#102. Private Party, Wyton, Cambridgeshire. 11.12.19.

 
More (ph)estive fun with the Phantoms as the band once again made their winter migration up the M1 to the frozen North (or more accurately described as the ‘sodden North’ this year!) spreading seasonal cheer to the good people of Wyton. And what an eventful night it turned out to be (highlights including drunken stage invaders & the occasional streaker).

Set 1 was well received by the, as usual, extremely well inebriated throng who probably never even noticed our lead singer go AWOL during only the 3rd song of the evening due to an emergency loo break. Thankfully he was present & correct in time for the next song!

A constant flow of sure-fire crowd pleasers then had the masses singing & dancing along, ramped up to epic proportions during the Arctic Monkeys ‘IBYLGOTD’ & the much requested ‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis. The set climaxing with the Bangles 80’s classic ‘Walk Like An Egyptian’ which went down surprisingly well with the rather youthful mob.

After a short break (spent mostly goofing around in the photo booth) the boys were soon back into the fray, instantly repelling the aforementioned stage invasion during opening song ‘Let Me Entertain You’ by Robbie Williams. But ever the professionals, the show went on despite the best attempts of the drunken lout!

Highlights of set 2 were the Wyton crowds apparent love of Blur, as well as their response to the somewhat cheesy end to the main set. But then again, who can resist singing & dancing along to the infectious tones of the ‘Time Warp’, ‘Sweet Caroline’ (learnt on the request of this very crowd 12 months ago) & the all time classic ‘YMCA’ by the Village People. Also notable was a second member of the band to sneak off for a wee in the middle of the set, spotted beating a hasty retreat during ‘Mr Brightside’. Looks like some of the band may have had as much to drink as some of the crowd!

All too soon it was time for the xmassy encore and the suitably attired horde helped bring the bands contribution to the evening to a close with a smile on everybody’s face & the sound of sleigh bells ringing in our ears.

Thanks to this year’s party organisers Sasha & Chris for once again inviting the band to take part in the festive carnage, the crowd for as ever, making it such an interesting night & Arran on the photo booth who also turned out to be such a proficient band photographer on this occasion.

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year one and all. See you next decade Wyton. Ho ho ho...

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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