The Get Downs - Swing & Soul Band to hire

One of the UK's most popular party bands - winners of the Bridebook Wedding Awards and National Finalists in The Wedding Industry Awards


The Get Downs is a swing and soul band available for hire for functions in the UK and internationally.

The Get Downs is Down for the Count's original line-up - formed in 2005, it is now one of the most popular swing and soul bands in the UK. The band is constantly in demand for functions, wedding receptions and corporate events. Our previous clients include Ferrari, BMW, Triumph, Virgin, Lindt and Bentley and we have performed throughout the world, from Paris to Morocco.

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, Bruno Mars and Paolo Nutini.

We also perform sensational Israeli dancing music for Jewish weddings, bat and bar mitzvahs - find out more here!

Each and every song the band performs has been custom-written for the band and every note you hear is live - unlike many bands we don't use click tracks or backing tracks. This gives our band 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).

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The Get Downs can perform as anything from a 6-piece band (see The Get Downs Lite) to a 27-piece Orchestra. Here are some of the most popular line-up options.

  • 9-piece band (our standard line up) - female vocals, piano, bass, guitar, drums, x2 trumpets, x2 saxophones
  • 12-piece band - x2 vocalists, piano, bass, guitar, drums, percussion, x2 trumpets, x3 saxophones
  • 15-piece band - x4 vocalists, piano, bass, guitar, drums, percussion, keyboards, x2 trumpets, x3 saxophones
  • 18-piece band - x4 vocalists, piano, bass, guitar, drums, percussion, keyboards, x2 trumpets, x3 saxophones, x3 strings
  • 27-piece orchestra - x4 vocalists, x5 horns, x6-piece rhythm section and x12 string players

Visit The Get Downs Lite to find out about the 6- and 7-piece versions of the band.

The Get Downs Testimonials

"I cannot thank you and the band enough. We simply couldn't have been happier with everything you did for us and the feedback has been extraordinary. YOU NAILED IT!"

Emma & Tom

Wedding Reception, Sussex


"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

BBC's Dragon's Den


"All our guests made for the dance floor and were thoroughly entertained and I can't recommend them highly enough. Delightful people and they certainly add value to your event!"

Jo Flanerty

Epilepsy Research UK Charity Ball


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The Get Downs: Set list

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 pop sets? No problem - take a look at our pop and soul band Capital Sounds Showband!

Remember that all of Down for the Count's bands perform completely live with no click tracks or backing tracks!

Set One
SWING & JIVE (60 minutes)

Sing, Sing, Sing
Well Alright, OK, You Win
Twistin' the Night Away
Jump, Jive & Wail
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
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
You Can't Hurry Love
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
Lady Marmalade
I Feel Good
Sir Duke
Can't Take My Eyes Off You

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Full repertoire list

Not quite what you're looking for?

Down for the Count are not an agency - we're a collective of 30 professional musicians who perform together in a range of different line-ups. 

If The Get Downs aren't quite the right band for you, there's a good chance one of our other bands will be perfect:

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