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

Tips For Booking Great Live Entertainment At Your Wedding

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.

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