A return to Elizabeth Gardens Salisbury for the City Council’s Music In The Park series of events. A beutiful location, a very appreciative audience and a simnply wonderful atmosphere.
Our favourite comment of the day was that it needs to go on for longer. A better compliment we could not ask for.
Once again the weather was extremely kind for us and the people of Salisbury came out to enjoy a picnic, or a very nice hotdog or just drinks and a relax in the sun to free music provided by Break Cover and the very talented Daisy who got a huge reception.
Many thanks to all those who provided photos of the day
There are three more dates for this event this summer – get along – it’s a terrific atmosphere…
21st July – Sticky Toffee Jazz Jazz and Swing vocalist with a big vintage vibe Support Act – Becca and Tebby
4th August – Shannon Laura A solo vocalist who performs Pop and RnB covers Support Act – Hope Amber and Jess Corbett
18th August – TuneBox A brother and sister music duo who performs acoustic covers of hit songs from across the decades Support Act: Lucy Trigwell
Saturday was a terrific day at Ebblefest! Lovely weather for it and what a crowd! We made sure we sampled all of the food stalls and the bar at the end of the Marquee. The Fete beforehand was well attended and then when the evening descended, well, the pictures show what happened!
17 May 2012 was our first gig at Boscombe Down Sgt Mess and the name Break Cover was coined for the first time.
7 years and 200+ gigs later we are still going strong. If anything we are having more fun now than we did when we first started!
We often get asked what our favourite gigs were so a seventh birthday feels like a good excuse to post our top 7 gigs.
The problem with that is we can never agree which make the top so there might be more than 7 in our top 7!
1. The Bridge Music Festival, Stockbridge, June 2014.
A charity music festival to raise money for Alex Lewis who lost all of his limbs following a cold! Memorable for the great range of bands, the incredible crowd, a great stage, insane lighting and the way that the whole event lifted when the sun went down and it just felt like a party for every second we played. The band were on fire and the crowd fed off that ; the band then fed off the crowd’s energy creating the magical feedback loop of joy which you can never plan for. Terry winding up Jim Davidson but making the PA feedback every time he spoke was hilarious too. A truly memorable night.
2. John Coghlan’s Quo, The Barrington, November 2016.
Supporting a big name band is always going to be good fun but Craig and Simon are massive fans of Status Quo so getting to support the original Frantic Four drummer was always going to be even more special. It turns out that John is a terrific chap and his band are really lovely too. We had a great laugh with them and were made to feel like part of the family. The guys at The Barrington could not have done more for us as well. And then there was the audience… hugely appreciative, applauding the songs before we played them and really kind and open with feedback in the bar after. Another truly memorable night.
3. Salisbury Christmas Light Switch On, November 2015.
Playing in Salisbury is always a treat as Salisbury audiences really appreciate live music. It turns out an audience of 14,000 really appreciates live music. Salisbury market square absolutely rammed; a huge stage; a massive PA; a huge TV screen and a crowd that massively appreciated what we did. A huge buzz for everyone on stage. Getting the Evolution Choir, Santa and Rudolf up for “Merry Christmas Everyone” at the end was electric. Not one that we will ever forget.
4. Qudos, 2014
2014 was a remarkable year for us but one of the most memorable things was playing in Qudos Music Bar & Grill on Castle Street Salisbury a total of 9 times in that one year. Qudos is a very special place for us. Simon was the first guitarist ever to play there in a previous band at the business launch. On top of that we have played there more than 35 times since our first gig in September 2012. The most outstanding feature of the venue – the audience. These guys are always up for it and it’s a joy to play here – every time. It helps the atmosphere is as hot as a Louisiana swamp at midday. A year to remember.
5. Firsfest, August 2018
We have played at the Firsdown Music Festival in Winterslow (better known as Firsfest) before 2018 but this was the first time we had played the Social Stage. The last act on the main stage was All Floyd who had started late due to previous bands running over. This meant we had to start our set as they were still playing. Not expecting too much we launched into our set. We were joined very quickly by an extremely energetic group of people who were keen to party the night away. An hour or so later and more encores than we should have played and we looked back on one of the most energetic and appreciative audiences we could remember. A festival night to remember forever.
6. CarFest, Salisbury, September 2018.
Salisbury Market Square is good to us. Probably because Salisbury audiences are absolutely fantastic! However, we approached this one a little nervously as Salisbury had never had a CarFest in the Market before and we had to play from 10 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon. Well we needn’t have worried – the weather was incredible, the cars were brilliant, the stall holders were amazing the audience was absolutely out of this world. More than 15,000 people attended the day and they could not have been more fun to play for. A CarFest to remember.
7. The Talbot Inn, Calne, May 2019
The most recent event to make the list was set up by the Celtic Crew MCC and took us to North Wiltshire for the first time. What made this so special? Two things: the people who ran the pub looked after us really well and the atmosphoere from the audience was tremendous. All of the gigs on this list were made memorable by the audience that we played to. When the audience feeds off what we are doing and we get high from their feedback and that makes us play better and the audience picks up on that… it’s what Wilko Johnson calls “a secret conspiracy to have a good time”. All of the gigs here had that but this last one was such a complete surprise that it had the band flying. A bike night to remember!
Truthfully, it’s impossible to pick a top 7 and if you ask us again tomorrow it will probably be different. Across 200+ gigs there’s always going to be those that just stand out so the following deserve an honourable mention as they are probably in that top list too…
8. Figglefest – a village festival which is superbly run, has a terrific atmosphere and is a joy to play.
9. Durrington Music in The Rec – previously organised by the late, great John Mills this is always a lovely family atmosphere event tied to an annual Vintage Vehicle weekend.
10. Amesbury Carnival – maybe it was the whether but it was probably the audience – just a superb atmosphere and an all round beautiful day.
The main theme here is that it is the audience which makes each gig memorable and we have been lucky enough to play some terrific events to some incredible people.
Thank you all so much for your support over the last 7 years! You are the reason we do this.
Please join us for our seventh birthday party at Qudos in Salisbury on Friday 31 May 2019!!
A huge thank you to everyone at Qudos last night. That was a terrific turn out and much hotter than anyone expected.
The new songs went down a storm and everyone had a fantastic evening.
Really nice to see some familiar faces we hadn’t seen in a while – great to see you having such a good time!!
Some members of the audience probably woke up feeling a little more worse for wear than others and we hope that the lady who fell in to 2 microphone stands, a music stand, an amplifier and 3 guitars isn’t feeling too poorly today despite drinking all of Qudos.
Once again thank you to the bar staff for keeping the evening moving and for making sure we all had a marvellous evening.
Next up Cosy Club on Friday 29 March. See you there!
Saturday 22 December was an exciting day with two gigs to cover!
First up was a last minute gig with the Salisbury Live team as The Zucchinis were sadly not able to do their scheduled slot which meant we got to play in the bandstand for the first time this year.
It was great to see the Christmas Market still in full flow and everyone having a very Christmassy time.
Kudos to Gary Sarum, Brian Mundy and Kelvin O’Brien for running the music at the Christmas Market for the last 3 weeks – very professional and well appreciated!
Next up, a quick hop across town to Qudos Music Bar & Grill.
Once again the Qudos audience were in fine voice and despite, some very naughty sound gremlins (including a microphone cable which stopped working in the 6 minutes between sound check and gig time) an exuberant time was had by all.
Our favourite quote of the night: “As it’s the last Saturday before Christmas would you like to hear a Christmas song?” Qudos replies “NO!!” Righto then, on with the non-Christmas music.
Thanks to Vanessa, Andy, the bar staff and the wonderful audience for another great night at Qudos!
Have a great Christmas and hopefully see you either on Boxing Day at Alderbury Club or back in Qudos for New Years Eve!
It was Totton Carnival yesterday (Saturday 16 June) and the Testwood Club was open to non members and members all day and its safe to say that a lot of fun was had throughout the day.
It was our first gig without Jem so we would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to her for all the gigs and giggles we had on the way. Thanks for being such a great part of Break Cover and good luck for all that you are going to do.
We were very lucky that Amber stepped forward so quickly and it was an absolute joy to introduce her to her first Break Cover gig. Amber comes from a classical music background, and is looking forward to delving into classic rock. In her spare time, in case you cant find her, she will usually be with her horses, or jamming in her originals duo- Common Confusion.
Our first gig at the Testwood Club and Amber’s first gig with us could not have gone any better – the audience were a real blast and were really appreciative of Amber. Hopefully we’ll get to play there again soon. Thank you to Bill Solomon and the Testwood Team for a thoroughly enjoyable evening and for making Amber’s introduction so memorable.
There’s always a little bit of magic when we play Qudos but some nights the magic is especially strong.
It was great to have Ray Franklin back on bass. Always a stalwart of the band when he was a full time member and certainly some of that old magic was back in the house last night.
Terry is still away so Lea was back on guitar duties and was having far too much fun with it.
But the most important thing was that the audience was having an excellent evening. Dancing started during the sound check so there was a hint there it was going to be a blinder and the crowd did not disappoint.
Even the Christmas tree joined in with the dancing…
All in all a truly magnificent evening and we wish all the staff and customers an amazing Christmas and a very Happy New Year. See you back in Qudos in 2018.
Next Saturday is the Hootenenny at The Mill – NOT to be missed!
A huge thank you to the people who braved the cold to come and see us last night! We were half expecting it to snow it was that cold and that Christmassy!
Huge thanks also go to Colin and Charlotte for inviting us and having everything so well organised – we’re not sure Simon enjoyed having those tempting food stands so close all night though!! The Rhythm Blasters are playing at the market tonight so please go and show them some love.
That was really good fun and an amazing experience, Outdoor gigs are always really cool and it was great to see so many people having such a good time.
We are back in the Market Square as part of the Christmas Sunday Markets on Sunday 17 December but before then we have a couple of warmer gigs at Qudos Music Bar & Grill on 9 December and what looks like our biggest Hootenanny yet at The Mill Salisbury on 16 December.
Thanks again for coming and hope to see you again soon.
Many thanks to Spencer Mulholland, Hayley and Heather for the additional photos.