Set list

  • A Little Less Conversation | Elvis Presley
  • Ain’t Nobody | Chaka Khan
  • As | Stevie Wonder
  • Billie Jean | Michael Jackson
  • Blame It On The Boogie | Jackson 5
  • By The Way | Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • California Gurls | Katy Perry
  • Canned Heat | Jamiroquai
  • Come Together | The Beatles
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love | Queen
  • Dancing In The Street | Martha Reeves
  • Do I Do | Stevie Wonder
  • Domino | Jessie J
  • Do You Love Me | The Contours
  • Don’t Look Back In Anger| Oasis
  • Don’t Stop Believing | Journey
  • Don’t Stop Me Now | Queen
  • Dreaming Of You | The Coral
  • Forget You | Ce Lo Green
  • Get Back | The Beatles
  • Gimme Some Lovin’ | Spencer Davis Group
  • Grenade | Bruno Mars
  • Happy Birthday | Stevie Wonder
  • Happy| Pharrell
  • Hey Jude | The Beatles
  • Higher And Higher | Jackie Wilson
  • Ho Hey| The Lumineers
  • Hot Stuff | Donna Summer
  • I Feel Love | Donna Summer
  • I Feel Good (I Got You) | James Brown
  • I Love To Boogie | T Rex
  • I Kissed A Girl | Katy Perry
  • I Only Want To Be With You | Dusty Springfield
  • I Want To Hold Your Hand | The Beatles
  • Johnny B. Goode | Chuck Berry
  • Kiss | Prince
  • Knock On Wood | Eddie Floyd
  • Lady Marmalade | Patti LaBelle
  • Let Me Entertain You | Robbie Williams
  • Locked Out Of Heaven | Bruno Mars
  • Loco Motion | Little Eva
  • Long Train-Running | Doobie Brothers
  • Love Machine | Girls Aloud
  • Mama Mia | ABBA
  • Marry You | Bruno Mars
  • Mercy | Duffy
  • Message In A Bottle | Sting & The Police
  • Mr Brightside | The Killers
  • Moves Like Jagger | Maroon 5
  • Mustang Sally | The Commitments
  • My Sherona | The Knack
  • Next To Me | Emeli Sande
  • No Good Advice | Girls Aloud
  • Nutbush City Limits | Tina Turner
  • Pinball Wizard | The Who
  • Place Your Hands | Reef
  • Play That Funky Music | Wild Cherry
  • Price Tag | Jessie J
  • Proud Mary | Tina Turner
  • Purple Haze | Jimi Hendrix
  • Respect | Aretha Franklin
  • River Deep Mountain High | Ike & Tina Turner
  • Rolling In The Deep | Adele
  • Roxanne | Sting & The Police
  • September | Earth Wind & Fire
  • Seven Nation Army | The White Stripes
  • Sex On Fire | Kings of Leon
  • Single Ladies | Beyoncé
  • Sir Duke | Stevie Wonder
  • Shine | Take That
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered | Stevie Wonder
  • Sledgehammer | Peter Gabriel
  • Song 2 | Blur
  • Summer of 69 | Bryan Adams
  • Superstition | Stevie Wonder
  • Suspicious Minds | Elvis Presley
  • Take Me Out | Franz Ferdinand
  • Teenage Dreams | Katy Perry
  • The Way I Are | Timbaland/Kerry Hilson
  • Think | Aretha Franklin
  • Treasure | Bruno Mars
  • Twist & Shout | The Beatles
  • Umbrella | Rihanna
  • Underneath It All | No Doubt
  • Valerie | The Zutons
  • Virtual Insanity | Jamiroquai
  • Waterfall| The Stone Roses
  • Wanna Be Startin’ Something | Michael Jackson
  • We Found Lovel | Rihanna
  • What Makes You Beautiful | One Direction
  • Won’t Get Fooled Again | The Who
  • Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher| Jackie Wilson
  • You Really Got Me | The Kinks
  • You Should Be Dancing | The Bee Gees
  • You’ve Got The Love | Florence & the Machine
  • 9 to 5 | Dolly Parton
  • 60's Medley| Various

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Tips For Booking Great Live Entertainment At Your Wedding

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Wedding Band The Beat Collective Travel Narionwide and Know How to provide great wedding entertainment

We at The Beat Collective have been playing weddings for many years now. We’ve played to tens of thousands of happy guests in so many different settings, from Marquees and Tipi’s to Hotels and Mansions. For this reason, we are well positioned to advise potential clients on why they should consider booking a function band such as ourselves for their wedding, as well as answering a few questions we often get asked in the booking process.

 

Why Should I Book a Function Band?

 

The evening entertainment is often the part of the day that guests comment on the most – apart from how beautiful the bride looks of course. It’s the time of day when the food has settled, the alcohol is flowing and the evening guests arrive expecting to dance the night away. Of course, hiring a DJ does cover this requirement. But in our experience, and the experience of many of our clients, the DJ is often a lot less personal and can be a bit cheesy. When you hire a band, you can look over the set list, take out certain songs, request specific special tunes to be included, and have the band learn your first dance, making for a special, personal moment. Furthermore, with most bands such as The Beat Collective, there is a free iPod disco option included, saving potentially hundreds of pounds on a separate DJ – who will most likely be using the same system we do.

 

Aren’t Function Bands Expensive?

 

Some function bands can cost a lot of money. Some are overpriced, particularly the further south you go. But don’t always just go for the cheaper option. Don’t forget, you are looking to book professional musicians who will go that extra mile for you, not just a bunch of friends who want to make some quick cash. The Beat Collective all studied music to degree level, and spent months rehearsing the perfect set that we know is appreciated by all ages of wedding guests. Furthermore, we ensure the sound is perfectly balanced – loud on the dance floor but quiet enough off it so your more laid back guests can catch up and talk as we play, tapping their feet along whilst still being able to make conversation. Our thorough sound check ensures there’s no nasty feedback or dodgy equipment that could potentially ruin your evening.

 

Try to remember also that a band of five members will be arriving on a Saturday night at approximately 5pm, playing until midnight and packing down then leaving at around 1am. If you asked five plumbers to do the same job at that time on a Saturday night, you’d soon reconsider your opinion that hiring a professional function band is expensive. The Beat Collectives prices start at around £900, varying depending on location and personal requirements.

 

 

Won’t The Sound Check Disturb My Guests?

 

The sound check is an entirely necessary part of the bands set up. Without it, the instruments would sound unbalanced, and you wouldn’t get the top quality performance you are paying for. However, there are many ways of ensuring the band won’t disturb your guests. Some weddings have the breakfast in a separate room, which means we can sound check without you even knowing we are there.

 

Often, if the band are to play in the same room as the breakfast, the room will be ‘turned around’, ready for the evening guests to arrive. Whilst the staff do this and your guests retire to the bar, we will use this time to load in our equipment and sound check. When you and your guests return, the room will be transformed and we will be ready to perform for you.

 

If neither of these are an option, the band can turn up before the wedding even begins so that everything is ready for the day ahead. This will usually incur a greater cost, so check with your band before completing the booking.

 

 

Do I Have To Pay Everything Upfront?

 

No. In most cases, the band will ask for a deposit (in our case its 20% of the final fee) to be returned with the signed contract, with the rest of the balance payable on the day of the wedding. You may even be able to pay in instalments if this is preferred.

 

Is It Safe To Book A Wedding Band Direct?

 

Yes, absolutely. All our clients who have booked us direct have been extremely happy, and we are a reliable and honest band who have had years of experience doing this without any problems whatsoever. But always make sure to read the contract carefully. It is there to protect you as much as it is the band and is a legal document that both parties are agreeing to. Feel free to ask questions before signing and if something needs changing that the band have verbally agreed to, make sure they change the contract accordingly before signing.

 

If you really like the band you have found but prefer to go through an agency, then most bands can accommodate this (we do at The Beat Collective, just ask). Be aware that you may end up paying a touch more though, as the agency needs to take a cut too.

 

 

The Band I Like Are Based Up North But Our Wedding Is Down South – Will They Travel This Far?

 

Yes, most bands worth their salt will travel nationwide. The Beat Collective travel all over the UK and abroad, although prices do tend to rise the further a band has to travel, due to increased fuel and time required. Make sure you ask the band for their best price as they may be ale to help you out.

 

How Far In Advance Should I Book?

 

With just 20% of the full fee payable upfront, it makes sense to book your wedding band as soon as possible. At The Beat Collective, we have received enquiries for 2015 as far back as January 2013, and the best bands do tend to get booked up early on. So don’t delay, enquire today.

 

 

The Beat Collective are a cool, exciting and vibrant five piece function band. They are based in Leeds, Yorkshire, but travel nationwide, having played as far north as Glasgow and as far south as Cornwall last year. If you have a wedding or event coming up, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with them, via their website www.thebeatcollective.co.uk , email thebeatcollective@live.co.uk or contact Andy on 07921 170655.

The Beat Collective Wow Audience With Additional Vocalist and Brass Players

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Function and Wedding band The Beat Collective play in North Yorkshire for a birthday party Its been a while since we last posted on here, but thankfully its because we’ve been so busy of late. Our most recent gig can be seen in the photo on the left here. We played a Halloween themed Birthday party in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, to over 150 guests. The client took the option of having an extra female vocalist and two additional brass players, which produced a massive sound on stage. The feedback was overwhelming from the crowd, and it was great to have the extra musicians on stage.

Our busy weeks continue, but in the meantime, we will be spending some time learning Christmas songs, ready for the busy Christmas party period in December.

AQUA 2013 at Telford International Centre has punters dancing all night

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

andy at the aqua 2013 event at telford internationl centre for the beat collective

Last night The Beat Collective performed at the Aqua 2013 event at the Telford International Centre in Shropshire. Yorkshires finest function band provided the music to over 600 guests at the huge centre. It was the first time a band had been asked to play at the event, and the organisers were delighted to see the dance floor packed with clients. The Aqua 2013 event is the UKs largest water gardening, aquatics reptiles trade event, and we at The Beat Collective were thrilled to be chosen to play for them. Here’s a picture of guitarist Andy in front of the stage, and the vast room we entertained all night. More from us after the weekend, where we’ll be back to playing for wedding guests. Time to learn the first dance i’d say!

the beat collective perform for aqua 2013 in telford international centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer fun comes to and end….but the gigs continue

Friday, September 13th, 2013

ruddingWow! What a great summer we’ve had. The last few months have been so busy we’ve barely had time to update this page. Recent weeks have seen us play all over the UK, including Yorkshire, Berkshire, Cheshire, Buckinghamshire and Lancashire. All the weddings we’ve played in recent weeks have been so much fun and the dance floors have been full all night.

The gigs dont stop at the end of Summer though. On Tuesday we make the long trip up to Edinburgh for a corporate gig which we’re looking forward to – going to be a late one though, a 10pm soundcheck and a midnight stage time. Should be fun :-)

Keep checking back for more information on The Beat Collective, with more photos and videos to be added very soon.

Wedding Season continues for The Beat Collective

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Wedding and Function Band The Beat Collective playing the first dance for a recent wedding in yorkkshireIts been another busy couple of weeks for The Beat Collective as the wedding and function season continues. We’ve been up and down the country in recent months, but in recent weeks we’ve mainly been in the north, Yorkshire and Cheshire to be more accurate. The photo on the left is of the lovely Bride Rebecca dancing with her new husband to Stand By Me, by Ben E King. Remember, when you book The Beat Collective for your wedding, we will learn your first dance free of charge, and iPod disco is included in the price. It was another top notch wedding with some superb dancing from the guests from start to finish; it was so energetic that Andy and Phil made their way out onto the dance floor to join the guests. Superb fun!

In the next few weeks we’ll be learning a few new tunes and freshening up the set a little bit, including some classics and a few modern hits. Looking forward to it.

Saab Enthusiasts Dance The Night Away

Monday, August 5th, 2013

The Beat Collective enjoy a weekend of weddings and a Saab function at Wicksteed Park A room full of European Saab enthusiasts (pictured left, click for a large panoramic image), and weddings in Ilkley and Harrogate were the scene of this weekends gigs. As usual, The Beat Collective enjoyed three fantastic events, each different in their own way. It was fun to play at Wicksteed Park in Kettering for the first time and we hope to return there one day. Thanks to Danny for looking after us all and making sure the evening ran smoothly.

As one of the UK’s leading wedding and function bands, The Beat Collective are always looking to improve both our sound and our image, particularly to please the clients demands. In recent months we have played many weddings, turning up suited and booted in our finest attire. Yet some clients prefer the more laid back approach – for our Western themed gig we all dressed up as Cowboys (and Cowgirl of course), and for the younger bride and groom, we have been asked to dress ‘smart casual’; our standard shoes, shirts and ties but with a slightly more relaxed approach by wearing dark jeans. Remember, its your event, and we will always go that extra mile to make your evening go the way you want it to.

Another weekend of weddings lies ahead for The Beat Collective, starting with a trip over to Cheshire.

Busy Summer Season Continues For The Beat Collective

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

 

Last weekend, The Beat Collective played two fantastic weddings at two lovely venues. We’ve been spoilt of late with the superb surroundings and energetic crowds we’ve been playing to, and this was the case at both the Marriot Hotel in York and again up in Cleveland last weekend. We were delighted to receive such positive feedback from our clients.

Here’s hoping for more of the same this weekend – The Beat Collective will be playing in Buckinghamshire, before making the trip further north to The Lake District, including additional brass band. Don’t forget, we always tailor your gig to suit you, so if you want additional sax, trumpets, or even vocalists to add to your event, please let us know.

Have a great weekend!!

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Piano at Peckforton Castle

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

chester castleThis weekend The Beat Collective travelled over the M62 from Leeds to Peckforton Castle in Cheshire. It turned out to be one of the most stunning venues we have played in quite some time; a huge castle surrounded by woodland and beautiful countryside. To top it off, the crowd were fantastic, dancing all night from start to finish.

The day started for us at around 4pm. Chris, our pianist, went over early to provide background piano during the wedding breakfast. Don’t forget to ask us when you enquire about our pre evening entertainment, including solo piano, classical guitar and the smooth laidback sounds of the Acoustic Beats, which includes vocals, acoustic guitar and cajon. The bride was delighted with both the solo piano set and the bands performance that evening, saying:

“I just wanted to say a massive thank you for yesterday. Everyone I spoke to said you were amazing as did mike and I! You really made the evening. One of our guests said it was the best wedding they had ever been to and you guys were a massive contribution to that. We will definitely recommend you to friends!
Thanks for making our party so much fun.  The singer had a fantastic voice and you all played excellently.
Thanks so much
Leigh & mike :)
A great bit of feedback from a great couple, who’s wedding we massively enjoyed being a part of.

Meet The Beat Collective with ‘Wedding Dates’

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

A few weeks back, The Beat Collective took a few moments away from rehearsing and gigging to talk to Levi Moriarty. Levi is Journalism graduate from Limerick who carries out the role of Online Editor at Wedding Dates. Click below to see the interview.

http://blog.weddingdates.co.uk/wedding-music-meet-the-beat-collective/

Thanks Levi for taking the time to talk to Yorkshires’ leading Wedding band.

Thanks for looking

Andy