The Henley Royal Regatta In Review

Eight Ray Music looks back on another fantastic year at The Henley Royal Regatta, one of the most iconic summertime events in the British calendar.

Another superb year at Henley Royal Regatta has just come to an end. Eight Ray Music was founded in Henley-on-Thames and with our current offices just a stone’s throw from the river, it’s an event that’s incredibly close to our hearts.

Each year, the demand for Eight Ray Music’s services at the Regatta has grown, with corporate enclosures, venues in the town and temporary bars at the course seeking to use our incredibly talented musicians to entertain and draw in the Regatta revellers.

This year, Eight Ray Musicians performed all along the two-kilometre course, with our artists entertaining in enclosures right at the very start of the course to well past in the finish line and into the town of Henley-on-Thames itself.

Jukebox performing for Ambro Events at the Henley Royal Regatta

Guests enjoying the Regatta were treated to an eclectic array of seamless entertainment across the week, from the late night vibes produced by our DJs and party bands to the smooth sounds of our unplugged roaming bands and acoustic duos and trios, Eight Ray Music was able to provide something for everyone.

Ambro Events, The Temple Island Enclosure

This year, the team had the pleasure of working alongside Ambro Events at the exceptional Temple Island Enclosure, where guests were treated to a range of superb acoustic acts throughout the week.

Tommy Ludgate performing for Eight Ray Music and Ambro Events at The Henley Royal Regatta

That included the Weekend Duo, Tommy Ludgate Trio, Kit, Coleman Collective, Jukebox and The Roaming Revels, who all provided brilliant performances in the enclosure throughout the week.

To match the tranquil and luxury atmosphere Ambro Events cultivated for the Temple Island Enclosure the acts remained unobtrusive, providing background music to complement and not overpower the event.

The Barn Bar

As ever, the team was delighted to provide entertainment to The Barn Bar, one of the few public bars along the course.

With a prime location towards the starting point of the course, The Barn Bar draws in big crowds and an array of Eight Ray musicians performed there during the week.

That included roaming bands such as The Roaming Revue and solo artists such as the incredibly talented Steph Willis right through to full party bands and DJs.

Such eclectic entertainment helps ensure The Barn Bar remains a prime party spot for revellers throughout the week.

DJ Jamie Taylor resumed his residency on the Friday and Saturday nights. Jamie consistently fills The Barn Bar every year and was back once again due to popular demand.

The inimitable Gatsby Soul also provided smooth vibes during the day, with immensely talented saxophonist Stevie Jones collaborating with DJ Jamie to produce an excellent afternoon atmosphere.

A big thank you to our fabulous clients, Copas and Henley Regatta, for once again selecting Eight Ray Music for their live music entertainment!

The Revue at Barn Bar for Copas at Henley Royal Regatta 2017 with Eight Ray Music

Fawley Court

Another first for this year saw the Eight Ray team collaborate with Fawley Court, a stunning 17th-century masterpiece designed by Sir Christopher Wren and landscaped by Capability Brown.

Fawley Court is situated in a commanding position on the Oxfordshire side of the river around the mid-point of the race course. It’s a truly picturesque setting and provides a magical position from which to enjoy the Henley Royal Regatta.

Laura Williams at Henley Royal Regatta with Eight Ray Music for Fawley Court

Mahiki at Henley Royal Regatta

Jumping back across to the Berkshire side, where the majority of the Regatta tents are positioned and Bloc Off The Wall were setting a rather different tone at Mahiki’s prestigious pop-up party tent.

When the rowing is finished each day the course remains alive through the evening, with Bloc Off The Wall ensuring a full dance floor all night long in Mahiki.

With a residency in the tent for the duration of the week, Bloc Off The Wall raised the roof each evening with some scintillating sets, just look at this video from the Thursday…

Henley Royal Regatta never disappoints and the Eight Ray Music team would like to extend a huge thank you to all our wonderful performers and clients who made it such a special event once again.

Although another fantastic Regatta has come to an end we’re not finished in our hometown just yet and next up our fabulous musicians will be performing at the Henley Festival this very week where superstars such as Jess Glynne, Goldie and Chaka Khan will also be entertaining the crowds!

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