November 21st, 2017 | Rachel Parry
With many talented musicians out there, even those with their finger firmly on the live music pulse can struggle when it comes to narrowing down the options to just one act to perform at their wedding.
And even once you’ve found a potential entertainer, you’ll need to check where they’re based, how far they will travel, what type of formation they have and what type of music they can play. Perhaps most importantly, you’ll also need to know that they’re reliable, and it’s imperative that they will deliver a performance to be remembered for all the right reasons.
To help make the search easier for those of you tying the knot in Yorkshire, our fabulous Sponsor Alive Network Entertainment Agency, has culminated a list of the hottest bands that are guaranteed to fill the dancefloors of weddings taking place across the county.
Here they share the essential info on their top ten Yorkshire wedding bands, so you can cut to the chase. It’s a right mix of rock, indie, chart, jazz, swing, rat pack, and rock and roll – meaning there really is something for all.
Better still, a place on Alive Network’s books mean that the agency can vouch for the reliability and performance skills of each act, so all you need to do is find the one that best fits the bill for your big day.
Wild, jumping and energetic – think The Blues Brothers meets ska, and you’re half-way there. Blue Note Mitch and The Red Hot Jacks are a fab five-piece, who’ve all performed at amazing venues world-wide, such as the Royal Albert Hall and Madison Square Gardens, to name just a couple… Their wide range of fun vintage music will fill your dancefloor big time.
Sinatra, Chuck Berry, Madness, Louis Prima, James Brown, Elvis, The Killers… their repertoire includes classics and funky takes on newbies. Dare you not to dance.
If it’s a big sound and a big night of supercool and ultra-luxe entertainment you’re after, West-Yorkshire based The MBB Band can bring it. This ten-piece jazz orchestra specialise in classic swing, jive, and pop in a swing style. They also offer a fun ‘singaoke’ option, where you can take centre-stage – could this be the most classy karaoke ever? We think so! The band embodies the smooth glam of the Rat Pack in sound, style and appearance, wearing dinner jackets and performing with professional vintage instruments for the classy 1940s Glenn Miller orchestra look. Members of the band have performed world-wide, including at prestigious music venues like Ronnie Scotts and Bridgewater Hall. So, if you want a memorable first dance and a band that will have you and your guests dancing (and maybe even singing!) your hearts out, look no further. Shake your tail feather to that!
If you like your pop funky, fresh and fun, The Groove Line are a cool young band burning with energy and talent, performing pop, soul and dance. Members of the five-piece party band are all graduates of the Leeds College of Music, and have a wealth of experience performing with musical greats like Annie Lennox, on shows like Later with Jools Holland and at venues and events such as Leeds First Direct Arena and the Tour De France Opening Ceremony. The Groove Line are flexible and offer double-wow-factor performances as a seven- to 14-piece show band, with string and horn sections. They’re the real deal and their repertoire of music from the 60s to present-day chart tracks, fully pumped with energy and funk, is guaranteed to get you partying.
The Riff Kings are professional musicians who’ve performed alongside Ben E King, The Temptations and Aerosmith. Super slick and retro, this cool five-piece perform pop, rock and soul classics in a uniquely funky way. Their eclectic repertoire ranges from covers by Jackie Wilson, Stevie Wonder, The Killers, Oasis, Bruno Mars, and Pharrell, to name a few. They also have a background duo or jazz trio set, and can provide a DJ service to keep you on your feet all night.
Hailing from Leeds, the five fresh faces of BackBeat will really get the party going at your evening reception. They’re all graduates of Leeds College of Music and they’ve talent to spare, with a massive repertoire – they’ll play anything from rock and pop to soul, Motown, funk and disco. They can also provide a brilliant brass section for added ‘wow’ factor, or can reduce their line up if you’d like a touch of low-key wedding entertainment for earlier in the day – from solo piano or classical guitar to duets or smooth acoustic three-piece. Members have experience performing at a wide range of Yorkshire venues including Sheffield’s The Leadmill and much-missed old school venue The Cockpit in Leeds.
Tuxedo are an exciting and experienced rock and pop band, made-up of some of the most sought-after session musicians, and with professional experience working with artists including Gloria Gaynor, Will Young, and Kelly Rowland, you just know they’re going to be sweeeet. These five fellas offer a crowd-pleasing repertoire of old and new swing, pop and rock, and, with enough notice, are happy to take requests. If you want something more punchy, they can tailor their line-up to your needs, adding artists and singers for a bigger sound. They also perform gorgeous acoustic duo or trio sets, if you’d like a more chilled or background set for your drinks reception or wedding breakfast. Happy days.
Vintage Jukebox are a popular and sensational six-piece delivering lively sets of jive, jazz, swing, soul, and rock‘n’roll hits. Everything about them is big – their performance style, their retro look, and the charisma of their front man, and they can add performers for an even bigger show! Whether you opt for finger-clicking Rat Pack tracks or the backbeat excitement and attitude of their rock‘n’roll set, from 30s to 60s, Vintage Jukebox will put on a performance you won’t forget. Think Dirty Dancing meets Back To The Future!
Fancy a fifties style wedding or just love a retro rock and roll vibe? The Fireflites are a swinging, jiving, six-piece band that’ll get you twisting your wedding night away. They’re all graduates of Leeds College of Music, and are in-demand as session jazz musicians, accompanying Grammy nominated artists and performing at venues like Ronnie Scott’s in London, and at the ‘Festival of Vintage’ at York Racecourse. The Fireflites were also nominated for ‘Best Vintage Entertainment’ at the National Vintage Awards, 2013. With covers of rock n roll legends like Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, and Elvis, The Fireflites will take you right back to the energy and cool of the era.
Leeds-based Drop The Beat are a funky contemporary group of five fresh faces, with female vocals, performing a range of amazing tracks from Motown to current day hits and everything in between. Members of the band attended Leeds College of Music, toured the UK and Europe, and have even won the Yorkshire Gig Guide’s Battle of the Bands! Individually, they have experience of performing for Harvey Nicholls, Sky TV, Yorkshire’s Hart Radio and at Ronnie Scott’s, The Jazz Cafe, as well as Sheffield’s O2 Academy. Versatile and experienced, Drop The Beat can easily tailor their setlists to your W-day so the music reflects your perfect tastes and gets everyone dancing. They also offer acoustic duo and trio sets, a DJ service and a late finish for hardcore partyers!
One of the most in-demand wedding super-bands and with crazy-talented musicians and smooth, powerful female and male vocalists that will stop you in your tracks, you’ll love partying courtesy of Cassino. Individually, they’ve performed worldwide on cruise ships, entertained the troops, played for the Dubai Royal Family on New Year’s Eve, and for countless celebs. Together, they’ve got the right ingredients to mix up the perfect wedding party – a rocking and passionate combination of classic and contemporary music that will have your hands in the air all night.
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Rachel joined the Brides Up North editorial team as Features Editor in February 2015. Rachel draws on her news reporting background, experience in features, bridal & lifestyle editing for previous regional titles and time spent working for Yorkshire’s most successful PR agencies. Yet to tie the knot herself, Rachel's own wedding looks set to be very, very pretty...
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