The Down for the Count Swing & Soul Band

  • Our flagship 9- to 14-piece function band performing swing, soul and Motown music
  • 12 years of experience performing at wedding receptions, charity functions and corporate events
  • Previous clients include Virgin, Lindt, BMW, Dell and Triumph and countless private clients
  • Available to hire throughout the UK and internationally
  • Winners of Best Wedding Music - National Bridebook Wedding Awards 2017

The Down for the Count Swing & Soul Band is a function band available for hire in the UK and internationally.

Formed in 2005, the band is now one of the most popular swing bands in the UK. It is constantly in demand for functions, wedding receptions and corporate events. Our previous clients include Dell, BMW, Triumph, Virgin, Lindt and E-On.

The band plays a huge range of music from the swing, soul and Motown eras, great at getting audiences of all ages up and dancing. The band goes down fantastically at wedding receptions or any other event where you want to get your guests dancing.

The band has a wide and varied repertoire list, meaning there is something for everyone in each performance. We play classic big band swing music from artists such as Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald, and soul and Motown music from Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin. You can also expect to hear modern pop songs from the likes of Amy Winehouse and Paolo Nutini.

Each and every song the band performs has been custom-written for the band. This gives it a fantastic sound that really makes it stand out from the crowd.

This band has performed at exclusive events throughout the UK and abroad, and was recently described as "exceptional" by Deborah Meaden (BBC's Dragon's Den).

The Swing and Soul Band's standard formation is a 9-piece band consisting of four horn players, a four-piece rhythm section and a female vocalist. You can also add a male vocalist, up to two extra female vocalists, percussion and/or baritone saxophone. Our largest line-up is a spectacular 14-piece party band, which your guests will be talking about for years.

Our Swing and Soul Band can also be booked alongside our wedding jazz bands and ceremony musicians. Don't forget to check out out our great value wedding music packages!

Any questions about our party bands?

Click here to e-mail us, fill out our booking enquiry form, or give us a call on 07855 488 462.

Winners of the national Bridebook Wedding Awards 2017, Best Wedding Music Supplier

V&A
BMW
Savoy
Lindt
Claridge's
Virgin
Dell

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Swing and Soul Band Testimonials

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Swing and Soul band Setlist

We've never played exactly the same set twice, but this is a fairly typical set list for most functions, weddings and corporate events. We play a mixture of swing, jazz, big band, soul, Motown and pop repertoire – this always gets people dancing.

We always keep your requests in mind when planning what to play at each party, and treat each performance separately. Please use this set list as a starting point, and get in touch with your ideas. You can download the full repertoire list below.

Would you prefer two soul and Motown sets? No problem - just let us know in advance!

Set One
SWING & RAT PACK (60 minutes)

Sing, Sing, Sing
Well Alright, OK, You Win
Twistin' the Night Away
Jump, Jive & Wail
Sway
Feeling Good
Ain't That a Kick In the Head
Cheek to Cheek
Mambo Italiano
Tu Vuo Fa L'Americano
Beyond the Sea
I've Got You Under My Skin
I Wanna Be Like You
L-O-V-E
Moondance
Reet Petite
In The Mood
My Baby Just Cares For Me
Fly Me To The Moon
Mack the Knife

Set Two
SOUL & MOTOWN (60 minutes)

Car Wash
Blame it on the Boogie
Superstition
Think
Respect
You Can't Hurry Love
Heatwave
Dancing in the Street
I Heard It Through the Grapevine
Rescue Me
I Say a Little Prayer for You
Best of My Love
I'm Every Woman
Finally
Lady Marmalade
I Feel Good
Valerie
Sir Duke
September
Can't Take My Eyes Off You

Encore:
New York, New York

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Full repertoire list

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Extras

There are a range of extra options that you choose when you book our Swing & Soul Band for your wedding reception or corporate event.

Please contact us if you'd like a quote or more information about any of these options.

Also don't forget to check out our amazing wedding music packages!

Jazz band - background music

Jazz band - background music

Before the Swing and Soul Band takes to the stage, entertain your guests with a jazz band. Our background jazz bands create the perfect musical backdrop to your dinner or drinks reception, and we have some great choices available.

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Auto DJ

Auto DJ

After the function band has finished performing, keep the party going with our Auto DJ option. You provide your choice of music on an iPod or Spotify playlist, and we provide our top quality sound system. You save on hiring a separate DJ and get complete control over the music.

Disco lighting & microphones for speeches

Disco lighting & microphones for speeches

Give your wedding reception or corporate event a spectacular edge with our dancefloor disco lighting package, which compliments our standard stage lighting rig.

You can also hire our wireless microphones (and an additional PA system, if required) for your wedding speeches.

Professional sound recording

Professional sound recording

We can arrange for the band's performance at your event to be professionally recorded - this provides a memorable soundtrack to your wedding video.

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Vintage dancers

Vintage dancers

Take your wedding or corporate event to the next level with some vintage dancers, who can teach your guests the Lindy hop, jive or Charleston. It’s the perfect way to get everyone dancing to our swing sets. The dancers can also perform routines live music from the band.

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Ceremony music

Ceremony music

Our musicians are all classically trained and can perform a huge range of classical and contemporary repertoire for your wedding ceremony.

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