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 and soul 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 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 and Paolo Nutini.
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).
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; and for an extra touch of class, a string quartet. 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!
Down for the Count have a public showcase on Friday 26th April 2019 in Notting Hill. We'll be performing all of our Soul and Motown repertoire, unlike most public shows where we perform our swing music. We'd love to see you there - click here to find out more.
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"I wanted to thank you all for making our wedding day so very very very special – we had the most incredibly amazing day and the music was just phenomenal."
"You and your band were fantastic, not just brilliant at the music but also lovely, helpful and a total pleasure to work with."
"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"
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 - take a look at our Motown Collective!
Remember that all of Down for the Count's bands perform completely live with no click tracks or backing tracks!
Sing, Sing, Sing
Well Alright, OK, You Win
Twistin' the Night Away
Jump, Jive & Wail
Ain't That a Kick In the Head
Cheek to Cheek
Tu Vuo Fa L'Americano
Beyond the Sea
I've Got You Under My Skin
I Wanna Be Like You
In The Mood
My Baby Just Cares For Me
Fly Me To The Moon
Mack the Knife
Blame it on the Boogie
You Can't Hurry Love
Dancing in the Street
I Heard It Through the Grapevine
I Say a Little Prayer for You
Best of My Love
I'm Every Woman
I Feel Good
Can't Take My Eyes Off You
New York, New York
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!
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.
Explore the links above to find out more!
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.
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.
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.
Our musicians are all classically trained and can perform a huge range of classical and contemporary repertoire for your wedding ceremony.