karnataka and the Groom was British. They had guests and family from all over the world, Cuba, Venezuela, Mexico, Trinidad, Singapore, India, USA, France, Irish to name a few. Divine Sounds were asked to use our expertise with so many different cultures and provide DJ and live entertainment with sparks of Global Fusion everywhere! This is where Divine Sounds thrive the most and were honored to have such an opportunity to programme a full day and evening worth of entertainment!
After the Civil Ceremony, guests went onto the South Terrace of Brympton House to mingle and have drinks. Divine Sounds provided a playlist of awesome music such as hip hop, salsa, cumbia, funk, ska, gypsy jazz, mexican – all the music selected had an upbeat carnival feel! The area was dressed like an Indian street food festival and guests could enjoy sounds from all over the globe! Later on in the south Terrace we booked The Steel Drum Band from Manchester to play the steel pans with trinidadian flavors! The band were truly amazing!
During the Hindu Ceremony Divine Sounds provided beautiful background music and amplification of the Maraj (indian priest), so that guests could hear and participate in the Hindu Ceremony. We also arranged for drummers to bring in the bride and groom with a procession of guests dancing along to their dohl drums!
Dining and the Reception commenced inside beautiful tipis supplied by World Inspired Tents, the space was magical! The Bollywood Brass Band performed with high energy and Divine Sounds DJ Shakti and Pete Not Bombs played a mixture of soca, cumbia, drum and bass, reggae, hip hop, soul, funk, salsa, latin american sounds, reggaeton, tropical global fusion, noughties to name a few genres! We had such a great time performing. The soundsystem was a treat called the Void Air Motion, which looked like a gramophone, and is so beautifully elegant provided to us by Neuron Pro Audio!
Thank you to all the suppliers, staff, people behind the scenes and Brympton d’Evercy for coming together to help make this couples wedding such a dream come true! Greg and Smitha congratulations and all the best for your new future together! and a huge thumbs up and respect to Mohan the father in law who had so much charisma he made my heart melt!
Divine Sounds – p.a, bands, dj, lighting, stage management
World Inspired Tents – tipi structures and wonderful staffing team!
Jay & I Events – mandap and flowers
Brympton House – ellie, andy and the team!