#79. The Royal Oak, Hampton. 2.7.16.

Thanks to all those that came along & joined the Phantoms in helping celebrate the birthday of the Royal Oak's lovely Landlady, Wendy.
But due to the inclement weather the Phantoms Garden Party didn’t turn out quite how we had previously imagined it! In the end it was a sunny day, just never when we needed it! Although we probably wouldn’t have fitted in the garden anyway due to most of the available space being taken up by the worlds biggest rabbit hutch!
The Phantoms commenced the celebrations as the 1st of two bands on the day with an opening set packed full of punky crowd pleasers. The birthday girl had previously chosen the Phantoms set list & obviously knew exactly what her punters liked to hear.
Time for a break & the band seemed to enjoy the interval more than usual, which probably had a lot to do with free hot dogs!
With the burger sauce wiped of our chops it was soon back to the grind, with set two getting off to a great start as the pub’s Landlady led the dancing to ‘A Town Called Malice’. The upbeat covers then just kept on coming, only interrupted mid set when our guitarist need an emergency wee! Luckily, he managed to get back on stage just in time for his guitar solo in Supergrass’s ‘Alright’ as the band cracked on without him!
Throughout the gig the band were keen to see what initially appeared to be hordes of Phantom phans giving rapturous applause at the back of the room. Shame it just turned out to be the pubs big screen telly showing the Centre Court crowd at Wimbledon!
But the real life crowd were loving it too (the music, not the tennis!) giving a great response the band’s climax to the party, ‘Common People’ by Pulp & a double whammy of Blur (‘Parklife’ being Wendy’s fav Phant cover).
So the Phantoms then gave way on stage to ‘Get Ready’ to carry on the festivities (try following that Get Ready!) & are now throwing away their electric guitars in preparation for their next all acoustic gig! Punk unplugged! But fear not, you can catch the electric Phantoms back at the Royal Oak in December. See you soon.

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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