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Lead Vocals: Male/Female vocals

Guide Price: £2183

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Genre: Soul & Motown

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Soul & Motown Wedding Band Hire London - The Big Smoke

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Based: London

Guide Price: £2183

Genre: Soul & Motown

Line-Up: 6-11 piece. (3 piece horn section, rhythm section, up to 4 vocalists)

Lead Vocals: Male/Female vocals

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Soul & Motown Wedding Band Hire London - The Big Smoke

With a 200+ song set list from a huge variety of genres, we don't just play the standards, we always have songs in our set released in the last 6 months and are hugely flexible to what the client wants to hear. Performed by London's top musicians and West End singers, we pride ourselves on giving the highest quality show that will have everyone up dancing!

Repertoire

The big smoke have a repertoire of over 200+ songs, here is just a selection:

SOUL/MOTOWN

Never Too Much – Luther Van Dross
I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston
I Feel For You – Chaka Khan
Somebody Else’s Guy – Jocelyn Brown
Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder
Ain’t Nobody – Chaka Khan
Rock With You – Michael Jackson
Best Of My Love – The Emotions
Kiss – Prince
September – Earth Wind And Fire
I Want You Back – Jackson 5
Higher and Higher – Jackie Wilson

CHARTS

Symphony – Clean Bandit
Shape of You – Ed Sheeran
24k Magic – Bruno Mars
Rather Be – Jess Glynne
Feels – Pharrell/Calvin Harris
Can’t Stop The Feeling – JT
I Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd
Lush Life – Zara Larsson
Ciao Adios – Anne-Marie
Human – Rag ‘n’ Bone Man
Chained To The Rhythm – Katy Perry
Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars

R&B

Say My Name – Destiny’s Child
Caught Up – Usher
Rock Your Body – JT
Family Affair – Mary J. Blige
No Scrubs – TLC
Independent Woman – Destiny’s Child
Senorita – Justin Timberlake
Don’t Let Go – En Vogue
I Wanna Be The Only One - Eternal

INDIE/ROCK

Mr Brightside – The Killers
Living On A Prayer – Bon Jovi
Don’t Stop Me Now - Queen
Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry
Blues Brothers Medley
Use Somebody – Kings Of Leon
Come Together – The Beatles
Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett
The Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger

PARTY CLASSICS

9 to 5 – Dolly Parton
Hey Jude – The Beatles
Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough – MJ
Easy – The Commodores
Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry
Lady Marmalade – Labelle
Celebration – Kool & The Gang
Gold – Spandau Ballet

UK HOUSE/GARAGE

Re-Rewind – Artful Dodger
I Gotta Get Thru This – D. Bedingfield
Sweet Like Chocolate - Shanks and Bigfoot
Sambuca - Wideboys
Do You Really Like It - DJ Pied Piper
Flowers – Sweet Female Attitude
Sing It Back – Moloko
Move Your Feet – Junior Senior
Red Alert – Basement Jaxx

HIP-HOP

Jump Around – House of Pain
Hot In Herre – Nelly
Ignition (Remix) - R Kelly
Rapper’s Delight – Sugarhill Gang
Apache Jump On It – Sugarhill Gang
Fresh Prince – Will Smith
It’s Like That – Run DMC

FIRST DANCES

If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
Castle On The Hill – Ed Sheeran
A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
Just The Way You Are – Billy Joel
Lovely Day – Bill Withers
Back At One – Brian McKnight
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – F. Valli

Testimonials

'I used The Big Smoke for my husband's 30th and I couldn't be happier!They were extremely professional and accommodating and even learnt a couple of new songs, which were my husbands all time favourites. They were very punctual and extremely friendly and have such a great energy. On the night they were excellent and created such a fun atmosphere and everyone loved it - will definitely recommend them for a fun vibe for any party'Anam

'The Big Smoke played at our wedding party and did an amazing job helping to make it a night to remember. They got everyone on to the dance floor with a great selection of classic and modern songs with something in there for everyone. They are all incredible musicians and great personalities on stage. Everybody was buzzing; a great band. Thank you so much'Jack

'The band delivered everything we asked for! The set list was tailored to suit our guest list and had everyone up on the dance floor most of the evening. Glad we opted for the additional instruments (in particular sax) as everyone commented how beautiful the music was. Would highly recommend for any occasion!'Adam

Joe I had to email you to say what an incredible night last night was! Your band were insane!!!!There were a couple of absolutely gem moments (teenage dirtbag and Mr. bright side) when the singers came into the crowd and everyone just followed them to the music and they played us like puppets it was fantastic!!I had a lot of people ask me who the band were and I have been recommending you all in every way. Please pass on our massive thanks, it couldn’t have gone any better!!!!Best of luck for the future, you and your band are very talented and deserve a lot of successL. Tuohy, Wedding, Ham Polo Club

THE BEST PARTY BAND IN LONDON (or anywhere). Such a good set, fun, interactive, sexy. Loved every second and wanted them to play all night. Heard them at a wedding but would be perfect for any event. Wonderful.A. Knights, Party, Union Theatre, London

Consummate professionals - this band is OUT OF THIS WORLD! Incredible arrangements, incredible players and incredible vibe at every single gig. I have booked them for our wedding and every step of the way The Big Smoke have been the dream wedding band - from song choices, to first dance, to lineup choices, this is the best band in London. Absolutely, 100% book The Big Smoke for your party, event, wedding, festival - speak to Joe and he will deliver exactly the vibe you want. Can not recommend enough!S. Morgan-Grahame, Wedding, Sussex

Thanks so much for helping create such an amazing night for Savills! We have received such raving feedback in general, and so many amazing comments about the band! We are sure to book you guys again, and can’t wait for the next event we work with you.Natascha M, Corporate, Freemason’s Hall, London

A great night was had by all and the band were brilliant. As you saw everyone had a lot of fun and please could you send my thanks to the band for making the atmosphere so good.L. Miller, Corporate, Principal Hotel London

Absolutely amazing! Honestly the band were out of this world. Everyone commented on how fantastic the band were. A massive thank you for all your help with the prep. Oh not forgetting Alastair who not only was a great guy but entertained the guests brilliantly. Have a great new year and we hope to see you and the band soon.N. Oxley, Wedding, Dover

I just wanted to write to say that the band absolutely nailed it last Saturday. They killed the first song, everyone loved the energy, the set list was perfect (you were right about the teenage boy medley, that got all the 20-35 year old boy cousins raging). We had so much fun. Everyone asked us about the band and commented on how good they were. Also, the lights were perfect! Please convey our thanks to Grace, Laura and the rest of the band. And thank you for all the coordination and support over the past few months. Happy new year!G. Joy - Wedding, London

Huge, huge thank you to Joe and the rest of the The Big Smoke for making our wedding! The band are true professionals who worked tirelessly in the lead up, and on the day to deliver the most perfect wedding music for us and i cannot recommend working with them enough. We had so many compliments on the day and were delighted by the set list, the music and the team. Can't wait to see them again soon!A. Yaffe - Wedding, Braxted Park Estate

These guys performed at our wedding as a 9-piece, where we happened to have a large number of serious musicians as guests! They were simply superb. The pre-wedding discussions about the playlist sets were easy and detailed, and they performed every song as requested. Soul, funk, jazz, disco, house, all "floor-fillers" impeccably delivered with a great ambiance and connection with the audience. Very impressive, and would def recommend them (and book them again!). A. Davies - Wedding, Suffolk

I used the London party band for my husband's 30th and I couldn't be happier! They were extremely professional and accommodating and even learnt a couple of new songs, which were my husbands all time favourites. They were very punctual and extremely friendly and have such a great energy. On the night they were excellent and created such a fun atmosphere and everyone loved it - will definitely recommend them for a fun vibe for any party.A. Ahmad, Party, 34 Mayfair

The Big Smoke played at our wedding party and did an amazing job helping to make it a night to remember. They got everyone on to the dance floor with a great selection of classic and modern songs with something in there for everyone. They are all incredible musicians and great personalities on stage. Everybody was buzzing; a great band. Thank you so much.J. Benjamin, Wedding, Surrey

​The band delivered everything we asked for! The set list was tailored to suit our guest list and had everyone up on the dance floor most of the evening. Glad we opted for the additional instruments (in particular sax) as everyone commented how beautiful the music was. Would highly recommend for any occasion!A. Braham, Party, Kingston

We had The Big Smoke at our wedding, and it was the most fantastic band we could have ever imagined. A set list perfectly designed to keep guests jumping on the dance floor, wonderful communication in the lead up to the wedding and everything in place so my husband and I didn't have to worry about anything at all on the day. The Big Smoke is the only band you should consider hiring for your event! I will be looking out for every gig they play in the future, and be recommending them to everyone who's looking for a band for Christmas parties, Weddings, Anniversaries and Events. If you could give them 10 stars, I would.R. Moynes, Wedding, Sussex

We had The Big Smoke for our wedding in July and we were beyond impressed. All our guests have commented on how good the band were at getting everyone up and dancing and also sounded fantastic! We loved working with Joe, choosing the set list and looking at all of their medleys. On the day, the band were happy to work with the venue to get set up and packed down discreetly which was great. Their 2 sets were the perfect amount of time and there were songs for everyone in there. Thank you so much for all of your hard work, We will most definitely be recommending you to friends. Thanks again!M Dunnett, Wedding, Ockenden

An enormous thank you to The Big Smoke for an incredible 2 hour set at our wedding. Music played such an important part of our day, and they did not disappoint - they are so talented!! They performed such an amazing variety of songs from so many decades that they kept all of our guests dancing! We couldn’t have asked for more! Thank youG. Tremaine, Wedding, Chichester

The Big Smoke were exceptional! They tailored our taste in music for the song selection and delivered it with such professionalism! Our wedding wouldn’t have been as fun without them! J. Cooper, Elmore Court, Gloucestershire

FAQ

Will you learn our first dance?
YES! Whatever it may be! We already have a fairly large back catalogue, but if you want something new, we will arrange and learn a first dance free of charge!

Do you take other requests?
The Big Smoke prides itself on flexibility - so if you want specific music played at your event, we can collaborate in the run up to it and tail or make your set to best suit your guests. If you want us to learn specific new songs it can absolutely be done just at a very small cost.

How do we entertain the guests between sets?
Luckily, three of the band members are DJs, so if you want vibrant live mixes instead of just music played out of an iPod between, before and after the band's set then this is an option to consider! We can also add a sax and percussion to this set up to create a great live, party vibe.

Can you play music for our ceremony?
Yes, the band can morph easily into a jazz trio, or even just a pianist and a singer. Again there are lots of options, we're happy to make whatever you want work.

Do you have material for Jewish and Hindu weddings?
Whilst the majority of our set is Western, we have 15 minute medleys of traditional Jewish music and 20 mins of Bollywood music!

How long is the set?
80% of the time we play 2 x 1 hour sets. But occasionally people want different timings and that is fine and can be negotiated!

How big is the band?
We can go out as a 6 - 11 piece band. The core line up is 2 vocalists (male and female), drums, bass, keys and guitar. With our frontman Joe Vetch, then get a sax player and a vocalist rolled into one! ?
On top of that you get -
7 piece - Add sax/trumpet
8 piece - Add both sax and trumpet
9 piece - Add sax, trumpet and trombone. (Recommended - it makes an enormous difference to the sound)
**PREMIUM 11 piece line up** - Four vocalists, three horns and rhythm section. Extra high quality lighting and sound equipment (as seen in the video). DJ service included in 11 piece.