#88. Private Party, The Olive Tree, Epsom. 20.1.18.

10 years ago a very different looking Phantom line-up were lucky enough to entertain a spectacularly eclectic crowd at the 40th birthday celebrations of Phant Phans Sara & Jason. Who could ever forget playing to the likes of Madonna, Daisy Duke & Princess Leia (yes, really)! [See Gig#39].

So, turn the clock forward 10 years & imagine our surprise when contacted out of the blue to once again provide the entertainment, this time at the couples 50th birthday party! Pleasing. Although sadly no fancy dress was in evidence this time round, a truly fantastic night was had by all!
When the birthday boy had got over the surprise, and the Phantoms were not goofing around in the photo booth (nice one PB2Kevents) the band kept the dancefloor packed from start to finish (with a little help from DJ Danny!) with the fantastic up for it crowd happily dancing the night away.
Despite being warned against it before the event by Sara (the birthday boys lovely wife), the dancing was temporarily halted when Jason & the Cobbett family singers joined the band for a couple of songs mid-way through the second set. Sara – you were right about your husbands singing. But thankfully Jason’s son & daughter could hold a tune!
With the star turn over the band returned to what they do best, belting out a string of sing along party crowd pleasers, whipping the crowd of all ages up to fever pitch (with the likes of ‘Titanium’ for the youngsters & a bit of ABBA for the more mature members of the gathering).
What a great night. It’s always a pleasure playing to such an appreciative audience. Thank you all. The party venue wasn’t on ‘Pleasure Pit Road’ for nothing! See you again in 10 years for the couples 60th!

The Phantoms were: Mark Gibson (lead vocals & keys), Kevin Rogers (guitar), Jason Biggs (guitar & vocals), Jon Novice (bass & vocals) & Alun Westoll (drums & vocals).
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