Saturday 2nd November was Warble Entertainment’s Monster Mash Ball at Nantwich Civic Hall and the dust is just starting to settle on what was an absolutely fantastic event!
It was clear from opening the doors on Saturday evening that the bar was going to be set pretty high in terms of the dedication and commitment people had put into their costumes and there were some amazingly original ones.
Various genres of all things scary were well represented with The Exorcist, Child’s Play and even Silent Hill… all done with such accuracy and detail. These works of art were captured brilliantly by the talents of Jenny Martin, who was present at the evening to photograph the show and professionally capture the “spirit” of the evening.
The haunting sounds of the Arioso Cello Duo kicked things off for people’s entrance into the room
and provided a perfectly eerie and understated build-up to prelude an evening’s entertainment on the stage and dance floor below it.
Once everyone was seated, MC for the evening DJ Adrian opened up the show introducing the charities we’d chosen – St. Lukes Hospice and MacMillan Cancer Support and highlighted why they so desperately need contributions in order to continue providing the amazing services they offer. Then it was time to rock…
The Rock and Metal Dancers kicked off the front of stage show with the 9 piece dance specialists putting a unique spin to the traditional format of belly dancing. The variety of acts appearing was one of the main highlights of the evening and if you imagine belly dancing to Marilyn Manson’s ‘Rock Is Dead’, you’ll get an idea of their contribution to that.
As the Dancers left the floor, the stage show began with our Lady Gaga tribute, Lois. Effortlessly mirroring the queen of all things kooky in both voice and stylish outfits, Lois delivered a set that got people dancing right from the get go. It’s not often you see people on the dance floor at the very start of the evening, but she managed to do just that and even pulled off an impromptu lesson in Gaga to all those on the dance floor.
Once the show returned from a short break, on came Manchester three piece Friends of the Bride – They rocked through versions of Kings of Leon’s “Sex on Fire”, The Kinks “You Really Got Me” and even their own spin on “Twist and Shout”. Once again, the dead, the undead and the somewhere in between needed no persuasion to get on the dance floor and they “mashed” their way through from start to finish.
Then it was time for a brief respite and a chance to rest dance-tired limbs during the prize draw. With some fantastic prizes donated by local businesses and big names like Manchester United and Bentley, everyone dug deep to make sure they were in with a chance and there were some lucky and very happy prize winners. Then it was time for everyone to be lucky by witnessing the final act… The Indie Killers.
As they were introduced to stage, three hooded figures slowly made their way through the room… Upon taking to the stage, the robes came off and the trio, with a mixture of half faces and a hat tip to Slipknot, immediately took the crowd on a journey kicking off with The Darkness’ “I Believe in a thing called Love” and throughout the set jumped around the stage, off the stage and got right into middle of things. They continued through the midnight hour, closing by encouraging all monsters, zombies, wolves and all manner of things that go bump in the night to throw arms round each other and sing along to Oasis’ classic anthem “Champagne Supernova”.
The evening went on until late with DJ Adrian Hughes playing songs that kept the dance floor heaving, and although everyone would have had their favourite acts and best bits from the night, there was one thing that we all agreed on – The event was a monstrous success and we’re still just too excited to go to our tombs and sleep until next year!
We’d like to take this opportunity to everyone involved – all the acts, the supporters for their raffle donations and the people who bought tickets and rocked the roof off The Civic Hall. Also an extra special thank you goes to DK Management who donated £1000 to the charities and to Indie Killers who gave a donation of £800… WOW!!
More photos from Jenny Martin are available here: http://jennymartinphotography.co.uk/monstermash
Written by Jon and published by Warble Entertainment