June 29, 2015
Quick! Who won last year’s Wimbledon? If you answered Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams then you will no doubt be extremely excited as yesterday was the start of the All England Lawn Tennis Club Championships once again. Incredibly, the sun is shining and it’s a glorious day so we can expect a healthy dose of lawn tennis before the first few rain drops fall on the tournament. Fingers crossed they don’t fall at all but if they do, then here are five acts a little more enjoyable than Cliff Richard.*
*(To most people anyway)
There’s no band that makes us think of summer and sunshine more than Wandering Hands, a strolling acoustic trio who could belt out various hits around Centre Court and beyond. Sit back and munch on your strawberries and cream as they run through a repertoire that will go from the expected (Pharrell’s Happy anyone?) to the slightly more surprising, although fans at Royal Ascot were more than happy to sing along to R. Kelly’s Ignition (Remix) in this recent video. Wimbledon entertainment has never been so eclectic!
A brilliantly eccentric, continental-inspired acoustic ensemble comprising violin, guitar and yes, an accordion, Ze Trio can play a wonderful variety of tunes from the 1800s through to the present day. “You cannot be serious!” Well, yes we can. Want to hear which music Fred Perry would have listened to when relaxing after his wins almost a hundred years ago? Ze Trio can fill you in! Perfect for Wimbledon, sit back and enjoy! Who needs tennis for entertainment anyway?
The Blind Tigers
A traditional New Orleans-style jazz band, you might be thinking Blind Tigers would be more at home in the US Open rather than Wimbledon. Well you, my friend, would be wrong for their impressively tailored outfits would fit right in at SW19 and frankly, the music is just a bonus. Taking influence from jazz greats including Louis Armstrong, this fantastic trio can even offer fun arrangements of songs like ‘A Spoonful of Sugar’ from Mary Poppins. What’s more British than that? We can already foresee Roger Federer tapping his toes in delight.
The first four-piece to make this list, Super Tenants are a superb quartet comprising of a double bass, acoustic guitar and percussion. They can also perform an amplified set up, should the fans of the Lawn Tennis Association call for that (after party anyone?) but would perhaps be most at home just outside Court Number 1, entertaining the crowds as Murray mania gets into full flow. From motown gold to nineties classics, Super Tenants are well known for being Sue Barker’s favourite band (not necessarily true...but it may be true).
Watling Street Band
Another unique trio, Watling Street Band are comprised of tuba, banjo and percussion (and humans if you want to be pedantic), delighting with colourful harmonies of all your favourite tunes from The Wurzels to Simon and Garfunkel via Rihanna. No, really. Having gone down a storm in a variety of settings, it’ll be game, set and match when they finally arrive at the Wimbledon Championships and wow the guests. Maria Sharapova is rumoured to be a fan.
With the conclusion of this blog, it’s actually debatable whether anyone visiting Wimbledon will want to watch the tennis at all.
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By Henry Fosdike