We thought it was about time we did an updated post on good bands we've seen around lately. In our opinion you should look to spend between £1-2000 on a decent 5-6 piece wedding band. This will ensure you get a decent musician quality plus the sound system and lighting to support them. We had a customer spend £7000 on a band last year.....ouch!
Stone Groove are excellent - they have two keyboard players who also bust out trumpet and trombone on some tunes. They also have nice tweed waistcoat/tie ensembles which look good at country and formal weddings. Stone Groove are fronted by a female vocalist with male backing vocals.
Audio Allstars based in Bournemouth are also good and have won a few wedding industry awards of late. Excellent male lead vocals and musicianship.
29 Fingers bring the entertainment value with wigs and costumes (plus their famous tartan trousers). They cater for a lot of high-end events we're involved with. They describe themselves as 'the BEST international party band' - wow, that's some big talk!
Riptide are a quality 4-piece band if you prefer the more modern hirsute look with no brass instruments or keyboard on the horizon. They're based in Brighton but travel everywhere pretty much.
Shout out to the Leggomen who are a quality group too.
We can personally recommend all these groups. You won't be disappointed with any of them. Rock on!
This is an update to a previous post which featured bands and DJs we've heard and can recommend for your wedding or party (you can view it here). But time moves on and over the past year we've met a few more we'd like to highly recommend to you.
There's Weymouth, Dorset based band The Leggomen. We heard them at a wedding at Three Legged Cross in September and they really rocked the party. They're a vibrant foursome that play a great mixture of modern pop and rock alongside a variety of classic tunes plus original material. They cover the likes of the Stone Roses, Passenger, Mumford & Sons, Avicci, Oasis and many more. I'd say they are suited to a younger audience (or the young at heart of course) but anyone who appreciates good music played well will appreciate them. Check out their website for videos and details of their latest gigs and festival appearances.
Another band we've seen on the circuit lately is 29 Fingers whose slogun 'music maketh the party and the band maketh the music' we entirely agree with (we also agree with Vince Vaughn's line in Wedding Crashers 'it's like pizza baby, it's good no matter what, there's music in the air'). 29 Fingers love a good party and they like to show you that besides the great music there's lights, colour, smiles, costumes, hats, wigs, maraccas, tambourines and an abundant sense of fun and occasion. You can see their website here and judge their YouTube videos and sound clips for yourself. With their wide ranging playlist I think they're suitable for parties and weddings attended by all ages.
Bear in mind that most bands will bring a playlist on iPad (or similar) so the party can keep rocking when they aren't playing, but if you'd prefer a DJ then consider the award-winning Party Dexx. We've seen them several times and their DJs always get guests dancing all night long. They are massively experienced and have appeared at over 600 weddings! They are also the recommended DJ supplier at several prestigious wedding venues throughout Dorset and Hampshire. Get in touch with them online here.
Another season is approaching so we'll keep our eyes (and ears) out for more bands and DJs to recommend over the next few months.
Marquee Hire Dorset
It can be very hard choosing bands and DJs for your event and listening to sample tracks on websites is no real substitute for the live experience. I like to check out YouTube so you can see how they get the crowd going (although the sound quality isn't great) but it gives you a better indication of suitability. We get asked to recommend bands and DJs all the time so here is a quick run down of our favourites (all of which we've experienced live):
Jackson 3 - http://www.jackson3.co.uk/Jackson_3.html
Headland - https://myspace.com/headlandmusic (email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Area 52 - http://area52theband.moonfruit.com
Hattie Jacques' Playlist - http://www.thehatties.com
Jess Upton and the Guilty Pleasures - http://www.jessupton.com
Funkty Dumpty - http://www.funktydumpty.com
Funkify - http://www.funkify.co.uk
Streetbeat Disco (Gary Carter) - http://www.streetbeatdisco.co.uk
Lee Santana - 01202 881063
Pegasus Discos - http://www.pegasusdisco.co.uk
All of these cover Dorset, Somerset, Devon, Wiltshire and Hampshire and are happy to perform in marquees for weddings, parties and all other events. Please mention us if you get in touch with them. Thanks for reading
Chances are if you're having a marquee you'll need some form of entertainment such as a DJ or band. If so, you should check these guys out: The Jackson 3. We get asked to recommend bands a lot and I'm quite particular about music (music graduate and former function band player myself blah, blah, blah; brag, brag, brag) and these guys are the cat's pyjamas. I heard them at the Milton Abbey School Leavers' Ball at the weekend where they laid down a seriously funky groove (they also played in a wedding marquee of ours the weekend before and got rave reviews). Book soon to avoid massive disappointment!