Jazz ~ Swing ~ Soul ~ Pop ~ Classical
Sensational live musicians for your special day
Down for the Count are an award-winning collective of experienced professional musicians who offer live band hire for wedding receptions - from small intimate affairs to huge celebrations.
We perform in a range of fantastic line-ups: whether you're looking for sensational party bands, stylish drinks reception music, or personalised wedding ceremony music, Down for the Count have all the ingredients you need to make your wedding day unforgettable.
Here's our musical director and band manager Mike Paul-Smith introducing Down for the Count and our sensational live bands for hire:
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Photo: Richard Davenport
Down for the Count are not an agency, but a collective of around 30 professional musicians who combine in various different formations to create different styles and sizes of band. That means that the same team of musicians can provide the soundtrack to your whole wedding day - from the ceremony to the drinks reception, dinner and through to the evening party.
One thing that sets us apart from other wedding bands is that we never use click tracks or backing tracks. With Down for the Count, every note you hear is performed live - giving our performance unrivalled spontaneity and energy.
Don't forget that we can also create bespoke bands - so if you don't see quite what you're looking for, get in touch and see if we can create it for you.
There are many ways you can combine our different band line-ups* to make a unique music package. Below is one idea - there are loads of other options so explore our different line-ups and get in touch with your ideas.
The Drinks Reception
*All our line-ups can also be booked individually.
Ailsa & Will love music, and they wanted live music for each part of their day - from the wedding ceremony through to the drinks reception and evening party.
Find out how we transformed their wedding with a totally bespoke live music package.
We've been performing at weddings for over 16 years, and we've learnt lots about what works well and what doesn't.
We've put together a series of advice articles - covering everything from what to ask your wedding venue before booking, to how to plan your day so that everyone ends it on the dancefloor.
The centrepiece of your music package! Dance the night away with your guests to the sounds of one of our award-winning live party bands. Choose from a fantastic range of line-ups for the perfect finale to your evening wedding reception.
If you’re looking for spectacular, show-stopping entertainment, our luxury band Capital Sounds Showband is the band for you – a stunning ensemble that your guests will remember for years. With a great repertoire list of soul, pop, Motown and disco music this is the band for a great party!
If you're having a vintage themed wedding, the Down for the Count Swing Orchestra are the perfect live entertainment for you. You can also hire some swing dancers to take an informal Lindy hop class and perform alongside the band.
All of our line-ups are available on their own, or combined with additional entertainment to make a great value wedding music package.
Photo: Marcus Charter
All our wedding ceremony musicians work closely with you to choose the perfect music for your service, whether it's religious or non-religious. We love to hear your requests, and with enough notice can perform virtually any song - making your ceremony as unique as you are as a couple.
Down for the Count Strings are a superb ensemble who can transform from a classical string quartet performing traditional music, to a quirky group performing pop, Jewish and Asian music and film/TV music.
The string group is available as a duo, trio or quartet and can also provide background music during dinner or your drinks reception.
Give your wedding ceremony a special atmosphere with a wedding pianist, who has a huge range of classical and contemporary music for the entrance of the bride, the signing of the register, and the exit of the bride and groom.
Depending on your song choices, the ceremony pianist could be joined by a wedding singer, cellist or trumpeter to make the performance even more personal.
We have 16 years’ experience creating bespoke music packages for weddings, including some really ununsual requests! We love hearing couples’ visions for their ceremonies, and will work with you to bring yours to life - so get in touch.
"Down for the Count put together a dream day of music. They were flexible and fun and gave great advice. Really great value for money."
Amy & Joe
Wedding Reception, Hampton Court House
After the wedding ceremony, add a touch of class with live music to entertain your guests during the drinks reception. All of these bands can perform indoors or outdoors; whilst some of these bands require electricity, others are completely acoustic, meaning they are ideal for venues with no power, or restrictions on the use of amplifiers.
Looking for something quirky that works well outdoors? Choose The Vintage Strollers, a roaming swing and pop band who require no electricity or amplification.
The vocal-led trio, quartet or quintet perform acoustically and will entertain your guests with lively music to leave everyone in good spirits.
Another great option for outdoor drinks reception entertainment is Alexander’s Dixieland Band, our roaming jazz band who can perform as an instrumental trio or as a quartet with a vocalist.
The band perform lively, traditional Dixieland jazz music to transport you back to 1920s New Orleans.
If you want a glamorous, sophisticated atmosphere our Hollywood Jazz Band is the perfect choice, with vintage music from the golden age of stage and screen.
A vocal-led jazz quartet, this band also performs jazz classics from the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Nat 'King' Cole. This band requires electricity close to the performance space.
For a decadent 1920s Great Gatsby feel, choose the Lady Gatsby Jazz Band - who perform classic jazz music known and loved by all ages.
The band perform a mix of 1920s music and vintage covers of modern pop songs - great if you have a vintage-themed wedding, or are looking for something different. This band requires electricity close to the performance space.
"Mike and the band were absolutely fantastic, and totally accommodating to our wacky requests - like processional music down a field!
The music was exceptional - they're experts at reading the 'mood' of the room and got everyone up on their feet dancing. So many of the guests came up to us afterwards to tell us how good they were. I couldn't recommend the band more highly!"
Liz & Sam
Wedding Reception, Dorset
Over dinner, why not book our subtle yet sophisticated background musicians - with options including vocal-led and instrumental bands.
Our instrumental jazz band The Jazz Essentials perform well-known jazz standards, creating a sophisticated atmosphere either for your dinner or drinks reception.
We can offer completely bespoke ensembles to meet your requirements, from individual performers to trios or quartets - just get in touch with your ideas and we'd love to talk through them with you.
Interested in learning some new moves for your first dance? We work with some amazingly talented dance teachers and choreographers who can help you look great on the dance floor - get in touch for more information.
All these songs are in our repertoire list and ready to perform for your first dance. If your favourite isn't here, just get in touch - most songs are possible with enough notice.
L-O-V-E (Nat King Cole)
At Last (Etta James)
Let There Be Love (Nat King Cole)
My Baby Just Cares For Me (Nina Simone)
It Had to Be You (Harry Connick Jr.)
Just the Way You Are (Billy Joel)
All of Me (John Legend)
Make You Feel My Love (Adele)
Cheek to Cheek (Ella Fitzgerald)
The Way You Look Tonight (Frank Sinatra)
If you're looking to add something special to your wedding day, hire The Vintage Swing Collective - a collaboration with top London dance troupe The Hotfoot Strutters.
The dancers start by taking your guests for a quick, fun, 30-minute vintage dance lesson. Then they will stay and entertain you when the band take to the stage - getting people on the dance floor in loads of fun and interactive ways, and even giving a performance with the live band.
Your wedding music package doesn't end there - after the party band has finished, you can round off the evening with our Auto DJ service.
You can build your own playlists at home and plug your laptop or phone into our top quality PA system. If you book a party band, this service is free of charge between 7pm and midnight - and it can be extended for an extra charge.
Photo: Daniel West
Small extras that make a big difference.
Do you have a videographer at your wedding? If so, why not talk to us about professionally recording the band's performance to make the soundtrack for your wedding video - it's cheaper than you might think and makes your wedding video incredibly personal.
If you're looking for extra production such as uplighters, dance floor lighting or grand piano hire, speak to us to see if we can help.
Even if we're not able to provide exactly what you need, there's a good chance we'll know someone who can - check out our list of recommended wedding suppliers for starters!
"We are thrilled that we chose Down for the Count as our wedding band. A fantastic group of musicians who made our day so much more special. Mike (band manager) was extremely helpful throughout, guiding us through the various options - from the band's outfits to music choices.
We booked the band for the whole day, including jazz sets during the reception, ceremony music, first dance, and two hours of dancing! They were absolutely amazing and their performance (music, sound, etc) was just perfect!”
Konstantin & Ainur
Wedding Reception, The Reform Club, London
With a wedding music package from Down for the Count, the possibilities are endless - and our band leader Mike Paul-Smith has over 16 years experience providing live music for wedding receptions.
We're always at the end of the phone to talk through your plans in detail so get in touch today and find out how we can make your wedding day unforgettable.