#96. Private Party, Wyton, Cambridgeshire. 12.12.18.

 
Following the roaring success of this gig 12 months ago the organisers once again asked us back! And thankfully this time round the bands lead singer wasn't on holiday! So the Phantoms made the long journey up the A1(M) to the frozen North (or Wyton, Cambridgeshire as it’s otherwise known).

On arriving at the venue (a huge aircraft hanger!) the band were quite amused to see a stage made up of two 6 ton trucks parked end to end. How big did the organisers think Big Kev was? Having said that once all the gear had been unloaded & set up the stage didn’t feel as big as it first looked. But with the set up complete & a slap up xmas dinner in the bag (the 2nd of the day for one of the band) the boys somehow scrambled up onto stage to get the party started.

The usual drunken antics then ensued for the next hour with the band looking down on the impressive hoard of party goers slipping & sliding around the beer soaked dance floor. New song ‘Wonderwall’ going down surprisingly well. The first set ended slightly differently to planned when the hoard expressed their disinterest in festive xmas songs, requesting more Oasis & less jingle bells! OK. We aim to please.

Then after a brief interlude to attempt to warm up our frozen extremities brought on due to playing in an arctic aircraft hanger and refueled on mince pies & popcorn, the Phantoms scrambled back up onto the back of the trucks to bring the party to a suitable sticky climax.

The well up for it xmas party crowd had been fantastic all night & just when the band were wondering if things could get any more frenzied the question was well & truly answered. All evening Jay, a well inebriated happy punter, had been requesting the band play Chelsea Dagger by the Fratellis & when the boys finally obliged the place went totally ballistic. It was very reminiscent of a World Cup fan park during the Summer when England scored a goal! The dancefloor exploded into action with beer & cups (& bodies!) flying in all directions. Thankfully the band & equipment were just about out of range! ‘I Predict a Riot’ & ‘I Gotta Feelin (Tonight’s Gonna be a Good Night)’ followed & both proved to be very prophetic song choices. So, as the Phantoms fought off the late night attempted stage invasions the boys brought the night to a close with a rousing rendition of Blur’s Song 2. Happy Christmas one & all.

Thanks to the fantastically enthusiastic party goers & organisers Steve & Jack for asking us to take part. As always, it was an experience. Hopefully see you again next year. Ho ho ho. x

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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