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party on: alive network’s top ten yorkshire wedding bands

November 21st, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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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.

Blue Note Mitch and The Red Hot Jacks

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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.

The MBB

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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!

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Northern Soul… And The Rest! Supplier Showcase: Alive Network Entertainment Agency

May 7th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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When you’re looking for entertainment for your wedding, there is so much choice it can be confusing. And once you start making choices, it can start to seem really expensive when wedding bands and performers ask where your event is, and then start saying; “Oh, you’re North of London, that’s a lot more money”.

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Brides Up North Featured Supplier and leading online live music agency Alive Network can solve both those problems because they offer a great range of artists all based in the North, so you get top quality entertainment at proper Northern prices!

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But which entertainment to choose, and for what part of the wedding day?  Luckily, they are dropping by the blog this afternoon with some sound advice, and a few recommendations…

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Alive Network say:  It’s actually much easier if you just break down your wedding day into the three main stages:

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1. Your wedding ceremony

2. Your drinks reception and/or wedding meal

3. Your wedding reception party

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Your Wedding Ceremony Music

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Live music at your wedding is so special, yet so many brides reject the idea of live musicians at their civil wedding in a registry office or hotel simply because they think there won’t be enough room. Don’t worry – most rooms have corners plenty big enough for a harpist, a soloist, duo or even a string quartet. Wedding music doesn’t have to mean classical music either: three of the North’s best string quartets, The Lancashire String Quartet, Yorkshire Strings, and Solar Strings also play film themes, jazz, modern pop songs and even Bollywood!

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The Lancashire String Quartet

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It’s amazing the quality of musicians available for weddings too: Northern harpist Bella Rose has played for major orchestras around the world and even the Moscow City Ballet, but she’ll play your favourite classical, popular, musicals and folk tunes at your wedding too – how cool is that!

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Bella Rose Harpist

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If you want a more contemporary sound, look at soloists, duos and trios to entertain and delight your guests before you and your other half arrive, and also to play during the signing of the register. If you’re planning a Merseyside wedding, you are particularly spoilt for choice: Dylan Parson is a superb guitarist and vocalist with gives classic songs a special twist, whilst solo singer and guitarist Jade can add soulful elegance to your ceremony. Or, jazz up the ceremony with a bit of sax appeal with Liverpool-based saxophonists Viva La Sax and Cool Notes.

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Dylan Parson

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Your Drinks Reception and Wedding Breakfast Entertainment

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You need some entertainment for your drinks reception, because you and your family will be off posing for photos. And it’s always nice to have some entertainment at a wedding meal, especially if there are younger guests who might be bored long before the speeches even start.

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Here’s a canny Northerner trick; you can ask your wedding ceremony entertainers to entertain again at your reception! Most musicians would far rather come and play for a good while than just turn up for a 30-minute ceremony, so just ask..

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For the younger guests, add a touch of Harry Potter wizardry to your wedding with a roving magician. Leeds based magician, Louis Cyphre, will literally light up each table with slick, stylish and elegant close up magic, and the kids will adore him!

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Louis Cyphre

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For a touch of glamour and finesse, the Northern Violinist can wander amongst your tables as she plays, a stunning musician who will delight with her playing and keep the chaps happy too… Or surprise your guests with The Singing Servers from Lancashire, seemingly ordinary waiters and waitresses that suddenly burst into song!

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The Singing Servers

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For fun, energetic background music, try the Bury based Vintage Pianist, playing music from the era of Prohibition and silent films by the likes of Fats Waller, Scott Joplin, Charlie Chaplin. If you’d prefer a more gentle, laid back feel, book a jazz and blues duo for an intimate yet crowd-pleasing sound. Just Us sax and guitar duo from Leeds offer a great sound for small spaces, while jazz duo Indigo Moment from Manchester play music from the 1920s through to Rat Pack. And talking of Rat Pack, vocals don’t come smoother than the sophisticated tones of Lancashire lad Russell Shaun, one of the best swing singers in the North.

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Russell Shaun

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Your Wedding Reception

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Remember how your wedding ceremony musicians can also entertain at your wedding drinks reception and meal? So, Rat Pack singer Russell Shaun can come with a full band for a great evening of Las Vegas style vocals. Or your party function band may offer an acoustic set of two or three players from the main band as music for drinks and for the wedding breakfast, so you and your guests can enjoy superb music all day long.

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What type of band you book depends on what kind of music you think your guests will enjoy. Remember, you need to keep them entertained, excited and on that dance floor, because when your guests are having fun, so will you!

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For a party atmosphere and a mix of music to suit all ages, book a party or function band.

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The Rips

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For a proper show with style and lots of hits, consider tribute bands or tribute acts.

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The King

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For a fun time all night with everyone up on the dance floor regardless of musical tastes, age or dance ability (!), book a swing and jive band.

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Blue Note Mitch And The Red Hot Jacks

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And if you were thinking of booking a DJ, book a live function band instead – most offer a DJ option for when they are not playing, saving you serious cash!

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Party and Function Bands in Northern England

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Some of the best UK function and party bands (sometimes called cover bands) are based up North. The Northern Monkeys perform classics from The Beatles to modern legends The Arctic Monkeys, with a DJ service on request.

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The Northern Monkeys

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Groove City is a fabulous function/party band of six young versatile and extremely talented musicians ready to keep the party jumping all night.

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Groove City

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The Rips are a cool, edgy and exceptionally talented rock and pop band that love their music, from the Rolling Stones to Lady Gaga! The Firebirds take the best modern songs and give them a retro vibe for a sound that’s cool and hip and groovy and wicked and…

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The Firebirds

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Top Tribute Acts and Tribute Artists Based in the North

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Love Adele? You’ll adore Ultimate Adele! Accurately imitating Adele’s wardrobe, stage presence plus her rich and soulful voice, Ultimate Adele will wow you and your guests. Prefer the legendary Elvis? He’s alive and kickin’ in Lancashire, thanks to The King, a leading Elvis Presley tribute with authentic sound, style & stage presence. And who can resist the fun antics, classic Motown and sunglasses of The Blue Brothers Live, an authentic all-star show band with no less than 11 top musicians playing for your entertainment pleasure!

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The Blues Brothers Live

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Swing and Jive Bands: Non-stop Dance Entertainment

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Swing and jive bands are a great way to get everyone involved, from great grannies to great nephews. Players with Blue Note Mitch and The Red Hot Jacks have toured the world, played for major festivals such as Glastonbury, and can provide dance-floor-filling music for your wedding! The Jive City Swingers are a hot swing rhythm & blues band from Yorkshire guaranteed to get you jumping & jiving to the classic hits, while Tipitina are a good time New Orleans band (from Preston!), positively humming with youthful energy, polished musicianship, and originality.

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The Jive City Swingers

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How to Book Your Wedding Entertainment

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Alive Network’s website is like a one-stop show for booking wedding entertainment. On the band or performer’s Profile page, you can hear demo tracks, watch videos, see photos, read the set list, browse reviews from happy clients, get performance information, and even find out special offers, such as free DJ options from Northern function bands. You can create a Wish List of performers, get free online quotes for fees including travel, and ring for more details as required. Once you book, you’ll receive a proper binding contract securing your booking, a dedicated booking manager, and the backup of a national live entertainment agency that’s got over 55,000 successful bookings under its belt!

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Alive Network Entertainment Agency

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Alive Network Entertainment Agency is the UK’s largest live music and entertainment service, with over 4000 experienced musicians, bands and groups on its books.

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Specialising in wedding entertainment and UK function bands, Alive Network also offers a diverse range of musical styles, from classical to mariachi bands, Bollywood to big band, opera singers to bagpipers. Event organisers can also browse a selection of the UK’s best DJs and discos, plus an impressive range of entertainers from caricaturists to toast masters, and specialist suppliers for firework displays and PA hire.

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