About Down for the Count

Down for the Count started life in 2005 when a group of friends from a local music centre in Buckinghamshire decided to put their love of jazz, swing and soul music to good use by performing at public and private events.

Over the 16 years since, we've gone on to perform at well over 1000 events throughout the UK and internationally.

We started out as a wedding band performing swing and soul music - we now call that line-up The Get Downs and we still love bringing the party to any wedding reception, private party or corporate event as one of the UK's most experienced function bands.

In 2013, we also started performing for vintage dance events and festivals. This is the band we now call Down for the Count and we've become one of the UK's best known swing bands, performing shows at world-famous jazz clubs such as Ronnie Scotts and prestigious concert halls such as Cadogan Hall.

We started out as a group of friends, although to be honest we'd now describe it more like a family. The group has grown to 30 members and we have the flexibility to perform in a whole range of different line-ups - we can provide string quartets, brass bands, roaming bandsinstrumental jazz bands and much more.

We love music, and we love sharing it with you - so get in touch today to find out how our live bands can make your event special.


"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


Down for the Count offer a great range of bands to hire for any event, from a small family wedding to a huge international corporate event.

Party bands

Over the past 15 years we've performed at parties throughout the world. Our original line-up The Get Downs performs a whole range of swing and soul music; whilst we also have a smaller version The Get Downs Lite. If swing music isn't your thing, check out our luxury band Capital Sounds Showband who just play soul, Motown and pop.

Background bands

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

Roaming bands

Alternatively, we have three roaming bands - The Vintage Strollers perform acoustic swing and pop music, Alexander's Dixieland Band perform traditional jazz music, and Get Brassy 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.

Classical music

For classical music, check out our amazing string quartet for hire, Down for the Count Strings - who have a huge repertoire of pop, Jewish, Bollywood and classical music - or our wedding pianist, who can play virtually any jazz or pop song to make your ceremony personal to you as a couple.


"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 and soul band The Get Downs.

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With Down for the Count, every note you hear is played live. None of our bands ever use click tracks or backing tracks - giving their performances unrivalled energy and spontaneity, and ensuring that you and your guests have a fantastic party.


"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 includes Ferrari, Virgin, Cadburys, BMW, Lindt, Dell and Sony, and we have performed at venues such as Wembley Stadium, The Savoy, Claridges Hotel, The Natural History Museum, Royal Ascot, 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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