With over 400 guests planning to experience the PapaKåta Autumn Open Weekend at the beautiful Stonor Park & Gardens in Henley-On-Thames on 11th, 12th & 13th October, industry insiders and clients-to-be wanting to celebrate their unique special occasions in style, can look no further than what the PapaKåta team has to offer. From weddings to parties, festivals to corporate events, the Sperry® & Tipi tents have everything you require to make your event one to remember.

PapaKåta have worked on over 3000 successful events since 2006, so it’s safe to say that they know a thing or two about tents. 

Over the years, their tents have graced manicured lawns, rolling hills, picturesque valleys and wide-open vistas. They’ve taken everything the U.K’s wonderful climate can throw at them – a bit like our artists at Après Ski Bands..! From the deepest alpine snow to the warmest mid summer sunshine, our musicians and DJs have experienced the lot as they’ve honed their craft at après ski parties, festivals and weddings – making them the ideal in special occasion music. Stages with a mountain view, bars, clubs, hotels, yachts, chateaux, stately homes and indeed, PapaKåta Sperry® & Tipi tents have all hosted our talented artists.

Based on a traditional Scandinavian design, their Tipis (or Teepees/tepees) are built to withstand the harshest weather. And with extras like wood-burning fires, reindeer hides, and heaters to keep your tootsies toasty, you and your guests will stay warm whatever the weather.

An icon of the Hamptons wedding and party scene, their new Sperry® Tents are hot news on the other side of the pond. Lovingly hand-crafted in Massachusetts, the Sperry® Tents’ oyster coloured canvas and iconic canopy ooze a timeless, graceful elegance.

PapaKåta believe in peace of mind, so where possible their tents are made with natural materials. What’s more, after each event they plant enough trees to compensate for any carbon released during the transit, installation and packing up process.

As PapaKåta’s entertainment providers, Après Ski Bands grabbed the opportunity to program the best in DJ music for their Autumn Open Weekend at Henley’s Stonor Park & Gardens. Our very own DJ Al Dente, aka Ali Wright – one half of this winter ski season’s newest and most eclectic Alps duos, Tchaï & Ali and bassist extraordinaire from the exceptional Al Jones Band – was the man for this gig!

Not only has Ali performed as a professional musician throughout the world, he’s DJ’d at mountain festivals on the slopes, Côte d’Azure yachts, weddings, parties and 5* hotel club residencies. So what this guys doesn’t know about UK, international music and every genres in between, suitable for all ages, isn’t worth knowing! You can see and hear Ali – DJ Al Dente – at the PapaKåta open weekend.

  • Friday 11th October 4pm – 7pm – exclusive invite only preview evening
  • Saturday 12th October 11am-3pm
  • Sunday 13th October 11am – 3pm


A message from PapaKåta 

We’d love to invite you to the PapaKåta Autumn Open Weekend on the 12th & 13th October at Stonor Park, Henley-on-Thames RG9 6HF.

We’ll be there from 11am – 3pm. We look forward to showing you PapaKåta’s Tipis and Sperry Tents in the beautiful setting of Stonor Park.

To book an appointment, get in touch on 01491 714 002 or email tellmemore@papakata.co.uk alternatively, feel free to drop in on the day – we’d love to see you there!

Choosing a wedding band? Après Ski Bands are here to help you arrange the soundtrack to your big day!

You’ve found the person you want to share your life with.

You’ve chosen the date that will transcend you from partners to married couple.

You’re planning the details that will put your personal stamp on the venue where your nearest and dearest will celebrate with you.

Now for the music! Our belief is that memories are made on the dance floor. Get the music right and not only will your guests will be raving about your big day for years to come, they’ll have some excellent memories of the moment everyone let lose and the party really began!

Choosing the talented folk to create the soundtrack to your big day should be a fun experience. Some couples know exactly what they want and can select, book and lock in those significant musicians or DJs in a heartbeat. Others may find it less straight forward – especially when having to consider practicalities that may have never even crossed their minds!

So we at Après Ski Bands have created a list of Top 5 key things that will guide you towards making the best choices when choosing our crème de la crème of musicians. And whether your event is in the UK, Europe, Switzerland or beyond, our multi lingual HQ is also on hand to deal with all the details so you don’t have to!

 1. Time – when do you want live music and how long do you want this performed for? The clearer you are on this, the easier for will be for musicians to say exactly what’s possible and how much this will cost.

2. Place – Consider where you would like the music to be performed in line with these necessities: Nearby power source? (No power – no projection and therefor, limited sound!) How far away is that plug to the area you had in mind for the performance? (Most artists carry 15/20m of power cable in a normal situation) Is it rain safe? (Damp ground and rain = danger of damage to electrical equipment and even risk of electrocution. Ain’t nobody got time for that!!) Don’t over complicate the day by wanting to have a music in too many places. Loading in, setting up, sound checking and packing down to move equipment takes time and energy – and it’ll cost money! You’re paying for a professional to perform on your special day. Let them serenade you in the pre arranged performance area, not roady their own equipment back and forth, creating gaps in the music time you’ve paid for.

3. Venue – What are you allowed to have music-wise at the venue of your choice? Is there a curfew for the night time party music or a sound limiter that will cut the music if it gets too loud? Are the band meant to be setting up where you may be trying to seat guests for dinner? Speak to your venue so you can plan your dream party in line with your dream venue’s possibilities.

4. Plan – Their set may ‘only’ be a couple of hours, but a musician’s return travel time, set up & sound check time, freshen up time, suiting and booting time and then the waiting time before performing, all adds up to a long day, two days or even three days of work. Please do feed, water and welcome these talented people who are about to crank your party up to 11 – and have one person to represent your voice (e.g. wedding planner or trusted friend) so that if any last minute changes / decisions do need to be made, it’s all being taken care of and the rest of the wedding party only has to worry about having a good time!

5. Trust us! Our musicians and DJs know what they’re doing. On average, an Après Ski Bands artist plays at least 150 gigs per winter season alone, creating the perfect party and practising the ideal wedding set list on a daily basis. Yes – they’ll learn that significant first dance song or end go the night hit that will leave your guests chanting for more! But after you’ve seen their promo and know that these people are the musicians for you – let them work their magic. They’ll know how to build the atmosphere and which songs will take you and your guests to the next level of dancing queens and kings!

The Daisychain, featuring Daisy B & Tom, Al Jones and Max Le Sax  // Photo credit – Ella Richardson Photography