Welcome to Entertainment Nation. We are your entertainment agency, so whether you are looking to hire a band for your wedding, find a band for your party or book corporate event entertainment, our team are on hand to help you find exactly what you are looking for. Our friendly advisors are accomplished professional musicians as well as being dedicated entertainment agents, so they know exactly what works for your event and what doesn't. As an entertainment agency, we take the time to get to know you and help you find a band that is perfect for your event.
It's our mission to make it easy for you to find a band, whether you are looking for a wedding band, a party band or a function band for a corporate event. Let us know your criteria using the filters above and you'll be matched with a list of exceptional entertainers available to hire.
When you hire a band with reputable entertainment agents you get the peace of mind that your event is in safe hands. Our staff will guide you through every step of the booking process, answer any questions and offer you suggestions on the best bands to hire. We'd love to work with you to help make your event an occasion to remember.
Every year there's intense speculation about who'll secure the coveted Christmas Number One spot, usually leading on to a furious debate about whether our Christmas Number One should be a 'Christmas Song' or any old song that happens to be released at Christmas. With the ubiquity of X Factor winners dominating the Christmas charts in recent years, a trend has emerged of UK music buyers joining forces to get ANY song to number one besides yet another emptily jubilant X Factor winner's song straight off the production line.
The intention of the UK's Christmas Number One, is to join the whole nation together, in song, on Christmas Day. We want it to be a good'un!!!
In the past, a wide variety of songs have reached the pinnacle of the festive charts, from traditional songs to brand new fresh music. As much as we love the classics during the holidays, we would really love something new to remind us of this Christmas; a song that ranks alongside Christmas classics of the past, an anthem that makes us think, “That was the Christmas Number One in 2016"!
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It's getting to that time of year! IT'S CHRISTMAS! (As Noddy Holder would say)
There's nothing better than the moment it's socially acceptable to play Christmas songs! They brighten up your day and make everyone feel all warm and fuzzy inside (either with genuine Christmas spirit or with simmering rage in a futile internal rebellion against the festive period). Here in the office, we had a great time picking out these Xmas hits, and it made us feel really festive.
We spent our precious time to put together a playlist that'll save you hours when trying to plan your Christmas Party music. It includes the best of the best from our favourite bands and a few originals from the likes of Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. It'll get you and your colleagues dancing around the office, feeling full of Christmas cheer! These are the classics and the party starters, certain to jingle the bells of Christmas! There's not a single song here that you shouldn't already know, and if you find one… you should be ashamed. Christmas is the only time of year we are perfectly happy to listen to the same tired old 80s tunes over and over again. Any other instance, we'd complain constantlyRead More >>
If you’re looking for a unique and quirky band or performer at your wedding, then look no further!
Entertainment Nation provide a wide range of wedding entertainers, from bands, to duos, to tribute acts, to caricaturists. Acts with a more distinctive style are rapidly growing in popularity, with happy couples wanting their day to be individual and stand out from the crowd. Our bands and acts deliver a polished and professional performance in a wide variety of styles and genres. A Rock n’ Roll band? No problem! A folky festival band? Sorted! Even a gospel choir? We've got you covered!
The sheer variety of wedding entertainment is vast; you can practically hire any style of band or performer. And you needn’t worry about the set lists either! Many bands and singers will have an extensive collection of songs to perform, depending on your chosen genre. With such a varied assortment of talent, it’s hard to know where to begin! However, that’s why we are here, to help you choose the perfect entertainment. Working with such a diverse crowd of performers educates us in choosing the right act for you bRead More >>
We're excited to welcome the super-talented and very cool Rewind into the Entertainment Nation Live Loft!
In case you missed the inaugural instalment of the Live Loft, featuring pop and rock function band Wildcard, the concept of the Live Loft is simple: one of the brilliant bands we represent joins us at Entertainment Nation HQ and perform two songs that represent their personality as band. While we've got them in the Live Loft, we take the opportunity to get to know the band a little better and get them involved in some fun and games.
Rewind are an exhilarating 5-piece band whose live show is an adrenaline-spiked cocktail of the hottest garage grooves, mosh pit bangers and nightclub floor-fillers. The band members have the musical pedigree to back up their charismatic stage presence, boasting first class music degrees from prestigious universities and a wealth of live performance experience.
The only stipulation we make for the songs chosen by the bands who perform in the Live Loft is that one of them is takenRead More >>
Have we got a treat for you today! In this edition of In The Spotlight, the peerless Dirty Pop join us for a chat about what it's like being in the world's premier contemporary function band. We'd have loved them to perform for us in the Live Loft, but with 13 members, it might have been a bit of a squeeze! Instead, we spoke to singer Melissa, who gave us the lowdown on headlining, globetrotting and keeping a straight face in testing circumstances! Read on to find out more!
Dirty Pop are a 13 piece luxury modern pop band! We love travelling the world and entertaining guests at events ranging from award ceremonies to weddings and Bar Mitzvahs! Our 2 hour show is jam packed full of all your favourite pop hits, but we couldn’t leave out all the best loved garage, dance, hip hop and RnB too, so a night with us is guaranteed to leave you slightly sweaty and with aching feet! We fill our live sets with staggeringly clever medleys, all designed to have you and your guests up on the dance floor and loving life!
Meticulous planning, a hidden camera and an unsuspecting girlfriend! Three ingredients to make the perfect proposal. It takes proper guts to propose to a long-term girlfriend or boyfriend, let alone planning to do it in public or while leaping from a roof like some kind of love-crazed lemming.
The risk of falling flat on your face, singing a bum note or tripping over mid-dance, not to mention the potential for rejection, are all perfectly logical reasons for keeping a proposal between you and your prospective spouse, but then, it'd be a shame to go to all that effort and not go viral on the internet... More charitably, if you've spent months or even years planning a proposal to wow your significant other, you want to be able to treasure the moment forever. Recorded reactions are always the best. The raw emotion of the happy couple is beautiful to watch and we cannot help but smile.
Just like choreographed wedding dance routines, marriage proposals get more extravagant and original every year. If you ask us, the bigger the better! We can't wait to updateRead More >>
Welcome to the very first Entertainment Nation Live Loft!
The concept is simple: we invite one of our awesome bands into the Live Loft at Entertainment Nation HQ, have a chat with them and get them to play live versions of their favourite songs. We ask the featured band to perform two songs: one from their repertoire and one song that they love right now. We hope that by bringing bands into the live loft you can get to know them better and hear their authentic live sound - after all, if they're going to be attending your wedding, party or corporate event, you want to know their personalities are a good fit.
Ever since we relocated to Entertainment Nation HQ at the start of the year, we've been putting plans in place for the Live Loft and we're super excited to release the inaugural episode, featuring the almighty Wildcard.
Wildcard are a rocking 4-piece who perform an irresistible repertoire of pop, rock and soul, with a few fun cheesy numbers thrown in for good measure. Each member of the band is an incredible musician in their own right: Matt provides scorching lead guitar and powerful vocals, James delivers infectious bass grooves and Tom poundsRead More >>
We're excited to welcome the rocking and rolling Fat Cats to the Entertainment Nation family! We're delighted to have these talented boys on the books and thought we'd introduce them in style: with their very own edition of In The Spotlight!
The Fat Cats are a group of incredible musicians - drawn together by their love of Rock and Roll, Pop, Soul and Rock music. With their exciting guitar riffs, impeccable vocals and electric energy, they have become incredibly popular over the last few years. They have an eclectic repertoire of tracks ranging from the 50s and 60s to contemporary chart toppers performed in their own style. The Fat Cat's mix of old school classics and unique versions of modern hits guarantee that guests of all ages hit the dance floor and don't stop dancing until the final note! They’re always dressed to impress, and their professional attitude and experience combined with their faultless performance mean that they’re always in high demand. The Fat Cats hail from Northamptonshire but are available for stunning live performances all over the UK.
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As the old adage goes: anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Musicians and performers are just as susceptible to Murphy's law as the rest of us, perhaps more so given that taking to the stage is rife with opportunities to blunder. From painful tumbles to tuneless singing, mistimed stage-dives to getting caught out miming, there's plenty of potential to leave a performer red-faced and their audiences cringing. It's enough to make you question why anyone would ever choose a career in entertainment in the first place!
Despite the dangers, we're grateful to the entertainers who face the threat of embarrassment head-on for our enjoyment. Without them, the world would be a much duller place (and there'd be a severe lack of hilarious videos to populate blog posts such as this one). Nobodys immmune to an onstage mishap: from the keenest amateur enthusiast to the world's biggest stars, live music fails are the great leveller.
Hide behind your hands as we present to you our 20 favourite live entertainment fails:
Like all the great operatic heroes, this tenacious tenor doesn't allow adversity to get in the way of aRead More >>
The summer sun has given way to autumnal drizzle and the nights are drawing in - it can mean only one thing - it's time to book entertainment for your Christmas party or New Year's Eve party! Whether you're arranging a Christmas work do or the ultimate New Year's eve party, at Entertainment Nation we have a stocking filled with exceptional corporate entertainment to bring some festive cheer to your end of year event!
We can hear the groans that we're mentioning Christmas already, but if you want to secure a recommended professional band for your Christmas or New Year's party, then you need to think about getting them booked now before their diary is full. The holiday season is a busy time for our bands, so avoid disappointment and hire your band today!
We represent bands in a huge range of genres, so whether you're after a pop and rock party band to fill the dance floor with tinsel draped guests or something a little smoother for those romantic moments under the mistletoe, we've got the band for you. From jazz and swing to modern poRead More >>
We've got a treat for you in this edition of In The Spotlight! We caught up with the latest band to grab the coveted featured band spot on the Entertainment Nation homepage: the insanely talented Phat Beats! Read on to discover more about this sensational London-based 4-9 piece pop and rock band!
The Phat Beats are a team of professional musicians. All of their members are professional session musicians who work with some of the biggest names in the music industry today. Recently, they have been working with, Naughty Boy, Alesha Dixon, Sigma, Adele, Nicole Scherzinger, James Arthur and many more, performing on TV, Radio and at all the major festivals. Their musical director plays for Rita Ora, recently performing at Wembley. The band have even featured in the celebrity fashion magazine, Tatler.
We spoke to The Phat Beat's singer Charlotte to get to know the folks behind the music:
"Rock With You by Michael Jackson."
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Pretty great, huh? Well, thanks to the wonderful Confetti, it could become a reality! Not only do you stand to win your entire wedding, you'll be receiving the services of the most highly recommended wedding suppliers, stylists, planners and venues in the UK. There's loads of amazing stuff in the bumper prize package, including the dress, the venue, the honeymoon hotel, stag and hen party packages, and of course, the entertainment!
All you have to do to enter the competition is visit the Confetti website and complete a super-simple form, and that's it, you're in the draw to win your wedding!
We've put together a comprehensive list of the generous contributors to the Win Your Wedding competition to give you an idea of what's in store if you win. So pour yourself a drink, sit back and let yourself get swept up in the dream of winning the ultimate wedding!
What you win: Wedding Stationery, Bridal Veil, Bridal Jewellery, Wedding Favours, Wedding Ceremony Accessories, Reception Table and Venue Décor, Personalised Décor, Venue Styling
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Welcome to another exciting edition of In The Spotlight, where we go behind the scenes with the bands on the Entertainment Nation books. This time we've had a chat with super-talented pop and rock band Crush to find out the songs they love to perform, the best thing about being in a band and which member has the most annoying habit!
Crush are a versatile 4 piece pop/rock party and wedding band from East Sussex and have been rocking audiences across the UK for several years. They play the biggest hits through the decades from Blues Bros right up to Bruno Mars in a contemporary energetic style. Individually they have worked with some of the world's biggest acts, from Ozzy Osborne to Paolo Nutini to Girls Aloud. As a band, they have played at the UK's most prestigious venues including Hampton Court Palace, London Eye, NEC, RAF, The Royal Horseguards Hotel, Natural History Museum and many more.
We spoke to Mike from Crush to get to know the band a little better:
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It's been a while, but we're back with another installment of In The Spotlight - your chance to peek behind the scenes at our bands and find out what it's really like to spend your life on the road in the most exciting profession on the planet! Today's In The Spotlight
victims volunteers are the sensational Get Lucky!
Get Lucky are an exhilarating female-fronted 3-piece party band who combine sumptuous vocals and exceptional live guitar and sax with professionally recorded backing tracks to produce a stunning full band sound at a fraction of the cost of hiring a band with more members. Get Lucky perform a varied repertoire consisting of all the latest modern hits along with classic favourites from the 60s, 70s and 80s - in other words, everything you could wish for in a party band!
We had a chat with Get Lucky's guitarist Mark to find out about being in the band:
It has to be Fleur East - "Sax"! It's such a high energy number and always gets guests dancing. Plus it gives our sax player, Piers, a chanceRead More >>
A few weeks ago the Entertainment Nation team were delighted to discover that we'd been chosen as winners of ex-Dragon's Den star, small business champion and Ryman Stationery, Robert Dyas and Boux Avenue Chairman Theo Paphitis's Small Business Sunday competition on Twitter. It's an honour to be recognised by such an illustrious businessman as Theo and we're going to share with you how we did it.
Theo, who is passionate about promoting small business, established the Small Business Sunday or #SBS competition in 2010. Since its inception, there have been over 1700 #SBS winners, who now form an interactive and supportive community of entrepreneurs from all over the UK. Winners of the competition receive exposure via a retweet from Theo's Twitter account to his over 500,000 followers, a coveted profile on the #SBS website and access to the exclusive #SBS winners network.
Theo himself has said of #SBS: "We are thrilled to welcome new #SBS members every week and highlight just how important it is to support our small businesses here in the UK. My vision is that everyone who has ever won an #SBS re-tweet from me becomes part of a friendly club; like-minded individRead More >>
Have you played out your dream wedding ceremony countless times in your mind from an early age? If so you probably have an idea of what type of music you want to accompany you as you walk down the aisle, but still need to discover the perfect musicians to play it. With this in mind, we present to you ten of our finest performers and ensembles to provide the soundtrack to the most romantic steps you'll ever take.
Perhaps you're struggling for ideas when it comes to choosing your bridal entrance music, in which case this list should also come in handy. We've included musicians in a wide range of styles, from string quartets to soulful duos, so you're sure to find some inspiration as you watch the videos of these immaculate performers in action.
For more wedding entertainment ideas, why not take a look at our 20 First Dance Songs You've Never Heard Of a list of unique songs to make your first dance stand out from the crowd.
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First of all, apologies to all our fantastic funk bands for missing you out of the blog title; "funkiest funk bands" didn't sound quite right, but don't worry, we still love you. With that out of the way, on with the music!
Our soul, funk, disco and Motown bands are some of the most versatile musicians around, generally performing a varied repertoire of tunes that include all the genres mentioned, plus some modern pop for good measure. Soul, funk, disco and Motown bands have the ability to summon the soulful romance of Marvin Gaye, or Al Green before launching into disco classics by Michael Jackson, Diana Ross and Kool and the Gang that'll have the dance floor crammed to capacity. What more could you need to entertain a crowd of wedding guests eager to party?
When a band's set list includes the above names alongside the likes of Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield, Lionel Richie and Luther Vandross, you just know it's going to be a good night. Younger guests aren't forgotten either, with contemporary hits from Amy Winehouse, Bruno Mars and Rhianna all on the menu.
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Ah, the first dance. The climactic moment of romance before the party proper gets started. Many couples are lucky enough to have a special song that lends itself perfectly to accompanying a first dance, but for others picking a song that perfectly represents them as a couple proves to be a little more difficult. Of course there are many classic first dance songs to choose from, as well as modern hits that strike a chord at that moment in time, but what if a couple wants to deviate from the norm and opt for wedding songs that are a little different?
One option is to follow in the dance-steps of those couples who have chosen to eschew tradition and perform a choreographed wedding dance routine, of which there are some great examples in our All-Time Favourite Wedding Dance Routines Blog.
For those who perhaps aren't quite so gifted on the dance floor, or who want to indulge in the romance of the traditional first dance, but with an alternative first dance song, we offer our selection of 20 First Dance SoRead More >>
Whether you're looking to surprise your guests with wedding entertainment done a little differently or you're just in love with a bygone age, why not take a step back in time and get your inspiration from the past? We've got a great selection of vintage style wedding bands to give your big day a unique nostalgic twist.
Vintage bands for weddings can range in style from toe-tapping twenties swing musicians to effervescent fifties rock'n'roll bands, via natty nineteen-thirties jivers. Whichever era you're crazy for, you can be sure our vintage bands are equally enamoured, paying attention to every little detail to authentically evoke the spirit of the age.
If you're already sold on hiring a vintage band for your wedding, but are a little concerned about being restricted to song choices from a single era, there's no need to worry - many of the bands below have a setlist that spans the decades, so you can enjoy your favourite up-to-date tunes delivered with a unique vintage spin.
Join us in a journey into the history of music and gather a few ideas for how you can infuse your day with old-time ambience through 5 of the bRead More >>
It's time for one of Entertainment Nation's most popular bands to take their turn In The Spotlight: say hello to the almighty Wildcard!
Wildcard are a Birmingham-based 4 piece wedding band consisting of some of the best musicians in the business. These Brummie boys have performed at huge shows all over the world and are always in high demand. They always put in a powerful performance, putting their unique twist on everything from classic ballads to modern dance floor fillers. I caught up with front man and lead guitarist Matt (some people are sickeningly talented...) to get some insight into what makes the Wildcard lads tick:
"We are very dedicated to our craft, we are seasoned professionals with over 40 years combined experience, including live performances on BBC Television on The Voice and the Graham Norton Show."
As you can see, when you book Wildcard for your wedding, you're not just getting any old wedding band, you're hiring musicians who are passionate about their craft, withRead More >>
At Entertainment Nation we're proud of all our talented artists, but on this beautiful Wedding Wednesday, it's the turn of our acoustic wedding bands for hire and acoustic wedding duos for hire to shine. Acoustic bands for weddings are the perfect choice to complement a summer wedding: they can play the bride down the aisle with a romantic acoustic version of the couple's favourite ballad, chill out sweltering guests with laid-back tunes to accompany their afternoon drinks and recharge flagging revellers by adding an acoustic twist to high tempo party songs at the evening reception.
We've established that acoustic bands are versatile and sound great, but there are other, more practical, reasons why booking an acoustic band is a good idea: if your venue is a tight squeeze or has limits on the volume a live wedding band can play at, an acoustic wedding band is the ideal solution. Without all the wires and heavy amplification equipment, acoustic bands take up less space and naturally play at a lower volume.
We are delighted to present to you ten of our most talented acoustic wedding bands and acoustic wedding duoRead More >>
It's time for our Wedding Wednesday offering and this week we're dragging the fabulous wedding band The Collective into the spotlight, for a quick chat.
The Collective are a 4 piece band based in Northamptonshire, available to perform at Wedding celebrations all over the UK. Fronted by X-Factor contestant Jamie Benkert and having all performed together for over 7 years, these guys really do know how to throw a professional party! I caught up with the guys to ask what they felt sets the band apart from the crowd of wedding bands available:
"With our band, we're fresh and young. We aren't afraid to play outside of the box and really get the audience excited for the next song from our tried and tested flawless set list. My guys sound the part and look the part."Pretty much exactly what their video 'says on the tin'. Cool, modern, young and fresh, but also incredibly professional! With the video containing hits by modern popstars such as Olly Murs, Daft Punk, Mark Ronson & Br Read More >>
Many congratulations to all the newly engaged couples out there on the hunt for the perfect wedding venue. This blog has been written to catch you before you put pen to paper and reserve your dream wedding venue, only for that dream to turn into a nightmare when you discover that you aren’t actually allowed to have a full-on evening party due to the venue’s entertainment restrictions. We don’t want to put a damper on things or sour the fun of scouring stately homes, converted barns and beautiful hotels to find your ideal wedding venue, we just want to make you aware of a number of vital questions to ask before you commit and sign a venue’s Terms and Conditions. Read on to discover why!
A growing number of wedding venues now impose very strict and stringent entertainment rules, with some keeping these secret until the final stages of planning and some only revealing their restrictions when the bands arrivesRead More >>
As decreed by Twitter, today is Wedding Wednesday. To celebrate we've gone and started a new series of regular blog posts. Each edition of In The Spotlight will feature an in-depth look at one of Entertainment Nation's exceptional artists. Today's man In The Spotlight is the one and only Speedy Steve!
Speedy Steve is Entertainment Nation's resident caricaturist, silhouette portraitist and all-round artistic genius. A graduate from St Martin's School of Art, Steve has been drawing for as long as he can remember; he sold his first portraits at the tender age of 14 years old. Since graduating, Steve has spent years honing his skills and has drawn caricatures and portraits for many illustrious clients, including Jongleurs Comedy Clubs.
Speedy Steve more than lives up to his name with his ability to produce lightning-fast, uncannily accurate portraits in under five minutes! A caricaturist is a great choice for an afternoon drinks reception, generating a buzz among guests, causing moments of outright hilarity and creatRead More >>
It's set to be the summer for a Swing Band Wedding
Entertainment Nation is proud to present a selection of our top swing bands for hire, not forgetting a sprinkling of our best jazz bands for hire. Swing bands for weddings are an excellent choice to entertain your guests throughout your big day. Serenade your afternoon drinks reception with smooth, sophisticated ratpack classics from the likes of Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra, before jiving until the early hours to all-time great swing hits, as well as jazzy twists on modern favourites.
But where to begin when picking your swing band? This blog is a good start! Entertainment Nation are the swing band hire specialists and have a roster packed with talented swing, jazz and ratpack bands. As an added bonus, our swing bands are composed of highly accomplished and versatile musicians, meaning that many of them can offer a funk, soul and Motown set to spice up your evening wedding reception!
Settle back with a drink of your choice on the rocks (I'm sipping an orange and raspberrRead More >>
I awoke bleary eyed after drinking one or two G&Ts from my father-in-law's extensive selection (48 and counting) the previous evening and then remembered I had 10k to run in around two hours' time. Fortunately, my ever-understanding wife appeared with a mug of coffee to wake me up. After a hasty shower and change, my wife and I made our way to the train station, where we were joined by a horde of lycra-clad, fluorescent-shoed fellow fools who think that jogging for miles around Birmingham's urban decay on a Sunday morning is an acceptable activity. Already there was a friendly atmosphere, strangers smiled and joked with one another -camaraderie that's missing on the usual morning commute.
We arrived at Grand Central and streamed off the train with our fellow runners. After a pit stop for a sausage baguette to fuel my efforts, we made our way to the start at Millennium Point. We were greeted by a mass of noise and movement and colour. Runners of all ages and sizes and races mingled together, bobbing up and down to motivational music in an effort to keep warm underRead More >>
No matter how meticulous your preparations, there are some things you just can’t anticipate, and unfortunately, your wedding day is no exception. We hope you get through your day unscathed, unlike the poor folks in the following videos. If the worst does happen, try to take it in your stride and smile – it’s something you’ll look back on and laugh in years to come. Honest.
The sheer amount of things that can go wrong is enough to make even the bravest of brides quiver: wardrobe malfunctions and fainting guests, collapsing marquees and disrespectful dogs, cake catastrophes and woeful DJs, the list of wedding day disasters is endless.
We learned a lot while compiling this collection of epic wedding fails:
Cutting the cake – a symbolic moment that represents the bride and groom’s eternal commitment to provide for one another. It’s not a great pRead More >>
The first dance is an emotional highlight at any wedding, and at Entertainment Nation we're lucky to have been a part of countless couples' moment to shine on the dance floor. The traditional slow dance to a couple's special song is a tried and tested winner, but some newlyweds take things a step further and prepare a choreographed routine.
Wedding dance routine creativity isn't restricted to the first dance: Bridesmaids and best men surprise the bride and groom, fathers and daughters share a touching routine, or the wedding party arrive at the marriage ceremony in style.
There are thousands of examples of people busting marital moves out there. We've sifted through the best and the worst of them, so you don't have to. Do you have anything planned? Are you tempted? (If you are we'd love to know about it, drop us an email or give us a call - we may even suggest some moves and song choices too!) Read on to find out our all-time favourite wedding dance routines!
So, you're looking for a party band for a celebration (be it a wedding, party, christening, birthday, summer bash, corporate hospitality event or charity do etc) and you're not sure where to start? Right here... that's where!
We've had a long discussion in the office about current booking trends, interest, enquiries etc and compiled our tipped 'hottest pop and rock party bands' for this year. It's been by no means an easy list to compile with so many great bands available to us. Please also note, this is not a definitive list of bands you should book, just a selection that we believe will be the 'shelf flying' performers of the year. Read on to watch a video for each and read one of their latest reviews:
"They were as excellent as we hoped they would be. A live band can really make or break an evening reception and after the number of people crying during our speeches, we certainly needed something energetic to get the party started! My dad said the dancing was 'wild' so that's a good sign pRead More >>
Being an entertainment agency filled to the brim with exciting musicians and performers, we tend to get a lovely insight into many of the song requests made to the elusive creature that is a 'wedding band member'!
With pop and rock bands & performers topping the stats for the 'most booked wedding entertainment' it made sense to ask them their 'must play', 'is always performed at every wedding' and 'it's always requested to perform at every wedding' song choices! The songs came flying in thick and fast, with some of the members claiming that they have performed a song literally thousands of times at every single event they have had the pleasure of performing at.
This blog post is by no means meant to determine that your Wedding music selection has to incorporate the below, more of a generalisation as to songs that are very much tried and tested, with guaranteed floor filling and 'bounce along to' capabilities.
Many wedding bands will offer to work through their repertoire with clients, ensuring that every show is tailored perfectly to suit you and your guests. That being said - there are still certain songs that always seem to crop up as a much-Read More >>
A couple of points worth thinking about:
Are you a big fan of music from a specific decade/era or do you want the band to perform your favourite popular songs of the modern day? As an example you may really want an out and out 'rock n roll' band playing all of your favourite "Johnny B. Goode" or "Great Balls Of Fire" style hits or a 20's Swing band performing a 'Boardwalk Empire' inspired setlist.
With Valentines Day fast approaching we thought we’d jump on the love train, but with a topic that isn’t so cliché and overdone – the father/daughter wedding dance!
Our bands are often asked to perform special requests at weddings. These don’t only include the first dance, they also often include the second dance between the bride and her father.
Traditionally this dance came first in proceedings as the father of the bride would dance with his daughter ‘one last time’ before she starts her new life, then moving on to dance with her new husband. Today this tradition has reversed and the bride and groom usually open with the ‘first dance’.
Although the groom might get the first spin around the dance floor, lots of couples love the idea of including the father and daughter dance - and it's guaranteed to create a very moving moment and leave few dry eyes in the house.
You might already have that special song that you know is the one you want to dance to with your father or father figure, but if you're still on the prowl, we thought we’d help you out and celebrate the relationship between the bride and the first man she ever loved by providiRead More >>
Our specialty may be in providing top quality live entertainment – but through the years we’ve picked up quite a few helpful hints and tips regarding all aspects of wedding planning. We get to hear all about the fun bits, but we also hear about the stressful bits, the "left to the last minute" bits, and also the "oh my goodness, we completely forgot to do this!" bits.
A few years of these conversations and providing entertainment for countless weddings, and we think we've gotten pretty savvy in terms of when things need to be organised and booked, as well as the little bits and pieces that creep up on you, and often get overlooked.
We don't think that planning a wedding has to be stressful, and there's lots of great inspiration and advice out there. So, we thought we’d impart what we’ve learned throughout our many years in the wedding industry, as well as point you in the direction of some of our favourite wedding resources, by providing a comprehensive wedding checklist!
We've also included some pretty stunning photography from a haRead More >>
If you're looking to book a party band then you must be having a party, which is a fantastic start!
A few quick questions that need answering before we get going: Who is the party for? What are you celebrating? What age range will your guests be? Is there a specific music style that you believe all will enjoy? Is there a set theme to the party that you want the music to fit to?
Party bands can come in all shapes and sizes (both in size of the group, but also in musical style). You need to ensure the party band you hire will not only suit the celebrant, they'll also please the majority of the guests attending and fit the theme you have decided you'd like the party to be centred around.
A couple of examples;
It takes only 1 song to bring back 1000 memories, so why not honour your special day by having your very own personal first dance song written and produced for you by the highly skilled and industry-renowned songwriter/producers Antony & Anthony (aka The Jetters)!
The Jetters have been fortunate enough to gather a wealth of experience, writing for some of the biggest pop bands in the business, as well as having much success in the TV advertising world. Whether it be a romantic first dance song for your wedding video, or a fun, thoughtful song for your loved one's birthday, reference your preferred style and genre, in addition to what you would like it to say, and leave it with them to return your personalised, top quality original song, complete with stunning vocals! This would be a unique memento to treasure forever, and to be used wherever or however you want. If you've also booked The Jetters to play at your event, they can even perform it live for no extra charge.
Singer Antony co-wrote McFly single 'Love is Easy' which was a hit in manyRead More >>
First of all a very happy New Year from the whole team at Entertainment Nation. We hope you all had a nice break and i'm guessing as you are reading this you probably have something to celebrate! Hopefully Wedding Entertainment is now high on the agenda! ;-)
Many congratulations to all the newly engaged couples. I was reading (it may well be nonsense) that over 30% of all UK wedding proposals take place on Christmas eve which seems like a staggering amount, but would make a lot of sense and explain the crazy start of the year Wedding Entertainment rush that is currently, and annually takes place!
On a side note - have you recently got engaged? Was the proposal everything you've expected? We'd love to hear more and feature you in a blog. Drop us a line using the contact form above anytime.
Back to the blog; as soon as the 1st of January strikes we hit full throttle with bookings of Wedding Bands, Wedding String Quartets, Wedding Singers, Wedding Harpists, you name it, Wedding Entertainment gets booked, and fast!
As a quick rule of thumb, if you are booking for the coming year and your Wedding is taking place on a Friday or Saturday, pleaseRead More >>
I thought I'd give you a little insight to an average day in the world of members of the Wedding Bands that regularly travel the world to perform at your big days!
OK so let's say it's a prime Saturday in August and we're following the band manager of a top quality busy Wedding Band available to hire nationwide (or even worldwide!). For this article we'll also say he's the drummer of the band too :-)
So my alarm just went off at 10am, I've had about 6 hours sleep last night after a run of three shows this week already, with tonight being the fourth. SHATTERED isn't the word!!
All the usuals to do - us musicians still need to eat breakfast (well normally brunch) and clean our teeth, do our washing up, mow our lawns and so on… We're performing at a lovely Wedding in the capital this evening. First thing I do once awake is check Google Maps (and can I say - what an invention that is). How long??? Maps says from our home town that current traffic and fastest route is approx 3 hours. Arrival time contracted is 5pm, so that means I have approx 3 hours to get everythingRead More >>
Christmas can be a wonderful time to throw a party, especially if you want to treat your team/work colleagues to a good time after a good year of working with or for you. You've never done this before. Where do you start? How do you do it?
There are many options for the type of Christmas party you can organise. It could be anything from a simple restaurant meal for you and your colleagues, a couple of tables in your local club's shared Christmas parties, a social club or venue hired that you kit out with a buffet, right up to a full on multi thousand seater venue with an entire circus to entertain you after a silver service 4 course dinner!
Budget and the lifestyle of you and your guests could well be the deciding factor to the above choice, with the first suggestion being the cheapest, to the latter being a highly expensive experience.
So you've set your budget but you're not entirely sure what you should do next.
Now is the time you need to have a think of the type of people you and your guests are. If you're all potenRead More >>
There are many traditions and components that are included in a wedding celebration - exchanging of the rings, the perfect photographer, cutting of the cake - and choosing the perfect first dance song for that important moment when you take to the dance floor for the first time with your brand new spouse!
That special song is never chosen on a whim. It means something to you. Perhaps it's 'your song', the track that you first danced to, the song you both jumped around to at that gig when you were first dating; or even a recent choice that happens to have the perfect lyrics. However you came to love it, it's an integral part of your day and needs to be perfect.
It's no surprise that some songs perfectly lend themselves to becoming popular first dance choices - their melodies are addictive, their lyrics are ideal, and the artists performing them sound immense.
Let's take a look at the top ten most popular songs that our busiest bands have been asked to perform this year - some of them will be no surprise but there are some gems that might inspire you!
The fantastic Jetter's Wedding Duo singer, Anthony, has recently hit the nation's television screens performing as a member of BBC's 'Strictly Come Dancing' (BBC One - every Saturday at 6.50pm) house band. He joined as a lead singer, performing with some of the World's most highly regarded musicians.
His voice really does speak for itself and explains why the Jetters Duo are such a popular act to book, with them flying off the shelf, out performing at Weddings, and all types of celebration. all over the World!
His first show saw him perform for the dances of Jamelia, Helen George and Jay McGuiness, with plenty more to come.
Receiving national press he really did turn some heads with 'Heatworld' magazine printing an article headlined "Who The Devil Is Strictly's Hot New Singer?"
Anthony performed a selection of fantastic tracks, including popular songs as recorded by Sam Smith and James Bay. His voice really is second to none, with fantastic comments such as 'thatRead More >>
"Baaahh Humbug" I hear you shout! No, no, no - it's exactly a month from Christmas so the discussion of Christmas is now officially allowed!
It's a really exciting time of year when the corporate work Christmas parties all get organised (usually very last minute - sometimes even the day before) and we get the phone call to request a band or act's services. If you're reading this blog and thinking of organising the entertainment for your soiree this year, please don't leave it any longer - give us a shout now! Time is very much of the essence if you've found the perfect band and want to secure them for your event.
Our stunning range of bands and performers are busy playing at beautiful corporate parties, to guests ranging from 25 right up to multi thousands. Although the majority are performing in the UK, we also have acts flying as far as Dubai to entertain for you lovely jet setters!
With budgets drastically ranging from celebration to celebration, the sheer rangRead More >>
The eternal 'how long in advance do I need to book a band for my wedding' question crops up many times every week. There is no right and wrong answer to this question, however we would always advise 'as soon as physically possible' - ie Book Your Wedding Band NOW! :-).
Enquiries for 2018 aren't unheard of at the moment, with some bands now booked for every Saturday (the prime day of the week) between March and October for next year already.
To put things into context. I'm sitting here writing this blog after receiving four separate enquiries today for wedding bands to book for the 30th July 2016 (today being the 25th August 2015).
When you have found your dream band, have nailed down a quote, and have decided they are your perfect wedding entertainment, GET THEM BOOKED!!! Unfortunately each band can only perform at one wedding a day!
It would be safe to say if you want to pick and choose your band, you need to ideally booking 12-18 months in advance. That said, if your wedding was tomorrow we would most definitely do our best to sort you a great band, however there wouldn't be a list of available options.
Get in touch now to disRead More >>
We're often found having a lengthy discussion with many a bride and groom to be in regards to the in's and out's of a sound limiter present at their Wedding venues. "Can I hire a Wedding band?" With this in mind we thought we'd write a little blog to try and help shed a little further light on these flashing boxes of limiting fun :-)
Here at Entertainment Nation all staff have a performing background and have collectively performed in a Wedding band for thousands and thousands of Weddings. In our time we have encountered all types of Sound Limiter, ranging from the "cough and you'll set me off box" right through to the "are you sure there is a sound limiter installed? machine".
So, two important questions to ask your venue are: "What DB (decibel) level is the limiter set to, and do party bands usually have any problems?"
In short, if the band hit this level, and (normally) continue at this level without it dropping (usually after a certain period of time - normally seconds) the power is cut to their equipment, consequently leaving unhappy dancers in the lurch with no entertainment.
To give you an idea of DB levels here's a few examples ofRead More >>
I know we have a full review section on each profile - but we have just received such a fantastic review I feel it needs to be blogged!
Becca hired the The Kicks Wedding Band to perform at her wedding reception on the 11th July 2015. This is what she had to say of her experience from booking to partying:
"We would like to say a massive thank you to Entertainment Nation and the band 'The Kicks' who played at our wedding reception and made it such a great evening.
Firstly, Entertainment Nation made booking the band a breeze, and provided us with peace of mind through their professional approach. All of our questions and queries were dealt with in a timely and informative manner, while the website provided us with great information on all of the bands that were available. Once we had made our choice, both parties signed a contract which was fully explained and provided us with confidence in our booking.
Throughout the build up to our wedding we were put in contact with the band we had chosen via email. Our venue requested P.A.T testing certificates which were sent through by the band in a prompt manner. Further conversations were had which alRead More >>
So you've been delegated the task of sourcing an amazing String Quartet to perform at your award ceremony / celebration. Where do you start and who do you choose?
We have an absolutely breath-taking selection of string quartets to hire just waiting for your enquiry. There is a certain elegance that is created when a string ensemble is present at an event. The beautiful, haunting sound lends an air of opulence and sophistication without being overpowering; conversations still flow and laughter is still clearly heard. Furthermore, as there is no amplification required, your beautiful string quartet will be able to perform in a variety of settings - perhaps on the terrace during your drinks reception, on the lawn for your wedding ceremony or even on a boat sailing down the Thames!
First question: Where is your event taking place?
As with all acts our classical string quartet pricing varies quite dramatically depending on where the celebration is taking place in comparison to the performers home location. Booking a quartet from the capital to perform in the north west would be quite costly, as an example. We highly advise sourcing fairly local performerRead More >>
On 20th June this year Entertainment Nation's Surrey based popular party band 'The Groove', travelled to perform at the idyllic Stanton Manor Hotel in Wiltshire for the Wedding of Mr & now Mrs Vincent.
To set the scene - the Bride and Groom have tied the knot early afternoon, then sat for dinner and speeches before the Groove wedding band arrive. They're in as soon as possible once the room has been vacated and they're all set up and sound checked in about an hour. Raring to go, they get music playing through their system and prepare for performance.
It's First Dance Time! Mr & Mrs Vincent took to the dance floor to the band performing the beautiful 'Lucky,' a duet by Jason Mraz & Colbie Colliatt, a perfectly-suited song for the occasion. Following a few twirls and smoochy moments on the dance floor the starry eyed on lookers gave a roaring round of applause as the song came to an end.To start the second set The Bride and Groom had also requested a Father and the Bride dance. The father of the bride took her hand as the Groove performed a beautiful version of the Temptation's Motown classic 'My Girl'. It went wonderfully well as the bride and her f Read More >>
Entertainment Nation were proud to provide acts, event management and support to The Great Run Company for the Morrisons Great Birmingham 10K in May as part of the bands on the run course entertainment program.
The route took in some of the city's most iconic sights including the Bullring, the Cadbury World in Bournville and Edgbaston cricket ground. Live music from bands on the run kept the runners motivated every step of the way and thousands of supporters turned out along the route providing a real carnival atmosphere.
The acoustic live bands provided by Entertainment Nation were situated towards the latter part of the course at 1KM intervals and were chosen specifically for their ability to not only entertain the crowds but also motivate the athletes and inspire them on to the finish line!
The Coolcats played some amazing live acoustic jazz which wowed both the crowds and the runners and included some renditions of classics such as Eye of the Tiger and Nowhere to Run. From the first to the last runner the band kept things moving and were one of the highlights of the day.
Downtown Acoustic got so involved in their performanRead More >>
Choosing your wedding venue is one of the most exciting aspects of your big day and will more than likely impact upon the decisions you make regarding the planning of your wedding as a whole. There are stunning venues and locations nationwide to suit your vision, all with their own unique styles and selling points - perhaps you would like a summer wedding and want a venue with immaculate gardens for those beautiful photographs; or maybe you envision roaring open fires and a cosy atmosphere to suit your festive extravaganza? One thing that you may want from your venue regardless of it's design however, is the ability to have the live band you've been hoping to book for the evening.
It may seem like a safe assumption that most wedding venues are able to accommodate live music and will be 'band friendly' - this however is not always the case and the venue will not necessarily be open with you, making it important to ask the right questions.
One of the biggest problems that bands encounter are sound limiters. These are special units, usually attached to the wall that are set at a certain volume and cut the power if the band exceeds the volume limit. They are noRead More >>
When booking a band for Wedding, Party or Corporate events, you will see the terminology 'DJ Services' branded about. What does it actually mean and what will you be getting from this service?
In short, the term 'DJ Services' is used to describe how music is played in-between an act's sets, where a DJ would normally take control. Many bands are now offering the complete package, covering these breaks too. The level of cover offered does however vary quite drastically between bands. On every act profile there is a breakdown of the level of cover offered as standard, with further options also noted. Below is a rough guide to what the is offered.
To start, it would be good to assume nearly all of our bands offer some form of DJ service included within their price. As a bare minimum it will be recorded, play listed music in-between the live music and right through until your curfew. They will normally be more than happy to leave their lighting running throughout the DJ sets all night long.
Some bands offer a further service, going above and beyond to make your night extra special and include a fully manned DJ service, allowing you to request songs and mRead More >>
We get many a request to see our wedding bands perform live, before the plunge is taken to book or hire a live band. So, we thought we'd write a little blog that explained why this can sometimes be tricky!
So you're having a party and you just can't decide whether to hire a party band or to book a DJ! The quandary begins!!
In our eyes it's not even a close competition - we have many a spectacular band bursting at the seams to come and perform for you - you just cannot beat live music! However, we shall try and be (slightly) objective for a minute to help you decide on what will work best for your celebration.