#78. DSRA Sports Day, Bath Uni. 24.6.16.
Who do you ask to provide the entertainment at the biggest workplace sports event in the country? Well, the Phantoms of course!
So, after months of hard training at altitude (Feltham!), the Phantoms were back for the 3rd year in a row to entertain/distract (delete as appropriate) the athletes at DSRA Sports Day, University of Bath Sports Training Village.
Aided by the 'Wheel of Yourtune' (you spin the wheel & we play the song it lands on) the band clocked up another personal best, delivering over 3 hours of live music during the course of the day to the 1500 strong expectant crowd, assisted along the way by the odd guest or two.
First up was Adele! A low key warm up for her headlining Glastonbury set you ask? Not quite. Actually it was the even better Adele from the adjacent first aid tent who over the day went on to add accordion or percussive accompaniment whenever not called upon the resuscitate spent athletes. She was a wonderful addition to the line-up who demonstrated as much skill on the tambourine as she does on the defibrillator!
The pre event hype was that your favourite covers band (plus their colossal sized roadies) also had their sights set on taking gold in the tug-of-war competition. Sadly when 'Tug a Phantom' were called upon to pull, not only was it chucking it down with rain (wet musicians & electrical equipment do not mix) but the band were busy thrilling a marquee packed to the rafters with passing punters sheltering from the downpour.
Making the most of the captive audience (notably including Stormy Stan, the RNLI mascot) the Phantoms upped the pace, belting out a string of sing along crowd pleasers, ably assisted by our second special guest of the day, a lovely lady in pink lending lead vocals on 'I Predict a Riot'. Great work, whoever you were? [If you are reading this please get in touch - we'd love to know your name]. Check out some video footage here.
So, the sun did eventually come out & the Phantoms made it to the finish line, successfully completing the marathon task of performing over 40 songs to the enjoyment of the elite medal winners & less accomplished drunken merry makers alike.
As ever, a fantastic time was had by all. Thanks to DSRA & all the competitors that make this such a great event & a pleasure to play for. Apparently Sports Day is all about 'promoting good health and morale as well as encouraging the spirit of team-work'. Well, I'm sure the band's performance during the day demonstrated a shining example of the latter two aims, if not the first!
Hope to see you again next year (when we will definitely take the tug-of-war crown - as long as it's not raining)!
The Phantoms were: Mark Gibson (lead
vocals & keys), Kevin Rogers (guitar), Jason Biggs (guitar & vocals), Jon Novice (bass & vocals) & Alun Westoll (drums