Down for the Count - Swing and Soul Band

About Down for the Count

Down for the Count is a group of professional musicians brought together by a love of jazz, swing and soul music. We have been performing together since 2005 and over the past 14 years have provided live entertainment at hundreds of events throughout the UK and internationally.

We perform in various large and small line-ups to suit different events. Our largest and most popular party band is The Get Downs - our flagship band, and one of the most popular function bands in the UK.

We also perform as the Down for the Count Swing Orchestra - one of the busiest bands on the UK vintage scene - and our premium band The Motown Collective, a great option for corporate events.

"You and your band were fantastic, not just brilliant at the music but also lovely, helpful and a total pleasure to work with. You were exceptional."

Deborah Meaden (Dragon's Den)
Private Party, North Cadbury Court, Somerset

Our smaller line-ups are ideal for background music - we can provide the perfect entertainment for any event. Our stylish Hollywood Jazz Band, Lady Gatsby Jazz Band and The Soul Essentials are are vocal-led jazz bands for hire, whilst The Jazz Essentials is great for instrumental background music.

Alternatively, we have two roaming bands - Alexander's Dixieland Band, who perform traditional jazz music, and Get Brassy, who are a New Orleans style brass band covering modern songs in a contemporary style. Get Brassy can also perform in a larger line-up for your party.

For classical music, check out our amazing string quartet for hire, Down for the Count Strings, or our wedding ceremony musicians, including a wedding pianist.

"It's a lot of responsibility to make a recommendation of any kind for someone else's wedding but I am enthusiastically recommending Down for the Count"

George & Jo
Wedding Reception, The Perch, Oxfordshire

You can book multiple line-ups together to make a fully customisable entertainment package. For example, you can book a classical pianist for your wedding ceremony, Alexander's Dixieland Band for your outdoor drinks reception, and round off the evening with two dancing sets from our Swing & Soul Band.

There are plenty of different options, with great discounts on offer for booking more than one line-up - if you want to discuss things in more detail give Mike a call on 07855 488 462 or drop us an email and we can meet for coffee.

"The band were superb - we wouldn't hesitate to book them again and again."

Callum Barr, BMW
Corporate Event, Liverpool Arena and Conference Centre

We have a wealth of experience, providing entertainment at a huge range of events throughout the UK and internationally. Our list of previous clients include Ferrari, Virgin, Cadburys, BMW, Lindt, Dell and Harvey Nichols, and we have performed at venues such as Wembley Stadium, The Savoy, Claridges Hotel, The Natural History Museum, The Eiffel Tower, and La Mamounia Hotel Marrakech.

Our musicians are highly trained at some of the UK's top conservatoires, and have a wealth of experience performing alongside a diverse range of artists including Elton John, Jason Donovan and Russell Watson. Our musicians have also performed at concert halls such as The Royal Albert Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall, and at internationally renowned festivals such as The North Sea Jazz Festival and the Montreux Jazz Festival.

"Mike and Down for the Count were relentlessly professional before, during and at the end of the day. He played the organ during the ceremony, provided an afternoon jazz trio and an evening party band."


Andrew & Vicki
Wedding Reception, Royal Russell School, Croydon, Surrey

Our line-ups are managed by Mike Paul-Smith, who formed Down for the Count in 2005. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and have a long list of satisfied clients, many of whom book the band again and again. Two thirds of our work comes from repeat clients or people who have seen the band live - so you can book us with confidence for your special event.

Find out more by exploring our different band line-ups or drop us an email and we'll go through all the options with you. You can also call us on 07855 488 462 - we'd love to hear from you!

"Down for the Count were absolutely sensational. They played swing and soul music with a few modern classics thrown in for good measure. All of the guests danced the night away with this fantastic couple and everyone had such a fabulous time."

Kate (Wedding Planner)
Wedding Reception, Hampshire

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